Social activism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant social activism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, emotional and touching films and TV shows about / with social activism, society, politics, life is a bitch, fighting the system, hopes, friendship, state affairs, mentor and injustice plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as social activism: Aarakshan (2011), Noble (2014), Life Support (2007), The Rosa Parks Story (2002), Boycott (2001), The Hidden Half (2001), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Drop Squad (1994), You Me Her (2016), The Banker (2020).

List of social activism movies

Aarakshan (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 164 min.
Story: The decision by India's supreme court to establish caste-based reservations for jobs in education causes conflict between a teacher and his mentor.
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: politics, education, teacher, social activism, prejudice, demonstration, loan, fighting the system, family relations, friendship, society, discrimination ...
Place: india, asia
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Noble (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Vietnam
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Christina Noble overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon. A true story.
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, orphan, social activism, kids in trouble, destiny, hopes, youth, social injustice, empowerment, human spirit, vietnam war, catholic orphanage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1955
Place: vietnam, saigon, asia, ireland
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Life Support (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: aids, drug abuse, going straight, lifestyle, friendship, addiction, hopes, society, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, infected, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, rebellion, social differences, discrimination, human spirit, racism, injustice, society, legal, life is a bitch, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, talky
Plot: civil rights movement, interracial relations, racism, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, social differences, discrimination, life is a bitch, society, politics, journalism ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
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The Hidden Half (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An official is sent from his home in Tehran to hear the final appeal of a woman sentenced to death, a political prisoner. The official's wife of nearly 20 years, Fereshteh Samimi, writes him a letter to read when he reaches the hotel - the ...
Style: sincere, captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: militant, rebellion, fighting the system, woman in danger, injustice, feminism, rebelliousness, political unrest, couple relations, legal action, couples, state affairs ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east
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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, politics, wheelchair, vietnam veteran, fighting the system, military, disability, downfall, hopes, state affairs, homecoming ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: vietnam, mexico, usa, new york, latin america ...
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Drop Squad (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Controversial film about an underground organization that kidnaps and 'deprograms' African Americans who sell out or deny their cultural heritage. Spike Lee is the Executive Producer.
Style: psychological, suspense, biting, realistic, serious
Plot: satire, social activism, advertising, life is a bitch, interracial relations, introspection, prison life, political corruption, moral dilemma, fighting the system, rebellion, politics ...
Time: 90s
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You Me Her (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 28 min.
Story: An unusual, real-world romance involving relatable people, with one catch - there are three of them! You Me Her infuses the sensibilities of a smart, grounded indie rom-com with a distinctive twist: one of the two parties just happens to be a ...
Style: light, romantic, touching, sincere, social realism ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: polyamory, threesome, open marriage, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, love triangle, lesbian, infidelity, free love, sexual exploration, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, lifestyle ...
Place: portland oregon
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Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: "Entertaining Angels" is an interesting title for this movie about the 1920's and 30's social activist, Dorothy Day, for it can be regarded that what this woman did, sometimes single-handedly, always controversially, in her fight ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting, captivating
Plot: rise and fall, urban ghetto, religions or cults, righting the wronged, discrimination, human spirit, social decay, idealism, self discovery, rich and poor, injustice, humble ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: usa, new york, america
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The Banker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1960s, two entrepreneurs hatch an ingenious business plan to fight for housing integration—and equal access to the American Dream.
Style: captivating, uplifting, touching, sincere
Plot: banker, money, racism, african american, injustice, new house, personal assistant, friendship between men, real estate agent, real estate, friendship, racist ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s, year 1939 ...
Place: los angeles, america, washington d.c.
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Stonewall (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, tense, controversial ...
Plot: friendship, politics, gender, gay pride, transvestism, raid, drag, police raid, gays and lesbians, pursuit, graphic violence, city life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, philadelphia, manhattan new york city ...
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Summertime (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 1971, Carole and Delphine meet and fall in love in Paris. When Carole follows Delphine back to her family farm in Limousin, the two find lesbianism and feminism are not as easy in the countryside.
Style: pink cinema, sincere, erotic, sweet
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, feminism, mother daughter relationship, farm, female nudity, love, lesbian sex, fall in love, falling in love, countryside ...
Time: year 1976, year 1971, 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Welcome (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, touching, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: age difference, family disapproval, obsessive quest, adolescence vs adulthood, self discovery, friendship, human spirit, bittersweet, family tradition, hopes, misfit, swimming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, iraq, england, english channel, london
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The Terry Fox Story (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research.
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating, touching ...
Plot: heroes, cross country, on the road, misfit, hopes, rivalry, unfulfillment, ambition, sport, obsessive quest, young heroes, ego clash ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: canada, british columbia
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Waking the Dead (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.
Style: emotional, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: politics, election, obsession, death, ghost, politician, romance, state affairs, haunted by the past, supernatural, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, chile, manhattan new york city, u.s. capitol building, washington d.c. ...
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Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Dedicated environmental lawyer Lucy Kelson goes to work for billionaire George Wade as part of a deal to preserve a community center. Indecisive and weak-willed George grows dependent on Lucy's guidance on everything from legal matters to ...
Style: romantic, light, sweet, funny, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: romance, unlikely couple, fall in love, looking for love, boss and employee, workplace romance, billionaire, opposites attract, uninhibited rivalry, workplace situations, eligible bachelor, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
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Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, mayor, politics, gay slur, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976, year 1970, year 1975 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, phoenix arizona ...
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The Long Walk Home (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
Style: thought provoking, touching, realistic, uplifting, contemplative ...
Plot: segregation, racism, friendship, bus, master and servant, civil rights, couple relations, friends, injustice, couples, power relations, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, new jersey
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Jeanne and the Perfect Guy (1998)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jeanne, a receptionist at a travel agency, is looking for the love of her life. She thinks she has finally found it with Olivier. However, Olivier reveals he has AIDS and disappears from her life after her profession of love and confession of ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, gloomy
Audience: date night
Plot: activism, hospital visit, strong female presence, bittersweet, couple relations, love affair, fall in love, terminal illness, tragic love, friendship, sexual relations, love triangle ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: paris france, france, europe, montmartre paris
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I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Old Nat Moyer is a talker, a philosopher, and a troublemaker with a fanciful imagination. His companion is Midge Carter, who is half-blind, but still the super of an apartment house. When he is threatened with retirement, Nat battles on his behalf. ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, witty, talky ...
Plot: friendship, elderly, odd couple, partners, aging, couples, retiring, crimes, city life, apartment building, lie, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, touching, factual, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: prison, boxing, freedom, prison life, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
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Hi, Mom! (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Vietnam vet John Rubin returns to New York and rents a rundown flat in Greenwhich Village. It is in this flat that he begins to film, 'Peeping Tom' style, the people in the apartment across the street. His obsession with making films leads ...
Style: offbeat, witty, humorous, suspense, cynical ...
Plot: pornography, opposites attract, couples, filmmaking, media satire, village, terrorism, celebrity culture, political unrest, obsession, state affairs, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, vietnam, usa, asia, manhattan new york city ...
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Dave (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: u.s. president, lookalikes, politics, coma, secret service, political corruption, president, congress, conspiracy, romance, head of state, white house ...
Time: 90s, twentieth century, 1990s, 20th century, year 1993
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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Man of Marble (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Man of Marble is a Polish film about a student making a film about a bricklayer who was once idolized. She interviews people who knew him and finds old footage that lead to an unfolding mystery that causes her producer to cancel the project.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: heroes, working class, friendship, politics, eviction, injustice, testimony, pregnancy, idealism, father daughter relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 1950s
Place: poland, europe, tokyo, japan, canada
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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Kenya, France, USA, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, suspenseful, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: aids, corruption, murder, death, investigation, political corruption, cover up, uncover truth, diplomat, fighting the system, obsession, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kenya, africa, london, sudan, england ...
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Amos & Andrew (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Andrew Sterling (Samuel L. Jackson), a successful black urbanite writer, buys a vacation home on a resort in New England the police mistake him for a burglar. After surrounding his home with armed men, Chief Tolliver (Dabney Coleman) realizes ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, funny, light ...
Plot: island, racism, mistaken identity, crime, crimes, interracial relations, bad cop, nothing goes right, buddies, criminal heroes, resort, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: new england, usa
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Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, cult film, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, military, motorcycle gang, experiment, distopia, protest, mutation, government corruption, scientist, nuclear holocaust, save the world, hallucination ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s, year 2019, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Eden of the East (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Eden of the East is a Japanese anime television series, which premiered on Fuji TV's noitaminA timeslot on April 9, 2009. Created, directed and written by Kenji Kamiyama, it features character designs by Chika Umino and animation production by ...
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, suspenseful, serious
Plot: terrorism, secret agents, danger, memory loss, mystery, white house, terrorist plot, murder, socially awkward, college student, investigation, heroic mission ...
Time: 21st century, september 11 2001, near future
Place: japan, washington d.c., new york
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Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: fighting the system, state affairs, politics, hopes, society, legal, misfit, heroes, life is a bitch, social misfits, heroic mission, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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