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, captivating and emotional films and TV shows about / with social activism, society, politics, life is a bitch, hopes, fighting the system, friendship, state affairs, human spirit and injustice plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres shot in USA, Canada, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as social activism: Aarakshan (2011), Boycott (2001), Noble (2014), Life Support (2007), The Rosa Parks Story (2002), The Hidden Half (2001), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Buster's Mal Heart (2016), Little Red Wagon (2012), A Christmas Break (2020).

List of social activism movies

 6.2
 6K
Aarakshan (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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: captivating, emotional, realistic, serious, political ...
Plot: politics, discrimination, education, teacher, social activism, prejudice, demonstration, fighting the system, friendship, family relations, society, university ...
Place: india, asia
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 7.0
 1K
Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama, History
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: serious, realistic, sincere, talky
Plot: civil rights movement, racism, interracial relations, racial prejudice, civil rights, protest, social activism, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, discrimination, social differences ...
Time: 50s
Place: alabama, usa
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 6.8
 2K
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: uplifting, touching, realistic, emotional, feminist film ...
Plot: poverty, orphan, strong female lead, social activism, catholic orphanage, father daughter relationship, social injustice, empowerment, female protagonist, kids in trouble, hopes, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1955
Place: saigon, ireland, vietnam, asia
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 6.7
 1K
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, thought provoking ...
Plot: aids, drug abuse, lifestyle, going straight, friendship, addiction, estrangement, hopes, rehabilitation, society, life is a bitch, infected ...
Place: usa, new york
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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: thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious, gothic ...
Plot: african american, civil rights movement, racism, civil rights, fighting the system, civil disobedience, racial segregation, rebellion, social differences, injustice, human spirit, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa
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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: serious, thought provoking, captivating, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: militant, rebellion, fighting the system, woman in danger, injustice, legal, society, rebelliousness, state affairs, life is a bitch, couple relations, feminism ...
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, factual, intense ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, politics, disability, military, fighting the system, war, wartime, handicapped, desert, vietnam veteran, u.s. military ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 80s, year 1970 ...
Place: vietnam, the philippines, texas, iraq, new york ...
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Buster's Mal Heart (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An eccentric mountain man on the run from the local sheriff recalls the mysterious events that brought him to his present fugitive state.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak, melancholic ...
Plot: mountain man, runaway, conspiracy, suspense, chase, male protagonist, social activism, workplace, conspiracy theory, mysterious character, reality vs fantasy, introvert ...
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Little Red Wagon (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: With nothing more than a blazing spirit of philanthropy and his beat-up red wagon, Zach sets out to help homeless children in America. In the process, he sweeps his fractured family - and ultimately the entire country - along with him.
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, charity, donation, generosity, little boy, social problems, family conflict, life is a bitch, child, family problems, social issues, social activism ...
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A Christmas Break (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: School teacher Addison Tate wants this Christmas to be special for her kids especially since the School Board has decided that it will be the last as the school will be closing. When Addison meets Danny, a Hollywood actor home to reconnect with his ...
Style: sweet, light, romantic, feel good
Plot: christmas, movie star, father daughter relationship, christmas dinner, high school sweetheart, donation, male female relationship, protest, mentor, fall in love, life philosophy, happy ending ...
Place: los angeles
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Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Switzerland, Austria
Duration: 142 min.
Story: 1984: Searching for an experience that goes deeper than the superficiality of modern civilization, Bruno Manser travels into the jungles of Borneo and finds it with the nomadic Penan tribe. It is an encounter that changes his life forever. When the ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, sincere, captivating, political
Plot: rain forest, jungle, environmental activist, tribe, environment, courage, deforestation, environmental activism, fighting the system, environmentalism, man versus nature, showdown ...
Time: year 1984, year 1991, year 1987, year 1999, year 1988
Place: germany, switzerland, borneo, munich germany
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 4.8
 632
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: biting, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: racial issues, blaxploitation, social activism, advertising, satire, political satire, suspense, corporate crime, religions or cults, campaign, state affairs, introspection ...
Time: 90s
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Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 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: political, realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: catholic, christian, political activism, liberation theology, journalist, social activism, newspaper, women's suffrage, urban ghetto, injustice, righting the wronged, religions or cults ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: usa, new york, america
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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, sexy, intense, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: adult
Plot: politics, supernatural, death, obsession, ghost, election, character study, politician, twists and turns, state affairs, haunted by the past, female nudity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, 80s
Place: usa, chile, vietnam, canada, minneapolis minnesota ...
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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: inspirational, thought provoking, realistic, touching, gothic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: racism, civil rights, segregation, african american, friendship, women, ku klux klan, racial segregation, boycott, bus, master and servant, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 50s, year 1955, 20th century
Place: alabama, new jersey, usa, southern usa
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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Kenya, France, USA, Switzerland
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: suspenseful, thought provoking, tense, political, captivating ...
Plot: spy, conspiracy, investigation, corruption, murder, death, politics, marriage, idealism, suspense, obsession, cover up ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, germany, sudan, kenya, london ...
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 7.0
 11K
You Me Her (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
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, sexy, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: polyamory, threesome, lesbian, open marriage, free love, lesbian relationship, love triangle, infidelity, jealous boyfriend, bisexual woman, sexual freedom, lesbian romance ...
Place: portland oregon
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 8.2
 206
Prairie Giant (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
TV show
Story: In 1930s Saskatchewan, a small town parish has a new young new pastor, Tommy Douglas. However, for all his regular duties, which include boxing lessons, Tommy sees the poverty and injustice around him which seem beyond his power to address with the ...
Plot: liberation theology, boxing, politician, great depression, compassion, election, small town, politics, debate, church, strike, socialist ...
Time: 1930s
Place: canada
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 6.7
 5K
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: erotic, sincere, sexy, sweet, feminist film ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, mother daughter relationship, farm, love, lesbian sex, feminism, female nudity, farmer, lgbtq, countryside ...
Time: year 1971, year 1976, 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.5
 7K
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, sincere, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: age difference, coming of age, swimming, obsessive quest, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, family disapproval, friendship, hopes, misfit, human spirit, bittersweet ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: france, england, english channel, london, iraq
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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: sad, uplifting, captivating, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: physical disability, running, disability, heroes, cross country, family relations, family problems, rivalry, obsessive quest, athlete's life, unfulfillment, human spirit ...
Time: 80s, year 1981, 20th century, 70s
Place: canada, british columbia
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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, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: fall in love, love story, unlikely couple, looking for love, love, opposites attract, boss and employee, workplace romance, lawyer, love and romance, women, happy ending ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: new york, london, new jersey, san francisco, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
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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: realistic, semi serious, gloomy, touching, sentimental
Audience: date night
Plot: activism, lgbt, love, transvestism, friends, couples, unfulfillment, love and romance, tragic hero, gender, opposites attract, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 90s
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, talky, not serious, witty ...
Plot: friendship, aging, life philosophy, elderly, odd couple, partners, couples, retiring, apartment building, father daughter relationship, african american, lie ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.6
 99K
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, motivational ...
Plot: prison, boxing, racism, courtroom, prison life, legal, court, african american, friendship, fighting the system, justice, injustice ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: new jersey, africa, canada, toronto ontario canada
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 6.2
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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: funny, surreal, cynical, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: social satire, surrealism, surveillance, voyeurism, peeping tom, manipulation, suspense, couples, obsession, opposites attract, babies and infants, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, africa, asia, usa, vietnam ...
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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: emotional, compassionate, meditative, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: politics, visceral, friendship, working class, honest, eviction, terrorist, communism, heroes, journalism, father daughter relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: 70s, 50s, year 1976, 20th century
Place: poland, japan, canada, eastern europe, tokyo ...
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 8.0
 191K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, 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: anime, surreal, futuristic, atmospheric, adult animation ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, post apocalypse, hallucination, experiment, distopia, dystopic future, motorcycle gang, post thermonuclear war, protest, military, biopunk, motorcycle ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2019, 80s, 21st century
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.
TV show
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: anime, exciting, captivating, manga, stylized ...
Plot: secret agents, memory loss, terrorism, white house, murder, socially awkward, college student, investigation, salvation, mysterious stranger, society, heroic mission ...
Time: september 11 2001, near future, 21st century
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: uplifting, thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: homeless, heroic mission, power relations, injustice, righting the wronged, campaign, hopes, social misfits, state affairs, heroes, legal, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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