Social activist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant social activist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, inspirational and tense films and TV shows about / with social activist, society, justice, death, murder, violence, brutality, storytelling, police and profanity plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as social activist: Hoffa (1992), The Butler (2013), Music Within (2007), The East (2013), The Lady (2011), The Names of Love (2010), And the Band Played On (1993), Silenced (2011), The Bang Bang Club (2010), Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005).

List of social activist movies

Hoffa (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Jack Nicholson's portrait of union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to a conclusion ...
Style: tense, suspense, factual, intense, serious ...
Plot: gangsters, labor union, mafia, organized crime, conspiracy, working class, politics, crimes, prison, social activist, corruption, rise and fall ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, 1930s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: detroit, new jersey, new york, michigan, usa ...
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The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: touching, emotional, bad ending, political, inspirational ...
Audience: date night
Plot: civil rights, racism, butler, u.s. president, black history, prejudice, president, injustice, white house, father son relationship, justice, civil rights movement ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, year 1957 ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, cuba, south africa, tennessee ...
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Music Within (2007)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After a confrontation with one of his idols dashes his dreams of studying public speaking in college, Richard Pimentel joins the Army and ships off to Vietnam. During his service, Richard loses nearly all of his hearing. Joining a new circle of ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: disability, hippie, vietnam war, paralysis, friendship, human spirit, society, mute or deaf, social activist, self discovery, hopes, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: vietnam, seattle, portland oregon, california
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The East (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities irrevocably changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful, political, tricky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terrorism, fighting the system, spy, anarchist, environmentalism, espionage, fbi, revenge, radical, undercover, twists and turns, poisoning ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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The Lady (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, UK, Thailand
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film is about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (Yeoh) who spent more than a decade under house arrest. David Thewlis portrays Suu Kyi's husband, Dr. Michael Aris. Rebecca Frayn began working on the project after she and her husband, producer ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, sincere, feminist film ...
Plot: politics, election, military dictatorship, human spirit, resistance, leadership, idealism, tragic love, social activist, selflessness, political unrest, social problems ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1947 ...
Place: burma, asia, oxford university
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The Names of Love (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Bahia Benmahmoud, a free-spirited young woman, has a particular way of seeing political engagement, as she doesn't hesitate to sleep with those who don't agree with her to convert them to her cause - which is a lot of people, as all ...
Style: sexy, feel good, melancholic, talky, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: politics, sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), romance, culture clash, revolution, twists and turns, fascism, love story, political activist, society, social activist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, year 2002, 2000s
Place: france, paris france, berlin germany, algeria
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And the Band Played On (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.
Style: touching, disturbing, uplifting, political, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, gay, epidemic, deadly virus, politics, investigation, medical, doctor, hiv, scientist, fighting the system, human spirit ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1984 ...
Place: san francisco, africa, usa, new york, france
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Silenced (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on actual events that took place at Gwangju Inhwa School for the hearing-impaired, where young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years in the early 2000s.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: sex crime, child abuse, rape, disability, deaf mute, mute or deaf, punishment, life is a bitch, deaf, power relations, social activist, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, south korea, asia
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The Bang Bang Club (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the early to mid '90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva - bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, rough
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, journalism, media, newspaper, society, life risking, political unrest, discrimination, life is a bitch, state affairs, social activist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994
Place: africa, south africa
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: True story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling, dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Armed ...
Style: touching, suspenseful, sincere, tense, emotional ...
Plot: nazism, world war two, resistance, politics, death sentence, nazi germany, historical character, nazi, gestapo, lawyer, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, berlin germany, east germany, munich germany ...
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Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: inspirational, political, factual, intense, stylized ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, politics, civil rights movement, african american, black history, assassination, islam, prison, muslim, racial slur, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, africa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
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Shahid (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: This compelling drama tells the remarkable true story of slain human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who became a powerful voice against the intercommunal violence that has engulfed Mumbai since the early 1990s.
Style: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, tense, psychological ...
Plot: human rights, muslim, legal, terrorist, courtroom, lawyer, false arrest, civil rights, life is a bitch, society, social activist, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, year 2008 ...
Place: india, asia, pakistan, mumbai india, kashmir
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The Parade (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, France, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Parade, in a tragicomic way, tells the story about ongoing battle between two worlds in contemporary post-war Serbian society - the traditional, oppressive, homophobic majority and a liberal, modern and open-minded minority... The film, which ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, queer cinema, offbeat
Plot: gay, gay slur, gender, society, gays and lesbians, gay bashing, gangsters, crimes, disorder, social activist, muslim, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia, croatia ...
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Battle in Seattle (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Thousands of activists arrive in Seattle, Washington in masses to protest the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 (World Trade Organization). Although it began as a peaceful protest with a goal of stopping the WTO talks, it escalated into a ...
Style: thought provoking, political, intellectual, serious, emotional ...
Plot: politics, protest, fighting the system, idealism, police brutality, freedom, political unrest, state affairs, hopes, chaos and mayhem, rebelliousness, resistance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1999, 80s
Place: seattle, usa, canada, washington d.c., latin america
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Longford (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.
Style: realistic, serious, talky, tense, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, serial killer, lawyer, politician, court, prison, family relations, cruelty, judge, friendship, civil rights, notoriety ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, manchester
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The Traveller (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
TV show
Story: Hunting down killers to help bereaved families get justice is more than just a job; it’s a duty for Thomas Bareski, a retired, hotshot police detective eager to reopen unsolved murder cases in a mission to find the culprits.
Style: captivating, tense, suspense, disturbing
Plot: sleuth, investigation, murder investigation, murder, crime solving, police officer, crime investigation, private investigator, social activist, forensics, homicide detective, fighting crime ...
Place: france
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Fly Me To The Saitama (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: People from Saitama Prefecture are persecuted and, because of this, they hide the fact that they are from there. In Tokyo, Momomi Hakuhodo (Fumi Nikaido) is a male high school student and the son of the Tokyo governor. Physically, Momomi Hakuhodo ...
Style: humorous, captivating, disturbing
Plot: discrimination, japanese school, student, revolution, class differences, classism, class conflict, social activist, civil rights, society, social problems, revolutionary ...
Place: tokyo
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Naked Singularity (2021)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a successful New York public defender loses his first case, he is pulled into a drug heist by a former client in an effort to beat the broken system at its own game.
Style: humorous, captivating, tense, suspense, psycho film
Plot: drug bust, drug dealer, drugs, war on drugs, attorney, crime boss, criminal, illegal drugs, fighting crime, social activist, fighting the system, lynching ...
Place: bronx new york city
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The Republic of Sarah (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they ...
Style: captivating, disturbing
Plot: protest, social relations, teacher, showdown, society, social activist, mutiny, school teacher, teachers and students, fighting the system, school, friendship ...
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Heroes of Dirt (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Passionate BMX dirt jumper, Phin Cooper, wants nothing in life but to attain fame in his sport. After missing a competition when he lands in jail for unpaid citations, he is court-ordered for community service and reluctantly mentors one of the ...
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: extreme sports, youth, race, sport, social activist, life, glory, athlete's life, friends, desire for fame, longing, friendship ...
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Kiss at Pine Lake (2012)
Genre: Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A boy and a girl fall in love during summer camp and promise to stay in touch, but they don't. Fifteen years later they meet again in the same camp under very different circumstances. What will happen to the camp and will they try again?
Style: romantic, captivating, entertaining, light
Plot: abandoned by mother, businessman, financial problem, couple relations, camp, in love, relationships, fall in love, male female relationship, love and romance, romantic relationship, society ...
Place: seattle
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Death to 2020 (2020)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: 2020: A year so [insert adjective of choice here], even the creators of Black Mirror couldn't make it up… but that doesn't mean they don't have a little something to add. This comedy event that tells the story of the dreadful year ...
Style: funny, parody, cynical, controversial
Plot: adult humor, social satire, violence, morality, social relations, hypocrisy, police, irreverence, social activist, selfishness, racial slur, vicious ...
Time: 2020s
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Valley of the Wolves: Ambush (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Valley of the Wolves
Style: suspenseful, rough, captivating, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, politics, secret agents, secretly observing, undercover, social activist, military, group of criminals, tough heroes, rivalry, vengeance, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, turkey, istanbul turkey
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Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA, South Africa
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: epic, political, inspirational, sexy, factual ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: idealism, protest, lawyer, politics, human spirit, religious intolerance, leadership, assassination, freedom, courage, hindu, british empire ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, victorian era ...
Place: india, south africa, africa, vatican, new delhi ...
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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, suspense ...
Plot: spy, conspiracy, murder, investigation, corruption, death, idealism, obsession, political corruption, cover up, politics, aids ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, germany, sudan, kenya, london ...
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The Bank Job (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Terry is a small-time car dealer trying to leave his shady past behind and start a family. Martine is a beautiful model from Terry's old neighbourhood who knows that Terry is no angel. When Martine proposes a foolproof plan to rob a bank, Terry ...
Style: tense, suspense, exciting, talky, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, bank robbery, robbery, crimes, political corruption, blackmail, organized crime, murder, gangsters, chase, crime gone awry, storage unit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: london, england, new jersey, boston, united kingdom ...
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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, compassionate, depressing, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: aids, transsexual, drugs, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, casual sex, treatment, gay slur, gay, hiv, hiv positive ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, tokyo, amsterdam ...
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Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: heartbreaking, psychological, sentimental, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, missing child, investigation, fighting the system, court, disorder, police corruption, crimes, uncover truth, missing person, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, year 1935, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, canada, seattle
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Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when ...
Style: psychological, surreal, non-linear, twist ending, confusing ...
Plot: time travel, post apocalypse, apocalypse, insanity, time loop, paranoia, virus, psychology, alternate reality, social misfits, save the world, distopia ...
Time: future, 90s, 2030s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: philadelphia, maryland, baltimore, usa
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Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: The film narrates the love between Janaina and a native warrior who, when dying, takes the form of a bird. For six centuries, the story of the couple survives through four stages in the history of Brazil: 1500, when the country was discovered by the ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, exciting, adult animation
Plot: heroes, true love, immortality, escapades, supernatural, state affairs, adventure, political unrest, life is a bitch, master warrior, rape, reincarnation ...
Time: 21st century, future, year 1968
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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