Social problems movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant social problems movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, sincere, serious, disturbing, bleak and suspense films and TV shows about / with social problems, society, teenager, violence, life is a bitch, brutality, loneliness, mentor, death and profanity plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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social problems movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as social problems: Joker (2019), Young Royals (2021), Detachment (2011), Atypical (2017), Sin Nombre (2009), Better Days (2019), This Is England (2006), Critical Thinking (2020), Luce (2019), Babylon Berlin (2017).

List of social problems movies

 8.4
 1.2M
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: suspense, thought provoking, bleak, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, psycho, social problems, insanity, psychological trauma, loneliness, mental patient, villain, evil clown, mental disorder, social decay, psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new jersey
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 8.3
 29K
Young Royals (2021)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Prince Wilhelm adjusts to life at his prestigious new boarding school, Hillerska, but following his heart proves more challenging than anticipated.
Style: captivating, disturbing, romantic, psychological, feel good ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gay, lgbt, gay lead character, school, teenage boy, royal family, coming out, love story, social problems, boarding school, coming of age, adolescence ...
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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 7.7
 85K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, bleak, serious, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, depression, suicide, teachers and students, unhappy, social problems, dedicated educator, human relationship, social decay, life is a bitch, school, unhappiness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.3
 85K
Atypical (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, takes a funny, yet painful, journey of self-discovery for love and independence and upends his family.
Style: light, sincere, emotional, touching, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: autism, teenager, lesbian relationship, high school, coming of age, penguins, social problems, teenage protagonist, brother sister relationship, asperger's syndrome, overprotective mother, therapist ...
Time: 21st century
Place: connecticut
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 7.5
 33K
Sin Nombre (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom ...
Style: disturbing, road movie, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, immigrants, u.s. mexico border, gang member, social problems, hopes, family reunited, street gang, rape, train, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, new jersey, los angeles, california ...
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 7.5
 9K
Better Days (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.
Style: disturbing, enigmatic, tense, romantic, captivating ...
Plot: bullying, friendship, love and romance, relationships, grownups, social problems, dishonesty, youth, romantic relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder, criminal ...
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 7.7
 122K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, political, stylized ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, crimes, coming of age, neo nazi, xenophobia, vandalism, social problems, friendship, youth, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, northern england, europe, woodstock, britain
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Critical Thinking (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on a true story from 1998, five Latino and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.
Style: motivational, thought provoking, psychological, captivating, contemplative
Plot: chess, social problems, misfit, high school, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, human relationship, society, city, unconventional method, teacher, contest ...
Place: miami
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 6.6
 13K
Luce (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A star athlete and top student, Luce's idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Style: suspense, psychological, thought provoking, non-linear, twists and turns
Plot: foster home, track and field, social problems, marijuana, courage, teenage sex, great depression, trust, drunkenness, politics, pride, teenager ...
Place: middle east, ohio
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 8.4
 24K
Babylon Berlin (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Colognian commissioner Gereon Rath moves to Berlin, the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, captivating, tense, noir
Plot: political intrigue, social problems, police investigation, espionage, national socialism, german, conspiracy, police, interwar period, german history, european history, political scandal ...
Time: 1920s, pre world war two, year 1929, 1930s
Place: berlin germany, germany
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Girl From Nowhere (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A mysterious, clever girl named Nanno transfers to different schools, exposing the lies and misdeeds of the students and faculty at every turn.
Style: serious, atmospheric, harsh, slasher, intense ...
Plot: bullying, school, social issues, teenager, vigilantism, social problems, death, betrayal, revenge, high school, violence, social decay ...
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 8.0
 311K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: meditative, sincere, realistic, bleak, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, coincidence, depression, terminal illness, child prodigy, multiple storylines, social problems, redemption, infidelity, frog ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
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 7.0
 78K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, disturbing, erotic, sexy, depressing ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, virginity, underage sex, innocence lost, puberty, youth, strong sexual content, first sex, sex, teenager, sexual promiscuity, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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 7.6
 19K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A murdered body on a bridge between El Paso and Juarez bring together El Paso detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police detective Marco Ruiz.
Style: twists and turns, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, serial killer, drug cartel, policewoman, partners, police investigation, social problems, interrogation, u.s. mexico border, corruption, mystery, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: kids in trouble, childhood, realism, youth, abandoned by father, boy, adoption, orphan, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
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 8.3
 15K
Treme (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, sentimental, erotic ...
Plot: social problems, jazz, hurricane katrina, realism, musician, starting over, musician's life, survival, lifestyle, life turned upside down, tragic event, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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 8.3
 1K
Garrow's Law (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
TV show
Story: The true tale of pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, intellectual
Plot: judge, lawyer, legal, uncover truth, injustice, social problems, society, life is a bitch, rivalry, idealism, treason, hopes ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: london, england, europe
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 8.1
 171K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, art house, rough, captivating ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: poverty, racism, skinhead, rebel, youth, drugs, violence, ghetto, urban ghetto life, police brutality, police, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 8.6
 747K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, crimes, coming of age, gang war, juvenile delinquency, society, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, photographer, organized crime, street gang, poverty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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 7.8
 435K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: racism, sexual harassment, police, redemption, prejudice, multiple storylines, racist, racial tension, social injustice, police corruption, interracial relations, class differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, santa monica california, puerto rico ...
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The Other Lamb (2019)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Ireland, Belgium, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A haunting and nightmarish tale that tells the story of Selah, a young girl born into a repressive cult known as the Flock. The members of the Flock – all women and female children– live in a rural compound, and are led by one man, known only as ...
Style: suspense, psychological, enigmatic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: religious cult, teenage sexuality, female protagonist, religious leader, cult leader, woman, cult, polygamy, women, sorority, social problems, brutality ...
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 7.8
 13K
System Crasher (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The wild and energetic journey of 9-year-old girl Benni through all possible stations of German Child Proctective Services.
Style: realistic, psychological, disturbing, sincere, feminist film ...
Plot: problem child, teenager, school, parents and children, bad mother, outcast, social outcast, fighting the system, social problems, society, family, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: central europe
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Your Name Engraved Herein (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1987, as martial law ends in Taiwan, Jia-han and Birdy fall in love amid family pressure, homophobia and social stigma.
Style: sincere, romantic, captivating, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: gay, gay love, gay teenager, gay relationship, lgbt, love, boys love, gay couple, gay romance, gay bashing, gay interest, gay student ...
Time: year 1987, 2020s
Place: asia, taipei, ontario canada
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 5.3
 18K
Paradise Hills (2019)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young woman is sent to Paradise Hills to be reformed, only to learn that the high-class facility's beautiful facade hides a sinister secret.
Style: atmospheric, colourful, disturbing, suspense, offbeat ...
Plot: dystopic future, high society, women, island, teenage girl, classism, overweight, therapy, social problems, flowers, operation, manners ...
Time: future
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Louis C.K.: Oh My God (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Filmed at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ on February 15th and 16th, 2013, Oh My God is Louis C.K.'s fifth stand-up special, his first for HBO since 2007's Shameless, and his first since winning a Emmy Award for writing on his ...
Style: humorous, atmospheric, cynical, funny, witty ...
Plot: dark humor, honest, lifestyle, culture clash, performance, social problems, couple relations, society, parents and children, politically correct, artists and showbiz, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, arizona
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Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Recorded November 10th, 2011 as part of the New York Comedy Festival, and only available for purchase online, Louis C.K. follows up his 2010 concert film Hilarious with a new hour’s worth of shrewdly observed and periodically profane material. He ...
Style: humorous, cynical, talky, witty, gloomy ...
Plot: dark humor, lifestyle, social problems, performance, artists and showbiz, death, crimes, police investigation, greed, runaway, life & death, violent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Waterloo Road (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Waterloo Road is a UK television drama series the first broadcast was in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 9 March 2006. Originally set in a troubled comprehensive school in Rochdale, England, the location of the show was moved to the former Greenock ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: high school, teenage life, social differences, teachers and students, social problems, romance, society, social relations, life is a bitch, workplace intrigue, workplace situations, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, northern england, manchester, england, europe
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 7.3
 17K
Trade (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, Mexico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy's sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, dark ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual abuse, sex slavery, child molestation, child rape, forced prostitution, sex slave, missing child, slavery, sex with a minor, sexual assault ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, mexico city, texas, poland, el paso texas ...
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Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.
Style: realistic, harsh, suspenseful, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bullying, school shooting, high school, bully, vengeance, social misfits, teenage life, teacher, violence, depression, fighting the system, teenager ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, oregon
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Wonder Showzen (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Wonder Showzen is an American sketch comedy television series that aired between 2005 and 2006 on MTV2. It was created by John Lee and Vernon Chatman of PFFR. The show is rated TV-MA. The show's format is that of educational PBS ...
Style: parody, surreal, not serious, humorous, absurd ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: puppet, social satire, absurd humor, satire, social problems, racial slur, dark humor, disorder, religions or cults, stupidity, children, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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