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, serious, sincere, touching, talky and captivating films and TV shows about / with social problems, society, violence, life is a bitch, profanity, brutality, murder, corruption, family relations and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as social problems: Joker (2019), Detachment (2011), This Is England (2006), Sin Nombre (2009), Atypical (2017), The Bridge (2013), Treme (2010), Luce (2019), Babylon Berlin (2017), Girl From Nowhere (2018).

List of social problems movies

 8.4
 1.0M
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: atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, suspense, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, psycho, insanity, villain, social decay, psychological trauma, social problems, mental patient, character change, bad attitude, evil clown, social problem ...
Time: 80s, year 1981, 20th century, 2010s
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 7.7
 80K
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 ...
Plot: depression, teachers and students, teacher, suicide, classroom, unhappy, social problems, social decay, human relationship, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.7
 118K
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, cult film, stylized ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, social problems, gang, vandalism, crimes, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, neo nazi, adolescence, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, europe, britain, northern england, woodstock
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 7.6
 32K
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, serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, immigrants, hopes, social problems, family reunited, illegal immigration, train, corpse, rape, lifestyle change, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, guatemala, central america, new jersey ...
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 8.3
 71K
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
Plot: autism, coming of age, high school, lesbian relationship, social problems, penguins, asperger's syndrome, teenage protagonist, teenager, therapist, overprotective mother, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century
Place: connecticut
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 7.6
 18K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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: tense, twists and turns, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, social problems, partners, corruption, riddles and clues, deadly, characters in danger, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
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 8.2
 14K
Treme (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 59 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: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, social problems, musician, hurricane katrina, realism, starting over, musician's life, lifestyle, tragic event, life turned upside down, interracial relations, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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 6.7
 11K
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, non-linear, thought provoking, psychological, twists and turns
Plot: track and field, twists & turns, foster home, social problems, marijuana, courage, trust, pride, drunkenness, injustice, teenager, drinking alcohol ...
Place: ohio, middle east
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 8.4
 21K
Babylon Berlin (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, social realism
Plot: police investigation, political intrigue, social problems, national socialism, police detective, political scandal, conspiracy, investigation, murder investigation, crime investigation, fighting crime, adaptation ...
Time: pre world war two, 1920s, year 1929
Place: berlin germany, germany
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Girl From Nowhere (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, 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: atmospheric, serious, anthology, harsh, intense
Plot: school, psychological drama, social issues, teenager, bullying, death, high school, social decay, betrayal, social problems, vigilantism, revenge ...
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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, cynical, atmospheric, talky, funny ...
Plot: lifestyle, dark humor, social problems, performance, politically correct, artists and showbiz, parents and children, society, couple relations, theater, aging, live audience ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa
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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: cynical, humorous, one man show, talky, witty ...
Plot: lifestyle, social problems, performance, artists and showbiz, dark humor, society, profanity, theater, politically correct, death, sexual perversion, sex talk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: high school, teenage life, social problems, teachers and students, social differences, romance, life is a bitch, youth, workplace situations, teenage love, workplace intrigue, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, northern england, manchester, scotland
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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, bleak ...
Plot: human trafficking, child rape, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, child molestation, sex slavery, kidnapping, sex with a minor, missing child, sex slave, slavery, child pornography ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, united states, new jersey, poland ...
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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, suspenseful, sincere, harsh, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bully, bullying, high school, social misfits, teenage life, bomb, death threat, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, social problems, teachers and students, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, tokyo
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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: humorous, surreal, not serious, parody, controversial ...
Audience: teens
Plot: satire, puppet, social problems, racial slur, puppets, stupidity, dark humor, disorder, religions or cults, society, social satire, absurd humor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
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: sincere, touching, bleak, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: kids in trouble, realism, childhood, petty criminal, social problems, life is a bitch, orphan, society, street kid, goodhearted, family problems, abandoned ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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Too Big to Fail (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, 'Too Big to Fail' offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few ...
Style: factual, thought provoking, tense, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: financial crisis, wall street, bankruptcy, politics, finance, moral dilemma, corporate world, society, senator, race against time, state affairs, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008
Place: washington d.c., new york, usa, california, middle east
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Crematorium (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 397 min.
TV show
Story: Crematorio is a Spanish TV series written and directed by Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo. It is based on Rafael Chirbes' novel of the same name.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: rise to the top, ambition, family tradition, family business, business venture, family life, social problems, architect, society, family relations, mogul, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
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 7.6
 24K
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: bleak, rough, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: ira, civil rights, state affairs, political unrest, fighting the system, conflict, protest, life is a bitch, social problems, social decay, society, irish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
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 7.6
 2K
Six Degrees (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Six Degrees is an American dramatic television series about six residents of New York City and their respective relationships and connections with one another, based on the idea of six degrees of separation. It premiered on September 21, 2006, ...
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: lifestyle, haunted by the past, starting over, love affair, friendship, idealism, social problems, human nature, career, struggle, coincidence, destiny ...
Place: new york, usa
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The Chaser's War on Everything (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 26 min.
TV show
Story: The Chaser's War on Everything was an Australian television satirical comedy series broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation television station ABC1. It has won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Television Comedy Series. ...
Style: humorous, realistic, clever, not serious, cynical ...
Plot: society, social problems, comedian, disorder, dark humor, mishap, media, prank, politician, satire, friends, disguise ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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Higher Ground (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Higher Ground is an American-Canadian drama action television show shot outside Vancouver, British Columbia. The series ran from January 14, 2000 - June 16, 2000 and aired on Fox Family. It stars Joe Lando, Hayden Christensen, A.J. Cook, Meghan Ory, ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama, teens, family outing
Plot: troubled teen, hardcase students, dedicated educator, mountain, rebellion, youth, social misfits, young people, understanding, teenage life, social problems, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa
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 14K
Polisse (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Juvenile Protection Unit - taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets, interrogating abusive parents, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, journalism, domestic violence, police station, abused child, social decay, police investigation, photojournalist, realism, relationship vs career, social problems, confession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.2
 16K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, theft, american dream, single parent, life is a bitch, working class, teenage life, parents and children, down on your luck, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, southern california ...
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 7.1
 11K
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, sincere, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: election, military dictatorship, militant, resistance, human spirit, leadership, politics, selflessness, social activist, peaceful mission, tragic love, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1988, year 1998 ...
Place: burma, asia, oxford university
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 8.3
 1K
Garrow's Law (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: judge, legal, idealism, uncover truth, rivalry, lawyer, injustice, social problems, treason, courtroom drama, hopes, society ...
Time: 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
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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, based on true events
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, media, newspaper, journalism, society, life risking, life is a bitch, danger, state affairs, political unrest, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: south africa, africa
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 7.1
 12K
Goodbye Bafana (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, France, Belgium, South Africa, Italy, UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, uplifting, contemplative ...
Plot: racism, prison life, interracial relations, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, human spirit, self discovery, friendship, leadership, politics, tragic hero ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
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 8.4
 17K
Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
TV show
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, thought provoking, touching, emotional ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, interracial relations, family history, escape attempt, freedom, discrimination, injustice, social problems ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s, 70s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
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