Political prisoner movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant political prisoner movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful and suspense films and TV shows about / with political prisoner, prison, society, politics, betrayal, torture, prisoner, danger, murder and friendship plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as political prisoner: The Perez Family (1995), Air Force One (1997), Six Flying Dragons (2015), Ghoul (2018), Coming Home (2014), Septembers of Shiraz (2015), The Eleventh Hour (2008), A Twelve-Year Night (2018), In the Crosswind (2014), Story of Judas (2015).

List of political prisoner movies

The Perez Family (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the midst of the Mariel boat lift -- a hurried exodus of refugees from Cuba going to America -- an immigration clerk accidentally presumes that dissident Juan Raul Perez and Dorita Evita Perez are married. United by their last name and a mutual ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, light, sweet ...
Plot: mistaken identity, immigration, prostitute, political prisoner, destiny, romance, family relations, society, human nature, politics, immigrants, reunion ...
Time: 80s
Place: cuba, miami, usa, latin america, florida
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 6.5
 181K
Air Force One (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: secret service, hijacking, hostage, airplane, negotiation, terrorism, prison, conspiracy, president, head of state, political prisoner, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: russia, kazakhstan, afghanistan, germany, washington d.c. ...
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Six Flying Dragons (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: “Six Flying Dragons” is a Period drama depicts the ambitions and success stories of 6 people around Prince Lee Bang Won. This drama also depicts the ideological and political conflict between Prince Lee Bang Won and Jung Do Jeon who is the man ...
Style: enigmatic, exciting, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: joseon dynasty, martial arts, tragedy, betrayal, ambition, palace intrigue, political conspiracy, treason, political corruption, political prisoner, husband wife relationship, political unrest ...
Time: 14th century
Place: korea
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 7.1
 13K
Ghoul (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: India
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A newly minted military interrogator arrives at a covert detention center to discover that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world.
Style: political, captivating, psychological, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: demonic possession, political prisoner, female protagonist, interrogation, ghoul, demon, heaven and hell, islam, neo noir, revenge, loyalty, mystery ...
Time: near future
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 7.2
 5K
Coming Home (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric
Plot: labor camp, love and romance, hopes, political unrest, reunion, breakup, crime and punishment, couples, family problems, state affairs, political prisoner, cultural revolution ...
Time: 20th century
Place: china
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Septembers of Shiraz (2015)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the critically acclaimed debut novel by Iranian American author Dalia Sofer, a secular Jewish family is caught up in the maelstrom of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense
Plot: interrogation, political prisoner, jewish, party, revolution, couples, danger, family relations, crimes, rivalry, society, friendship ...
Time: year 1979
Place: tehran iran
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The Eleventh Hour (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An ex-Navy SEAL, Michael Adams, (Matthew Reese) was captured during a raid to free Japanese prisoners from a North Korean prison camp. He endures the North Koreans torture for three years -- seen only as flashbacks -- then released back into ...
Style: surprise ending, suspense, exciting, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: violence, vendetta, husband wife relationship, political prisoner, tragic hero, conspiracy, chase, betrayal, prisoner, attempted murder, female assassin, little girl ...
Time: 2000s
Place: korea, north korea
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A Twelve-Year Night (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Uruguay, Spain, Argentina, France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Uruguay, 1973. Having been crushed by the military dictatorship, surviving members of the Tupamaro guerillas are imprisoned and tortured. They must find a way to endure the coming 12 years.
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, tense, based on true events
Plot: politics, prison, political prisoner, military dictatorship, released from prison, violence, society, rivalry, chess, latin american history, letter writing, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: year 1973, 70s, 80s
Place: uruguay, south america, latin america
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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: Palestine, Germany, Netherlands, Mexico
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The affaire of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages.
Style: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, enigmatic, captivating
Plot: moral dilemma, arrest, pregnant wife, political prisoner, sex scene, violence, pregnancy, danger, encounter, couples, crimes, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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In the Crosswind (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Estonia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: June 14, 1941, 3 a.m. Over 40000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are deported by Soviets to Siberia. Among them is a philosophy student Erna, a happily married mother of a little girl. Separated from her husband Erna and her daughter are ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: deportation, getting home, labor camp, life is a bitch, wartime life, family in danger, survival, parents and children, on the road, family relations, danger, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, year 1941 ...
Place: estonia, siberia, europe, russia, soviet union ...
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 5.6
 177
Story of Judas (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man ascends a barren summit. It is Judas, come to collect Jesus and carry him down the mountain on his back, joking and panting as he does so. After bathing in the river and taking part in a henna ceremony, Jesus leaves for Jerusalem. Judas is ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, biblical, realistic
Plot: betrayal, clergy, religions or cults, rivalry, intrigue, dishonesty, bible, desert, friendship, society, bible story, disciple ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
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 5.7
 190
Nowhere (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, Spain, Argentina
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a country (alluded to be Chile) under dictatorship, a police night raid comes up with a few usual anti-regime suspects. They are sent to a camp in the middle of nowhere. Their friends on the outside start to plan their escape.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating
Plot: society, politics, political prisoner, dictator, escape, isolation, rebelliousness, abduction, kidnapping, drive away, foreigner, dictatorship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: latin america, italy, chile
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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: South Africa, 1978. Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, two white political activists from the African National Congress imprisoned by the apartheid regime, put a plan in motion to escape from the infamous Pretoria Prison…
Style: political, atmospheric, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, maximum security prison, racism, human spirit, political persecution, prison, escape, jail, prisoner, freedom, rebelliousness ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: australia, africa, south africa, adelaide south australia, cape town south africa ...
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 6.2
 9K
Somnio (2016)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart a computer in order to escape and try and find his way back to the outside world that may already be wiped out.
Style: suspense, psychological thriller, captivating, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: escape, artificial intelligence, prison, jail, prisoner, father son relationship, man versus machine, escape attempt, camera, mistaken identity, computer, political prisoner ...
Time: near future
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The Chronicles of Melanie (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The 14th of June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia: Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandr and force them to leave everything behind. Together with more than 15 000 Latvians, Melanie and her son get ...
Style: bleak, suspense, disturbing, rough
Plot: deportation, gulag, survival, cruelty, politics, grief, world war two, political prisoner, life is a bitch, mother son relationship, period piece, crying baby ...
Time: year 1941, 1950s, year 1957, 1940s, 50s
Place: siberia, soviet union, russia, latvia
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All Three of Us (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An Iranian family survives the shah and the ayatollah and moves to France. This story follows the family through it all. Despite the politics, revolution, prison, beatings, assassinations and suicides this is a comedy.
Style: captivating, humorous, touching, realistic
Plot: migrant, border crossing, large family, political oppression, marriage, archive footage, wedding, nurse, political prisoner, social worker, couples, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 50s, 1950s
Place: iran, france
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 8.0
 218K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India
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: emotional, realistic, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, freedom, idealism, protest, muslim, religious intolerance, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, life philosophy ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, europe, asia ...
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My Tehran for Sale (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Iran
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Marzieh is a young female actress living in Tehran. The authorities ban her theatre work and, like all young people in Iran, she is forced to lead a secret life in order to express herself artistically. At an underground rave, she meets Iranian born ...
Style: captivating, serious, disturbing, realistic
Plot: heavy metal, rebellion, state affairs, government agency, gender, life is a bitch, against the rules, family relations, mother daughter relationship, political prisoner, suicide, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, tehran iran, australia
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 4.8
 393
Fires Within (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A Cuban emigre, living in Miami and involved in an affair with the American seaman who rescued her and her daughter years earlier, must face her husband after he is unexpectedly released from a Cuban prison.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: political prisoner, family life, political unrest, love triangle, dishonesty, politics, immigrants, society, life is a bitch, state affairs, betrayal, love and romance ...
Place: miami, usa, florida, cuba, latin america
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 6.2
 268
Inside (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An emotional and thrilling tale of life and death behind the walls of a maximum security prison. From the acclaimed director of 'Bonnie and Clyde', and featuring a powerful international cast.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: disintegration, politics, racism, prison, denial, political prisoner, retribution, apartheid, prisoner, legal, rivalry, tragic hero ...
Time: 80s
Place: south africa, africa
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He Who Has Been Through the Fire (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Hero of the Soviet Union becomes a GULAG prisoner and then an Indian Chief.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching
Plot: adventure, native americans, manhunt, pow, soldier, escapades, treason, captivity, war, danger, chases and races, society ...
Time: 20th century
Place: ukraine
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 8.5
 3K
The Octopus (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy, Austria, France, UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden
Duration: 402 min.
TV show
Story: Corrado Cattani is a police inspector whose life is devoted to fighting the Italian mafia (known here as "La Piovra" or "The Octopus").
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Plot: cosa nostra, crime, mafia, police investigation, murder, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, society, family relations, family life, smuggling ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: sicily, italy, europe, sicily italy, southern italy ...
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Escape from Segovia (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Narrates the escape of 29 political prisoners, led by ETA, from Segovia prison. Based on actual events.
Style: based on true events
Plot: political prisoner, journalist, terrorism, prison, eta terrorist group, franco regime (francoism), prison escape, eta, franco regime
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 5.2
 133
Little Mother (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany, Yugoslavia, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Marina Pinares, the wife of the president of a South American country, insists on being his vice-presidential running mate in the next election. She's no stranger to assassination to get what she wants, so some suspect she'll kill her own ...
Plot: surgeon, fictional country, actress, secret police, fascist, erotica, catholic church, dying young, catholic, politics, husband wife relationship, virgin ...
Place: former yugoslavia, argentina, eastern europe, yugoslavia, south america
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 5.9
 285
Boycott (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Valeh, a member of a leftist organization, is arrested by the SAVAK and sentenced to death. In prison, he reconsiders his relationships with members of his political cell, and begins to doubt the validity of the ideas for which he is condemned. At ...
Plot: marxism, prison, death sentence, death penalty, faith, arrest, baby, capture, torture, murder, childbirth, anti communism ...
Place: iran, middle east
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 7.0
 398
Shivers (1981)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Set in the early 1950's, during the Stalin's Personality Cult. The story opens in a provincial town. Tomek's father, a former member of the Home Army is arrested so the mother is left with the task of raising two kids alone. The ...
Plot: teenage girl, neighbor, communism, brother sister relationship, children, polish, child's point of view, teacher, death of boy, stalinism, education, fight ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
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The Day the Clown Cried (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths.
Plot: death of child, holocaust, auschwitz, concentration camp, gas chamber, barbed wire fence, gestapo, world war two, clown, political prisoner, circus, nazi ...
Time: 1940s
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More Than Just a Game (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: South Africa
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A drama about political prisoners playing soccer at Robben Island prison, where Nelson Mandela was held.
Style: uplifting, captivating, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, racism, island, ambition, rebellion, fighting the system, friendship, prison life, against the odds, human spirit, society, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, quarry
Place: africa, south africa
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The Big Doll House (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Female prisoners in a Phillippine jail are being subjected to sadistic torture. Five of the women--along with the help of two men--plot an escape.
Style: sexual, sexy, suspenseful, rough, offbeat ...
Plot: women's prison, woman in danger, fugitives, criminal heroes, prison life, captivity, false accusation, survival, escape, prison warden, prison, exploitation ...
Time: 70s
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, social problems, marital problem, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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