Political repression movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant political repression movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, serious, realistic, disturbing, tense and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with political repression, suspense, politics, sex scene, violence, death, murder, nude, life is a bitch and blood plots mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Spain and other countries.
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political repression movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as political repression: Generation War (2013), Neruda (2016), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), The Butcher of Prague (2011), Peterloo (2018), The (Silent) War (2019), The Tobacconist (2018), Salvador (1986), Black Beach (2020), The Endless Trench (2019).

List of political repression movies

Generation War (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well.
Style: tense, captivating, serious, thought provoking, mind blowing ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, holocaust, military, war, guilt, friendship, against humanity, atrocity, friends, nazi germany, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, ussr
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Neruda (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Chile, Argentina, France, Spain, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: It’s 1948 and the Cold War has arrived in Chile. In the Congress, prominent Communist Senator and popular poet Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Party and is stripped of his parliamentary immunity by President González Videla. ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, art film ...
Plot: political repression, manhunt, writers, poet, police detective, escape, politician, police investigation, anti communism, class differences, exile, senate ...
Time: 1940s, year 1948, post world war two
Place: chile, south america, andes mountains, santiago chile, paris france
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, psychological, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: distopia, brainwashing, politics, totalitarianism, future dystopia, torture, fascism, surveillance, female nudity, alternate reality, political corruption, society ...
Time: future, year 1984, 80s, 20th century, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, united kingdom, britain
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The Butcher of Prague (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 126 min.
Story: With the Nazi takeover of Europe underway, the Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich arrives in Prague and his underlings begin enforcing his authority in the towns and villages across the occupied country. In Lidice, the film's main protagonist, ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, emotional, bleak
Plot: nazi occupation, world war two, mass murder, holocaust, political repression, life is a bitch, wartime life, heroic mission, social relations, against humanity, war, genocide ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: czechoslovakia, czech republic, prague
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Peterloo (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A drama about the infamous 1819 Manchester massacre, which killed an estimated 18 protesters and injured up to 700.
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, rough, political ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: protest, political repression, massacre, historical event, society, dishonesty, monarch, socialist, politics, radical, bureaucracy, cat ...
Time: 1810s, 19th century, regency period, georgian era
Place: england, manchester
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The (Silent) War (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Northern Spain, October 1944. Several groups of guerrilla fighters, former Republican soldiers exiled in France after the end of the Spanish Civil War, infiltrate the country in order to provoke a popular uprising against General Franco's ...
Style: tense, captivating
Plot: political repression, sabotage, franco regime (francoism), manhunt, military, struggle for survival, coup d'etat, soldier, military coup, wartime, fighting the system, franco regime ...
Time: 1940s
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The Tobacconist (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Vienna, 1937, on the eve of the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany. The young and inexperienced Franz Huchel begins to learn about both the joys and hardships of life by working as an apprentice to the mutilated war veteran Otto Trsnjek in a ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric
Plot: world war two, psychiatrist, political repression, friendship, historical figure, friends, wartime life, rivalry, society, coming of age, interwar period, psychology ...
Time: 1930s, year 1938, 20th century
Place: germany, vienna, central europe
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Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: tense, political, harsh, factual, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, politics, war correspondent, photojournalist, war, reporter, suspense, cold war, revolution, military, dictator ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, san francisco, central america, south america
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Black Beach (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, Belgium, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Carlos is a businessman who gets a request to intercede on behalf a US engineer in the oil industry who's been kidnapped.
Style: captivating, exciting, disturbing, tense
Plot: mother son relationship, family secret, ethnic conflict, political repression, corruption, assassination, african tribe, genocide, friendship, male nudity, oil company, escape ...
Place: west africa, madrid, africa, belgium, brussels
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The Endless Trench (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Canada
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Higinio and Rosa have only been married for a few months when the Civil War breaks out, representing a serious threat to his life. Helped by his wife, they decide to use a hole dug into their own home as a provisional hiding place. The fear of ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, sad, touching
Plot: dictatorship, political repression, small village, neighbor neighbor relationship, spanish civil war, secret, assassination, revenge, delusion, hiding place, arrest, snitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, year 1943, year 1936, year 1945 ...
Place: iberian peninsula, spain, andalusia
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The Gate (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Cambodia, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two decades after forging an unlikely alliance in Pol Pot's Cambodia, a French ethnologist and a former Khmer Rouge official meet again after the latter is arrested for crimes against humanity.
Style: disturbing, captivating, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: survival, confined, captivity, against humanity, political repression, ideology, mass murder, khmer rouge, communist, communism, genocide, crime against humanity
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: cambodia, asia
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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: Spain
Duration: 82 min.
Story: France. A near and probable future. The Sisterhood of Metacontrol governs Europe. Angeline, an exemplary and irreproachable citizen has just joined the order... But her relationship with a special man, Nono, will make her question profoundly the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, captivating, controversial ...
Plot: distopia, feminism, forbidden love, chastity, totalitarian regime, sexism, escape, self sacrifice, male female relationship, love, dehumanization, political repression ...
Time: future
Place: france, paris france
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Ashes in the Snow (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Lithuania
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Lina Vilkas who is deported to Siberia amid Stalin's reign of terror in the Baltic region during WWII. An aspiring artist, she secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, sad
Plot: world war two, military camp, survival, hopes, violent man, saving a life, suspense, rescue, hostage, teenage girl, murder, destiny ...
Time: year 1941
Place: siberia, ussr
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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chief of detectives, homicide section, commits a murder and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.
Style: surreal, tense, bleak, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, politics, police investigation, police, satire, courtroom drama, extramarital affair, legal, law enforcement, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
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Death and the Maiden (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, sexy, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: suspense, revenge, torture, politics, doctor, lawyer, dictatorship, justice, brutality, haunted by the past, attempted murder, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, poland, argentina, south america, chile ...
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Within the Whirlwind (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Poland, Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During Stalin's reign of terror, Evgenia Ginzburg, a literature professor, was sent to 10 years hard labor in a gulag in Siberia. Having lost everything, and no longer wishing to live, she meets the camp doctor and begins to come back to life.
Style: captivating, disturbing, psychological, feminist film
Plot: jailed, male female relationship, gulag, political repression, political persecution, political prisoner, suspense, couple relations, love story, love affair, political unrest, wartime ...
Time: year 1934
Place: siberia, ussr
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Code Name: Dynastud (2018)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In the year 2024, homosexuality has been outlawed by an extreme right-wing government. Only one extraordinary man can stop this wave of terror and repression, a superhero for our troubled times.
Style: satirical, captivating, exciting, humorous, homoerotic ...
Plot: gay, spacecraft, space battle, political satire, strangulation, captured, time travel, joke, chase, homosexuality, politics, gay rights ...
Time: future
Place: canada
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Preso No. 1 (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
TV show
Story: The story of a humble farmer who becomes President of Mexico. When he is falsely accused of fraud and incarcerated, he must fight back against the corrupt system behind the scheme and clear his name for the sake of his country and family.
Style: tense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: president, politician, jailed, political prisoner, jail, criminal, politics, prisoner, political repression, confined, political unrest, political intrigue ...
Place: mexico
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest — including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale ...
Style: political, factual, thought provoking, serious, funny ...
Plot: riot, activist, courtroom drama, court, injustice, suspense, hippie, political protest, political persecution, political activism, legal, protest ...
Time: 60s, year 1969, year 1968, year 1994
Place: chicago illinois, ohio, oakland california, connecticut, mississippi ...
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Soledad (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Love and Anarchy is a dramatic love story based on true events. Two lovers immersed in a repressive political context. A government that portrays them as criminals and the people who regard them as anarchist heroes.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, romantic, realistic ...
Plot: fall in love, tragic love, female protagonist, violence, anarchist, anarchy, couples, love, love and romance, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, romantic relationship, political unrest ...
Time: 90s, year 1997, year 1998
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Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The final part of Mikhalkov's trilogy about Divisional Commander Kotov finds him returning home during World War II having been betrayed, narrowly escaped execution for treason and nearly reduced to dust in a prison camp. Only to discover that ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, epic ...
Plot: soldier, life is a bitch, wartime life, injustice, family relations, family problems, battles, war, dishonesty, battle zone, nurse, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: ussr, russia
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Brezhnev (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 208 min.
TV show
Story: About the last days of Leonid Brezhnev, the Secretary General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He is sick and depressed, but he is still trying to enjoy some pleasures of life. He is hunting, eating, and sleeping a lot. While awake, he is ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, disturbing, political thriller
Plot: political leader, kremlin, state affairs, old man, politics, megalomaniac, power relations, society, historical figure, intrigue, abuse of power, leadership ...
Time: 80s
Place: ussr
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Charlotte Corday (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Set in July 1793 during the outbreak of the French Revolution and the unleashing of the Reign of Terror, a young girl from Caen named Charlotte Corday plots to assassinate Jacobin newspaper editor Jean-Paul Marat.
Style: political thriller
Plot: murder investigation, french revolution, napoleonic wars, historical event, political repression, assassin, prison, female killer, terror, martyrdom, female assassin, death sentence ...
Time: 18th century
Place: paris france, normandy, france
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Havel (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 104 min.
Story: It's the summer of '68 and the young Czech playwright Vaclav Havel is enjoying the heady atmosphere of new- found freedom as the iron grip of Soviet repression gradually loosens throughout Central Europe. In Havel's Prague, politics ...
Style: non-linear, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: playwright, czech history, lifestyle change, political activist, jail, fight, rivals, friendship between men, husband wife relationship, interrogation, conscience, revolution ...
Time: year 1977, year 1968, year 1976, year 1989, 70s ...
Place: prague, central europe
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Three Seconds (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Russia
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story is set at the 1972 Munich Olympics where the U.S. team lost the basketball championship for the first time in 36 years. The final moments of the final game have become one of the most controversial events in Olympic history. With play ...
Style: atmospheric, inspirational, captivating, motivational
Plot: basketball, sport, sport team, basketball player, olympics, terror, kgb, handicapped, dedication, miraculous event, coach, athlete ...
Time: 70s, year 1970, year 1972, 20th century
Place: moscow russia, munich germany
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The Herd (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family decides to sell its sheep - a most precious commodity - in far away Ankara. During their long train ride, bribes must be paid to petty officials, sheep are stolen or die in the packed, airless wagons, ...
Style: art house, political
Plot: kurd, women's issues, injustice, prejudice, nationalism, political repression, political oppression, independence, police corruption, killing an animal, racism, bench ...
Place: kurdistan, turkey
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, family outing, kids
Plot: survival, female protagonist, distopia, death, game of death, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, society, future dystopia, killings, young heroes ...
Time: future
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet ...
Style: sexy, erotic, art house, romantic, philosophical ...
Audience: adult
Plot: infidelity, sex, love, love triangle, waitress, voyeurism, adultery, existentialism, female nudity, sexual promiscuity, menage a trois, love story ...
Time: 60s, year 1968, 20th century
Place: central europe, czechoslovakia, geneva switzerland, california, ussr ...
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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of ...
Style: scary, surreal, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: voodoo, hallucination, supernatural, zombie, superstition, surrealism, religion, buried alive, anthropologist, suspense, rite, black magic ...
Time: 80s, 70s, year 1985, year 1978
Place: haiti, boston
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The Exam (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Hungary
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Welcome to Hungary, Christmas 1957. The state, shaken and insecure by the defeated revolution of 1956 and prodded by a renewed Stalinist atmosphere, has decreed that all security personnel must take an exam to challenge and verify their loyalty. But ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, serious, psychological, surprise ending
Plot: secret police, spy, christmas eve, investigation, informant, secret agents, surveillance, suspense, courtroom drama, agent, political repression, stalinism ...
Time: 50s, year 1957, 20th century
Place: budapest, hungary, europe
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