Dictatorship movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant dictatorship movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, political, dramatic and tense films and TV shows about / with dictatorship, politics, state affairs, political unrest, society, suspense, brutality, violence, runaway and intrigue plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
dictatorship movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as dictatorship: Tyrant (2014), The Last King of Scotland (2006), The Wave (2008), Missing (1982), Night Train to Lisbon (2013), Vincere (2009), Downfall (2004), Equilibrium (2002), House of Saddam (2008), The Devil's Double (2011).

List of dictatorship movies

Tyrant (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam "Barry" Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his ...
Style: captivating, tense, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: dictatorship, state affairs, homecoming, totalitarianism, political unrest, ruler, family relations, parents and children, gay son, society, secret, exile ...
Time: 21st century
Place: middle east
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: political, harsh, brutal, bloody, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, genocide, politics, doctor, polygamy, dictator, atrocity, corruption, suspense, attempted murder, against humanity, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: africa, uganda, scotland
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The Wave (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily ...
Style: psychological, philosophical, emotional, political, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: fascism, experiment, suicide, nazism, teacher, bullying, teachers and students, dictatorship, high school, education, against humanity, politics ...
Place: germany, california, europe
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Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: political, thought provoking, emotional, talky, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: politics, dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, corruption, conspiracy, military, missing person, journalist, character study, political intrigue, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, iraq, argentina ...
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Night Train to Lisbon (2013)
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, Germany, Portugal
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Raimund Gregorius, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon the boring life he has led for years and to embark on an ...
Style: atmospheric, philosophical, intense, talky, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dictatorship, resistance, self discovery, friendship, writers, revolution, teacher, suicide attempt, poet, investigation, obsessive quest, travel ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, 21st century
Place: portugal, lisbon portugal, england, europe, switzerland ...
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Vincere (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of the descent into madness of Mussolini's secret first wife, Ida Dasler, who was seduced by his passion and vigour but blind to the fascist dictator's many flaws. A historical drama with the passion, lyricism and tragedy of a ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, political ...
Plot: dictatorship, fascism, world war one, politics, male star appears nude, world war two, rebellion, ambition, destructive relationship, resistance, family problems, couples ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1910s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, rome italy, milan italy, europe
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Downfall (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still ...
Style: psychological, intense, bleak, disturbing, harsh ...
Plot: world war two, war, suicide, hitler, nazi, nazism, holocaust, fascism, national socialism, third reich, betrayal, courage ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, post world war two, 20th century, year 1942
Place: germany, berlin germany, poland, prague, europe ...
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Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, philosophical, psychological, clever ...
Audience: manly, boys' night
Plot: distopia, martial arts, fighting the system, gunfight, post apocalypse, cyberpunk, utopia, rebellion, totalitarianism, future dystopia, dystopic future, lone hero ...
Time: future, 80s, 2000s
Place: beijing china, china
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House of Saddam (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 232 min.
TV show
Story: A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, clever, political ...
Plot: saddam hussein, politics, dictatorship, execution, megalomaniac, historical character, treason, rivalry, political unrest, totalitarianism, family relations, psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 70s, 21st century
Place: middle east, iraq, iran
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The Devil's Double (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.
Style: serious, political, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: rape, lookalikes, betrayal, saddam hussein, psychopath, hidden identity, manipulation, dictatorship, murder, gangsters, impostor, twists and turns ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: baghdad iraq, middle east, iraq, california
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Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 130 min.
TV show
Story: A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: world war two, hitler, nazism, against humanity, racism, political unrest, fascism, dictatorship, nazi, politics, war, historical character ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: germany, europe, austria
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The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story follows the misadventures of a New York City beautician who is mistakenly hired as the school teacher for the children of the president of a small Eastern European country.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, sexy, parody ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, family outing, kids, date night ...
Plot: opposites attract, nanny, dictatorship, female protagonist, culture clash, fish out of water, couples, society, single parent, love and romance, women, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, eastern europe
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Trauma (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Chile
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Four friends visit a rural locality of Chile, are brutally attacked by a man and his son. After not finding help in the town, they decide to confront these men with the help of a pair of policemen. But in this way, they will discover that their ...
Style: disturbing, controversial, psychotronic, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: rape, rape and revenge, abduction, dictatorship, mother son incest, sociopath, sister sister relationship, forced incest, brutality, revenge, suspense, violence ...
Time: year 1978
Place: chile
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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: politics, coming of age, dictatorship, jewish, political unrest, children, life is a bitch, family relations, working class, understanding, friendship, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1970
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil, latin america
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Of Love and Shadows (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Argentina
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the underground resistance movement, Francisco opens her eyes and ...
Style: erotic, sexy, talky, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Audience: adult
Plot: dictatorship, politics, lust, photographer, military, hospital, distopia, rebellion, male nudity, nude, god, secrets ...
Time: 70s, year 1973, 1920s
Place: chile, latin america, spain, south america, california
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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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April Captains (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Portugal, Spain, Italy, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.
Style: serious, tense, rough, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: revolution, dictatorship, military, rebellion, military coup, family relations, politics, state affairs, rebelliousness, society, siblings relations, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: portugal, africa, angola
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The Prize (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Poland, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Ceci, a seven year old girl, has to keep a huge secret, but she doesn't completely understand what is the secret about. The life of her family depends on her silence. But what exactly must she keep silent about? Ceci and her mom live hidden ...
Style: serious, touching, emotional, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: school, dictatorship, military, rebelliousness, family in danger, political unrest, parents and children, repression, family relations, dishonesty, rebellion, village ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america
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Che: Part One (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Style: political, thought provoking, intense, talky, captivating ...
Plot: revolution, cuban revolution, communism, violence, military, idealism, dictatorship, politics, execution, fighting the system, state affairs, leadership ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1957, year 1958
Place: cuba, latin america, mexico city, new york
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Cuéntame (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Cuéntame cómo pasó, also known as Cuéntame, is a Spanish television series which has been broadcast by the Spanish public TV channel TVE1 since 2001. Its original name had to be changed for copyright reasons. The series recounts the experiences ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, humorous, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: dictatorship, totalitarianism, family relations, state affairs, youth, political unrest, politics, domestic violence, coming of age, life is a bitch, fascism, oppression ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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Julius Caesar (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.
Style: serious, captivating, epic, stylized, realistic
Plot: roman empire, ancient history, julius caesar, ancient rome, politics, dictatorship, emperor, tragic hero, ambition, war hero, conspiracy, rivalry ...
Time: 1st century, 1st century b.c.
Place: egypt, rome italy, europe, africa, middle east
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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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Shaolin (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: martial arts, shaolin monk, shaolin, monk, wu shu, monastery, conquering, kung fu, martial artist, shaolin kung fu, dictatorship, refugee ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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Bananas (1971)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.
Style: humorous, political, funny, talky, absurd ...
Plot: revolution, rebellion, political satire, satire, politics, dictatorship, loser, fish out of water, dictator, political activism, rise to the top, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, latin america
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Salvador (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The story of Salvador Puig Antich, one of the last political prisoners to be executed under Franco's Fascist State in 1974.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: anarchist, dictatorship, politics, legal, legal investigation, rebellion, against humanity, missing person, demonstration, rebelliousness, fighting the system, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, year 1974
Place: spain, barcelona, iberian peninsula, europe
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Che: Part Two (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. ...
Style: political, inspirational, talky, factual, atmospheric ...
Plot: revolution, communism, sacrifice, idealism, leadership, dictatorship, suspense, hopes, rebel, historical character, political unrest, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, year 1966
Place: bolivia, cuba, latin america, south america
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Freedom (2000)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Freedom is a short-lived 2000 American science fiction television show on the UPN network. There were 12 episodes filmed but only 7 were aired in the US. Some episodes were further aired internationally, and the full series is still occasionally ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, bleak, futuristic
Plot: freedom fighter, distopia, resistance, military, dictatorship, rebelliousness, heroic mission, rebellion, state affairs, society, revolution, on the run ...
Time: near future, 90s
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Conta-me Como Foi (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, History, Romance
Country: Portugal
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: "Conta-me Como Foi" is a fiction TV Show adapted from the spanish “Cuentame como pasó” TV Series.
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: dictatorship, poor family, authoritarianism, social problems, husband wife relationship, society, father son relationship, family problems, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: portugal, lisbon portugal
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The House of the Spirits (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Denmark, Portugal
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sexy, melancholic ...
Plot: revolution, civil war, farm, magic realism, justice, dysfunctional family, politics, coup d'etat, rape, family relations, generation gap, dictatorship ...
Time: 1940s, 19th century, 1930s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: latin america, south america, chile
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The Spy Gone North (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In 1993, former military officer Suk-young Park is recruited as a spy by South Korea's National Intelligence Service, and given the code name "Black Venus". He is then sent to infiltrate a group of high-ranking North Korean officials ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating
Plot: spy, undercover agent, suspense, political campaign, dictatorship, political corruption, top secret, operation, undercover, government official, secret mission, military ...
Time: year 1993, 90s, 2000s, year 1998, 20th century
Place: south korea, north korea, beijing china, korea, china ...
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