Political oppression movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant political oppression movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, political, emotional, touching and captivating films and TV shows about / with political oppression, politics, murder, death, brutality, society, friendship, runaway, fighting the system and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in USA, France, Turkey and other countries.
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political oppression movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as political oppression: The First Purge (2018), Big Man, Little Love (2001), All Three of Us (2015), Carnival Row (2019), Colonia (2015), The Herd (1978), Suffragette (2015), Gandhi (1982), Wildflower (2017), The Boy Who Stopped Talking (1996).

List of political oppression movies

The First Purge (2018)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, slasher, psychological, scary ...
Plot: murder, sadism, atrocity, social injustice, survival horror, suspense, abuse of power, experiment, racism, politics, violence, distopia ...
Time: year 2014, year 2017, 2010s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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Big Man, Little Love (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Hungary
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Hejar, meaning "Dispossessed", a little Kurdish orphan war victim, educates a Turkish judge!
Style: sincere, sentimental, political, banned film
Plot: racism, kurd, children, orphan, neighbor, political oppression, old man, cultural difference, nationalism, injustice, murder, police ...
Place: turkey, kurdistan
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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: humorous, captivating, realistic, touching
Plot: migrant, marriage, large family, political oppression, wedding, nurse, social worker, political prisoner, family relations, couples, society, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 50s
Place: iran, france
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Carnival Row (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
TV show
Story: In a mystical and dark city filled with humans, fairies and other creatures, a police detective investigates a series of gruesome murders leveled against the fairy population. During his investigation, the detective becomes the prime suspect and ...
Style: dark fantasy, captivating, atmospheric, sad, sweet ...
Plot: mythical creature, steampunk, fantasy world, fairy, interspecies romance, family secret, politician, monster, police detective, social injustice, hate, female friendship ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: england
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Colonia (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Luxembourg, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
Style: psychological, harsh, exciting, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: suspense, cult, religious fanatic, kidnapping, religion, genocide, escape, torture chamber, torture, prison, survival, abuse ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, germany, south america, new jersey, latin america
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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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Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: captivating, factual, inspirational, bleak, political ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: women, feminism, feminist, fighting the system, sexism, sexual harassment, girl power, adoption, rebelliousness, prejudice, politics, protest ...
Time: year 1912, 1910s, edwardian era, victorian era, 20th century ...
Place: england, london, israel, ireland, europe ...
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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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Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA, South Africa
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: epic, inspirational, political, spiritual, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: idealism, protest, lawyer, politics, british empire, life philosophy, human spirit, religious intolerance, leadership, assassination, freedom, indian history ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 19th century, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: india, south africa, africa, los angeles, vatican ...
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione walk away from their last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, putting an end to Voldemort's bid for immortality. But with Harry's beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort's unscrupulous ...
Style: dark fantasy, epic, scenic, suspenseful, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, chick flick, pre-teens ...
Plot: magic, harry potter, witch, magical, wizards, boarding school, wizards and magicians, chosen one, bravery, young heroes, friendship, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s, year 1997, year 1998, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Returning for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts, Harry is stunned to find that his warnings about the return of Lord Voldemort have been ignored. Left with no choice, Harry takes matters into his own hands, training a small group of students – ...
Style: exciting, scenic, tense, entertaining, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick ...
Plot: magic, witch, magical, harry potter, school, wizards, chosen one, wizards and magicians, supernatural, boarding school, best friends, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s, year 1995, year 1994, year 1996, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, scotland
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Wildflower (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Philippines
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Wildflower is a Philippine revenge drama television series starring Maja Salvador, together with an ensemble cast. The show originally aired on ABS-CBN, and worldwide on The Filipino Channel, from February 13, 2017 to February 9, 2018.
Style: captivating, serious, enigmatic, sinister, surprise ending ...
Plot: secret, murder, paranoia, organized crime, mysterious woman, friendship, revenge, death, money, lie, death of father, suspense ...
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The Boy Who Stopped Talking (1996)
Genre: Drama, Family, War
Country: Netherlands, Turkey
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Memo is a nine-year-old boy who lives in Turkey with his mother and little sister, while his father works in a Netherlands seaport. When war looms near his family home, Memo's father moves the family to be with him in the Netherlands. Memo is ...
Plot: kurd, friendship, countryside, boy, village, childhood, turk, casualty of war, diaspora, father son relationship, police, escape ...
Place: kurdistan
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The Familiar Soil (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An artist's life who lives in a village of Kurdistan,Iran has been changed because his nephew enters to the village.
Plot: generation, artist, kurd, cancer, middle age romance, brother sister relationship, political oppression, stereotypes
Place: iran, kurdistan
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The Man with the Carnation (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Greece
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of Nikos Belogiannis member of the communist party and officer of Ellas that has come back to Greece only to get arrested, tried for espionage on behalf of Russia and executed.
Plot: politics, prime minister, political persecution, political oppression, political prisoner, political intrigue, military officer, political activism, communist party, anti communist, communism, post civil war ...
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80 Hussars (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Hungary
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The film tells the story of a regiment of Hungarian hussars stationed in Poland. The hussars, mostly ordinary men, have heard news of the uprising and wish to return to the homeland to defend the newly independent country. The Empire, on the other ...
Plot: revolution, patriotism, bravery, political oppression, army, desertion
Time: 19th century
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Jiyan (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Iraq, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: "Jiyan" takes place in Halabja about five years after Saddam's infamous chemical attack in 1988. Diyari (Kurdo Galali) has come from his new homeland, America, to put up a badly needed new orphanage. As construction proceeds, he ...
Plot: kurd, children, orphanage, good samaritan, human rights, small town, loneliness, survival, friendship, iraq war, flowers, friend ...
Time: year 1988
Place: kurdistan, iraq
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In Nowhere Land (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sükran who works at pay box of Haydarpasa is around 40 ages. She has a son whose name is Veysel. He works in a factory. She suffered from her husband's political actions, so she wants to keep away Veysel from political actions. Veysel get ...
Plot: kurd, disappearance, missing son, turk, hotel receptionist, 40 year old, missing person, friend, journalist, military police, politics, war zone ...
Place: turkey, kurdistan
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Backdoor (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, France, Romania
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Athens 1966. Dimitris, 13, unexpectedly loses his father. Seeing his pampered mother collapse, the boy gets carried away and decides to skip childhood in order to stand by her. When he feels ready, he has to claim his mother back from an ...
Style: captivating, disturbing
Plot: stepfather, mother son relationship, coming of age, revenge, second marriage, coup d'etat, teenager, friendship, dictatorship, prostitute, death of father, suspense ...
Time: 60s
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Romero (1989)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his county. This fil chronicles the transformation ...
Style: inspirational, realistic, sexy, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: church, murder, catholic, religion, christian, politics, bishop, military, political corruption, poverty, propaganda, violence ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: latin america, south america
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Z (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises ...
Style: political, realistic, thought provoking, tense, bleak ...
Plot: conspiracy, politics, military, assassination, police, government, investigation, corruption, murder investigation, political corruption, justice, violence ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: greece, france, africa, europe
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A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, ...
Style: realistic, bleak, meditative, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: kurd, children, orphan, coming of age, youth, siblings relations, family relations, village life, village, family in crisis, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, iran, kurdistan, middle east, tokyo ...
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The Road (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world outside.
Style: road movie, political, art house, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: racism, kurd, love, social injustice, road trip, exile, prison, nationalism, family problems, family relations, injustice, rebellion ...
Place: kurdistan, turkey
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Privates Lives (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Carmen Uranga is a 42 year-old woman who after 20 years jurisdiction of her native country (Argentina), she returns to solve a family problem related with the inheritance that her sick father wants to leave him. Their return trip results in the ...
Style: psychological, serious, sincere, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: mother son incest, incestuous sex, incest, older woman younger man relationship, sex with mother, female masturbation, accidental incest, introspection, love affair, rehabilitation, love and romance, gender ...
Place: argentina, latin america
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Three Kings (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will take them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a secret mission that's destined to change ...
Style: realistic, humorous, thought provoking, intense, entertaining ...
Plot: treasure hunt, gulf war, military, desert, suspense, iraq war, war, culture clash, heist, rescue, twists and turns, racial slur ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: middle east, iraq, iran, kurdistan, arizona
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The Round-Up (1966)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Hungary
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in a detention camp in Hungary in 1869 at a time of guerilla campaigns against the ruling Austrians.
Style: political, experimental, tense, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prison life, female nudity, protest, reform, snitch, life is a bitch, rebellion, confined, political unrest, escape attempt, nude, victim ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: hungary, eastern europe, europe, budapest, central europe
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Kilometre Zero (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Iraq, Finland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Set during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s, the film tells of a tragicomic road trip set in Iraq's Kurdistan.
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: travel, military life, on the road, military, society, obsessive quest, escapades, genocide, oppression, life & death, kurd, dark humor ...
Time: 80s
Place: kurdistan, iraq, iran, middle east, paris france
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Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland, Italy
Duration: 186 min.
Story: The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.
Style: realistic, serious, factual, psychological, touching ...
Plot: catholic, clergy, christian, faith, catholic church, world war two, religion, saint, bishop, politics, heroes, follow your dream ...
Place: poland, vatican, europe
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In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.
Style: realistic, serious, political
Plot: politics, butterfly, government, political corruption, revolution, siblings relations, tragic love, vengeance, dishonesty, love and romance, conspiracy, professor ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: dominican republic
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Journey to the Sun (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is mistaken for a Kurd, imprisoned, and brutally beaten. Upon ...
Style: sad, road movie, biting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: kurd, anarchist, injustice, politics, discrimination, racism, friendship, self discovery, life is a bitch, society, obsessive quest, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
Place: turkey, iraq, istanbul turkey, germany, kurdistan
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