Military dictatorship movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant military dictatorship movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, serious, captivating, realistic, tense and disturbing films and TV shows about / with military dictatorship, torture, politics, military, violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), kidnapping, dictatorship, brutality and revolution plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres shot in USA, Argentina, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as military dictatorship: The Lady (2011), Koblic (2016), The Colony (2015), A Twelve-Year Night (2018), Ernesto (2017), Sudamerican Rockers (2014), Garage Olimpo (1999), The Official Story (1985), The Wolf House (2018), The Clan (2015).

List of military dictatorship movies

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, sentimental, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: election, military dictatorship, militant, resistance, human spirit, leadership, politics, selflessness, peaceful mission, social activist, democrat, tragic love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1998, year 1988 ...
Place: burma, asia, oxford university
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Koblic (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Tomás Kóblic, a former pilot and captain of the Argentinian Navy, disobeys an order and becomes a fugitive in order to survive. He chooses to hide in a small town in the south of the country, where his presence will catch the attention of the ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, captivating, exciting
Plot: haunted by the past, military dictatorship, guilty conscience, military, murder, airplane, dog, modern western, pilot, sex scene, operation condor, colonel ...
Time: year 1977, 70s
Place: argentina
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The Colony (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, touching, emotional, suspense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cult, torture chamber, coup d'etat, violence against women, kidnapping, religious fanatic, discipline, political unrest, military dictatorship, torture, military, soldier ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, germany, new jersey
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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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Ernesto (2017)
Genre: Biography
Country: Japan, Cuba
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Freddy Maemura Hurtado, a second-generation Japanese-Bolivian, heads to Cuba to study medicine. He meets revolutionist Che Guevara. When civil war breaks out in Bolivia, he decides to join Guevara’s revolutionary army under the name of “Ernesto ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, disturbing
Plot: heroism, military, freedom fighter, soldier, imperialism, betrayal, coup d'etat, military dictatorship, traitor, medical student, coup, pregnant woman ...
Place: cuba, bolivia, hiroshima japan, japan, soviet union
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Sudamerican Rockers (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Chile
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Three teens start a band in the late 1970s, this is the beginning of the famous musical group; Los Prisioneros.
Style: suspense, touching, suspenseful
Plot: band, real life, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, military dictatorship, high school, love, friendship, school, rock band, teenager, music band, teenage love ...
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Garage Olimpo (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Argentina, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A beautiful Argentine activist receives preferential treatment from a man supposed to torture her.
Style: disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, politics, military dictatorship, torture, state affairs, danger, crimes, survival, blindfolded, disappearance, shot in the head, topless ...
Time: 70s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
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The Official Story (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, sincere, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, politics, family relations, uncover truth, society, parents and children, political unrest, haunted by the past, state affairs, missing person, secret, history teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, bolivia, spain
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The Wolf House (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror
Country: Chile, Germany
Duration: 75 min.
Story: María, a girl from Colonia Dignidad, in Chile —a kind of sectarian community, tyrannically mastered by the ruthless Paul Schäfer, a German madman, religious fanatic and child predator, who would end up turning the place into a torture center at ...
Style: claymation, clay animation
Plot: military dictatorship, house, toilet, christmas, bird cage, christmas present, singing, candle, christmas eve, gift, pig, birdcage ...
Place: chile, germany
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The Clan (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When it was first released in Argentina, Pablo Trapero’s film had the highest opening box-office of all time. The key to that success is simply that The Clan is based on one of the most shocking crimes in the country’s history, the Puccio Clan ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense, based on true events
Plot: abduction, murder, hostage, violence, ransom, archive footage, arrest, kidnapping, family relations, crimes, military dictatorship, ransom demand ...
Time: 80s
Place: argentina, buenos aires argentina
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1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is ...
Style: tense, disturbing, psychological, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: democracy, protest, historical event, cover up, interrogation, torture, political corruption, police brutality, police investigation, disorder, brutality, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: south korea, seoul
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Days of 36 (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Greece
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The assassin of a prominent trade unionist takes a conservative MP hostage and the government prevaricates over tactics so as not to alienate potential political allies.
Plot: informant, military dictatorship, poison, execution, assassination, interwar period, drug trade, kidnapping, hostage, politician, politics
Time: year 1936, 1930s
Place: greece, europe
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The Moonhunter (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The Moonhunter tells a true story of two young Thai revolutionaries. Seksan Prasertkul, a fearless student leader, who, in October 1973, commanded the biggest mass demonstration in modern Thai history. The event led to a popular uprising that ...
Plot: politics, military, government, corruption, communist, guerilla warfare, rebellion, revolution, military dictatorship, forest, idealism, student ...
Time: year 1973
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand
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To Kill a Stranger (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Cristina Carver (Angelica Maria) finds herself in dire straits after she arrives to spend some time with her TV-reporter husband (Dean Stockwell) who is visiting a Latin American country run by a military dictator. After a car accident one day, ...
Style: twist ending
Plot: human remains, revenge, rape and revenge, self defense, fictional war, sexual predator, rape victim, attempted rape, television, husband wife relationship, rapist, reporter ...
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The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage is a television series broadcast in the United States by NBC and produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions in association with Walt Disney Television. This show originated as a TV-movie. The program originally ...
Style: buddy comedy
Plot: pirate, ghost, good deed, con artists, flirting, on the lam, countdown, love interest, womanizer, dictator, rebellious daughter, military dictatorship ...
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Harsh Realm (1999)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Harsh Realm is a science fiction television series about humans trapped inside a virtual reality simulation.
Style: suspenseful, futuristic, bleak, rough, exciting ...
Plot: military, virtual reality, supernatural ability, soldier, society, rivalry, escapades, good versus evil, battles, fictional reality, real world, code ...
Time: future
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Four Days in September (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the ...
Style: talky, realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: politics, kidnapping, terrorism, heroes, brazilian, revolutionary, terrorist, freedom, media, crimes, hostages, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, year 1967 ...
Place: brazil, portugal, lisbon portugal, sao paulo brazil, mexico city ...
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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: disturbing, captivating, suspense
Plot: stepfather, revenge, teenage sexuality, friendship, coming of age, second marriage, teenager, coup d'etat, prostitute, dictatorship, death of father, first sexual experience ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
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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, not serious, feel good, political comedy, talky ...
Plot: dictatorship, rebellion, politics, fish out of water, loser, satire, rise to the top, misfit, revolution, political activism, political satire, cia ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, new york
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Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Style: bleak, disturbing, exciting, futuristic, controversial ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: game of death, contests and competitions, death, cruelty, desperation, survival, island, captivity, survivor, massacre, teacher, future dystopia ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Cirqo (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two prisoners escape execution by the police and become successful circus clowns in Pinochet's Chile.
Plot: circus, clown, military dictatorship, escaped prisoner
Time: 70s
Place: chile
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Rage to Kill (1988)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Race-car driver Blaine Striker grows concerned about his younger brother, a student at a medical school on the Caribbean island of St. Heron. General Turner has led a violent coup on this island and may be planning to blow up the school in order to ...
Plot: explosion, guerilla warfare, rebellion, military coup, army, caribbean sea, sex on the beach, freedom fighter, military dictatorship, rescue mission, south african, one man army ...
Place: caribbean
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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: serious, realistic, tense, based on true events, visually appealing ...
Plot: politics, torture, dictatorship, distopia, rebellion, interracial relations, rebelliousness, soldier, journalism, state affairs, media, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, year 1973, 1920s
Place: chile, latin america, south america, spain, california
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Ey Iran (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Towards the end of the Shahanshah's reign, Sergeant Makvandi is assigned the commander of the gendarmerie station in a small town. A stern disciplinarian, Sergeant Makvandi tries to impose order at the station but, being as degenerate as his ...
Plot: persian, freedom, freedom of speech, national anthem, communist, revolution, curfew, censorship, patriotism, martial law, poetry, music teacher ...
Place: iran
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Amnesia (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dreaming of a better life, a young woman leaves her country home and moves to the city where she only finds trouble.
Plot: urinating on someone, military, pregnancy, desert, amnesia, fish market, fire, captain, fish, conscience, execution, digging a grave ...
Place: chile
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The Penal Colony (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A foreign journalist arrives on a small Pacific island 200 miles off the coast of South America. Once a leper colony, the island was later transformed into a prison and then, under U.N. mandate, made into an independent republic. Yet despite ...
Plot: dictator, military dictatorship, journalist, prison visit, absurdism, president, torture, penal colony
Place: chile
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Pra Frente, Brasil (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The film is set on mid-1970, when the military regime's "economic miracle" and the victory of the Brazilian national football team on the FIFA World Cup serves as a distraction for the persecution of opposition leaders by the ...
Plot: soccer, cruelty, boxer shorts, hung upside down, torture, military dictatorship, operation condor
Place: brazil, latin america
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A Buddha (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Un Buda follows two brothers orphaned as children when their parents were taken by the military during the "Dirty Wars" of the 1970s in Argentina. Tomas is now a drifting and withdrawn young man who experiments with ascetic practices and ...
Plot: orphan, dreams, university, grandmother grandson relationship, mother daughter relationship, countryside, dead parents, brother brother relationship, buddhist temple, photograph, loss of grandmother, meditation ...
Place: buenos aires argentina
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Imagining Argentina (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Spain, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set during the unsettling disappearances in Buenos Aires during the dictatorship of the 1970s, the film involves theater director Carlos Rueda and his wife Cecilia. Shortly after Cecilia writes an editorial commentary questioning the mysterious ...
Style: serious, tense, bleak, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, disappearance, uncover truth, political unrest, danger, crimes, deadly, kidnapping, father daughter relationship, compassion, dishonesty, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, year 1976
Place: argentina, buenos aires argentina, italy, latin america, venice ...
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Beyond Rangoon (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Patricia Arquette stars as American widow Laura Bowman, a young doctor who's unwittingly drawn into political turmoil while vacationing in Burma in the late 1980s, in this fictionalized drama based on actual events. Bowman initially left San ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, suspense, intense, emotional ...
Plot: politics, state affairs, haunted by the past, leadership, heroes, political unrest, doctor, adaptation, lone hero, justice, family drama, revolution ...
Time: 80s, year 1988
Place: burma, asia, thailand
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