Dissident movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant dissident movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful, political, psychological and clever films and TV shows about / with dissident, politics, society, communist, murder, nude, death, female nudity, violence and police plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
dissident movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as dissident: The Dictator (2012), Capri-Revolution (2018), Lektor (2011), The Lives of Others (2006), The Theme (1979), Twist Again in Moscow (1986), Punishment Park (1971), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Superman: Red Son (2020), The Dissidents (2017).

List of dissident movies

The Dictator (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Style: funny, parody, absurd, satirical, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: satire, dictator, dark humor, un, culture clash, farce, death, prejudice, society, head of state, megalomaniac, fictional country ...
Time: 70s, year 1973, 20th century, 2010s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, asia, israel, middle east ...
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Capri-Revolution (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1914, with Italy about to enter World War I, a commune of young artists from Northern Europe establishes itself on the rural island of Capri, a safe haven for dissidents and nonconformists from all over the world, like Russian exiles led by Maxim ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, psychological
Plot: nudism, nudist, world war one, commune, nudist camp, dissident, relationship problems, love story, love triangle, financial problem, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: 1910s, year 1914
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Lektor (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Russia
TV show
Story: Car explosion in the centre of Moscow. The double agent in the Russian secret services. The international dealer the weapon «under a cap» at the British investigation. The dissident poisoned in London. The monk from Kosovo, rescuing a unique icon. ...
Style: tense, psychological, tricky, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: counter intelligence, spy, espionage, scandal, secret service, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, undercover agent, secret agents, relationship problems, rescue, society, terrorist ...
Place: moscow russia
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: gloomy, tense, reflective, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cold war, surveillance, spy, communism, berlin wall, stasi, iron curtain, espionage, voyeurism, loneliness, interrogation, politics ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century, 90s
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, europe, central europe ...
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The Theme (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A self-pitying but popular playwright drives to Vladimir to relax with a doting female student and another writer. He's convinced his writing is of no lasting value, but he still has an ego, about his work and his masculine appeal. He's ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: playwright, emigration, dissident, unfulfillment, society, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, fighting the system, fall in love, musician ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: russia, moscow russia, ussr
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Twist Again in Moscow (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Igor, who manages a fancy hotel and is on the take, has to juggle several problems at once. He has a two-hour window to get his ill-got gain out of the hotel, he must misdirect and obstruct the inquiries of a Party auditor who suspects that all is ...
Plot: spy, dissident, hotel manager, corruption, kgb, rock singer, black market, government official, corrupt politician, escape, christmas, fleeing the country ...
Time: 80s
Place: ussr, moscow russia, kiev ukraine
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Punishment Park (1971)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In this fictional documentary, U.S. prisons are at capacity, and President Nixon declares a state of emergency. All new prisoners, most of whom are connected to the antiwar movement, are now given the choice of jail time or spending three days in ...
Style: political, realistic, cerebral, controversial, dystopian ...
Plot: distopia, politics, found footage, military, murder, anti war, desert, soldier, anarchism, anarchist, survival, racism ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: california, washington d.c., indochina
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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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Superman: Red Son (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Set in the thick of the Cold War, Red Son introduces us to a Superman who landed in the USSR during the 1950s and grows up to become a Soviet symbol that fights for the preservation of Stalin’s brand of communism.
Style: anime, heroic, adult animation, psychotronic, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, monster, villain, superman character, violence, revenge, fictional city, human alien, destruction, reporter, journalist, artificial intelligence ...
Time: 50s, year 1946, year 1955, year 1961, 80s ...
Place: russia, nevada, berlin germany, moscow russia, ussr ...
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The Dissidents (2017)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Estonia, Finland, Latvia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An upbeat comedy about three boys that escape from Soviet Estonia to Sweden via Finland in the 1980s to fulfill their dreams in the free world.
Style: humorous, light, captivating, feel good, contemplative
Plot: thief, escape, friendship, friend, refugee, bank robbery, criminal, bank robber, heist, iron curtain, dissident, socialism ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, estonia, scandinavia, finland, sweden ...
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The Wild Geese (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Switzerland, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and ...
Style: exciting, tense, harsh, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, mercenary, betrayal, war, rescue, battles, politics, dishonesty, heroes, political corruption, against the odds, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: africa, zimbabwe, london, england, south africa ...
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The Baltic Love (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia, Finland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Lost love and politics: three episodes from three Baltic nations. In Estonia a political prisoner leaves the jail, only to discover that his best friend had stolen his girl. In Latvia a Russian soldier has a Latvian girlfriend. Her Latvian friends ...
Plot: stripper, catholic priest, tragic love, cultural conflict, prisoner, celibacy, priest, political prisoner, dissident, soldier, russian, coward ...
Place: lithuania, latvia, estonia
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Archipelago (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An architect witness the brutal massacre by the police of an anti-government meeting and escapes to a remote archipelago.
Style: surprise ending
Plot: massacre, architect, dying, politics, hallucination, police raid, death, money, murder, flashback, escape, student ...
Place: santiago chile
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The Rescue (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Renowned writer Shen Chiang had become so popular for his scripts that the studio let him direct as well. Here he continued his winning ways with this tale of the end of the Sung Dynasty and the survivors who band together to save their prime ...
Plot: martial arts, dissident, prison escape, patriotism, torture, dungeon, beating, hung by wrists
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Gulag Barashevo (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Artists, Poets, Writers, Musicians, and Dissidents, Husbands and Wives, in the Marxist USSR GULAG camps of Barashevo and Vorkuta, suffer in and survive their Gulag death camps. It is a ultimately a spiritual struggle.
Style: spiritual
Plot: marxist, love, artist, freedom, humanity, genocide, courage, gulag, dissident
Place: ussr
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Santa & Andres (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba, Colombia, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Santa, a peasant woman loyal to the Revolution, is sent to guard Andrés, a gay writer who is under house arrest, considered “ untrustworthy” for his ideas and sexuality by the Cuban authorities. Set in a small village in eastern Cuba during ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, homoerotic
Plot: gay, discrimination, politics, sexuality, friendship, fleeing, jail, writer's life, lgbtq, lgbt, gender, rainstorm ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: cuba
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Gulag Vorkuta (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two dissidents, fall in love in a Marxist USSR Gulag death camp. As their friends die, they commit to the seeming impossible, escape, but both must first answer their deepest moral questions about the meaning of life, sacrifice and freedom.
Plot: marxist, gulag, dissident, love, christian, artist, faith, marxism, communism, genocide
Place: ussr
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The Question (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 1957. For several months, Henri Charlègue, the ex-director of the newspaper "Alger democratic", banned, has been living in hiding. Suspected of belonging to the FLN, he is actively sought by paratroopers.
Plot: electric torture, french algerian war, political violence, wanted, writing a book, dissident, torturer, prison, violence, torture, journalist, lawyer ...
Time: year 1957, year 1956, 60s, 50s
Place: france, algeria
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The Cold Room (1984)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A girl brought to modern Germany experiences events that occurred during the World War II era.
Style: scary, mind bending, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: time travel, hotel, suspense, possession, world war two, nazism, iron curtain, graphic violence, teleportation, estrangement, secret agents, supernatural ...
Time: 80s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1984 ...
Place: east berlin, germany, europe, berlin germany, east germany
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Fair Play (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the 1980s, Anna, a Czech sprinter, starts training for the Olympics. After she collapses during training, she learns she is being given steroids and decides to stop using them until her mother helps the coaches give them to her.
Style: exciting, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: female athlete, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, family relations, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, hopes, youth, sport, society, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, year 1983, 20th century, year 1984
Place: czechoslovakia, europe, czech republic
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Zabriskie Point (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who's helping a property developer build a village in the Los Angeles desert) and dropout Mark (who's wanted by the ...
Style: road movie, surreal, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: hippie, desert, counterculture, sex orgy, politics, rebellion, materialism, love and romance, rebelliousness, parents and children, twentysomething life, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, italy, america ...
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The Nada Gang (1974)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Nada, named after a gang of Spanish anarchists, is a small, confused band of French terrorists. They kidnap the American ambassador after one of his regular visits to an exclusive brothel. The gang starts to quarrel amongst themselves as to the ...
Style: political, erotic, tense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anarchism, criminal, anarchist, countryside, kidnapping, scapegoat, politics, terrorism, hostage, nude, surrender, police corruption ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: paris france, europe, france, belgium
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Larks on a String (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, touching, intellectual ...
Plot: female nudity, totalitarian regime, satire, politics, peeping, love of one's life, wedding, society, against the rules, confined, love and romance, re-education ...
Time: 50s, 1940s
Place: eastern europe, europe, czech republic, central europe, prague ...
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Child 44 (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, USA, Russia, Romania
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.
Style: suspenseful, serious, factual, intense, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, child murder, murder mystery, stalinism, suspense, investigation, child murder investigation, murder investigation, macabre, fighting the system, politics ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1945 ...
Place: moscow russia, russia, ussr, berlin germany, ukraine
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In Time (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their ...
Style: futuristic, philosophical, serious, stylized, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: time, distopia, immortality, fighting the system, survival, love, dystopic future, future dystopia, social differences, class differences, race against time, wealth ...
Time: future, near future
Place: los angeles, canada, usa
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The Third Generation (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c. 1980, as the third generation of Western European left-wing activists forms, after crippling of the violent Red Army Faction. Released ...
Style: political, art house, controversial, realistic, serious ...
Plot: transvestism, terrorism, politics, anarchist, female nudity, protest, satire, hostage, elimination, kidnapped man, underground, terrorist group ...
Time: 70s, year 1979
Place: berlin germany, europe, west berlin west germany, west germany, germany
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Dangerous Moves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: France, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: chess, prodigy, politics, contests and competitions, rivalry, state affairs, kgb, moral dilemma, cold war, student, professor, scientist ...
Time: 80s
Place: ussr, israel, moscow russia, geneva switzerland, lithuania
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China Cry: A True Story (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Drama set in the 1950s, based on a true story, about a young girl, Sung Neng Yee, who is brought as part of a wealthy Chinese family. She is eager to become part of Mao Tze Tung's "new society", but soon becomes disenchanted by the ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, rough, emotional ...
Plot: christian, christianity, faith, woman, intrigue, pregnancy, revolution, captivity, concentration camp, rich and poor, family life, down on your luck ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, shanghai
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Brave New World (1980)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An acclaimed TV miniseries based on the classic sci-fi novel.
Style: psychotronic, philosophical, tech noir, propaganda film
Plot: distopia, underground, post apocalypse, disaster, new world, conformity, utopia, individualism, dystopian society, drugs, drug use, technology ...
Time: future
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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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