Military coup movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant military coup movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, dramatic, intense and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with military coup, politics, state affairs, military, coup d'etat, political unrest, revolution, society, storytelling and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in USA, France, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as military coup: The Terminal (2004), A Painting Lesson (2011), Your Excellency (1967), April Captains (2000), We Want the Colonels (1973), Rage to Kill (1988), 3Below: Tales of Arcadia (2018), Ernesto (2017), Sweet Country (1987), The Guardian Angel (1996).

List of military coup movies

The Terminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. ...
Style: touching, humorous, sincere, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: airport, loneliness, passenger, culture clash, immigrants, fall in love, misfit, military coup, arrest, fish out of water, stranded, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, romania, manhattan new york city ...
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A Painting Lesson (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In Chile, during the 60´s, the son of a poor single teenage girl turns out to be a gifted painter. The man to discover his talent is the owner of the drugstore that lies in the outskirts of the small rural town, next to the railroad. He himself is ...
Plot: military coup, countryside, painting, boy, coup d'etat, pharmacist, single mother, coup
Time: 1960s, year 1973
Place: chile
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Your Excellency (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Lopitos, who is horribly inefficient but quick-witted, is invited (because of the current ambassador's superstition about 13 sitting down to a meal) to a banquet attended by the ambassadors of both superpowers. After the news of a series of ...
Style: cynical, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: politics, true love, ideology, power struggle, humanism, ambassador, speech, military coup, corruption, political conspiracy, anti capitalism, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: latin america
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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: realistic, serious, rough, tense, thought provoking
Plot: militant, rebellion, revolution, family relations, against humanity, state affairs, siblings relations, politics, imperialism, soldier, political unrest, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: portugal, africa
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We Want the Colonels (1973)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Italy 1973. Giuseppe Tritoni (Ugo Tognazzi) is an ultra-right-wing congressman that doesn't agree anymore with his fascist party policy. He contacts many Italian Army officers and built a net of relationship in order to organize a Coup ...
Plot: coup d'etat, fascism, politics, military coup, politician, uniform, italian fascism, power struggle, prime minister, military, beret, curfew ...
Place: italy
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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: rebellion, explosion, army, military coup, war hero, fictional country, electrocution, male nudity, interrogation, psychopath, machine gun, torture ...
Place: caribbean, medical school
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3Below: Tales of Arcadia (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 24 min.
Story: After crash-landing on Earth, two royal teen aliens on the run struggle to blend in with humans as they evade intergalactic bounty hunters.
Plot: alien, rebellious daughter, bodyguard, dark secret, extraterrestrial, high school, princess, prince, royal family, military coup, crown prince
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Ernesto (2017)
Genre: Biography
Country: Japan, Cuba
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 ...
Plot: pregnant woman, imperialism, japanese man, military dictatorship, forest, media, anti aircraft gun, president, traitor, heroism, corpse, bench ...
Place: bolivia, japan, soviet union, cuba, medical school ...
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Sweet Country (1987)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Greece, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An American couple in Chile is drawn into the turmoil that followed President Salvador Allende's 1973 overthrow.
Plot: dictatorship, torture, military coup, coup, military dictatorship, history of chile, coup d'etat, stadium, socialism, abuse of power, female nudity, death ...
Place: chile, santiago de chile, santiago chile
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The Guardian Angel (1996)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Madrid, 1981. Jorge has just arrived in Madrid to live in beautiful large house with his brother, mother, grandmother Obdulia, a wealthy woman who is somewhat deaf, and his grandfather, an aged and senile octogenarian.
Plot: father daughter relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, drinking, money, friendship, friend, deafness, grandmother grandson relationship, patriarch, nerd, mother daughter relationship ...
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Rain over Santiago (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Bulgaria
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A semi-fictional account on the fatidic September 11, 1973, when the military commanded by General Pinochet took over the power from socialist president Salvador Allende, initiating a dictatorship that lasted until 1988 causing the deaths and ...
Plot: journalism, coup, military coup, history of chile, politics, dictatorship, cia agent, tank, cold war, senator, president, coup d'etat ...
Time: year 1973
Place: chile, santiago chile, santiago de chile
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Captive (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Cristina's life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school in Buenos Aires and told that she is really Sofía Lombardi, the daughter of activists who disappeared in the '70s. Questioning everything ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: against humanity, state affairs, family relations, political conspiracy, innocence lost, society, missing person, adoption, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, uncover truth, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 90s, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
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The Colony (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Luxembourg, UK, USA
Duration: 106 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, intense, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: cult, kidnapping, religious fanatic, torture chamber, political unrest, military dictatorship, torture, discipline, escape, violence against women, genocide, revolution ...
Time: year 1973
Place: chile, germany, new jersey, latin america
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Loaf and Camouflage (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Greece
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The film is the story of a group of soldiers, who, in the course of their compulsory military service in 1967 and 1968, before and during the military dictatorship in Greece, are assigned to the then recently founded Armed Forces Television. This TV ...
Style: exciting, realistic, offbeat, witty, humorous ...
Plot: filmmaking, dictatorship, tv station, army, political unrest, military life, fighting the system, soldier, military, media, rebellion, rebelliousness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1967, 1960s
Place: europe, greece
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Home Coming (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece
Duration: 101 min.
Story: September 1980. Mustafa 'Mehmet Ali Alabora' and his wife, who're both laborers are married for 5 years. The couple has nothing to do with politics and spend their days happily with their 3 year old daughter and their TV, despite the ...
Plot: mistaken identity, politics, prison, political unrest, military coup, wrongful imprisonment, homecoming, torture, wrongful arrest
Place: turkey
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Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a ...
Style: tense, bad ending, suspenseful, factual, realistic ...
Plot: resistance, deception, bomb, treason, assassination attempt, betrayal, nazism, courage, plan gone awry, nazis, conspiracy, war ...
Time: year 1944, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1943
Place: germany, europe, normandy, bavaria, tunisia ...
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The Ugly American (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An intelligent, articulate scholar, Harrison MacWhite, survives a hostile Senate confirmation hearing at the hands of conservatives to become ambassador to Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war threatens a tense peace. Despite his ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, serious
Plot: rebellion, revolution, military, anti war, society, chaos, politics, culture clash, soldier, imperialism, fighting the system, dishonesty ...
Time: 1950s
Place: asia, southeast asia
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Battle for Terra (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.
Style: futuristic, exciting, captivating, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: benign alien, invasion, space travel, culture clash, robot, military, survival, idealism, adventure, mutiny, air battle, pacifist ...
Time: future
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Princess Protection Program (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When an evil dictator threatens to take over the kingdom, Princess Rosalinda gets put into the Princess Protection Program. She is taken under the wing of General Joe Mason, an agent from the agency, and his daughter, Carter, who works after school ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, school, princess, royal family, teenage life, school dance, best friends, family, high school, bait, island, best friend ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, california, canada
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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, captivating, serious ...
Plot: politics, kidnapping, terrorism, brazilian, freedom, missing person, political unrest, heroes, danger, crimes, state affairs, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, year 1967 ...
Place: brazil, algeria, portugal, sao paulo brazil, lisbon portugal ...
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Night Over Chile (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Soviet Union
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A Soviet docudrama chronicling the events surrounding the military coup which toppled the leftists Chilean government of Salvador Allende. This film confines its efforts to the main events themselves and is based on interviews with eyewitnesses, ...
Plot: coup d'etat, military coup, history of chile
Time: year 1973
Place: chile
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Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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: disturbing, clever, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: missing person, politics, military, senator, dictatorship, political conspiracy, newspaper, political intrigue, loss of son, journalist, corruption, oppression ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago chile ...
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Machuca (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: politics, friendship, childhood, poverty, coming of age, dictatorship, teacher, bully, student, friend, demonstration, classmate ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile, santiago de chile, south america ...
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Les Patterson Saves the World (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Fat middle aged 24/7 drunkard Les Patterson represents Australia at the UN where his fart literally incinerates an Arab ambassador. Patterson is reassigned to the Middle East so he can be tortured to death by the country he insulted. ...
Style: offbeat, semi serious, humorous
Plot: scientist, ambassador, save the day, on the road, good versus evil, uninhibited rivalry, state affairs, plague, save the world, chaos, rivalry, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east
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The House of the Spirits (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Portugal, Germany, Denmark, USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, epic ...
Plot: revolution, dictatorship, political unrest, generation gap, coup d'etat, civil war, parents and children, estate, family life, family relations, love and romance, farm ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 30s, 20th century, 20s ...
Place: latin america, chile, south america
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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: emotional, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, politics, missing person, confession, lawyer, book, military, school, professor, screaming, history teacher, high school teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america, spain, bolivia, buenos aires argentina ...
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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, espionage, betrayal, invasion, double agent, politics, suspicion, intrigue, patriotism, idealism ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: cuba, usa, congo, africa, latin america ...
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Evita (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.
Style: sentimental, serious, captivating, realistic, lyrical ...
Plot: political unrest, rise to power, cinderella story, hopes, leadership, folk hero, state affairs, rise to the top, love and romance, charity, ambition, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 40s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: argentina, latin america, south america, spain, buenos aires argentina ...
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The Black Pimpernel (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Mexico, Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story about Swedish ambassador in Chile - Harald Edelstam - and his heroic actions to protect the innocent people from the execution during and after the military coup on September 11th 1973.
Style: captivating, rough, suspenseful, emotional, serious ...
Plot: injustice, rebellion, idealism, human spirit, looking for love, haunted by the past, revolution, hopes, life is a bitch, heroic mission, state affairs, romance ...
Time: year 1973
Place: chile
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Soar Into the Sun (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After he performs a dangerous dare-devil stunt at an air show, South Korean Air Force pilot Tae-hun is kicked out of the elite Black Eagles flying team and transferred to a combat unit where he immediately comes into conflict with ace pilot ...
Style: exciting, realistic, emotional, serious
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: rivalry, friends, hotshot hero, against the rules, daring rescue, heroic mission, mission gone awry, power relations, aerial combats, fall in love, buddies, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, north korea, south korea
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