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 serious, realistic, tense, political, captivating and dramatic films and TV shows about / with military coup, military, politics, coup d'etat, state affairs, revolution, betrayal, soldier, idealism and political unrest plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as military coup: Missing (1982), Dirilis: Ertugrul (2014), Colonia (2015), Invisible Heroes (2019), Hunter Killer (2018), April Captains (2000), The Ugly American (1963), While at War (2019), The (Silent) War (2019), Of Love and Shadows (1994).

List of military coup movies

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, disturbing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: politics, dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, conspiracy, military, corruption, missing person, character study, journalist, political intrigue, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, iraq, argentina ...
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Dirilis: Ertugrul (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Ertuğrul Bey and the Knights Templar in the 13th century Alba and step and step with the struggle against brutal Mongols depicts the process of establishing the Ottoman principality.
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, brutal, stylized ...
Plot: historical character, betrayal, rivalry, adventure, military coup, life & death, heroes, father son relationship, war, vengeance, turkish history, culture clash ...
Time: 14th century, 13th century
Place: turkey
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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: suspense, psychological, atmospheric, harsh, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cult, religious fanatic, kidnapping, torture chamber, religion, escape, torture, prison, survival, genocide, abuse, love ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, germany, south america, new jersey, latin america
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Invisible Heroes (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Finland, Chile
Duration: 285 min.
TV show
Story: Invisible Heroes tells the heroic tale of young Finnish diplomats in Chile during 1973’s infamous military coup. Finnish diplomats Tapani Brotherus and Ilkka Jaamala along with Tapani’s wife Lysa Brotherus helped over 2000 left-wing Chileans ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: diplomat, military coup, cold war, army, dictatorship, human rights, politics, military, communism, refugee, embassy, coup d'etat ...
Time: year 1973, 70s
Place: chile, finland, east germany
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Hunter Killer (2018)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, China, France, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy SEALs to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, u.s. navy, navy, warship, battleship, swat team, save the day, tough heroes, escapades, heroes, daring rescue, military coup ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2017, 2010s
Place: pentagon, washington d.c., scotland, moscow russia, scottish highlands ...
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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, rebellion, military coup, state affairs, politics, family relations, society, siblings relations, rebelliousness, political unrest, coup d'etat ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: portugal, africa, angola
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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, serious, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: politics, colonialism, revolutionary, diplomacy, rebellion, revolution, military coup, cold war, anti communist, nationalism, american abroad, fictitious country ...
Time: 50s
Place: southeast asia, indochina, asia
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While at War (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Salamanca, Spain, 1936. In the early days of the military rebellion that began the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), writer Miguel de Unamuno supports the uprising in the hope that the prevailing political chaos will end. But when the confrontation ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, psychological, captivating, intellectual
Plot: spanish civil war, spanish history, moral dilemma, coup d'etat, professor, arrest, military, disorder, society, civil war, military coup, world war two ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: morocco, spain
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The (Silent) War (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Northern Spain, October 1944. Several groups of guerrilla fighters, former Republican soldiers exiled in France after the end of the Spanish Civil War, infiltrate the country in order to provoke a popular uprising against General Franco's ...
Style: captivating, tense
Plot: political repression, sabotage, manhunt, franco regime (francoism), struggle for survival, coup d'etat, military, battles, wartime, military coup, fight, dangerous mission ...
Time: 1940s
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Of Love and Shadows (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Argentina
Duration: 103 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, dramatic, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: dictatorship, politics, lust, photographer, military, hospital, distopia, rebellion, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), writers, corruption ...
Time: 70s, year 1973, 1920s
Place: chile, latin america, spain, south america, california
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Mercenaries (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andy Marlow, an ex British S.A.S serviceman turned mercenary, is sent into the Balkans after a military coup has arisen to rescue a U.S ambassador and his aide.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, tense, exciting ...
Plot: military, coup, daring rescue, undercover, escapades, murder, mercenary, genocide, ethnic cleansing, military coup, heroes, soldier ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia, balkan, europe
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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: political, talky, realistic, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: terrorist, kidnapping, politics, freedom, revolution, moral ambiguity, runaway, unlikely friendships, violent, culture clash, crime gone awry, corruption ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1968 ...
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, berlin germany, california, portugal ...
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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 ...
Style: political
Plot: coup d'etat, fascism, military coup, satire, politics, grudge, years of lead, italian politics, neo fascism, politician, democracy, power struggle ...
Time: 70s
Place: italy
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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: suspense, realistic, semi serious, biting, cynical ...
Plot: politics, satire, corruption, power struggle, true love, humanism, diplomacy, ideology, military coup, ambassador, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: latin america
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Night Over Chile (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Soviet Union
Duration: 97 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: operation condor, history of chile, military coup, coup d'etat
Time: year 1973, 70s
Place: chile, ussr
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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: captivating, disturbing, exciting, serious
Plot: imperialism, heroism, freedom fighter, military, coup d'etat, betrayal, soldier, traitor, military dictatorship, american imperialism, revolution, swashbuckler ...
Place: cuba, bolivia, ussr, hiroshima japan, japan
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Battle for Terra (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, 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: atmospheric, exciting, captivating, futuristic, apocalyptic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: benign alien, invasion, idealism, mysterious planet, air battle, save the planet, adventure, survival, space battle, space travel, culture clash, alien ...
Time: future
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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, serious, emotional ...
Plot: political intrigue, life is a bitch, politics, injustice, political unrest, romance, society, revolution, human spirit, human rights, ambassador, diplomacy ...
Time: year 1973
Place: chile
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Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: political, suspense, suspenseful, tense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, politics, conspiracy, white house, military, u.s. air force, espionage, terrorism, secret service, betrayal, race against time, revolution ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, future
Place: pentagon, latin america, austin texas, california, russia ...
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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: coup d'etat, dictatorship, politics, cia agent, journalism, senator, military coup, coup, tank, cia, president, history of chile ...
Time: year 1973, 70s
Place: chile, santiago chile
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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: lyrical, intense, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, dancing, rise to power, political unrest, redemption, ambition, female protagonist, hopes, charity, love and romance, state affairs, rise to the top ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 50s, 20th century, year 1945 ...
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, italy, south america ...
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Machuca (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Duration: 121 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: political, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: childhood, coming of age, sexual initiation, friendship, poverty, youth, politics, communism, demonstration, classmate, social differences, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, spain, argentina, south america ...
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The Official Story (1985)
Genre: Drama, History
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: political, captivating, sincere, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, adoption, family relations, uncover truth, society, parents and children, state affairs, haunted by the past, political unrest, secret, military dictatorship, spanish civil war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america, spain, buenos aires argentina, bolivia
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Rage to Kill (1987)
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, female nudity, coup d'etat, army, military coup, caribbean sea, revenge, student, gunfight, racecar driver, person on fire, cold war ...
Place: africa, caribbean
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Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, UK
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: factual, tense, bad ending, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, nazi, war, nazism, hitler, nazi germany, conspiracy, resistance, politics, wehrmacht, espionage, german ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, africa, poland, europe ...
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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: tense, realistic, suspense, factual, political ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, espionage, double agent, corruption, intrigue, betrayal, invasion, conspiracy, suspicion, politics ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 60s, year 1960, year 1947 ...
Place: usa, cuba, berlin germany, washington d.c., 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, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Plot: porn, dictatorship, army, empire, greek, filmmaking, soldier, military, satire, media, society, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, year 1967
Place: greece, europe, hellas, athens greece
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World War III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
TV show
Story: Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by Col. Jake Caffey and a National Guard reckon unit. A stalemate ensues ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, epic ...
Plot: world war three, spy, cold war, disaster, president, distopia, apocalypse, military, chaos, battles, nuclear holocaust, soldier ...
Time: 80s, near future, year 1987
Place: alaska, russia, usa, moscow russia, ussr
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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 ...
Style: art house
Plot: mistaken identity, revolution, politics, prison, torture, homecoming, wrongful arrest, military coup, political unrest, post traumatic stress disorder, physical torture, male nudity ...
Place: turkey
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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: emotional, serious, sexy, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: revolution, civil war, farm, magic realism, justice, dysfunctional family, coup d'etat, rape, generation gap, dictatorship, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 1940s, 19th century, 1920s, 1930s, 50s ...
Place: latin america, south america, chile
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