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, dramatic, tense, emotional and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with military coup, coup d'etat, politics, military, state affairs, political unrest, society, betrayal, revolution and idealism plots mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as military coup: Missing (1982), Resurrection: Ertugrul (2014), April Captains (2000), Your Excellency (1967), The Ugly American (1963), The Terminal (2004), We Want the Colonels (1973), Rage to Kill (1988), A Painting Lesson (2011), 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: thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, patriotism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago chile ...
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Resurrection: 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, stylized, suspense, tense, brutal ...
Plot: historical character, betrayal, vengeance, adventure, life & death, rivalry, heroes, military coup, war, crime, father son relationship, twists & turns ...
Time: 14th century, 13th century
Place: turkey
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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: tense, rough, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: revolution, rebellion, dictatorship, family relations, politics, state affairs, military coup, siblings relations, rebelliousness, political unrest, society, militant ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: portugal, africa, angola
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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: offbeat, humorous, suspense, biting, cynical ...
Plot: politics, satire, power struggle, corruption, humanism, true love, military coup, ideology, ambassador, speech, police corruption, comedy of errors ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: latin america
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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: disturbing, realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: politics, rebellion, revolution, military coup, soldier, society, fighting the system, heroes, military, leadership, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: southeast asia, asia, indochina
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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, sincere, motivational, interesting, humorous ...
Plot: airport, loneliness, immigrants, passenger, culture clash, fall in love, misfit, stranded, nothing goes right, fish out of water, happy ending, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, romania, canada ...
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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, satire, politics, military coup, fascism, italian army, democracy, military officer, prime minister, fascist, curfew, beret ...
Time: 70s
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: 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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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: painting, pharmacist, coup d'etat, countryside, single mother, military coup, coup, boy
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1973
Place: chile
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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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3Below: Tales of Arcadia (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico, Canada
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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.
Style: sincere, exciting, captivating, entertaining
Plot: computer animation, coup d'etat, teenage hero, good versus evil, best friend, mentor protege relationship, adventure, spacecraft, supernatural, protector, parallel world, love and romance ...
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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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Sweet Country (1987)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Greece, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: An American couple in Chile is drawn into the turmoil that followed President Salvador Allende's 1973 overthrow.
Plot: arrest, coup d'etat, military coup, socialism, female nudity, humiliation, death, coup, blackmail, military, assassin, dictatorship ...
Place: santiago de chile, 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: brother brother relationship, maid, deafness, death of father, thief, friend, money, drinking, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: madrid
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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: dictatorship, senator, journalism, coup d'etat, military coup, politics, tank, coup, history of chile, operation condor, president, cia ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: santiago de chile, chile, santiago 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: emotional, suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: uncover truth, haunted by the past, family relations, society, against humanity, life is a bitch, missing person, teenage life, political unrest, adoption, buried truth, distopia ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america
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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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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: realistic, semi serious, exciting, witty, offbeat ...
Plot: greek, filmmaking, military, soldier, satire, porn, tv station, dictatorship, army, society, fighting the system, media ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s, year 1967
Place: greece, europe, hellas, athens, athens 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, post traumatic stress disorder, torture, prison, physical torture, male nudity, wrongful arrest, wrongful imprisonment, homecoming, military coup, political unrest
Place: turkey
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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: tense, factual, suspenseful, bad ending, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, german officer, war, resistance, nazi germany, nazi, bomb, deception, treason, assassination attempt, betrayal ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, normandy, munich germany ...
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Battle for Terra (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: mysterious planet, space battle, benign alien, invasion, idealism, air battle, adventure, space travel, survival, save the planet, culture clash, mutiny ...
Time: future
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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: touching, emotional, thought provoking, serious, sincere ...
Plot: sexual initiation, friendship, politics, classmate, childhood, poverty, demonstration, historical event, communism, social differences, youth, political unrest ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 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: humorous, offbeat, semi serious
Plot: scientist, ambassador, good versus evil, rivalry, save the world, save the day, plague, alcohol abuse, on the road, uninhibited rivalry, disorder, chaos ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, new york
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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, realistic, serious, touching, family saga ...
Plot: revolution, generation gap, dictatorship, family relations, coup d'etat, civil war, parents and children, estate, political unrest, family life, farm, justice ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s ...
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: 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 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, idealism, double agent, intrigue, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., berlin germany, congo ...
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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: serious, captivating, suspenseful, rough, emotional ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, life is a bitch, injustice, romance, society, political unrest, human spirit, revolution, human rights, ambassador, fighting the system ...
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: emotional, exciting, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: aerial combats, rivalry, fighter pilot, daring rescue, heroic mission, fall in love, friendship, against the rules, military, danger, ambition, airplane ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, north korea
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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: coup, military, danger, daring rescue, war criminal, undercover, escapades, rescue mission, tough heroes, murder, mercenary, genocide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia, balkan, europe
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Morgan Pålsson - World Reporter (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Sweden
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Utrikesreportern Morgan Pålsson och hans fotograf Robert Flycht blir skickade på ett uppdrag till ett okänt nordafrikanskt land – Matóbo. Uppdraget går ut på att följa valet i landet men istället utbryter en militärkupp och Morgan visar ...
Style: not serious, realistic, humorous, feel good, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: journalism, coup d'etat, reporter, odd couple, journalist, unlikely partners, misfit, fish out of water, silly humor, disorder, communication problem, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, eastern europe
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