Realism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant realism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, bleak, sincere, gloomy and rough films and TV shows about / with realism, life is a bitch, society, family relations, poverty, youth, family problems, profanity, dysfunctional family and working class plots mostly in Drama, Crime and History genres shot in France, Italy, USA and other countries.
realism
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realism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as realism: The Knick (2014), Rosetta (1999), Two-Legged Horse (2008), The Kid with a Bike (2011), Bread and Roses (2000), It's a Free World... (2007), La Haine (1995), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Fish Tank (2009), Winter's Bone (2010).

List of realism movies

 8.5
 48K
The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and ...
Style: serious, psychological, rough, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, hospital, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, realism, workplace situations, surgeon, medicine, society, nurse, nun, power relations ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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 7.5
 14K
Rosetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: serious, emotional, suspense, meditative, bleak ...
Plot: realism, unemployment, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, down on your luck, desperation, snitch, female protagonist, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, europe, california
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Two-Legged Horse (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Afghanistan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A wealthy boy hires a poor child to carry him around like a horse.
Style: serious, psychological, disturbing, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: dehumanization, street kid, youth, parents and children, realism, life is a bitch, cruelty, poverty, power relations, family relations, master and servant, disability ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, asia, middle east
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: kids in trouble, realism, childhood, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, orphan, society, youth, family problems, street kid, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
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Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, sincere, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: labor union, immigrants, realism, deportation, working class, politics, society, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, social realism, janitor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, guatemala, mexico city, beverly hills ...
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It's a Free World... (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film focuses on Angie (Kierston Wareing), a working class woman who, after being fired by the agency that she works for, decides to set up a recruitment agency of her own, running it from her kitchen with her friend Rose (Juliet Ellis). Taking ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, bleak
Plot: realism, exploitation, fighting the system, immigrants, employment agency, injustice, workplace, society, legal, life is a bitch, cons and scams, working class ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, britain
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 8.1
 168K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, poverty, youth, drugs, racism, police brutality, urban ghetto life, protest, friendship, skinhead, rebellion, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, Belgium
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gabita is pregnant, abortion is strictly forbidden in Romania during the communist regime. Despite this it is common practice and Gabita wants an abortion. The movie follows her and her friend Otilia during the day she has made the appointment with ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, unwanted pregnancy, rape, communism, friendship, realism, young woman, doctor, female friendship, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
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The White Nights of Postman Aleksey Tryapitsyn (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The film represents life in a godforsaken Russian village. The only way to reach the mainland is to cross the lake by boat and a postman became the only connection with the outside world. A reserved community has been set up here. Despite the modern ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, neorealism, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: village life, realism, isolated place, social relations, isolation, village, loneliness, social decay, society, drunk, rocket launching, ice cream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
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 7.3
 62K
Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: bleak, serious, gloomy, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: age difference, mother's boyfriend, rebelliousness, fall in love, innocence lost, life is a bitch, youth, statutory rape, adolescence, coming of age, dysfunctional family, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, england, california
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 7.1
 142K
Winter's Bone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, harsh, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: poverty, missing person, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, small town, down on your luck, family problems, realism, social relations, girl, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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 8.3
 15K
Treme (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, social problems, musician, hurricane katrina, realism, starting over, musician's life, lifestyle, life turned upside down, tragic event, interracial relations, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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 7.1
 12K
A Touch of Sin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Japan, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.
Style: bleak, serious, melancholic, meditative, brutal ...
Plot: working class, realism, society, social decay, life is a bitch, crimes, injustice, dehumanization, factory worker, loneliness, brutality, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, japan, tokyo
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 7.1
 84
Adela (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Adela, (Philippines' screen legend Anita Linda) a former radio personality, celebrates her 80th birthday. Alone, and without support, she longs for the family and stability of years gone by. Mundane events take on heightened meaning as Adela ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: realism, elderly, human spirit, golden years, society, aging, life is a bitch, parents and children, family life, loneliness, slum, night watchman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
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Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, friends, society, parents and children, social decay, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 6.6
 264
War (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Fifteen-year-old Matteo is attractive, albeit somewhat girlish and frail. The whole world is against him. He has no friends and his parents seem to live in a different universe. The pressure increases as his awkward attempts to win his father’s ...
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: teenage life, rebelliousness, youth, crimes, rebellion, realism, juvenile delinquency, family problems, gang, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, camp ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland
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 8.2
 91
Mina Walking (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Afghanistan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Saddled by a senile grandfather and a neglectful father, Mina, an impulsive twelve-year-old Afghan street seller sees her future slipping away when she is forced to neglect her education and walk the streets of Kabul to support her fragmented ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family problems, child as adult, rebellion, family relations, youth, single parent, realism, parents and children, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan
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 6.4
 204
Goat (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Peter "Koza" Baláz is a former Olympic boxer. He and his partner, Misa, live in a dilapidated housing estate, constantly struggling to make ends meet. Misa learns that she is expecting a child and decides to terminate her pregnancy. In ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: redemption, athlete's life, pregnancy, on the road, hopes, life is a bitch, realism, bittersweet, boxing, unfulfillment, down on your luck, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: slovakia
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 6.7
 15
The Kid (2015)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Argentina
Duration: 88 min.
Story: His mother has left and Gonzalo doesn't know why. How he is taking care of his little infant sister all alone, though he himself is barely ten years old. Neighbours help and try to figure out what should be done with the two children. Like old ...
Style: rough, sincere, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, child as adult, siblings relations, family relations, realism, parents and children, family problems, youth, single parent
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina
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 6.9
 61
Manpower (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An intelligent social issues drama, Manpower sketches a portrait of four men in crisis. Moving between scathing realism and subtle irony, the film raises questions of belonging and uprooting, exile and emigration, home and family. Meir Cohen is a ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, moral dilemma, human nature, life is a bitch, realism, interracial relations, immigrants, discrimination, society, hopes, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
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 5.8
 117
Sheep (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a small French town is rocked by a bizarre incident.
Style: serious, stylized, sincere, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, workplace, youth, teenage life, workplace situations, realism, small town, social relations, restaurant, small town life, friends, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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Concrete Night (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger ...
Style: realistic, stylized, bleak, serious, atmospheric
Plot: coming of age, siblings relations, life is a bitch, family problems, realism, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life, single parent, family relations, protecting from truth, urban ghetto, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
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Eat Sleep Die (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young Eastern European immigrant working in Sweden is faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory in the name of "efficiencies."
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, immigrants, realism, society, parents and children, unfulfillment, workplace, fired from the job, workplace situations, supportive coworker, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
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An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia, Italy
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Senada is 31 and she lives in Poljice neighborhood in Lukavac municipality with her partner and two daughters. She is pregnant with her third child for approximately five months. Since she didn’t have health insurance, she does not go to the ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: pregnancy, family problems, life is a bitch, realism, family relations, race against time, social misfits, misfit, parents and children, family in crisis, money raising, society ...
Place: europe, bosnia
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 7.3
 14K
Polisse (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Juvenile Protection Unit - taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets, interrogating abusive parents, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: sexual abuse, journalism, domestic violence, police station, abused child, police investigation, social decay, realism, social problems, photojournalist, confession, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 6.8
 3K
Blackboards (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, Italy, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a group of old men looking for their bombed-out village; he ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: uneducated, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, wartime life, hopes, obsessive quest, realism, on the road, teachers and students, survival, wandering, kids in trouble ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, kurdistan
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 6.5
 156
Cairo Exit (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A powerful account of life in contemporary Cairo, this raw drama about a pair of star-crossed lovers shines a powerful spotlight upon the social and cultural taboos that riddle the city's diverse population. Heralding a bold new shift for ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, stylized, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, social differences, unfulfilled love, social decay, working class, life is a bitch, society, love and romance, single parent, realism, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, cairo egypt
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 5.8
 145
Lust (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Egypt, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: “Lust” takes us into the lives of the inhabitants of a marginalised street in Alexandria, Egypt, before the revolution. Each character is isolated in their fierce, yet fragile dreams, including Umm Shooq, who has deserted her wealthy family to ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, rough, bleak
Plot: family relations, social decay, society, life is a bitch, realism, family problems, low lives, urban ghetto life, family in crisis, dealing with death, death in the family, child illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: egypt, middle east
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 6.4
 289
K Street (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: K Street is a 2003 HBO television series about lobbyists and politicians in Washington, D.C. It was named for a street that is home to many lobbying and legal firms.
Style: serious, realistic, cynical, clever, suspense ...
Plot: politics, lobbyist, rivalry, workplace, state affairs, dishonesty, ambition, campaign, realism, workplace intrigue, fictional reality show, political satire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 6.9
 8K
Neds (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 124 min.
Story: NEDs (Non Educated Delinquents) is the story of a young man’s journey from prize-winning schoolboy to knife-carrying teenager. Struggling against the low expectations of those around him, John McGill changes from victim to avenger, scholar to NED, ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, street kid, gang, crimes, gang war, social decay, teenage life, social problems, realism, society, rebellion, working class ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe
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