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 realistic, serious, bleak, rough, sincere and gloomy films and TV shows about / with realism, life is a bitch, society, friendship, drugs/alcohol, youth, family relations, friends, redemption and loneliness plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
realism
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realism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as realism: Everybody Dies But Me (2008), The Knick (2014), La Haine (1995), Fish Tank (2009), Kids (1995), Winter's Bone (2010), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Central Station (1998), Kokoko (2012), Gomorrah (2014).

List of realism movies

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, suspense, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, life is a bitch, friendship, parents and children, high school life, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, teachers and students, school, friends, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.5
 39K
The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
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, atmospheric, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: doctors and patients, addiction, hospital, life is a bitch, surgeon, gory, medicine, workplace situations, power relations, realism, drugs/alcohol, society ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 8.1
 130K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
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, realistic ...
Plot: police brutality, racism, skinhead, poverty, violence, protest, friendship, urban ghetto life, rebellion, youth, revenge, rebel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 7.3
 54K
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: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: age difference, family problems, innocence lost, fall in love, youth, adolescence, party, coming of age, boyfriend, dysfunctional family, rebelliousness, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
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 7.0
 67K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, strong sexual content, youth, drugs/alcohol, virginity, social decay, urban ghetto life, first sex, teenage life, innocence lost, puberty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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 7.2
 127K
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: atmospheric, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: missing person, life is a bitch, poverty, family in crisis, small town, family problems, family relations, social relations, bail, girl, down on your luck, realism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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 7.1
 15K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Plot: dog, small town, on the road, realism, drifter, human nature, society, pets, alienation, financial problem, disappearance, social problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
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Central Station (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: teacher, letter, age difference, retired, on the road, brazilian, realism, alcoholic, long lost relative, friendship, poverty, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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 6.8
 708
Kokoko (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A storry about a friendship between two very different women.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, ironic, melancholic
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: female friendship, unlikely friendships, relationships, country girl, realism, eccentricity, girlfriend, life turned upside down, city life, understanding, dialogue, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: russia
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 8.7
 21K
Gomorrah (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Based on Robert Saviano's bestselling book, this gritty Italian crime drama paints a portrait of the brutal Neapolitan crime organisation the Camorra, as seen through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzo, the obedient and self- confident right-hand man of ...
Style: captivating, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: mafia, drug lord, crime, crimes, mob boss, gangsters, urban, rivalry, gang war, realism, law enforcement, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: italy, europe
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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
Style: sexual, atmospheric, touching, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, coming of age, lovers, lesbian relationship, love affair, teenage love, french, gays and lesbians, strong sexual content, young woman, sexual attraction ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: france, kindergarten, europe, california
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 8.4
 23K
Southland (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: policewoman, rookie, police detective, lapd, police protagonist, fighting crime, peril, crimes, morality, partners against crime, swat, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles, southern california
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 5.9
 27K
Ken Park (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his ...
Style: sexual, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, strong sexual content, erection, masturbation, dysfunctional family, sexual relations, teenage life, coming of age, family relations, youth, innocence lost, tennis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, australia
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The Wronged Man (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Janet Gregory, a single mother with a haunting past, is a paralegal struggling to overcome doubts about Calvin Willis, an African-American husband and father wrongfully accused of raping a neighborhood girl. Eventually convinced of his innocence, ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: false accusation, hopes, injustice, courtroom drama, society, crimes, legal, dishonesty, rape, african american, redemption, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.2
 503
Press (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of a Kurdish newspaper whose journalists are under the constant threat of being abducted and killed by the state security forces.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: journalism, media, politics, life is a bitch, state affairs, uncover truth, society, realism, political unrest, danger, workplace
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: middle east, turkey
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 6.8
 204
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, sincere, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, rebelliousness, juvenile delinquency, rebellion, dysfunctional family, gang, crimes, youth, realism, teenage life, family problems, anger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: switzerland
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 8.2
 72
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: rough, sincere, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: youth, drug abuse, single parent, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family problems, child as adult, realism, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan
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 6.3
 189
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
Plot: misfit, on the road, redemption, realism, athlete's life, down on your luck, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes, pregnancy, boxing
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: slovakia
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 7.2
 10
The Kid (2015)
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: realistic, rough, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: youth, single parent, realism, child as adult, family problems, life is a bitch, siblings relations, parents and children, kids in trouble, family relations, dysfunctional family
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina
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 7.0
 48
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: touching, gloomy, thought provoking, sincere, serious ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, immigrants, life is a bitch, hopes, unfulfillment, interracial relations, discrimination, realism, boot camp, social decay, working the system, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel
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Fishing Without Nets (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, Kenya, Somalia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Abdi and his fellow ...
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, rough, serious ...
Plot: danger, pirate, power relations, realism, hijacking, hostages, confined, crimes, moral dilemma
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 10K
God's Pocket (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A boozy lowlife tries to bury the truth about his crazy stepson's suspicious death, but a nosy newspaper columnist and the young man's mother complicate matters.
Style: rough, gloomy, psychological, captivating, tense ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, uncover truth, urban ghetto life, life turned upside down, couple relations, crimes, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, down on your luck, journalism, working class, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
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The Syndicate (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A drama exploring how winning the lottery transforms the lives of ordinary people.
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: workplace, store, reward, debt, working class, family relations, supportive coworker, robbery, life turned upside down, in-laws, change of luck, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, yorkshire, northern england
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 7.5
 644
The Mill (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Powerful historical drama series, based on the lives of real people, telling the story of young 19th-century apprentices taking their lives into their own hands for the first time.
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, rich and poor, workplace situations, siblings relations, parents and children, mechanic, life is a bitch, factory, power relations, family relations, factory worker, social differences ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england
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 7.8
 1K
Street Days (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A middle-aged, unemployed heroin-addict, Checkie, loiters on the Tbilisi street outside his son’s school, where he himself was once a promising student. His wife, meanwhile, struggles to pay the tuition and understand her husband’s lack of ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, rough, bleak, serious
Plot: betrayal, urban, change of heart, society, moral dilemma, police corruption, friendship, realism, dishonesty, drug abuse, addiction, corrupt law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia (former ussr), tbilisi
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The Navigators (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In South Yorkshire, a small group of railway maintenance men discover that because of privatization, their lives will never be the same. When the trusty British Rail sign is replaced by one reading East Midland Infrastructure, it is clear that there ...
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: innocence lost, friendship, corporate crimes, workplace intrigue, workplace situations, life is a bitch, down on your luck, unemployment, small town, politics, anti capitalism, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Just the Wind (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Drawing inspiration from the death-squad murders of several Gypsy families in Hungary in 2008, director Bence Fliegauf's chilling and unforgettable real-life horror story follows a family whose dreams of emigration and escape are suddenly, ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, bleak, tense
Plot: social decay, family life, misfit, society, murder, village, racism, realism, secret place, violence spree, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hungary, europe
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This Is England '88 (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Set during Christmas 1988, Lol is haunted by the devastating events that took place two and a half years before. She and Woody both find themselves struggling to cope with their lives without each other after he leaves the gang. Lol is carrying the ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: christmas, christianity, coping, realism, counterculture, responsibility, holiday, abuse, party, friendship, girlfriend, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 4K
Him & Her (2010)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 28 min.
Story: An acutely observed, forensically honest, warts-and-all look at a working-class couple in their mid-20s.
Style: realistic, touching, witty, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: sitcom, slacker, twentysomething life, couple relations, sexual relations, verbal byplay, immature, lifestyle, relatives, self involved, sexual activity, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
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This Is England '90 (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Following on from This Is England ’86 and ‘88, this much-anticipated final chapter finds the gang embracing the rave scene of a new decade. But the utter hilarity and unadulterated joy of the second ‘summer of love’ soon gives way to a war ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, bleak, rough ...
Plot: misfit, urban, friendship, realism, love and romance, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, society, rave, friends, ecstasy, cannabis ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, yorkshire, manchester
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