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, harsh, bleak, talky and sincere films and TV shows about / with realism, brutality, mentor, storytelling, runaway, friendship, culture clash, honest, pornography and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in France, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as realism: Everybody Dies But Me (2008), The Knick (2014), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Central Station (1998), End of Watch (2012), Lone Survivor (2013), This Is England (2006), Treme (2010), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010), Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
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Central Station (1998)
Drama
Brazil, France
113 min.
 8.0
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Drama
USA
80 min.
 7.1
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Midnight Runner (2018)
Drama
Switzerland
92 min.
 6.3
Baden Baden (2016)
Comedy, Drama
Belgium, France
96 min.
 6.6

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, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, friendship, high school life, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, life is a bitch, teachers and students, family problems, school, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.5
 37K
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, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: addiction, doctors and patients, hospital, life is a bitch, surgeon, gory, medicine, realism, workplace situations, drugs/alcohol, power relations, society ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.1
 14K
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: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: dog, small town, realism, on the road, drifter, pets, down on your luck, survival, scar, friendship, mysterious past, journey ...
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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: teacher, letter, on the road, brazilian, missing father, realism, long lost relative, alcoholic, friendship, retired, age difference, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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 7.6
 205K
End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.
Style: sincere, talky, realistic, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting crime, friendship, latinos, gang war, policewoman, police sergeant, gunfight, crime, danger, arrest, shooting, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles, usa, california
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 7.5
 237K
Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: captivating, serious, emotional, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, military, soldier, war, battles, courage, terrorism, gunfight, selflessness, death, military life, squad ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq
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 7.7
 108K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: racism, gang, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, skinhead, youth, violence, teenage life, coming of age, crimes, childhood, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
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 8.2
 12K
Treme (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
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: sentimental, talky, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, city life, radio dj, chef, musician, african american, lawyer, realism, musician's life, violence, survival, music ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: torture, police corruption, police, politics, corruption, penitentiary, drug traffic, jail, execution, criminal, police car, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, cia, military, terrorism, track down, assassination, navy, torture, surveillance, helicopter, espionage, 9/11 ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, paris france, poland ...
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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, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian, coming of age, strong sexual content, gays and lesbians, teenage love, youth, young woman, french, love affair, adolescence, couples, young lovers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, kindergarten, europe
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 8.1
 20K
Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, dysfunctional family, childhood, responsibility, realism, family life, sibling relationship, siblings relations, family in crisis, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 8.0
 32K
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A middle-aged London factory worker is shocked when the mixed-race daughter she gave up at birth decides to track her down. At first she denies she is her mother. All family members become emotional, as everyone's secrets are exposed.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, clever, touching ...
Plot: adoption, secret, dysfunctional family, working class, social worker, family secret, funeral, jealousy, realism, parents and children, social differences, reunion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.1
 126K
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, realistic, serious, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, police brutality, social misfits, violence, skinhead, racism, gun, friendship, police officer, revenge, poverty, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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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, realistic, disturbing, serious, tense ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, communism, unwanted pregnancy, hotel, friendship, pregnancy, friends, hotel room, college student, dormitory, desperation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
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 7.5
 32K
The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, dedicated educator, school, high school, french, education, high school teacher, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france, caribbean ...
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, France, Czech Republic
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the political turmoil in the period from 1967 to the bloody "Deutschen Herbst" in 1977. The movie approaches the events based on Stefan Aust's standard work on Die Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). The ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: idealism, political unrest, politics, terrorism, anti war, rebellion, revolution, police brutality, bomb, suicide, protest, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1976, year 1977 ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, indonesia ...
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 53K
Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: family problems, youth, innocence lost, coming of age, party, dysfunctional family, age difference, adolescence, dishonesty, teenager, boyfriend, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
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Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns ...
Style: rough, epic, tense, bleak, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, robbery, crime, gangsters, against the rules, organized crime, rise to the top, romancing a criminal, pimp, domestic violence, torture, realism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, canada, montreal quebec, quebec ...
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Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats -- from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks -- Mesrine was gunned down by the French police in Paris.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, torture, realism, robbery, on the run, chase, violence spree, french, criminal heroes, crimes, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 50K
Animal Kingdom (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: heroin, violence, interrogation, crime, drug dealer, trial, armed robbery, robbery, cocaine, gangsters, realism, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 26K
Another Year (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: loneliness, funeral, jealousy, friendship, suffering, unrequited love, red wine, cooking, garden, therapist, desperation, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, ireland
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 27K
Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, violence, prison visit, pub, urination, death of husband, beating, drunkenness, dog, redemption, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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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, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: kids in trouble, pardon, coming of age, theft, realism, childhood, life is a bitch, acceptance, redemption, orphan, youth, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, USA, Ecuador
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: tense, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: drug dealing, airplane, illegal immigration, smuggling, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, realism, drugs/alcohol, friendship, self esteem, adolescence, drug traffic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 22K
Vera Drake (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.
Style: realistic, bleak, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Plot: abortion, unwanted pregnancy, neighbor, pregnancy, injustice, female protagonist, tailor, miscarriage, women's prison, police, rape, family in crisis ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, hamburg germany, korea, burma ...
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 93K
Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: idealism, hippie, whistleblower, fighting the system, police corruption, police, undercover cop, corruption, social decay, partners, police investigation, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Algeria, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in ...
Style: realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: revolution, military, resistance, bomb, torture, rebellion, french, underground fighting, algerian, muslim, independence, government ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1957, 1950s, year 1954 ...
Place: algeria, africa, north africa, france, middle east
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 66K
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: serious, rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, strong sexual content, youth, virginity, drugs/alcohol, innocence lost, puberty, teenage life, social decay, society, first sex, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 28K
Naked (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, talky, witty, sincere ...
Plot: sexual abuse, unemployment, rapist, urban, stranger, rape, humiliation, drifter, alienation, roommate, marijuana, robbery ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, london, england, manchester
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