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, gloomy, sincere and disturbing films and TV shows about / with realism, life is a bitch, society, family relations, poverty, loneliness, parents and children, youth, profanity and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres shot in France, UK, USA and other countries.
realism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as realism: The Knick (2014), Everybody Dies But Me (2008), Bread and Roses (2000), It's a Free World... (2007), The Kid with a Bike (2011), La Haine (1995), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Rosetta (1999), Fish Tank (2009), Battle for Haditha (2007).

List of realism movies

The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
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, hospital, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, realism, surgeon, medicine, workplace situations, gory, power relations, society, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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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, touching, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, friendship, family relations, life is a bitch, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, society, social decay, family problems, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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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: immigrants, realism, labor union, deportation, working class, politics, society, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, janitor, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, mexico city, guatemala ...
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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: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: exploitation, realism, immigrants, fighting the system, cons and scams, working class, social differences, workplace situations, life is a bitch, legal, workplace, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england, britain
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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: sincere, touching, bleak, meditative, atmospheric ...
Plot: kids in trouble, realism, childhood, petty criminal, social problems, life is a bitch, orphan, youth, society, responsibility, street kid, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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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, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, youth, skinhead, police brutality, urban ghetto life, poverty, protest, friendship, rebellion, racism, realism, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, paris 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, communism, rape, friendship, female friendship, realism, doctor, young woman, 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: serious, atmospheric, neorealism, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: village life, realism, isolated place, social relations, isolation, village, loneliness, social decay, landscape, society, drunk, non professional cast ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
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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, meditative, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, realism, unemployment, alcoholic, poverty, 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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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, disturbing, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: age difference, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, fall in love, innocence lost, adolescence, coming of age, party, dysfunctional family, rebelliousness, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
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Battle for Haditha (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an ...
Style: disturbing, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: marine, iraq war, military, attack, soldier, military life, culture clash, war, danger, occupation, realism, marines ...
Time: contemporary, year 2005, 2000s, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
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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: poverty, missing person, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, small town, family problems, social relations, realism, girl, bail, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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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: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, social problems, musician, hurricane katrina, realism, starting over, musician's life, lifestyle, tragic event, life turned upside down, interracial relations, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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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, violence, dehumanization, factory worker, loneliness, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, japan, tokyo
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Adela (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 90 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: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: elderly, human spirit, realism, golden years, society, aging, life is a bitch, family life, parents and children, loneliness, slum, cemetery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
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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: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: teenage life, rebelliousness, family problems, rebellion, juvenile delinquency, realism, gang, dysfunctional family, youth, crimes, rehabilitation, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: switzerland
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This Is England '90 (2015)
Genre: Comedy, 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: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, bleak ...
Plot: hippie, friendship, realism, society, life is a bitch, love and romance, rave, racism, drugs/alcohol, misfit, ecstasy, drugs ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, manchester, yorkshire
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The Swimming Pool (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba, Spain, Venezuela
Duration: 65 min.
Story: During summer in La Habana, four adolescents with physical problems, while in vacation from school, spend a day in a swimming pool with their apathetic instructor.
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, sincere, realistic
Plot: swimming, teenage life, realism, youth, teachers and students, disability, mentally challenged, loneliness, misfit, power relations, handicapped, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, cuba
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Out of My Hand (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Liberia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: ‘What do you want?’ asks the trade union leader, to which the men respond as if with one voice: change! Life is hard work on Liberia’s rubber plantations and wages are meagre. Nothing has changed for generations, but now the workers are ...
Style: contemplative, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: workplace, hopes, society, immigrants, workplace situations, starting over, realism, poverty, new life, haunted by the past, plantation, strike ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, africa
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The Way Out (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Way Out tells a story of a young Romani couple, Zaneta and David, the parents of little Janicka. Their efforts to live a decent and dignified life run up against the "Romani social trap," which is racism, the society's prejudices, ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, unemployment, couples, life is a bitch, couple relations, parents and children, family in crisis, realism, family problems, social misfits, society, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
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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: bleak, stylized, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: coming of age, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life, family problems, realism, life is a bitch, family relations, protecting from truth, urban ghetto, single parent, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
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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, serious, realistic, gloomy, cinema verite
Plot: pregnancy, family problems, life is a bitch, race against time, misfit, social misfits, parents and children, family in crisis, realism, family relations, society, money raising ...
Place: europe, bosnia
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Two-Legged Horse (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A wealthy boy hires a poor child to carry him around like a horse.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: lifestyle, disability, dehumanization, parents and children, street kid, realism, family relations, power relations, rich and poor, society, youth, master and servant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, middle east, asia
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Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited young girl and her proud and dignified family, who are part of Ireland's "traveller" community.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, parents and children, culture clash, family relations, realism, social misfits, youth, misfit, society, discrimination, single mother, resilience ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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As If I Am Not There (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, Sweden
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson's drama is taken from true stories revealed during the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Samira is a modern schoolteacher in Sarajevo ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, realistic, serious
Plot: bosnian war, war, realism, wartime life, strong female presence, life is a bitch, military, soldier, life turned upside down, violence, rape, genocide ...
Place: former yugoslavia, bosnia, europe, sarajevo, bosnia herzegovina ...
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K Street (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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: clever, cynical, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: lobbyist, politics, campaign, realism, state affairs, rivalry, workplace, dishonesty, ambition, workplace intrigue, political satire, fictional reality show ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
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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, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, street kid, gang, crimes, gang war, social decay, teenage life, society, realism, social problems, rebellion, kissing ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe
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Where God Left His Shoes (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Frank, Angela, and their two children are evicted from their New York City apartment, they have no choice but to move into a homeless shelter. After a few difficult months, good news comes their way on Christmas Eve: a nearby housing project ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: job seeking, survival, life is a bitch, coping, family problems, realism, eviction, family in crisis, down on your luck, parents and children, ex athlete, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Another Year (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
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: psychological, emotional, sincere, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: loneliness, jealousy, funeral, friendship, midlife crisis, suffering, desperation, everyday life, family life, unrequited love, unfulfilled love, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, ireland ...
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Ajami (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, Israel, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Ajami is an area of Tel Aviv in Israel where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews and Christians live together in a tense atmosphere. Omar, an Israeli Arab, struggles to save his family from a gang of extortionists. He also courts a beautiful Christian girl: ...
Style: sincere, rough, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: forbidden love, realism, life turned upside down, family feud, family problems, police brutality, family in danger, missing person, vengeance, rivalry, society, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, tel aviv israel, middle east, palestinian authority, palestine
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