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The list contains the best, new and most relevant realism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, harsh, talky, bleak and sincere films and TV shows about / with realism, brutality, mentor, storytelling, runaway, pornography, life is a bitch, dialogue, friendship and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in France, USA, UK and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as realism: Everybody Dies But Me (2008), The Knick (2014), Wendy and Lucy (2008), End of Watch (2012), Lone Survivor (2013), This Is England (2006), Treme (2010), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013).
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The Wire
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
59 min.
 9.3
The Boat
Drama, Thriller, War
West Germany, UK, France
50 min.
 8.9
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Midnight Runner
Drama
Switzerland
92 min.
 6.4
Baden Baden
Comedy, Drama
Belgium, France
96 min.
 6.6

List of realism movies

Everybody Dies But Me
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, psychological, rough ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, realism, friendship, school, parents and children, high school life, teenage girl, boy girl relationship, social decay, underage drinking, girl fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.5
 37K
The Knick
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: doctors and patients, surgeon, hospital, gory, medicine, realism, addiction, workplace situations, life is a bitch, power relations, drugs/alcohol, drug ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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 7.1
 14K
Wendy and Lucy
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, enigmatic ...
Plot: dog, small town, loneliness, depression, realism, on the road, pets, homeless, travel, character study, storytelling, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
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 7.6
 205K
End of Watch
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: realistic, talky, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, friendship, gunfight, police, surveillance, courage, violence, brutality, police investigation, death, tragedy, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: los angeles, california, south central los angeles, usa
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 7.5
 237K
Lone Survivor
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: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, military, war, courage, sacrifice, gunfight, terrorism, death, soldier, violence, realism, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, iraq, usa
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 7.7
 108K
This Is England
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: realistic, bleak, tense, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, coming of age, violence, innocence lost, childhood, adolescence, friendship, bullying, brainwashing, prejudice, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, woodstock, northern england
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 8.2
 12K
Treme
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, realism, city life, musician's life, starting over, working class, urban, hopes, society, social relations, americana, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
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: police corruption, crime, political corruption, police, politics, corruption, fighting the system, torture, organized crime, poverty, violence, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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Zero Dark Thirty
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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, talky, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, military, cia, obsession, assassination, torture, violence, surveillance, investigation, 9/11, spy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, paris france, poland ...
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Blue Is the Warmest Color
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, realistic, sincere, serious, intense ...
Plot: coming of age, lesbian, teenager, love, romance, sexuality, french, adolescence, artist, sexual attraction, solitude, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, kindergarten, europe
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 8.1
 20K
Nobody Knows
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, touching, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, childhood, loneliness, realism, family life, children, siblings relations, mentor, greed, runaway, crime gone awry, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 8.0
 32K
Secrets & Lies
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, touching, serious, clever ...
Plot: adoption, working class, dysfunctional family, loneliness, realism, secrets, parents and children, parenthood, family drama, race issues, secret, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.1
 126K
La Haine
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, disturbing, serious, harsh ...
Plot: violence, fighting the system, racism, skinhead, french, friendship, poverty, rebellion, brutality, drugs, realism, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
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, tense, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, hotel, abortion, friendship, communism, sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy, guilt, realism, innocence lost, loneliness, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
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 7.5
 32K
The Class
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: high school, teacher, school, french, literature, teachers and students, dedicated educator, realism, teenager, hardcase students, mentor, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, latin america, california, caribbean ...
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The Baader Meinhof Complex
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, intellectual, rough, serious ...
Plot: idealism, terrorism, politics, rebellion, german, fighting the system, revolution, brutality, violence, capitalism, assassination, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1976, year 1977 ...
Place: germany, europe, israel, east germany, west germany ...
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 7.3
 53K
Fish Tank
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, realistic, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, teenager, adolescence, friendship, school, drinking, dancing, working class, hip hop, realism, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
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Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct
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: stylized, realistic, tense, epic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, robbery, organized crime, mafia, french, prison escape, gangster, violence, prison, bank robbery, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: france, canada, europe, paris france, spain ...
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Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1
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: stylized, epic, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, robbery, french, chase, torture, violence, gangster, bank robbery, kidnapping, realism, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 7.3
 50K
Animal Kingdom
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, realistic, atmospheric, tense, stylized ...
Plot: crime, violence, gangsters, corruption, organized crime, robbery, tragedy, police corruption, brutality, police investigation, revenge, bank robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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 7.3
 26K
Another Year
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, emotional, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: loneliness, friendship, midlife crisis, drinking, marriage, depression, realism, couple relations, funeral, relationships, jealousy, wine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, ireland
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 7.6
 27K
Tyrannosaur
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, psychological, serious ...
Plot: redemption, violence, dog, death, domestic disturbance, realism, domestic violence, drugs/alcohol, rage, drinking, depression, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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The Kid with a Bike
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, gloomy, serious, enigmatic, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, childhood, father son relationship, kids in trouble, loneliness, realism, adolescence, dysfunctional family, mentor, life is a bitch, runaway, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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Maria Full of Grace
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, compassionate ...
Plot: pregnancy, immigrants, friendship, heroin, drinking, juvenile delinquency, realism, drugs, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction, mentor, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, colombia, latin america, new jersey, usa ...
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 7.7
 22K
Vera Drake
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: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, heartbreaking ...
Plot: abortion, pregnancy, working class, idealism, police investigation, poverty, drinking, family in crisis, realism, injustice, unwanted pregnancy, neighbor ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, london, europe, hamburg germany, korea ...
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 7.8
 93K
Serpico
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, intense ...
Plot: police corruption, idealism, police, crime, undercover cop, corruption, police investigation, fighting the system, courage, violence, morality, realism ...
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
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, serious, rough ...
Plot: idealism, revolution, war, rebellion, torture, french, freedom, colonialism, violence, military, politics, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1957, 1950s, year 1954 ...
Place: africa, algeria, france, middle east, north africa
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 7.0
 66K
Kids
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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious, sexual ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: virginity, aids, innocence lost, coming of age, drugs, sex, weed, drug abuse, teenager, violence, marijuana, male nudity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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 7.9
 28K
Naked
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: talky, dark humor, witty, biting, disturbing ...
Plot: rape, existentialism, working class, loneliness, urban, violence, realism, drugs/alcohol, human nature, stranger, brutality, homeless ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, europe, england, manchester
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 7.4
 30K
Pusher
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, harsh ...
Plot: crime, crime gone awry, heroin, gangsters, drugs, violence, prostitution, realism, drugs/alcohol, criminal heroes, drug addiction, violent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe, california, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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8.3
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