Reform movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant reform movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, touching, humorous, emotional and witty films and TV shows about / with reform, society, hopes, crimes, power relations, youth, friendship, husband wife relationship, redemption and life is a bitch plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as reform: Evil Roy Slade (1972), Sword of the Beast (1965), Lean on Me (1989), Middlemarch (1994), A Christmas Carol (1984), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Possessed (1988), Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983), Requiem for a Vampire (1971), Florence Nightingale (1985).

List of reform movies

Evil Roy Slade (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Orphaned and left in the desert as an infant, Evil Roy Slade (John Astin) grew up alone—save for his teddy bear—and mean. As an adult, he is notorious for being the "meanest villain in the West"—so he's thrown for quite a loop ...
Style: offbeat, not serious, humorous, gag humor
Plot: reform, orphan, gunfight, marshal, fugitives, goofy hero, fall in love, friends, rivalry, danger, crimes, chases and races ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Sword of the Beast (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha’s Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades then turn on him, and this betrayal so shakes ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, strangulation, martial arts, samurai, reform, betrayal, gambling, shogun, ronin, danger, rivalry, religions or cults ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
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 7.4
 17K
Lean on Me (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, reform, drug dealing, gang, school principal, urban ghetto life, teachers and students, changing lives, dedicated educator, teenage life, dedication, human spirit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new jersey
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 7.6
 2K
Middlemarch (1994)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 375 min.
Story: A BBC dramatization of George Eliot's classic novel about the lives and loves of a group of people living on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution in a small town named Middlemarch. These include young Doctor Lydgate, who arrives at Middlemarch ...
Style: touching, clever, emotional, stylized, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: hospital, reform, inheritance, politics, doctor, social differences, intrigue, power relations, family relations, revolution, idealism, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, europe, rome italy
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A Christmas Carol (1984)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.
Style: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, redemption, holiday, reconciliation, self discovery, reform, scrooge, ghost, family, unfulfillment, coldhearted, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, new york
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's ...
Style: humorous, road movie, entertaining, melancholic, surreal ...
Plot: treasure hunt, obsessive quest, on the run, small town, adventure, prophecy, criminal heroes, ex spouse, seduction, prison escape, rescue, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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 6.4
 422
The Possessed (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: French-polish movie adaptation of the novel by Dostoievski (also known as Demons), directed by Andrzej Wajda.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, serious, exciting ...
Plot: reform, small town, execution, pregnancy, arson, revolution, fanatic, free will, cynicism, russian revolution, nihilism, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia
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Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Musical
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In this whimsical fable, Resnais deftly interweaves three story lines: the creation of an early-20th-century utopia; romantic high jinks at a school conference; and a fantasy sparked by F/X pioneer Georges Méliès.
Style: offbeat, humorous, clever, stylized, witty ...
Plot: utopia, hopes, imaginary kingdom, city life, in the woods, palaces castles and temples, idealism, urban, human nature, cause and meaning, artists and showbiz, legends and myths ...
Time: middle ages
Place: france
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Requiem for a Vampire (1971)
Genre: Horror
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A vampire lures beautiful young women to his castle in Europe.
Style: gothic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: bondage, car chase, vampire, loss of virginity, torture, rape, lesbian sex, gays and lesbians, dangerous attraction, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, on the run ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, europe
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Florence Nightingale (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: This is the fact-based story of an aristocratic woman who defies Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers, who ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, captivating
Plot: nursing, soldier, hospital, wartime life, war, heroic mission, doctors and patients, hopes, idealism, reform, fighting the system, human spirit ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 1850s, victorian era, 1840s ...
Place: england, europe
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 6.6
 780
Born Innocent (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment from her peers and her own abusive family, and only one ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, innocence lost, riot, brutality, prison, rape, runaway, society, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, confined, teenage life ...
Time: 70s
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An American Christmas Carol (1979)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized ...
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, emotional
Plot: ghost, redemption, great depression, christmas, coldhearted, road not taken, hopes, family, unfulfillment, reform, obnoxious boss, power relations ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: new england, usa
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 5.6
 5K
Senior Trip (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on detention, a group of misfits and slackers have to write a letter to the President explaining what is wrong with the education system. There is only one problem, the President loves it! Hence, the group must travel to Washington to meet the ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, realistic, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: stoners, on the road, parody, adventure, goofy hero, power relations, youth, disorder, teenage life, reform, adolescence vs adulthood, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., ohio
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A Harlot's Progress (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Drama looking at artist William Hogarth and his relationship with the prostitute that inspired his most famous piece.
Style: sexual, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: starvation, prostitute, orphan, brothel, adultery, jail, dominatrix, courtesan, artists and showbiz, couples, reform, power relations ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: england
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The Christening (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Michal has what he always dreamed of: a beautiful wife named Magda, a newborn son, his own firm. He chooses an old friend, Janek, to be the godfather of his child. This is just the beginning of Michal's plan, who asks his friend to take an ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, bleak, atmospheric
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, crime, criminal heroes, one more chance, friends, haunted by the past, godparent, going straight, reform, snow, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
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This Is Martin Bonner (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two men, at opposite ends of the social spectrum, find themselves starting new lives in the same, small town and form an unlikely friendship.
Style: realistic, talky, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: rehabilitation, estrangement, friendship, betrayal, social misfits, gain trust, hopes, redemption, haunted by the past, small town, dishonesty, bankruptcy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, usa
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 6.8
 481
Hounded (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Deals with the obsessive relationship between a confused teenager and an elder woman. Elsa Seifert successfully works as probation officer, but the relationship to her longtime companion is in trouble since their common daughter moved out. Then she ...
Style: serious, sexual, touching, psychological, realistic
Plot: s&m, friendship, obsession, older woman younger man relationship, femme fatale, youth, destructive relationship, love and romance, gays and lesbians, adolescence vs adulthood, couple relations, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, sao paulo brazil, hamburg germany
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 7.4
 826
Forever Mary (1989)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A teacher discovers his calling. Marco relocates to Palermo from Milan and takes a job teaching in a reform school while he waits for a high school position. He tries to understand and motivate his handful of students, reading them colloquial ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: youth, prison, juvenile delinquent, reformatory, transvestism, rebellion, idealism, power relations, prostitute, teachers and students, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: sicily, italy, europe, palermo italy
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 6.5
 1K
Mayerling (1968)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria (Omar Sharif) clashes with his father, Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria (James Mason), over implementing progressive policies for their country. Ava Gardner plays his mother Empress Elisabeth. Rudolf soon feels he is ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: tragic love, infidelity, revolution, politics, forbidden love, cinderella story, master and servant, love affair, rebelliousness, social differences, young lovers, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: austria, italy, england, venice, europe
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They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A police detective's investigation of a prostitute's murder points to his best friend.
Style: tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, prostitute, self defense, political corruption, society, frame up, police detective, life is a bitch, uncover truth, witnessing a crime, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, san francisco
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 7.7
 111
Laurel Avenue (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Laurel Avenue is an American three-hour television miniseries which aired on HBO on July 10 and 11, 1993. It is the story of an eventful weekend in the lives of an extended African American family living in St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul Aaron and actor ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: suburban life, family in crisis, r&b, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, interracial relations, social relations, family relations, single parent, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
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First Time Felon (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot camp. He chooses boot camp and finds out it is tougher than ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: boot camp, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, crimes, life is a bitch, society, juvenile delinquency, youth, self discovery, criminal heroes, hopes, gang ...
Time: 90s
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 6.8
 2K
Borstal Boy (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on Irish poet Brendan Behan's experiences in a reform school in 1942. A 16 year-old Irish republican terrorist arrives on the ferry at Liverpool and is arrested for possession of explosives. He is imprisoned in a Borstal in East ...
Style: touching, disturbing, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: ira, friendship, teenage love, coming of age, gay, society, politics, boarding school life, love and romance, life is a bitch, school, boarding school ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, england
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Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Elwood, the now lone "Blues Brother" finally released from prison, is once again enlisted by Sister Mary Stigmata in her latest crusade to raise funds for a children's hospital. Once again hitting the road to re-unite the band and win ...
Style: not serious, witty, humorous, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: blues, chase, on the road, loan, orphanage, prison, music, underdog, rivalry, adventure, siblings relations, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: louisiana, usa, chicago illinois
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 6.4
 2K
7 Virgins (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tano is 16-years-old and is already sitting in jail. In 48 hours he’s a free man and off to the wedding of his brother. In the two days he recounts his neighborhood in a section of Sevilla.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological
Plot: youth, friendship, coming of age, wedding, family life, innocence lost, buddies, teenage life, reform, working class, juvenile delinquency, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, spain
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16 Years of Alcohol (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 16 Years of Alcohol is a 2003 drama film written and directed by Richard Jobson, based on his 1987 novel. The film is Jobson's first directorial effort, following a career as a television presenter on BSkyB and VH-1, and as the vocalist for the ...
Style: touching, psychological, gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: skinhead, gang, addiction, family problems, teenage life, youth, redemption, crimes, social misfits, hopes, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland
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Porterhouse Blue (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 200 min.
Story: In late-'80s Britain, Porterhouse College Cambridge is an anachronism, its students uniformly male and (in the vast number of cases) privately educated. When the incumbent Master dies (from a stroke brought on by overeating) the government ...
Style: thought provoking, cynical, clever, witty, humorous ...
Plot: college, school, college life, power relations, reform, youth, teachers and students, student life, hopes, state affairs, older woman younger man relationship
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
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There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Charismatic criminal Paris Pitman ends up in jail, then attempts to escape the prison of warden Lopeman.
Style: dark humor, realistic, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, chase, betrayal, warden, gang, buddies, dishonesty, partners, leadership, vengeance, on the run, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, france, europe, mexico
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 6.5
 15K
Joe Kidd (1972)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A band of Mexicans find their U. S. land claims denied and all the records destroyed in a courthouse fire. Their leader, Louis Chama, encourages them to use force to regain their land. A wealthy landowner wanting the same decides to hire a gang of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, bounty hunter, mexican, pistol, cowboy, gunfighter, vengeance, chase, gangsters, destiny, leadership, heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: new mexico, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
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 6.8
 11K
The Wild Geese (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Switzerland, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and ...
Style: exciting, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mercenary, betrayal, military, soldier, rescue, racism, aging, kidnapping, adventure, war, vengeance, good versus evil ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, england, london, zimbabwe, europe ...
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