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, bleak, talky, harsh and dramatic films and TV shows about / with reform, society, hopes, storytelling, redemption, mentor, friendship, idealism, death and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
reform movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as reform: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), A Christmas Carol (1984), Middlemarch (1994), Lean on Me (1989), Sword of the Beast (1965), Evil Roy Slade (1972), Justice, My Foot! (1992), Star Trek (2009), American History X (1998), Battle Royale (2000).

List of reform movies

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: melancholic, humorous, road movie, entertaining, surreal ...
Plot: treasure hunt, obsessive quest, on the run, small town, adventure, prophecy, criminal heroes, ex spouse, prison escape, rescue, runaway, creativity ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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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: atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, redemption, scrooge, self discovery, ghost, reform, reconciliation, family, supernatural ability, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, new york
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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: serious, clever, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: hospital, intrigue, doctor, social differences, politics, reform, inheritance, idealism, journalist, priest, romance, rich and poor ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, europe, rome italy
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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, atmospheric, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, gang, drug dealing, school principal, reform, dedicated educator, hardcase students, urban, human spirit, idealism, teachers and students, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new jersey
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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: rough, serious, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: martial arts, shogun, gambling, ronin, vengeance, samurai, betrayal, reform, strangulation, gang, master warrior, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
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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: not serious, humorous, offbeat, gag humor
Plot: marshal, gunfight, orphan, reform, anti heroes, fugitives, goofy hero, going straight, chases and races, crimes, heroes, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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Justice, My Foot! (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Sung (Chow) is by far the best lawyer in Guangdong and the outlying areas of Southeast China. His skills have earned his family an excellent living, albeit his habit of winning all his cases by whatever means necessary. Because of his shyster ways, ...
Plot: pregnancy, dead child, corrupt official, reform, crooked lawyer, justice, false accusation, husband wife relationship, lawyer, corruption, chinese, pregnant wife ...
Place: china
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Star Trek (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, semi serious, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, space wars, heroic mission, space and aliens, teleportation, adventure, imaginary, star trek, heroes, space opera, time travel ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: iowa
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American History X (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, prison, nazism, juvenile delinquency, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, crime, confined, redemption, skinhead, xenophobia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, serious, tragicomedy, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, anti heroes, dehumanization, friendship, plan gone awry, crazy ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Style: bleak, disturbing, futuristic, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: contests and competitions, future dystopia, captivity, survivor, death, survival, game of death, island, battle, school class, teacher, trap ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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A Christmas Carol (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, exciting, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, ghost, holiday, redemption, rich and poor, regret, human nature, greed, family, elderly, snow, life changing experience ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, future
Place: england, europe, london
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Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: cia, globalization, assassination, politics, bomb, capitalism, corruption, espionage, terrorism, political corruption, suicide, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, lebanon, europe, persia, switzerland ...
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CSI: NY (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
Story: CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, riddles and clues, workplace, partners against crime, murder, investigation, forensics, crime investigation, crimes, mystery, interrogation, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, greece
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Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, rebelliousness, rebellion, death, boxing match, escape, egg, barbed wire, freedom, escape attempt, punishment, dignity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspense, depressing, brutal ...
Plot: sexual harassment, convent, nun, sexual abuse, human spirit, punishment, irish, life is a bitch, clergy, rebellion, humiliation, convent school ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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The Names of Love (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Bahia Benmahmoud, a free-spirited young woman, has a particular way of seeing political engagement, as she doesn't hesitate to sleep with those who don't agree with her to convert them to her cause - which is a lot of people, as all ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: politics, election, radio, child abuse, romance, idealism, unlikely couple, opposites attract, love and romance, society, interracial relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, 2000s
Place: france, paris france, algeria
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The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 274 min.
Story: Follow Sugar into the underbelly of Victorian London seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.
Style: serious, captivating, biting, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: prostitute, couple relations, rich and poor, love affair, social climbing, rise and fall, mental illness, social differences, social decay, society, couples, power relations ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, victorian england, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, europe, london
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The Lady (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film is about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (Yeoh) who spent more than a decade under house arrest. David Thewlis portrays Suu Kyi's husband, Dr. Michael Aris. Rebecca Frayn began working on the project after she and her husband, producer ...
Style: serious, captivating, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: army general, seer, massacre, military dictatorship, election, human spirit, idealism, police brutality, couple relations, anti war, political unrest, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1940s, year 1947, year 1998
Place: burma, asia, oxford university
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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, warden, alcatraz, redemption, bird, life sentence, rehabilitation, human spirit, rebel, prisoner, birds, isolation ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, kansas
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...and justice for all. (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is asked to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial. But if he doesn't do it, the judge will have him disbarred.
Style: suspense, clever, semi serious, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, crime, fighting the system, prison, dedicated lawyer, legal action, extramarital affair, idealism, moral dilemma, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, Denmark, Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: William Franklin is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a ...
Style: bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: boarding school life, beating, poetry, reformatory, discipline, dedicated educator, juvenile delinquency, orphan, gory, clergy, school, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: ireland, europe, spain
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Cry-Baby (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A prim and proper schoolgirl goes against her mother's wishes when she dates a motorcycle-riding juvenile delinquent.
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, satirical, light ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: forbidden love, teenage love, gang, teenage life, juvenile delinquent, rivalry, rock and roll, love and romance, dancing, friendship, youth, music ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1954, 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
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The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausecu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, young heroes, human spirit, rebelliousness, siblings relations, coming of age, hopes, youth, family relations, buddies, idealism, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: romania, europe
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Breathless (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Sang-hoon is a lowlife gangster, a debt collector exercising thuggish ways to collect his money. The recipient of nothing but anger since his childhood, he expresses himself through violence. When he finally encounters someone who can stand up to ...
Style: serious, rough, emotional, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, going straight, starting over, loan shark, self discovery, urban, crimes, hopes, friends, gangsters, redemption, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: prison, riot, racism, corruption, revenge, violence, suicide, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, rebellion, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his ...
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, realistic, psychological
Plot: prison, sport, athlete's life, juvenile delinquency, rebel, running, prison life, rivalry, working class, rebellion, realism, school ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england
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Good Morning, Night (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The 1978 kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, president of the most important political party in Italy at the time, Democrazia Cristiana, as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants -- a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, kidnapping, politics, murder, political unrest, confined, crimes, state affairs, head of state, hostages, leadership, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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The Blue Kite (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: labor camp, politics, revolution, parents and children, political unrest, society, state affairs, family relations, family life, innocence lost, rebelliousness, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1950s
Place: china, asia, california, tokyo, japan
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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, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, mercenary, kidnapping, soldier, military, adventure, rescue, war, aging, racism, head of state, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: africa, england, london, europe, zimbabwe ...
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