Coup d'etat movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant coup d'etat movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating and political films and TV shows about / with coup d'etat, politics, danger, state affairs, suspense, betrayal, murder, rebellion, society and military plots mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as coup d'etat: No Escape (2015), The State Within (2006), A Royal Affair (2012), Ekaterina (2014), Colonia (2015), The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Last Knights (2015), Pennyworth (2019), Tyrant (2014), The Interview (2014).

List of coup d'etat movies

No Escape (2015)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, intense, scary ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: survival, suspense, family in danger, riot, execution, rebellion, coup d'etat, violence, race against time, american abroad, wrong place wrong time, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: asia, california, middle east, thailand, canada ...
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The State Within (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
Story: Ambassador to Washington is the pinnacle of success in the Foreign Office and the position is offered to only the brightest and the best. But Ambassador Mark Brydon finds his skills tested to the limits when, following a major diplomatic incident, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, political, tense
Plot: coup d'etat, politics, terrorism, political conspiracy, cover up, fbi, manipulation, workplace, political intrigue, terrorist, dishonesty, spy ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., pentagon, iraq
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A Royal Affair (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A young queen falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution that changes their nation forever.
Style: realistic, stylized, sexy, atmospheric, factual ...
Audience: date night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: love triangle, royal family, love affair, adultery, aristocracy, coup d'etat, royal court, queen, infidelity, political intrigue, tragic love, king ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, victorian era, 1770s, year 1968 ...
Place: denmark, europe, england, berlin germany, scandinavia ...
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Ekaterina (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The life of the Russian Empress Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great), a German born princess who came to Russia as bride for the young Peter III, chosen by his aunt Elisabeth, and who, once she came into power, transformed the Russian empire.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, lyrical, romantic, sentimental ...
Plot: russian empire, royal family, imperial russia, palace intrigue, empress, coup d'etat, royal court, russian history, royalty, political conspiracy, conspiracy, nobleman ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s, georgian era
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Colonia (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Luxembourg, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
Style: psychological, harsh, exciting, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: suspense, cult, religious fanatic, kidnapping, religion, genocide, escape, torture chamber, torture, prison, survival, abuse ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, germany, south america, new jersey, latin america
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Morgan Pålsson - World Reporter (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Sweden
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Utrikesreportern Morgan Pålsson och hans fotograf Robert Flycht blir skickade på ett uppdrag till ett okänt nordafrikanskt land – Matóbo. Uppdraget går ut på att följa valet i landet men istället utbryter en militärkupp och Morgan visar ...
Style: not serious, realistic, humorous, melancholic, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: journalism, reporter, coup d'etat, journalist, odd couple, unlikely partners, misfit, disorder, goofy hero, nothing goes right, partners, media ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, eastern europe
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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.
Style: psychological, bleak, rough, melancholic, captivating ...
Plot: rape, sexism, tyranny, surrogate mother, infertility, slavery, protest, violence, religion, distopia, totalitarianism, belief ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future, 21st century
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Last Knights (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA, South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When an evil emperor executes their leader, his band of knights – bound by duty and honour – embarks on a journey of vengeance that will not come to an end until they've destroyed their mortal foe.
Style: exciting, serious, bad ending, entertaining, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: medieval, sword fight, knight, warrior, vengeance, king arthur, revenge, coup d'etat, emperor, corrupt, brutality, mythology ...
Time: middle ages, future, 18th century
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Pennyworth (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The origin story of Bruce Wayne's legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce's billionaire father, in 1960s London.
Style: exciting, tense, bleak, atmospheric, neo noir ...
Plot: cia agent, superhero, murder, coup d'etat, good versus evil, loss of loved one, violence, chase, army, hunting, woman with a gun, post war ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, london, united kingdom, east end london, britain
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Tyrant (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam "Barry" Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his ...
Style: captivating, tense, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: dictatorship, state affairs, homecoming, totalitarianism, political unrest, ruler, family relations, parents and children, gay son, society, secret, exile ...
Time: 21st century
Place: middle east
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The Interview (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to ...
Style: funny, absurd, ridiculous, controversial, political ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: male nudity, assassination attempt, dictator, farce, journalism, undercover, cia, assassination plot, espionage, satire, buddies, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century
Place: north korea, korea, asia, usa, new york ...
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Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: tense, political, suspenseful, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: cold war, politics, conspiracy, white house, military, u.s. air force, espionage, terrorism, secret service, suspense, betrayal, race against time ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, future
Place: pentagon, latin america, california, austin texas, russia ...
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Sword in the Moon (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Country: South Korea
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A series of high-ranking officials are being systematically eliminated by a sleek assassin and his female assistant, and arrogant master swordsman General Choi (Jo Jae-Hyeon) is charged with putting an end to the carnage. During a previous time of ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, bleak
Plot: martial arts, coup d'etat, vengeance, vigilantism, friendship between men, usurper, rivalry, betrayal, redemption, political unrest, medieval, ancient korea ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
Place: ancient china, asia, korea
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The Enemy Within (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, political thriller
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, terrorism, political corruption, betrayal, undercover, manhunt, government agency, race against time, state affairs, revolution, political intrigue ...
Time: 90s
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Shooting Dogs (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two westerners, a priest and a teacher find themselves in the middle of the Rwandan genocide and face a moral dilemna. Do they place themselves in danger and protect the refugees, or escape the country with their lives? Based on a true story.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sad, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, politics, violence, survival, survivor, priest, teacher, against the odds, moral dilemma, human spirit, fighting the system, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s, year 1994
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa, united kingdom
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While at War (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Salamanca, Spain, 1936. In the early days of the military rebellion that began the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), writer Miguel de Unamuno supports the uprising in the hope that the prevailing political chaos will end. But when the confrontation ...
Style: sincere, disturbing, captivating, psychological, intellectual
Plot: spanish civil war, spanish history, moral dilemma, arrest, professor, coup d'etat, military, society, disorder, civil war, military coup, world war two ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: spain, morocco
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A Painting Lesson (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In Chile, during the 60´s, the son of a poor single teenage girl turns out to be a gifted painter. The man to discover his talent is the owner of the drugstore that lies in the outskirts of the small rural town, next to the railroad. He himself is ...
Style: captivating, disturbing
Plot: painting, coup d'etat, art, painter, artists' life, social problems, life is a bitch, art critic, disappearance, suspense, single mother, countryside ...
Time: year 1973, 60s
Place: chile
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Steel Rain 2 (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A futuristic film about a crisis near the brink of war after three leaders are kidnapped by a North Korean nuclear submarine in a coup d’état during a summit between the two Koreas and the United States.
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, political thriller
Plot: submarine, coup d'etat, politics, inter-korean relations, peace, society, suspense, rivalry, political intrigue, rules and policies, terrorism, spy ...
Place: south korea, north korea
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Trick or Cheat (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The film depicts the events of 1964 when Nikita Khrushchyov was forcibly replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as a head of USSR.
Style: suspenseful, political, unusual plot structure
Plot: kremlin, coup d'etat, power struggle, coup, politician, betrayal, politics, twists and turns, traitor, political unrest, rivalry, society ...
Time: year 1964
Place: ussr
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State of Siege (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Like most of Costa-Gavras' political thrillers, the French State of Siege is based on a true story. The incident dramatized herein is the kidnapping of a U.S. official somewhere in Latin America. The director's sympathies clearly lie with ...
Style: political, social, captivating, talky, tense ...
Plot: politics, torture, martial law, kidnapping, spy, political intrigue, curfew, political election, fictional history, rebellion, protest, prison ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: latin america, france, uruguay, santiago chile, south america
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Dune (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure ...
Style: epic, cerebral, captivating, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: desert, alien planet, messiah, space opera, destiny, prophecy, space, water shortage, premonition, betrayal, politics, spy ...
Time: future, distant future, 2020s
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Black Panther (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, intense, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: superhero, martial arts, good versus evil, loss of father, warrior, chase, black hero, super villain, prince, tragic villain, new world order, strong female character ...
Time: year 1992, 2010s, future, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: africa, london, oakland california, nigeria, south korea
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The Dictator (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Style: funny, parody, absurd, satirical, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: satire, dictator, dark humor, un, culture clash, farce, death, prejudice, society, head of state, megalomaniac, fictional country ...
Time: 70s, year 1973, 20th century, 2010s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, asia, israel, middle east ...
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Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A ...
Style: anime, serious, mysterious, exciting, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: giant, death, life turned upside down, threat, tragedy, giant monster, friendship, transformation, life is a bitch, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia, direction and purpose ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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McBain (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Santos attempts to lead a people's revolt in Colombia to overthrow the Presidente. When his revolt fails and he is killed, his sister Christina goes to New York to find McBain, a lieutenant Santos rescued during the Vietnam War. McBain agrees ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, rebellion, drug dealing, military, soldier, vietnam veteran, vengeance, heroes, rebelliousness, coup d'etat, revolution, gang ...
Time: year 1973
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, colombia
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the ...
Style: surreal, serious, atmospheric, intense, art film ...
Plot: suicide, art, rebellion, friendship, nationalism, writers, radical, emperor, tragic hero, state affairs, writer's life, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two
Place: japan, mount fuji, kyoto japan, tokyo
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April Captains (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Portugal, Spain, Italy, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.
Style: serious, tense, rough, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: revolution, dictatorship, military, rebellion, military coup, family relations, politics, state affairs, rebelliousness, society, siblings relations, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: portugal, africa, angola
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I as in Icarus (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film's plot is based on the Kennedy assassination and subsequent investigation. The film begins with the assassination of President Marc Jarry, who is about to be inaugurated for a second six-year term of office. Henri Volney, state ...
Style: political, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: political conspiracy, assassination, kennedy assassination, government corruption, uncover truth, witnessing a crime, political corruption, legal investigation, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, yale university
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who ...
Style: captivating, apocalyptic, tense, disturbing, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: distopia, desert, cure, vaccine, imprisonment, virus, teenage hero, friendship, post apocalypse, battles, maze, fight ...
Time: future
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Insurgent (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.
Style: exciting, futuristic, intense, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: distopia, post apocalypse, future dystopia, tough girl, teenager, teenage love, strong female lead, chosen one, good versus evil, rebellion, chase, fighting the system ...
Time: future
Place: chicago illinois
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