Human rights movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant human rights movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing and inspirational films and TV shows about / with human rights, society, politics, injustice, friendship, life is a bitch, hopes, corruption, justice and death plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as human rights: Shahid (2012), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Cry Freedom (1987), On the Basis of Sex (2018), Milk (2008), Difret (2014), Half Moon (2006), The Fifth Estate (2013), The Best of Enemies (2019), The Letters (2014).

List of human rights movies

Shahid (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: This compelling drama tells the remarkable true story of slain human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who became a powerful voice against the intercommunal violence that has engulfed Mumbai since the early 1990s.
Style: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, psychological, tense ...
Plot: human rights, muslim, legal, terrorist, courtroom, lawyer, false arrest, society, life is a bitch, civil rights, hopes, injustice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2008, 2000s, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, pakistan, kashmir
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
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, brutal, harsh, disturbing, controversial ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: convent, nun, life is a bitch, human spirit, corporal punishment, mistreatment, punishment, sexual harassment, human rights, religion, sin, catholic orphanage ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, latin america, dublin ireland, europe
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Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Zimbabwe, USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: inspirational, political, thought provoking, edutainment, feel good ...
Plot: racism, apartheid, politics, human rights, journalism, social injustice, friendship, reporter, murder, idealism, journalist, slavery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1975
Place: south africa, africa, england, cape town south africa
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On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, China, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.
Style: clever, thought provoking, inspirational, captivating, motivational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: lawyer, marriage, female lawyer, courtroom, women's rights, human rights, husband wife relationship, teacher, supreme court, equality, misogyny, women ...
Time: 50s, 70s, year 1956, year 1963, 60s ...
Place: usa, denver colorado, new york
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Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, political, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: gay, politics, homosexual, murder, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, protest, discrimination, male homosexuality, politician, gender, homosexual history ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972, year 1977, year 1976 ...
Place: california, san francisco, new york, usa, oklahoma ...
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Difret (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Ethiopia, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village the ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, touching, emotional, political ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: human rights, injustice, righting the wronged, fighting the system, legal investigation, false accusation, against the odds, dishonesty, ambition, legal, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: africa, ethiopia
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Half Moon (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Austria, France, Iran, Iraq
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he sets out for the long and troublesome journey in a derelict ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: on the road, human rights, musician's life, follow your dream, kurd, self discovery, against the rules, social relations, world, music, composer, dancing ...
Time: 21st century
Place: kurdistan, iraq, middle east, iran, turkey
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The Fifth Estate (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Belgium
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.
Style: thought provoking, political, tense, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: journalism, internet, computers and web, politics, spy, hacker, international relations, computer, hacking, technology, whistleblower, conspiracy ...
Time: year 2010, year 2011, 2000s, year 2007, 21st century
Place: europe, cairo egypt, paris france, switzerland, berlin germany ...
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The Best of Enemies (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of the real-life unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1971 North Carolina.
Style: rough, sincere, thought provoking, disturbing, political ...
Audience: date night
Plot: interracial friendship, civil rights, human spirit, human rights, racism, name calling, tiredness, african american, court, interracial relations, breaking and entering, helplessness ...
Time: 70s, year 2016, year 1971, year 2005
Place: north carolina, usa
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The Letters (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Mother Teresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. The Letters, as told through personal ...
Style: spiritual, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking
Plot: human rights, nun, catholic, religion, letter, charity, children, spirituality, idealist, workaholic, illness, family relations ...
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Style: touching, thought provoking, emotional, factual, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: child abuse, aborigine, racism, kidnapping, australian outback, children, australian aboriginal, culture clash, survival, women, justice, desert ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, africa, oceania
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Priceless (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: James, down on his luck and desperate for some quick cash, agrees to drive a small truck across country. He soon realizes that he's made a huge mistake and has inadvertently become involved in a dangerous human trafficking ring. The unlikely ...
Style: disturbing, touching, tense, christian film, surprise ending
Plot: human trafficking, violence against women, injustice, human rights, social injustice, kidnapping, friendship, sister sister relationship, christian, young woman, relationships, faith ...
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Stand (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Russia, Ukraine
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After taking a wrong turn in their car, a young gay Russian couple witnesses what they believe is a vicious gay bashing; their quandary over what to do about it propels them into ever more dangerous territory. For Anton, the burden of what they may ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: lgbt, gay, investigation, couples, murder, human rights, uncover truth, amateur detective, gays and lesbians, moral dilemma, society, discrimination ...
Time: 21st century
Place: russia
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Guilty Not Guilty (2018)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: A dark side of India's Nuclear Programme
Style: educational, cult film
Plot: human rights, abuse of power, indigenous people, world politics, sick child, un, changing the future, business, warning, toxic waste, journalism, radiation ...
Place: new york, washington d.c.
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Loving (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Style: inspirational, romantic, thought provoking, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: interracial couple, racism, interracial marriage, marriage, interracial love, segregation, husband wife relationship, civil rights, love, love story, racial segregation, justice ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1958
Place: virginia, australia, washington d.c., usa
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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, thought provoking, dramatic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, human spirit, nurse, society, psychiatrist, unlikely friendships, escaped mental patient, psychopath ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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Invisible Heroes (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Finland, Chile
Duration: 285 min.
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Story: Invisible Heroes tells the heroic tale of young Finnish diplomats in Chile during 1973’s infamous military coup. Finnish diplomats Tapani Brotherus and Ilkka Jaamala along with Tapani’s wife Lysa Brotherus helped over 2000 left-wing Chileans ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, realistic, serious
Plot: diplomat, military coup, dictatorship, army, cold war, human rights, politics, military, communism, refugee, embassy, right wing extremist ...
Time: year 1973, 70s
Place: chile, finland, east germany
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The Middle Passage (2000)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Martinique
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A realistic look at the horrors of the slave trade, told entirely through the voice of a dead African slave whose spirit haunts the ocean route
Style: sentimental, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, social injustice, prisoner, human rights, captive, slave, anguish, murder, revolt, freedom, protest ...
Place: africa, atlantic ocean, senegal
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The Net (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A poor North Korean fisherman finds himself an accidental defector, and is groomed to be a spy by an ambitious South Korean military officer.
Style: disturbing, captivating, bleak, thought provoking, exciting ...
Plot: politics, human rights, poverty, corruption, military, husband wife relationship, spy, fisherman, murder, money, prostitute, video surveillance ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: north korea, east asia, korea, seoul, south korea
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The Lady (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, UK, Thailand
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: realistic, touching, sincere, sentimental, feminist film ...
Plot: politics, election, military dictatorship, resistance, leadership, human spirit, tragic love, social activist, selflessness, idealism, forceful separation, political unrest ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1947 ...
Place: burma, france, asia, oxford university
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Glasgow Girls (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: Glasgow Girls is a specially commissioned musical drama for BBC Three that tells the inspirational true story of a group of schoolgirls whose petition to save their friend from deportation inspired a movement which would eventually help change ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, uplifting
Plot: friendship, immigrants, human spirit, rebellion, fighting the system, idealism, kids in trouble, youth, deportation, injustice, society, campaign ...
Time: year 2005, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, england, glasgow scotland
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Clash (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 60 min.
Story: "Engwkentro" follows two teenage brothers attempting to escape an unnamed city controlled by an iron-fisted mayor. They must first break away from the cycle of crime, while trying to run from rival gang leaders and the state's ...
Style: serious, tense, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, politics, mayor, moral dilemma, juvenile delinquency, vigilantism, social decay, youth, society, rivalry, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century
Place: the philippines, asia
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, heartbreaking, disturbing, harsh, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slavery, racism, survival, civil rights, torture, african american, interracial relations, freedom, life is a bitch, kidnapping, american history, separation from family ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, africa, usa, georgia ...
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Amazing Grace (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of William Wilberforce's courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Although meeting intense opposition, his minister, John Newton, urges him to see the cause through.
Style: inspirational, emotional, political, talky, factual ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: slavery, politics, christian, friendship, freedom, corruption, civil rights, politician, slave trade, culture clash, justice, civil war ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, 50s, georgian era ...
Place: england, london, africa, paris france, france ...
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Pinochet's Last Stand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1998 former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet visits Britain for medical treatment. On being tipped off, Amnesty International seize the chance to bring to justice a man they insist is guilty of multiple human rights violations. The newly-elected ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: politics, rebellion, dishonesty, against humanity, downfall, society, legal, state affairs, life is a bitch, politician, human rights, dictator ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998
Place: london, england
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Fratricide (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Luxembourg, Germany, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two young Kurdish refugees, recently arrived in Germany struggle to make their way through the harshness of the occidental city. Their encounter with a gang of Turks will rapidly led them into an inevitable tragical spiral filled with death and ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, disturbing
Plot: kurd, politics, racism, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, orphan, social decay, friendship, injustice, society, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: europe, germany, kurdistan
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The First Purge (2018)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, slasher, psychological, scary ...
Plot: murder, sadism, atrocity, social injustice, survival horror, suspense, abuse of power, experiment, racism, politics, violence, distopia ...
Time: year 2014, year 2017, 2010s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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Private (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: muslim, soldier, human rights, survival, life is a bitch, military, dysfunctional family, society, politics, rivalry, terrorism, confined ...
Time: 21st century
Place: middle east, palestinian authority, israel, palestine
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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: South Africa, 1978. Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, two white political activists from the African National Congress imprisoned by the apartheid regime, put a plan in motion to escape from the infamous Pretoria Prison…
Style: political, tense, atmospheric, dramatic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, prison, political prisoner, suspense, escape, political activism, human spirit, maximum security prison, freedom, political activist, politics ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, australia, adelaide south australia ...
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Clandestine Childhood (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Spain, Brazil
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum, his dad and his adored uncle Beto, outside his home he has another name. At school, Juan is known as Ernesto. And he meets María, who only has one name. Based on true facts, set in the Argentina of ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: coming of age, youth, family relations, hidden identity, school, family life, disorder, parents and children, dishonesty, false identity, political activist, hiding ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
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