Totalitarian regime movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant totalitarian regime movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, thought provoking, visually appealing, stylized, bleak and cerebral films and TV shows about / with totalitarian regime, rebellion, society, brutality, betrayal, distopia, arrest, storytelling, torture and life is a bitch plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as totalitarian regime: Fortress 2 (2000), Equilibrium (2002), Closet Land (1991), Goto, Island of Love (1969), The Tale of Despereaux (2008), Betrayal (1993), Persepolis (2007), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Fahrenheit 451 (1966), One, Two, Three (1961).

List of totalitarian regime movies

Fortress 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 7 years on from the original Fortress movie, Brennick and his family are still on the run. Finally, they give in, and surrender, only to find themselves imprisoned in a new, more sophisticated fortress prison in outer space. But Brennick's not ...
Style: futuristic, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, escape, on the run, prisoner, chase, race against time, heroes, rivalry, microchip, surveillance, outer space, heroic mission ...
Time: future, near future
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Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, psychological, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, rebellion, society, lone hero, fighting the system, resistance, dystopic future, utopia, gunfight, totalitarianism, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: china, beijing china
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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: Spain
Duration: 82 min.
Story: France. A near and probable future. The Sisterhood of Metacontrol governs Europe. Angeline, an exemplary and irreproachable citizen has just joined the order... But her relationship with a special man, Nono, will make her question profoundly the ...
Style: stylized, exciting, captivating, serious, surprise ending
Plot: distopia, forbidden love, feminism, totalitarian regime, sexism, escape, political repression, male female relationship, love, self sacrifice, dehumanization, chastity ...
Time: future
Place: france, paris france
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Closet Land (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman. She is accused of embedding political messages in her children's stories. The entire movie takes place in one room, with only the two actors. The movie is set in an unidentified, ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Plot: totalitarianism, false accusation, mind game, police station, interrogation, confined, police investigation, isolation, future dystopia, society, writer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
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Goto, Island of Love (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In an isolated community on a mythical island, a pompous dictator holds public executions and lets criminals fight in the streets.
Style: avant garde, fairy tale, cult film
Plot: totalitarian regime, absurdism, absurd humor, horse, shot in the head, bare breasts, donkey, teacher, kiss, island, execution, king ...
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The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Once upon a time... in the far away kingdom of Dor... lived a brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux sets off on an amazing adventure ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, exciting, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: mouse, imaginary kingdom, adventurer, friendship, daring rescue, self discovery, rebellion, society, escapades, hopes, rules and policies, social misfits ...
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Betrayal (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Switzerland, Spain, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Plot: communism, totalitarian regime, artist, defection, police station, male female relationship, betrayal, poetry, desertion, informant, writers, typist ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: bucharest, romania, paris france
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Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, adult animation, rough ...
Plot: coming of age, freedom, revolution, life is a bitch, society, depression, muslim, rebellion, self discovery, politics, childhood, traditional versus modern ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1982 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, austria, asia ...
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
Style: thought provoking, futuristic, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, brainwashing, totalitarianism, fascism, against humanity, society, politics, fall in love, life is a bitch, dishonesty, betrayal ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century, year 1984, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, britain, united kingdom
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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the future, the government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers, known as "firemen", to perform the necessary book burnings. Fireman Montag begins to question the morality of ...
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, tense, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, book, totalitarianism, social decay, fighting the system, resistance, book burning, oppression, introspection, rebelliousness, satire ...
Time: future, near future, 1960s, 60s
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One, Two, Three (1961)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin tries to keep the boss's daughter from marrying a Communist.
Style: witty, clever, talky, suspense, biting ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, satire, secretary, capitalist, forbidden love, politics, german, culture clash, communism, communist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1961, 1960s, 1930s
Place: berlin germany, ussr, east berlin, west berlin west germany, germany ...
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: aids, gays and lesbians, revolution, oppression, exile, homosexual, gay, poet, artist, gay slur, writer's life, childhood ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, new york, caribbean
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
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, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, unwanted pregnancy, rape, communism, friendship, female friendship, realism, doctor, young woman, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
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Salvador (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The story of Salvador Puig Antich, one of the last political prisoners to be executed under Franco's Fascist State in 1974.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: anarchist, legal investigation, against humanity, rebellion, politics, legal, missing person, fighting the system, journalism, state affairs, crime, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, barcelona spain
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THX 1138 (1971)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the ...
Style: futuristic, thought provoking, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: distopia, totalitarianism, prison, utopia, future dystopia, fighting the system, dystopic future, hologram, technology gone awry, chaos, surveillance, androids and robots ...
Time: future
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Kamikaze 1989 (1982)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.
Style: parody, intellectual
Plot: police, distopia, prosecution, bomb, police officer, masturbation, loud music, bare breasts, totalitarian regime, car accident, police station, totalitarian state ...
Time: year 1989, future
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The Man on the Shore (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Canada, Haiti, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Early 1960s Haiti during Duvallier's dictatorship seen through the eyes of a young girl whose family heavily suffered.
Style: bleak, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: family relations, siblings relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, on the run, state affairs, child, oppression, memory, beating, courage, vengeance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: haiti, caribbean
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Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: In the future, corporations have taken over the world and banned sex. A group of rebellious high school students devise a way to go back in time to the present day and try change history to prevent that from happening.
Style: teen sex comedy, cult film, sex comedy, psychotronic, parody
Plot: time travel, high school, girl with glasses, group shower, dictatorship, voyeur, feminist, hand kissing, teenage boy, character appears in newspaper, reading aloud, voyeurism ...
Time: year 1997, 2010s, 21st century, 2000s, 1990s ...
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: disturbing, controversial, banned film, atmospheric, cult film ...
Plot: rape, insanity, gang, surrealism, brainwashing, psychopath, nihilism, violence, violence spree, brutality, social decay, sadism ...
Time: future, 90s, 70s, near future, 1990s ...
Place: britain, europe, london
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The Death of Stalin (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Belgium, Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria ...
Style: banned film, satirical, political comedy, parody
Plot: political satire, socialism, josef stalin, military, death, chaos, repression, power struggle, funeral, satire, dictator, political intrigue ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1956, year 1953, year 1949 ...
Place: soviet union, ussr, russia, siberia, moscow russia
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Cuckoo in a Dark Forest (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, Czechoslovakia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in World War 2 as the Germans occupy Czechoslovakia, teenage Emilka's father is murdered by the Nazis, but she is selected for special treatment by virtue of being blonde. She is billeted with the commandant of a concentration camp near the ...
Plot: nazi officer, female protagonist, thief, shooting, piano playing, explosion, death of father, 13 year old, rope, naked in public, beach, chased by a dog ...
Time: 1940s
Place: prague czechoslovakia, prague czech republic, central europe, prague, poland ...
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3 Seasons in Hell (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 19 year old nonconformist poet living in 1947 Czechoslovakia is blind to the Communist behemoth looking over him, and instead lives a bohemian life with sexually liberated girls.
Style: intellectual, unusual plot structure, psychological, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: writers, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, employer employee relationship, friendship between men, student, teenage boy, communism, male objectification, society, love and romance, youth, writer's life ...
Time: year 1947, 1940s, year 1949, year 1948
Place: prague, central europe, prague czech republic, prague czechoslovakia
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Child 44 (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, USA, Russia
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, intense, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, child murder, police investigation, stalinism, uncover truth, crimes, investigation, lone hero, serial murder, murder investigation, against the rules ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1945 ...
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union, moscow russia, berlin germany ...
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