Political protest movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant political protest movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspense, sexy, thought provoking and harsh films and TV shows about / with political protest, protest, politics, cigarette smoking, telephone call, husband wife relationship, male nudity, female nudity, state affairs and society plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as political protest: Ginger & Rosa (2012), Summer Palace (2006), Wackersdorf (2018), Even the Rain (2010), Funny Dirty Little War (1983), Year of the Gun (1991), Trumbo (2015), The Chairman (1969), Mosley (1998), Suspiria (2018).

List of political protest movies

Ginger & Rosa (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Denmark, Canada, Croatia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event the comes to redefine their relationship.
Style: serious, sincere, stylized, realistic, contemplative
Plot: female friendship, political protest, cold war, teenage life, rebellion, rebelliousness, youth, state affairs, society, political unrest, parents separation, child protagonist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: europe, london, england
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Summer Palace (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Country girl Yu Hong leaves her village, her family and her lover to study in Beijing. At university, she discovers an intense world of sexual freedom and forbidden pleasure. Enraptured, compulsive, she falls madly in love with fellow student Zhou ...
Style: serious, emotional, atmospheric, touching, sexy ...
Plot: idealism, true love, rebelliousness, political unrest, road not taken, romance, life is a bitch, youth, politics, college life, longing, social differences ...
Time: 80s
Place: china, north korea, asia, europe, germany ...
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Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Romania, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A reenactment of the final days of the 2001 G8 Summit.
Style: thought provoking, tense, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police brutality, rebelliousness, globalization, political unrest, fighting the system, violence spree, demonstration, violence, political protest, bullying, humiliation, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, 2000s
Place: europe, italy
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Wackersdorf (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Not an easy decision! District Administrator Hans Schuierer from the Upper Palatinate first opposed his own political line in 1981 and finally against the entire Bavarian Free State and Prime Minister Strauss. Because the planned reprocessing plant ...
Plot: german history, political protest, police brutality, nuclear, disagreement, riot police, paramilitary, protestor, tear gas, protest sign, forest, archive footage ...
Time: 80s, year 1986
Place: west germany, munich germany, bavaria
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Even the Rain (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain, Mexico, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Focuses on Sebastian and Costa, obsessive filmmakers who, in their quest to uncover the myth of Christopher Columbus and resistance to colonial power by Indian rebel Hatuey, ultimately end up embroiled in a modern revolt against Western ...
Style: talky, serious, realistic, harsh, intense ...
Plot: filmmaking, audition, demonstration, protest, native americans, culture clash, exploitation, director, bribery, film within a film, civil unrest, documentary filmmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2000, 70s
Place: bolivia, latin america, california, spain, south america
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Funny Dirty Little War (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A small revolution breaks out in a small Argentine town, as one group of Peronists calls they newly elected peronist a communist. The newly elected official enlists the aid of allies ranging from the town drunk to young peronists to help hold his ...
Style: realistic, dark humor, witty, humorous, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, village, farce, hostage, small town, small town life, political intrigue, dishonesty, political unrest, chaos and mayhem, confined, hostages ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america
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Year of the Gun (1991)
Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In this thriller, American novelist David Raybourne (Andrew McCarthy) accidentally becomes entangled in the Red Brigade's terrorist plan to kidnap Italian Premier Aldo Moro during a research trip to Rome. As the terrorists attempt to kill ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending, suspense
Plot: politics, murder, political intrigue, culture clash, danger, assassination, journalism, terrorism, photojournalist, kidnapping, mistaken identity, journalist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, venice
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Trumbo (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.
Style: talky, factual, intense, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: hollywood, communism, justice, movie business, politics, communist, parent child relationship, writers, jail, political persecution, prison, release from prison ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 1950s, 70s, year 1954 ...
Place: usa
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The Chairman (1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An American scientist is sent to Red China to steal the formula for a newly developed agricultural enzyme. What he is not told by his bosses is that a micro-sized bomb has been planted in his brain so that should the mission ever look likely to ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, microfilm ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, espionage, undercover, race against time, spy, cold war, countdown, chases and races, secret agents, danger, government agency, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: china, asia, russia, usa, hong kong ...
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Mosley (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Story: Mosley was a 1998 television serial produced for Channel 4 based on British fascist Oswald Mosley's life in the period between the two world wars. The series was directed by Robert Knights, from a screenplay by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, ...
Plot: politics, british politics, nazi, womanizer, racist, beating, male nudity, british history, anti communism, chanting, skinny dipping, politician ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, pre world war two, post world war one
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Suspiria (2018)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: A young ballet dancer travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of increasingly grisly murders.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, touching, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: ballet, witchcraft, dance performance, mysterious event, psychotherapist, dead woman, ritual sacrifice, choreography, secret, good versus evil, mysterious death, paranormal phenomena ...
Time: 70s, year 1948, year 1943, year 1977
Place: berlin germany, ohio, east berlin east germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin
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License to Drive (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Teenager Les Anderson thinks his life can't get any worse after he flunks his driver's exam, but he's wrong. Even though he didn't receive his license, Les refuses to break his date with the cool Mercedes Lane, and he decides to ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, road movie, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, girls' night
Plot: high school, underage drinking, drunk driving, love and romance, nothing goes right, lifestyle, high school life, family relations, friendship, teenage love, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, new jersey
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Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: bleak, rough, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, state affairs, political unrest, fighting the system, social decay, society, protest, conflict, social problems, life is a bitch, irish, injustice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
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First Man (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Style: based on true events, suspense, factual, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: moon landing, space exploration, space mission, test pilot, astronaut, space travel, moon, nasa, historical event, human in outer space, husband wife relationship, loss of child ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963, year 1965, year 1961 ...
Place: houston texas, usa, florida, california
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Peppermint Soda (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the fall of 1963, Anne is becoming a teenager. She lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. They're just back from summer at the beach with their father. School starts. A turbulent year awaits them both.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, touching, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: school, friendship, high school, coming of age, family relations, friends, lifestyle, human nature, high school life, couples, teenage love, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Day of the Flowers (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Cuba
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two young, strong-willed Scottish sisters, one a left-wing activist, the other a most-popular-girl-in-school type, take their late father's ashes to Cuba, the site of many family legends of his services to the Revolution. Arriving in Havana, ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, captivating
Audience: date night
Plot: culture clash, nothing goes right, family relations, society, romance, disorder, sister sister relationship, on the road, love triangle, interracial romance, death of father, paternity revealed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
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The Colony (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, touching, suspense, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cult, torture chamber, kidnapping, violence against women, political unrest, military dictatorship, torture, religious fanatic, discipline, escape, genocide, coup d'etat ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, germany, new jersey
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The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Poland, Norway
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Veronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: french, singer, polish, self discovery, music, lookalikes, romance, encounter, false identity, young woman, double life, puppet ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, 1990s
Place: poland, europe, france, paris france
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Neues aus der Anstalt (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Neues aus der Anstalt is a political cabaret program on German television station ZDF, hosted by Urban Priol and Frank-Markus Barwasser, who replaced Georg Schramm. Broadcast monthly since 2007, it usually features three guest cabaret artists in ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: satire, politics, elevator, state affairs, power relations, doctors and patients, clinic, voice imitation, political satire, stand up comedian, political protest, finance
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
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The Wild Scene (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The slimy underbelly of psychiatry is revealed in this nasty exploitation drama that centers on a female psychiatrist who talks about her tawdriest cases, examples of which, including incest, masochism, impotency and prostitution, are illustrated. ...
Plot: exploitation, sister sister relationship, sexuality, lesbian romance, audio tape, generation gap, incestuous desire, caught cheating, female psychiatrist, falling to death, suicide, older man younger woman relationship ...
Place: los angeles
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Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Marxist-Leninist expelled from the British Communist Party joins the Revolutionary Party of the Third World, sleeps around, and attempts to rethink his place within the revolution after the events of the 1968 May uprising in Paris.
Style: avant garde
Plot: revolutionary, political protest, working class, marxist, political activist, irony, song, womanizer, storyteller, class struggle
Time: year 1968
Place: london
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Nicht Fummeln, Liebling (1970)
Genre: Comedy
Country: West Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A man is thrown out by his girlfriend and moves in with a friend who is part of a group of terrorists plotting an assault on a department store.
Plot: socialite, loser, female director, satire, policeman uniform, slacker, political protest, leftist, breaking a window, warehouse, hearse, farce ...
Place: munich germany
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Bambule (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: "Bambule" is German prison slang for "riot". This 1970 TV movie follows a day in the life of three adolescent borstal girls in Berlin: Irene escapes (but returns after she finds no bearings in the outside world), Monika is caught ...
Plot: volkswagen beetle, reminiscence, rebelliousness, abuse, riot, winter, prostitution, youth, runaway teen, social problem, girl group, memories ...
Place: west berlin west germany
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Open Letter To The Evening News (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Hoping to shake up the complacent Italian Communist Party, a group of leftist radicals sends an incendiary letter to a major evening newspaper declaring their intention to volunteer to fight American troops in Vietnam as a political statement ...
Style: intellectual
Plot: student, anger, love, newspaper, class struggle, conversation, writers, revolutionary, student protest, argument, sex in bed, party ...
Place: united states, usa, italy, vietnam
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The Future of Emily (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Emily, a child, stays with her bourgeois grandparents during frequent periods when her mother makes films. Isabelle wraps a picture, flies to her childhood home to pick up Emily, and plans to leave for her place in France. Old wounds between ...
Plot: female director, airplane, telephone call, world war two, inheritance, surfing, affair, travel, lunch, restaurant, dancing, resentment ...
Place: germany, normandy, berlin germany
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Parfum de printemps (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Tunisia, France, Lebanon
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 2011 Tunisia, as the Arab Spring awakens, unemployed graduate Aziz, nicknamed Zizou (Zied Ayadi), travels from his Saharan village to the big city of Tunis in search of a job. From television aerial installation to political intrigue, this ...
Plot: rooftop, kiss, terrace, protest, political protest, protest march, politics, police, dress, bare breasts, safe, tv set ...
Time: year 2014
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Medium Cool (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: John Cassellis is the toughtest TV-news-reporter around. He becomes an expert in reporting about violence in the ghetto and racial tensions. But he discovers that his network helps the FBI by letting them look at his tapes to find suspects. When he ...
Style: cynical, disturbing, thought provoking, serious, clever ...
Plot: politics, journalism, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence, vietnam war, hippie, vandalism, tv news, culture clash, fighting the system, racism, urban ghetto ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois, west virginia, usa, washington d.c., america ...
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The Year 01 (1973)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The film narrates a utopian abandonment, consensual and festive of the market economy and high productivity. The population decides on a number of resolutions beginning with "We stop everything" and the second "After a total downtime ...
Plot: revolutionary, utopia, workshop, labor strike, nudity (full frontal - brief), political protest, worker, protest, anarchism, key, train station, labor ...
Time: 70s
Place: france
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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A singer goes to a small town for a performance before he is drafted
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious
Plot: small town, farce, ballet, turtle, songwriter, singer, song, secretary, friends, showbiz, couples, small town life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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Red Kiss (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 1952, Paris. Nadia, a Red Diaper baby, has a sister, Polish parents, and at 15 is an active Communist. When cops beat her during an anti-American demonstration, she's rescued by a "Match" photographer. As the friendship becomes a love ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexual, sexy, captivating
Plot: society, love and romance, love affair, state affairs, romance, photojournalist, coming of age, family relations, friends, politics, rebellion, revolution ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: paris france, europe, france
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