Protest movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant protest movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, captivating, interesting, dramatic and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with protest, society, brutality, storytelling, riot, blood, politics, corruption, mentor and rebellion plots mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as protest: The Handmaid's Tale (2017), The Dreamers (2003), Wentworth (2013), Red State (2011), Dumplin' (2018), Milk (2008), V for Vendetta (2005), Battle in Seattle (2007), Gandhi (1982), Star-Crossed (2014).

List of protest movies

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: melancholic, psychological, rough, bleak, captivating
Plot: rape, slavery, surrogate mother, sexism, infertility, totalitarianism, protest, tyranny, violence against women, violence, kidnapping, alternate reality ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
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 7.2
 116K
The Dreamers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, France, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: incest, strong sexual content, sexuality, rebelliousness, desire, friends, brother sister incest, sexual relations, sexual attraction, rebellion, bohemian life, protest ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 8.6
 19K
Wentworth (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: women's prison, prison life, lesbian, women in prison, prison, lesbian relationship, crimes, life is a bitch, protest, power struggle, danger, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 6.2
 64K
Red State (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter Christian fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
Style: realistic, tense, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: protest, church, gay slur, confined, society, kidnapping, perversity, psychopath, danger, deception, torture, preacher ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, xian, new jersey, texas
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 6.6
 31K
Dumplin' (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A girl with the nickname "Dumplin'" enters a beauty pageant in order to win over the boy she likes and stick it to the other girls at school.
Style: inspirational, feel good, uplifting, light, touching ...
Audience: teen comedy
Plot: fat girl, beauty pageant, mother daughter relationship, protest, teenage girl, beauty queen, self confidence, female friendship, bravery, feminist, small town, female protagonist ...
Time: 2010s
Place: texas
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 7.5
 169K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, gay slur, homosexual, politician, politics, civil rights, election, protest, homosexuality, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1976, year 1970 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, new york ...
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 8.1
 1.1M
V for Vendetta (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he ...
Style: captivating, futuristic, stylized, intense, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: revolution, fighting the system, anti hero, vengeance, distopia, freedom, rebellion, future dystopia, society, vigilantism, mysterious character, revenge ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: england, london, europe, big ben london, britain
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Battle in Seattle (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Thousands of activists arrive in Seattle, Washington in masses to protest the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 (World Trade Organization). Although it began as a peaceful protest with a goal of stopping the WTO talks, it escalated into a ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, emotional, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: protest, politics, political unrest, police brutality, fighting the system, idealism, hopes, rebelliousness, chaos and mayhem, resistance, state affairs, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1999, 80s
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington, canada ...
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 8.0
 224K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA, South Africa
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, idealism, freedom, protest, muslim, religious intolerance, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, life philosophy ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1940s, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, europe, asia ...
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 7.3
 17K
Star-Crossed (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When Emery was 6 years old, an alien spacecraft crash-landed in her small town. Whether they came in peace or with more sinister intentions didn't matter: a fierce battle erupted as humans fought for control over their new rivals, an alien ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural romance, benign alien, forbidden love, unlikely couple, teenage life, popularity, interspecies romance, teenage love, fall in love, newcomer, alien encounter, high school life ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.1
 161K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, poverty, youth, drugs, racism, police brutality, protest, friendship, skinhead, urban ghetto life, rebellion, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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The Morning Show (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the men and women who carry out this daily televised ritual.
Style: suspense, emotional, social, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: women, career woman, protest, journalist, office romance, news report, television, job, society, betrayal, nothing goes right, scandal ...
Place: usa, new york
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Across the Universe (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing ...
Style: stylized, surreal, captivating, realistic, lyrical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: anti war, freedom, political unrest, protest, vietnam war, hippie, cultural difference, fan, friendship, counterculture, romance, young lovers ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: new york, liverpool, usa, california, detroit ...
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 8.0
 175K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, cult film, serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, motorcycle gang, experiment, hallucination, military, protest, suprisingly clever, mutation, government corruption, distopia, nuclear holocaust, scientist ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2019, 80s, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Best of Youth (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: society, dishonesty, politics, protest, police brutality, musician, photographer, psychiatrist, political corruption, idealism, couple relations, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 90s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: italy, lebanon, europe, palermo italy, oxford university ...
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Made in Dagenham (2010)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
Style: touching, contemplative, realistic, semi serious, uplifting ...
Plot: discrimination, working class, protest, injustice, gender, factory, workplace, fighting the system, idealism, revolution, rebelliousness, workplace situations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1966 ...
Place: england, europe, london, liverpool, michigan ...
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 7.3
 10K
Talk to Me (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
Style: realistic, sincere, inspirational, emotional, touching ...
Plot: radio, ex convict, protest, civil rights, african american, society, media, manager, cheating, ambition, friendship, radio show ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, los angeles, california
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The Normal Heart (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: gay, aids, gays and lesbians, homosexual, terminal illness, life is a bitch, friendship, male homosexuality, epidemic, protest, fear, prejudice ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982, year 1983, year 1981 ...
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., manhattan new york city, yale university
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 7.5
 69K
Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sincere, rough, serious ...
Plot: prisoner, prison, ira, suffering, prison life, protest, humiliation, police brutality, dying, hunger, fighting the system, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: northern ireland, ireland, europe, belfast
Is relevant ?
 5.4
 9K
The Thinning (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In a post-apocalyptic future where population control is dictated by a high-school aptitude test, two students discover the test is smoke and mirrors hiding a larger conspiracy.
Style: brutal, touching, disturbing, cynical, exciting ...
Plot: high school, eugenics, court, protest, father son relationship, youth, conspiracy, distopia, danger, rivalry, love, dishonesty ...
Time: near future
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 901
Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, talky
Plot: interracial relations, racism, civil rights movement, social activism, protest, racial prejudice, discrimination, social differences, human spirit, fighting the system, rebellion, social decay ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 13K
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, thought provoking, realistic, documentary filmmaking ...
Plot: filmmaking, audition, demonstration, protest, native americans, culture clash, society, director, bribery, film within a film, exploitation, political protest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2000, 70s
Place: bolivia, latin america, california, spain, south america
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 50K
Rent (2005)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village, New York, USA. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, semi serious, captivating, lyrical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: bohemian life, lesbian, aids, friendship, musician, gay, eviction, drug abuse, protest, roommate, poverty, coping ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1989 ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, santa fe new mexico ...
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 7.9
 481K
Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, neo noir, captivating, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, apocalypse, chaos, heroic mission, pandemic, distopia, survival, redemption, childlessness, birth, mission, protest ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, seattle, seattle washington ...
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The Hate U Give (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Raised in a poverty-stricken slum, a 16-year-old girl named Starr now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her ...
Style: captivating, psychological, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: ghetto, private school, racism, protest, preparatory school, witness, murder, police, friendship, african american, party, father son relationship ...
Is relevant ?
 6.0
 2K
Wedding Wars (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Gay people across the U.S. go on strike when a governor refuses to approve of gay marriages.
Style: humorous, captivating, emotional, light, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, wedding, event planner, coming out, strike, protest, gay rights, campaign, romance, couples, transvestism, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine
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The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as a ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his ...
Style: serious, uplifting, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: rivalry, ice hockey, discrimination, factory, sport, athlete's life, protest, contests and competitions, rise to the top, follow your dream, life is a bitch, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: boston, new york, quebec, montreal, toronto ontario canada
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 24K
No (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France, Mexico, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition ...
Style: captivating, sincere, psychological, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: campaign, political conspiracy, oppression, fighting the system, dictatorship, advertising agency, democracy, against the odds, rebellion, underdog, protest, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: chile, latin america, santiago de chile, santiago chile, south america
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 7.2
 69K
Strange Days (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a ...
Style: serious, twists and turns, weird, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, murder, police brutality, virtual reality, pornography, chaos, protest, haunted by the past, uncover truth, prostitute, private detective, police ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1999
Place: los angeles, california, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 20K
A Taxi Driver (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: May, 1980. Man-seob is a taxi driver in Seoul who lives from hand to mouth, raising his young daughter alone. One day, he hears that there is a foreigner who will pay big money for a drive down to Gwangju city. Not knowing that he’s a German ...
Style: exciting, based on true events, suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: historical event, taxi driver, protest, democracy, reporter, car chase, money, camera, society, danger, taxi, lie ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: south korea, tokyo, seoul
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