Bureaucracy movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant bureaucracy movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, humorous, serious, thought provoking, suspense and captivating films and TV shows about / with bureaucracy, society, satire, family relations, bureaucrat, politics, life is a bitch, brutality, death and police plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
bureaucracy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as bureaucracy: Citizen X (1995), Holy Lola (2004), Bureaucracy (2009), A Respectable Family (2012), Why (1971), Death of a Bureaucrat (1966), Visions of Europe (2004), The Castle (1997), On My Skin (2018), Catch-22 (2019).

List of bureaucracy movies

Citizen X (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed victim to over 50 people. His victims were mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a communists state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, forensics, corpse, police investigation, psychiatrist, bureaucracy, shallow grave, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: russia, soviet union, california
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Holy Lola (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of a young couple, Pierre and Geraldine, and their desire for a child, which leads them on a journey of initiation to Cambodia. On their difficult and transformative adventure, they must contend with obstructive authorities and the ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: adoption, interracial adoption, family relations, orphan, bribery, babies and infants, society, couple relations, politics, human trafficking, bureaucracy, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cambodia
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Bureaucracy (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Crime Thriller starring Jack Robinson, David Simon, Kaitlyn Black
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: murder, unlikely criminals, deadly, obnoxious boss, crimes, workplace, boss and employee, workplace situations, police detective, bureaucracy, crime, blind man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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A Respectable Family (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Arash is an Iranian academic who lives in the West. He returns to Iran to teach in Shiraz, a city far from Tehran where his mother lives. Drawn into a series of domestic and financial dramas, he faces a country that is now alien to him. Following ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: homecoming, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, wartime life, society, life is a bitch, family problems, estrangement, death in the family, freedom, bureaucracy, assassination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 80s, 2010s ...
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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Why (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Giuseppe Di Noi, an Italian surveyor living in Switzerland, gets arrested at the border while going back to Italy with his family for a vacation. But can someone tell the man WHY?
Plot: prison, injustice, innocence, bureaucracy, satire, legal, mass, vacation, miscarriage of justice, prisoner transport, humiliation, swedish ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: italy, stockholm sweden
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Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Cuba
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape.
Plot: satire, social satire, bureaucracy, nightmare, grave, funeral, death, cemetery, farce, coffin, exhumation, bureaucrat
Place: cuba
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Visions of Europe (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Twenty-five films from twenty-five European countries by twenty-five European directors.
Style: anthology
Plot: compilation, european union, immigration, bureaucracy, environmental, female director, essay
Place: europe
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The Castle (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Michael Haneke's adaptation of Franz Kafka's unfinished novel Das Schloss. K arrives in a remote village a stranger. In attempting to establish himself there, he enters the nightmarish world of the castle bureaucracy.
Style: allegory, surreal, bleak, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: village, bureaucracy, village life, uninvited guest, social relations, palaces castles and temples, life is a bitch, society, distopia, barmaid, castle, falling in love ...
Place: austria, germany, europe
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Style: light, funny, satirical, humorous, absurd ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: space travel, outer space, space and aliens, benign alien, spacecraft, hitchhiker, sarcasm, fantasy world, intergalactic, friends, buddies, survival ...
Time: future
Place: himalaya, madagascar, norway, england, london
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On My Skin (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The incredible true story behind the most controversial Italian court cases in recent years. Stefano Cucchi was arrested for a minor crime and mysteriously found dead during his detention. In one week's time, a family is changed forever.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, suspenseful
Plot: abuse of power, interrogation, injury, beating, lawyer client relationship, police, brutality, prisoner, medical examination, mysterious death, bureaucracy, drug use ...
Place: rome italy
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Catch-22 (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Set in Italy during World War II, the series follows the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian, a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real ...
Style: exciting, captivating, thought provoking, humorous, surprise ending
Plot: war, aviator, world war two, transformation, frustration, soldier, paradox, escapades, friendship, bureaucracy, society, danger ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 20th century
Place: mediterranean sea, southern italy
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Where Am I Going? (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Checco is 39 and lived his entire life with his parents. He loves his job where he does nothing the whole day, until something happens that will change his behavior and his life forever...
Style: humorous, entertaining, feel good, light, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: civil servant, public service, job, cultural difference, workplace situations, workplace, couple relations, working conditions, stereotypes, society, social relations, adaptation ...
Time: 2010s
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Utopia (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 27 min.
TV show
Story: Set inside the offices of the "Nation Building Authority", a newly created government organisation responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects, Utopia explores that moment when bureaucracy and grand dreams collide. It's a ...
Style: sitcom, humorous, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: political satire, workplace, disorder, workplace situations, office, workplace humor, bureaucracy, satire, politics, government agency, incompetence
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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To Kill a Man (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: How far will you go to protect your family? Jorge is a peaceful hard-working man who seeks a simple, quiet life for himself and his family. One day, he is mugged and humiliated by a gang of thugs led by Kalule, a delinquent from his neighborhood. ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: revenge, family in danger, couple relations, couples, rivalry, danger, deadly, crimes, police, vigilante, legal system, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile
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The Falling (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Natha a poor farmer from Peepli village in the heart of rural India is about to lose his plot of land due to an unpaid bank loan. A quick fix to the problem is the a government program that aids the families of indebted farmers who have committed ...
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, light, entertaining, psychological ...
Plot: media circus, media, satire, society, nothing goes right, media hype, farmer, suicide attempt, bureaucracy, media satire, down on your luck, debt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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Land (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Qatar
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Yellow Eagle family are Native American and live on the Prairie Wolf Indian Reservation. News reaches them that Floyd, the youngest son of the family, has died during military service in Afghanistan. The waiting begins to get his body back to ...
Style: suspense, rough, brutal, melancholic, disturbing ...
Plot: death, native american reservation, army, indian reservation, death of son, death of brother, killing a dog, loss of son, loss of brother, dog, alcoholic, hospital ...
Time: 20th century
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Running Wild (2017)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Stella Davis is a widow who saves her ranch by working with convicts to rehabilitate a herd of wild horses that wandered on to her property. Stella must fight prejudice, greed, bureaucracy and vanity (including her own) to finally understand that ...
Style: lyrical, sentimental, captivating, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: ranch, rancher, wild horse, widow, convict, wild animal, prisoner, bureaucracy, runaway horse, debt, re-education, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Miracle Workers (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: A comedy set in the offices of Heaven Inc. When God plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels must convince their boss to save humanity. They bet him they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet: help two humans fall in love.
Style: satirical, humorous, ironic, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: god, fantasy world, job, partners, friendship, heaven, angel, bureaucracy, talking to god, belief in god, end of the world, miraculous event ...
Time: contemporary
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Godzilla Resurgence (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: From the mind behind Evangelion comes a hit larger than life. When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red ...
Style: tense, serious, suspense, captivating, dark ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: giant monster, godzilla, destruction, radioactivity, danger, scientist, military, evolution, tunnel, overturned car, reporter, evacuation ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo
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Terrorism and Kebab (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man named Ahmed tries unsuccessfully for days to go the the government building to complete the necessary paperwork to transfer his child to another school. Repeatedly he is unable to see the employee he needs to meet with. In a scuffle that ...
Plot: terrorism, bureaucracy, bus, injustice, praying, shoeshine, prostitution, hostage, restroom, husband wife relationship, corruption, middle class ...
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The Swissmakers (1978)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: This romantic drama follows two policemen whose job is to investigate the lives of foreigners who have applied for Swiss citizenship. Among the applicants they must screen are a French psychiatrist and his wife, and a ballet dancer. The married ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, clever, humorous
Plot: immigrants, politics, immigration, surveillance, bureaucracy, society, misfit, culture clash, citizenship, narrow mindedness, proletarian, racism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: switzerland
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L.627 (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by the rules or kowtow to his weak and/or corrupt superiors. Lulu thrives in this violent world, where sheer guts can overcome his ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: drug abuse, aids, prostitute, bureaucracy, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, drug dealing, partners, society, legal action, police investigation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, france
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Brazil (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent ...
Style: dark humor, cult film, futuristic, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: fighting the system, distopia, surveillance, satire, mistaken identity, chase, hallucination, alternate reality, paranoia, giant, escape, rescue ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, london, europe, britain, brazil
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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, communism, rape, friendship, female friendship, realism, young woman, doctor, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
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Article 99 (1992)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dr. Richard Sturgess leads a team of compassionate doctors at a veteran's hospital. Along with Drs. Morgan, Handleman and Van Dorn, he fights to deliver adequate care to needy veterans in the face of funding cuts and a corrupt administration. ...
Style: humorous, biting, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: hospital, surgery, surgeon, patient, doctor, disability, politics, satire, hostage, strong female presence, injustice, power relations ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: kansas, usa, new jersey, iraq
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Born Innocent (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment from her peers and her own abusive family, and only one ...
Style: controversial, thought provoking, bleak, rough, sexual ...
Plot: innocence lost, sexual abuse, prison, rape, riot, runaway, brutality, reform school, family relations, teenage life, prison life, strong female presence ...
Time: 70s
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Operation Grandma (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Israel
Duration: 54 min.
Story: Mivtza Savta ("Operation Grandma") is a satirical Israeli comedy about three very different brothers trying to get around many obstacles to bury their grandmother on her kibbutz. The story takes place in Israel, in the fictional kibbutz ...
Style: witty, feel good, humorous, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: death in the family, social relations, family problems, family relations, disorder, military, race against time, nothing goes right, chases and races, soldier, siblings relations, military life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: israel, middle east
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Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An affectionate and refreshing East/West-Germany comedy about a boy who’s mother was in a coma while the Berlin wall fell and when she wakes up he must try to keep her from learning what happen (since she was an avid communist supporter) to avoid ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, witty, emotional, intense ...
Plot: coma, idealism, politics, deception, socialism, culture clash, communism, protecting from truth, parents and children, social differences, lifestyle change, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1990 ...
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, europe, berlin germany ...
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
Style: sentimental, sincere, inspirational, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: businessman, hopes, fish, desert, against the odds, doubts and hesitations, scientist, romance, muslim, salmon, self discovery, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, scotland, afghanistan, london, england ...
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The House of Smiles (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A septuagenarian couple are attracted to each other in a retirement home but find the institution and their fellow patients frown on their relationship.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional
Plot: retirement home life, retirement home, aging, romance, elderly lovers, society, elderly, golden years, misfit, love and romance, human spirit, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, italy
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