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, clever, talky, semi serious and witty films and TV shows about / with bureaucracy, politics, husband wife relationship, greed, brutality, arrest, storytelling, bureaucrat, runaway and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
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bureaucracy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as bureaucracy: Why (1971), Death of a Bureaucrat (1966), Terrorism and Kebab (1992), Visions of Europe (2004), The Swissmakers (1978), The Castle (1997), Citizen X (1995), Brazil (1985), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Miracle Workers (2019).

List of bureaucracy movies

 7.6
 632
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, bureaucracy, innocence, prisoner, bridge collapse, shackles, tragic event, mental breakdown, wrongful arrest, virgin mary statue, prisoner transport ...
Time: 1960s
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: funeral, social satire, grave, nightmare, bureaucracy, death, exhumation, coffin, bureaucrat
Place: cuba
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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, injustice, counter terrorism, prostitution, suicide note, praying, working class, husband wife relationship, radicalism, children, old man ...
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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.
Plot: essay, bureaucracy, immigration, environmental, anthology
Place: europe
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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: realistic, clever, semi serious, humorous
Plot: politics, immigration, surveillance, bureaucracy, society, misfit, immigrants, culture clash, citizenship, italian immigrant, flower shop, narrow mindedness ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: switzerland
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 6.6
 3K
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: serious, bleak, atmospheric, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: village, bureaucracy, uninvited guest, life is a bitch, village life, society, social relations, palaces castles and temples, barmaid, castle, falling in love
Place: germany, austria, 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, absurd, satirical, funny, humorous ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: space travel, space and aliens, outer space, hitchhiker, benign alien, survival, robot, galaxy, spacecraft, intergalactic, friends, buddies ...
Time: future
Place: norway, england, london
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 7.6
 15K
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, disturbing, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, psychiatrist, forensics, corpse, execution, shallow grave, bureaucracy, police investigation, crime ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: soviet union, russia, california
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 8.0
 174K
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, futuristic, surreal, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: surveillance, paranoia, fighting the system, suspicion, escape, funeral, freedom, party, chase, bomb, totalitarianism, interrogation ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, europe, london, 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, realistic, tense, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, communism, unwanted pregnancy, friendship, hotel, doctor, roommate, black market, young woman, pregnancy, bureaucracy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
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Miracle Workers (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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: ironic, satirical, humorous, feel good, philosophical ...
Plot: god, fantasy world, partners, talking to god, friendship, job, belief in god, bureaucracy, end of the world, doomsday, office, angel ...
Time: contemporary
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 7.9
 129K
Bones (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
Story: Dr. Temperance Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Booth with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification ...
Style: witty, intellectual, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic
Plot: partners against crime, fbi, forensics, police investigation, riddles and clues, teamwork, search, crimes, killings, expert, victim, policewoman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 3K
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, semi serious, biting, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: hospital, patient, doctor, surgeon, surgery, disability, politics, idealism, injustice, rebellion, workplace intrigue, hostages ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, usa, new jersey, iraq
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 6.6
 780
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: realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, innocence lost, brutality, rape, prison, runaway, riot, prison life, youth, on the run, teenage life, reform ...
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: offbeat, feel good, not serious, humorous, witty ...
Plot: family relations, chases and races, siblings relations, nothing goes right, race against time, disorder, death in the family, military life, family problems, comedy of errors, family gatherings, military ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: israel, middle east
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 7.7
 128K
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, clever, humorous, realistic, witty ...
Plot: coma, idealism, german, communism, politics, deception, confession, russian, doctor, taxi driver, arrest, berlin wall ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1990, 1990s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany, east berlin ...
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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, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: desert, fish, against the odds, hopes, scientist, romance, muslim, salmon, self discovery, doubts and hesitations, businessman, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, scotland, afghanistan, england, africa ...
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The Magic Quill (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark
Story: A fairy tale, featuring the landlady Margaret, the devil Boniface, the bribable councilors Fake and Chatterbox and the lazy tailor Greasy. In Hell, the devils have a quill that writes human sins into the Book of Sins and the devils go and pull the ...
Style: fairy tale
Plot: locked door, groom, colleague colleague relationship, thunderstorm, lack of money, wet clothes, tower, treasure hunter, hell, talking to an animal, repeated event, opportunist ...
Place: central europe
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 7.2
 59K
1984 (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: futuristic, bleak, disturbing, psychological, clever ...
Plot: future dystopia, brainwashing, totalitarianism, society, fascism, oppression, diary, politics, book, big brother, against humanity, dishonesty ...
Time: future, 20th century, 80s, year 1984, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe
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 6.7
 242
Tramontane (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a small village in Lebanon. He sings in a choir and edits Braille documents for an income. His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and discovers that his identification card, which he has carried ...
Plot: braille, choir, blindness, passport, identity, false identity, bureaucracy, stage performance, violin, war veteran, hit by a car, orphan ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon
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 7.4
 5K
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.
Plot: cigarette smoking, prison visit, lawyer client relationship, starvation, malnutrition, hashish, abuse of power, autopsy, bureaucrat, bureaucracy, injury, drug addict ...
Place: rome italy
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Where Is Kyra? (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pushed to the brink after losing her job, a woman struggles to survive. As the months pass and her troubles deepen, she embarks on a perilous and mysterious journey that threatens to usurp her life.
Plot: reflection in a mirror, stocking cap, sex, bank, american flag, neighbor, bare breasts, female nudity, brooklyn new york city, funeral, eviction notice, mail ...
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Yes, Prime Minister (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: James Hacker MP the Government's bumbling minister for Administrative Affairs is propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - No. 10. Could this have possibly have been managed by his trusted Permanent Private ...
Style: biting, realistic, not serious, humorous, clever ...
Plot: sitcom, politics, prime minister, political intrigue, state affairs, secretary, power relations, government official, head of state, dishonesty, boss and employee, responsibility ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
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 10K
Yes Minister (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet minister in the Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall, Yes Minister follows the ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to ...
Style: biting, realistic, witty, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: politics, sitcom, minister, politician, workplace situations, dishonesty, government official, political intrigue, secretary, manipulations, state affairs, boss and employee ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe
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 7.0
 717
Amy (1997)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Amy's father, Franco, was a popular rock musician accidentally electrocuted while performing on stage. The psychological trauma leaves Amy mute and deaf. So the 8-year-old is brought by her mother, Tanya, to Melbourne to diagnose the reasons ...
Style: feel good, touching, psychological, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, mute or deaf, artists and showbiz, dealing with death, misfit, lifestyle, human nature, down on your luck, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
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The Last Years of Childhood (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A juvenile offender is handed over to authorities at age 13 and placed in an institution in this somber social drama. Martin is a petty thief who enjoys stealing and looks up to his older brother. When he is informed that his brother has died, ...
Style: social realism
Plot: suicide, male nudity, teenager, brother, reformatory, burglary, attack, juvenile delinquency, runaway, coming of age, escape, shower ...
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A Jungle Book of Regulations (1974)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Poland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Nie ma róży bez ognia title in Polish: There is no rose without fire, in reference to two mixed up proverbs – There is no rose without thorns, and There is no smoke without the fire – is a Polish comedy film from 1974 directed by Stanisław ...
Plot: absurd humor, social satire, bureaucracy, political satire, comedy of manners, husband wife relationship
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 8.2
 1K
Utopia (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 27 min.
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: semi serious, humorous, biting, realistic
Plot: sitcom, office, workplace, disorder, workplace situations, politics, government agency, political satire, incompetence, bureaucracy, workplace humor
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 1.5
 302
Maple Palm (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A lesbian couple of fifteen years lives with the secret that one is an illegal immigrant. With no legal way to protect their relationship, the couple lives in fear of deportation. After an innocent visit to the Statue of Liberty, the girls return ...
Style: intellectual, avant garde
Plot: intruder, homosexual kiss, sand, flag, bureaucracy, social issues, equality, pharmacy, secret identity, suffering, border patrol, night ...
Place: quebec, vancouver british columbia canada, tibet, usa, new york ...
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 5.3
 78K
Geostorm (2017)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world's leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: ...
Style: apocalyptic, exciting, suspenseful, surprise ending
Plot: storm, tsunami, apocalypse, end of the world, conspiracy, catastrophe, happy ending, brother brother relationship, climate change, freeze to death, covert operation, humanity ...
Time: future, near future
Place: atlanta georgia, afghanistan, manhattan new york city, hong kong, paris france ...
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