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, clever, humorous, semi serious, bleak and melancholic films and TV shows about / with bureaucracy, brutality, culture clash, society, runaway, storytelling, politics, mentor, husband wife relationship and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
bureaucracy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as bureaucracy: Brazil (1985), Citizen X (1995), Why (1971), Death of a Bureaucrat (1966), Terrorism and Kebab (1992), Visions of Europe (2004), The Swissmakers (1978), The Castle (1997), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Article 99 (1992).

List of bureaucracy movies

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, atmospheric, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: surveillance, fighting the system, bureaucracy, dream, paranoia, mistaken identity, chase, rescue, arrest, totalitarianism, nightmare, funeral ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, europe, london, brazil
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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, suspense, tense, serious, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, bureaucracy, shallow grave, execution, corpse, psychiatrist, crime, police investigation, forensics ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: soviet union, russia, california
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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: bureaucracy, prison, innocence, injustice, miscarriage of justice, prisoner transport, wrongful arrest, tragic event, mental breakdown, virgin mary statue, police arrest, prisoner ...
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, grave, nightmare, social satire, bureaucracy, death, exhumation, bureaucrat, coffin
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, prostitution, working class, praying, injustice, counter terrorism, suicide note, husband wife relationship, radicalism, little boy, bus ...
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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: immigration, bureaucracy, essay, 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: semi serious, humorous, clever, realistic
Plot: bureaucracy, surveillance, immigration, politics, immigrants, misfit, citizenship, society, culture clash, proletarian, narrow mindedness, bubble bath ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: switzerland
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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: serious, atmospheric, psychological, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: bureaucracy, village, village life, palaces castles and temples, life is a bitch, society, social relations, uninvited guest, barmaid, falling in love, castle
Place: austria, europe, germany
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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, friends, intergalactic, buddies ...
Time: future
Place: norway, england, london
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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, disturbing, serious, tense ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, communism, unwanted pregnancy, hotel, friendship, desperation, college student, hotel room, romanian, dormitory, bureaucracy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 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, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: hospital, patient, surgery, surgeon, doctor, dedicated lawyer, legal action, bureaucracy, intern, war veteran, wheelchair, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
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: serious, bleak, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, riot, runaway, rape, prison, brutality, innocence lost, teenage life, family, innocent, teenager, worker ...
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: not serious, humorous, feel good, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: nothing goes right, comedy of errors, race against time, israeli, bureaucracy, siblings relations, death in the family, chases and races, family relations, social relations, disorder, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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, realistic, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: idealism, coma, communism, politics, german, berlin wall, socialism, deception, taxi driver, confession, russian, arrest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1990, 1990s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany, 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, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: desert, against the odds, fish, romance, salmon, scientist, hopes, self discovery, muslim, doubts and hesitations, wife husband relationship, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, scotland, afghanistan, england, africa ...
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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: police investigation, partners against crime, fbi, forensics, riddles and clues, crimes, teamwork, search, victim, policewoman, killings, expert ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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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.
Plot: cigarette smoking, abuse of power, bureaucracy, brutality, murder, drug use, police, prisoner, lawyer client relationship, injury, police officer, drug addict ...
Place: rome italy
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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: husband wife relationship, bureaucracy, comedy of manners, political satire, absurd humor, social satire
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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, workplace situations, workplace, office, politics, government agency, political satire, disorder, bureaucracy, incompetence, workplace humor
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, fairy tale, light, semi serious ...
Plot: good versus evil, teleportation, magic, magical creature, magic wand, friendship, chase, rescue, adventure, robbery, englishman abroad, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 1920s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, dungeon, england
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Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In this zany Czechoslovakian comedy, a scientist invents a machine that projects a sleeping person's dream on a screen; disaster soon follows when the machine malfunctions and the cartoon-like dream characters become very real!
Style: comic
Plot: superhero, dream, cowboy, mad scientist, glove, gender roles, scientist, professor, beer, absurdism, female scientist, police chase ...
Place: prague, prague czech republic, prague czechoslovakia
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The Final Solution: The Wannsee Conference (1984)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Austria, West Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A real time recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which leading SS and Nazi Party officals gathered to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Led by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, the Wannsee Conference was the ...
Style: serious, bleak, talky, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, genocide, racism, deportation, fascism, war, against humanity, society, state affairs, immigrants, interracial relations ...
Time: 40s, year 1942
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, warsaw poland, palestine
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Sexmission (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Poland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two scientists are chosen as guinea pigs for a time experiment: they are placed in hibernation and should be brought back to life after three years. In the meantime, however, the World War III breaks out and life have been wiped out of the surface ...
Style: humorous, sexual, futuristic, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: future dystopia, polish, experiment gone awry, gender roles, fish out of water, society, disorder, friendship, militant, tribe, destiny, pubic hair ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 1991, 2040s
Place: poland
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John Q (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, hostages, kidnapping, insurance, factory worker, surgery, police chief, financial problem, family in crisis, fighting the system, crime, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
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The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, realistic, serious, cynical ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, undercover, political intrigue, double agent, government agency, secret agents, investigation, mystery, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, albania, europe, scotland yard
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The Firemen's Ball (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Czechoslovakia, Italy
Duration: 73 min.
Story: In Milos Forman's satire on Communism set in a small Czechoslovakian town in the 1960s, the local firemen decide to organize a ball, however the proceedings are dogged by difficulty at every step. They plan to organize a beauty pageant at the ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, biting, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: political satire, farce, small town, firefighter, axe, nothing goes right, disorder, new wave, goofy hero, small town life, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: czech republic, czechoslovakia
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Woman in Gold (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II, she believes rightfully belongs to her family. She did so not just to regain ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, injustice, art, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer, legal action, stolen painting, fighting the system, legal, aging, nazi, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: austria, california, washington d.c., pasadena california, germany ...
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Captain Conan (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bulgaria near the end of World War I: Conan, warrior and wolf, leads a band of 50 ruthless French fighters who love hand-to-hand combat. Their motto: "We forgot to take prisoners, Captain." At war's end, the unit goes to Bucharest, ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic
Plot: friendship, french army, murder, soldier, insubordination, military life, war, battlefield, eastern front, battles, crimes, heroes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918, year 1919, post world war one
Place: romania, macedonia, europe, former yugoslavia, bulgaria ...
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The Double (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An awkward office drone becomes increasingly unhinged after a charismatic and confident look-alike takes a job at his workplace and seduces the woman he desires.
Style: surreal, dark humor, psychological, bleak, humorous ...
Plot: surrealism, depression, office, shyness, losing-it hero, wise man, identity crisis, paranoia, workplace, social misfits, misfit, workplace situations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An Anglo-Indian woman works in a seedy Mumbai massage parlor while trying to find her long-lost father.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: woman in danger, estrangement, urban, danger, parents and children, city life, society, family relations, exploit, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, taxi, massage parlor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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