Communism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant communism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, dramatic, serious, intense, talky and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with communism, politics, storytelling, mentor, runaway, idealism, culture clash, political, betrayal and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
communism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as communism: Citizen X (1995), The Lives of Others (2006), Strawberry and Chocolate (1993), Kolya (1996), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), The Last Emperor (1987), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Cradle Will Rock (1999), J. Edgar (2011), Trumbo (2015).

List of communism 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, serious, realistic, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, forensics, corpse, bureaucracy, police investigation, psychiatrist, shallow grave, crime, politics ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: russia, soviet union, california
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: tense, sincere, bleak, compassionate, sexual ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, communism, iron curtain, voyeurism, politics, german, espionage, actress, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
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Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Cuba, Mexico, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Havana, Cuba, 1979. Flamboyantly gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorría) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David, an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to become friends with Diego so he can monitor the ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: communism, gay, friendship, politics, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, platonic, love and romance, fall in love, love affair, friends, gender ...
Time: 90s, year 1979
Place: cuba, havana cuba, latin america
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Kolya (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Czech Republic, UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Czech Republic Director Jan Sverák tells in this Oscar winning film the story of the disillusioned Prague man named Cellisten Louka, who after a fictitious marriage with a Russian emigrant must suddenly take responsibility for her son. However ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: communism, adoption, russian, friendship, womanizer, politics, musician, funeral, concert, cellist, socialism, cello ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1989
Place: prague, czech republic, europe, moscow russia, prague czechoslovakia ...
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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, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, unwanted pregnancy, communism, friendship, hotel, black market, young woman, doctor, roommate, pregnancy, blood ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
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The Last Emperor (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy, China, France
Duration: 163 min.
Story: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation ...
Style: epic, emotional, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: arranged marriage, communism, suicide attempt, emperor, teacher, childhood, confession, interrogation, divorce, empress, arson, royal family ...
Time: 1910s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: china, asia, japan, beijing china
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: cold war, brainwashing, election, political thriller, conspiracy, communism, uncover truth, nightmare, nervous breakdown, political conspiracy, senator, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north korea, china, korea ...
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Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
Style: talky, disturbing, serious, realistic, entertaining ...
Plot: artist, communism, congress, politics, injustice, celebrity culture, racism, power relations, actor's life, society, rich and poor, ventriloquist ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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J. Edgar (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, factual ...
Plot: fbi, corruption, surveillance, communism, politician, notoriety, gays and lesbians, state affairs, homosexual, fighting crime, rise to the top, government official ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 60s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new jersey
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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, touching, suspense ...
Plot: communism, movie business, politics, hollywood, communist, parent child relationship, political persecution, jail, prison, release from prison, mccarthyism, screenwriter ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1958 ...
Place: usa
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The Quiet American (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, USA, Vietnam, Australia, France, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, talky, intense ...
Plot: cia, politics, journalism, communism, love triangle, war, political unrest, crimes, state affairs, war crime, dishonesty, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, southeast asia, hong kong ...
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Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, Italy, UK, Liechtenstein
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: russian revolution, love triangle, nurse, suicide attempt, infidelity, deportation, communism, war, revolution, betrayal, russian, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 19th century, 40s, 20s ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
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Sicilia! Sicilia! (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Giuseppe Tornatore traces three generations of a Sicilian family in in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (known as Baarìa in the local Sicilian dialect), from the 1930s to the 1980s, to tell the story of the loves, dreams and delusions of an unusual ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, realistic, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: fascism, social differences, small town, politics, election, communism, family relations, family life, injustice, small town life, state affairs, hopes ...
Time: 30s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 40s ...
Place: sicily, italy, europe, sicily italy
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The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, epic, bleak ...
Plot: survival, escape, journey, pow, danger, freedom, wilderness, russian, convict, human spirit, prison escape, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, india, asia, himalaya, siberia ...
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Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada, Mexico
Duration: 123 min.
Story: "Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and ...
Style: sincere, colourful, emotional, touching, psychological ...
Plot: disability, couple relations, art, feminism, bohemian life, loneliness, painter, artist, lifestyle, love of one's life, lesbian interest, life ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 40s, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: mexico, latin america, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, mexico city ...
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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: touching, stylized, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: parents and children, politics, communism, totalitarianism, betrayal, russian history, stalinism, symbolism, repression, friendship, colonel, war ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: russia, ussr, poland
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Love is God (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Nalla Sivam and Anbarasu meet under different circumstances and their lives are changed as they take the journey of their life.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: communism, accident, airport, odd couple, social differences, introspection, friends, life changing experience, social relations, self discovery, fall in love, terrorism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, india
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To Live (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.
Style: epic, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, funeral, child abuse, cultural revolution, destiny, communist, state affairs, village life, love and romance, parents and children ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 1960s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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Closely Watched Trains (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a small town still occupied by the Germans as World War II's tide is turning toward the Allies, apprentice train-watcher Milos is oblivious to the war. Instead, he is obsessed with having his first sexual experience. Despite the favors of ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, politics, resistance, occupation, war, wartime life, village life, communism, storytelling, virginity, apprentice, village ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: czech republic, europe, prague czechoslovakia, germany, tokyo ...
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Fail-Safe (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring. Director Sidney Lumet gives an atmospheric ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, politics, military, danger, race against time, nuclear threat, u.s. air force, atomic bomb, chaos, military life, bomber, head of state ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, new york, usa, pentagon, alaska ...
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Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, UK, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of journalist, Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Style: disturbing, factual, tense, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: journalism, politics, tv show, media, patriotism, fighting the system, society, television, state affairs, workplace, media coverage, communism ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa, california, soviet union, pentagon ...
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1983 (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Twenty years after a devastating terrorist attack in 1983 that halted the course of Poland’s liberation and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union, an idealistic law student Kajetan and a disgraced police investigator Anatol stumble upon a ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, exciting
Plot: polish, terrorist attack, femme fatale, communism, law student, investigation, killings, neo-noir, police, childhood friend
Time: 21st century
Place: poland, warsaw poland
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Hipsters (2008)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In this hit Russian musical, a group of friends flaunts Soviet authority in 1950s Moscow by embracing jazz. When Communist Mels falls for Polly, a free-spirited jazz fan, he risks losing his party membership by associating with her rebellious crew.
Style: stylized, captivating, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: youth, politics, counterculture, love and romance, rock, rebellion, adoption, state affairs, subculture, against the rules, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, communism ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: moscow russia, soviet union
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East/West (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: kgb, love and romance, iron curtain, escape, political unrest, propaganda, husband wife relationship, emigrant, immigration, survival, josef stalin, brutality ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1946, 1940s
Place: russia, france, ussr, europe, bulgaria ...
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Music Box (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, sincere, twists and turns ...
Plot: courtroom drama, war crime, anti semitism, parents and children, court, dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, racism, family relations, power relations, court case, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, budapest hungary, hungary, chicago illinois, germany ...
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Good Morning, Night (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The 1978 kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, president of the most important political party in Italy at the time, Democrazia Cristiana, as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants -- a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red ...
Style: serious, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: politics, murder, terrorism, political unrest, captivity, rebelliousness, crimes, danger, revolution, radical, society, hostages ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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1900 (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 245 min.
Story: Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half on the 20th century.
Style: epic, thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, friendship, politics, execution, idealism, fall in love, ambition, leadership, political unrest, war, social differences, society ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: italy, france, europe
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M. Butterfly (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.
Style: erotic, serious, realistic, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, opera, culture clash, communism, transvestism, espionage, romance, infidelity, accountant, double agent, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: china, europe, france, asia, paris france ...
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Land and Freedom (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The movie narrates the story of David Carr, an unemployed worker and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. In 1936 he decides to fight for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, an anti-fascist coalition of liberals, communists and ...
Style: serious, emotional, thought provoking, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: working class, fascism, civil war, politics, spanish civil war, revolution, communism, communist, fighting the system, idealism, war, unemployment ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 90s, 1930s
Place: spain, england, europe, barcelona, barcelona spain
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Indochine (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story starts in the 1930s at one of the largest rubber-tree plantations in Indochine (Vietnam). This plantation is owned by the French colonist Eliane, a proud woman who lives with her father and her native adoptive daughter Camille. She ...
Style: serious, epic, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: fall in love, naval officer, adoption, cabaret, communism, navy, arranged marriage, love triangle, communist, interracial relations, love and romance, police corruption ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: vietnam, asia, france, europe, saigon ...
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