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, melancholic, interesting, talky and reflective films and TV shows about / with communism, politics, betrayal, idealism, political, runaway, storytelling, mentor, society and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, History and Comedy genres shot in France, USA, Spain and other countries.
communism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as communism: The Lives of Others (2006), East/West (1999), Strawberry and Chocolate (1993), Kolya (1996), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Sicilia! Sicilia! (2009), Citizen X (1995), J. Edgar (2011), The Last Emperor (1987), Frida (2002).

List of communism movies

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: bleak, tense, compassionate, gloomy, heartbreaking ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, german, politics, corruption, paranoia, morality, redemption, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
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East/West (1999)
Genre: 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, suspenseful, heartbreaking ...
Plot: communism, love and romance, kgb, iron curtain, escape, propaganda, husband wife relationship, political unrest, immigration, emigrant, freedom, destiny ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: ussr, russia, france, europe, bulgaria ...
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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: realistic, touching, sincere, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: communism, gay, friendship, homosexuality, politics, gays and lesbians, artist, human nature, student, lgbt, male friendship, love affair ...
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, semi serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: communism, adoption, russian, friendship, language barrier, musician, funeral, concert, socialism, cello, cellist, womanizer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1989
Place: prague, czech republic, europe, prague czechoslovakia, prague czech republic ...
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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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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, semi serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: fascism, small town, communism, social differences, election, politics, small town life, mafia, family relations, family life, love and romance, family disapproval ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: sicily, italy, europe, sicily italy
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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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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: realistic, serious, bleak, thought provoking, factual ...
Plot: fbi, corruption, surveillance, notoriety, homosexual, communism, politician, state affairs, fighting crime, rise to the top, gossip and rumors, government official ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new jersey
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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, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: arranged marriage, japanese occupation, emperor, communism, suicide attempt, royal family, teacher, buddhism, drug addiction, opium, decadence, suicide ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s ...
Place: china, asia, japan, beijing china
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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: colourful, emotional, touching, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: couple relations, disability, loneliness, feminism, painter, love of one's life, bisexuality, art, bohemian life, lifestyle, female protagonist, artist ...
Time: 20s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: mexico, latin america, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, mexico city ...
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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: date night, teens
Plot: youth, politics, love and romance, rock, adoption, rebellion, counterculture, subculture, state affairs, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, communism, dance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: moscow russia, soviet union
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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, 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: captivating, touching, stylized, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: parents and children, politics, betrayal, totalitarianism, communism, symbolism, stalinism, russian history, repression, friendship, war, colonel ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: russia, ussr, poland
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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: dramatic, earnest, cerebral, interesting, entertaining ...
Plot: communism, screenwriter, mccarthyism, communist, hollywood, movie business, parent child relationship, politics, cancer, writing, film industry, gossip ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
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Heart of a Dog (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is "Is anybody who is looking like a ...
Style: humorous, thought provoking, offbeat, intellectual, philosophical ...
Plot: experiment gone awry, doctors and patients, chaos and mayhem, society, medical experiment, farce, dog, obsession, adaptation, life philosophy, communism, psychiatry ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: russia, ussr
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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, odd couple, airport, accident, introspection, tragic love, atheism, humanitarian, self discovery, terrorism, social differences, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
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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, stylized, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: fascism, politics, communism, execution, death, friendship, social differences, idealism, resistance, catholicism, ambition, society ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: italy, europe, france
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Mirror for a Hero (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Two not quite similar men, our contemporaries, Sergey Pshenichny and Andrew Nemchinov, are walking in the street in their native mining town and found themselves in 1949. It's a common knowledge that real miracles happen without technical ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, social, social realism
Plot: father son relationship, time loop, repeated event, time travel, mining town, war hero, communism, trapped, deja vu, fantasy becomes reality, fantasy world, multiple outcomes ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ussr
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The Front (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, fighting the system, cons and scams, movie business, fight, dishonesty, society, actor's life, writer's life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s
Place: europe, florence, new york, usa, italy
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Che: Part One (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Spain, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, communism, cuban revolution, dictatorship, execution, army, doctor, rebellion, folk hero, idealism, leadership, heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1957 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, mexico city, new york
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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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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, child abuse, communist, cultural revolution, funeral, parents and children, dishonesty, shadow puppet, destiny, village ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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Afterimage (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1945, as Stalin sets his hands over Poland, famous painter Wladislaw Strzeminski refuses to compromise on his art with the doctrines of social realism. Persecuted, expelled from his chair at the University, he's eventually erased from the ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: communism, art, painting, legal system, artist, life, community, chance, rejection, censorship, resistance, painter ...
Time: 50s
Place: poland
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Before the Revolution (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental
Plot: communism, idealism, introspection, romance, rebelliousness, self discovery, love affair, coming of age, love and romance, rebellion, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe
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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: talky, realistic, clever, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: journalism, politics, communism, government, communist, politician, paranoia, tv show, media, idealism, friendship, newspaper ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, california, washington d.c., wisconsin ...
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Miracle (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, UK, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Close to bankruptcy, Irena, the owner of a struggling pig farm in a tiny post-Communist town, finds a surprising benefactor in a handsome American man who appears to be the answer to all her prayers.
Style: ironic, tragicomedy
Plot: communism, capitalism, small town, financial crisis, poverty, crisis, deadpan, atheism, betrayal, church, dream, faith ...
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Canary Season (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 128 min.
Story: It's 1980. Malin is fatherless, angry, and in trouble. At 20, he's spent a year in jail for assaulting a lover of Lily, his mother. In her desk he finds a soldier's photograph and assumes he's found his father. He confronts the ...
Plot: torture, rape, love, brutality, communism, canary, army, totalitarianism, communist, socialism, labor camp, mother son reunion ...
Time: 1960s
Place: bulgaria
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Betrayal (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Switzerland, Spain, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Plot: communism, artist, father son relationship, defection, male female relationship, journalist, betrayal, exploitation, prison, friend, marriage, anti communist ...
Time: 1940s, 1960s
Place: bucharest, romania, paris france
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Time of Miracles (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: September 1945. The new communist authorities go into the church, hang the flag of the Party and paint over the old frescoes, but each time the frescoes miraculously return. A stranger comes to town and works miracles; the townsfolk are convinced he ...
Plot: communism, religious icon, mysterious stranger, religious fanatic, irony, priest, injury, back from the dead, parable, school play, politics, fire ...
Time: 1940s
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The Tragedy of Man (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, Sci-Fi
Country: Hungary
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Jankovic’s adaptation of the eponymous play, is divided into multiple parts and depicts the creation and fall of Man throughout history.
Style: futuristic, epic
Plot: utopia, ancient rome, capitalism, lucifer, society, philosophy, christianity, adam and eve, crusader, hungarian, ancient egypt, pharaoh ...
Place: ancient greece
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It's Better to Be Healthy and Wealthy than Poor and Sick (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A satiric tragi-comedy about two women and their lover Robert who is an emigrant that keeps coming back. This film shows chaotic post-communist Europe after the fall of totalitarianism. Two opposite characters, women, meet during the Velvet ...
Plot: communism, road trip, surrealism, vibrator, prostitution, nun, best friend, female nudity, female protagonist, rape, male nudity, pregnancy
Place: czechoslovakia
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