Repression movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant repression movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, talky, disturbing and contemplative films and TV shows about / with repression, society, family relations, runaway, death, politics, dialogue, culture clash, love and romance and pornography plots mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
repression movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as repression: Repulsion (1965), The Death of Stalin (2017), Anthropoid (2016), The Blind Sunflowers (2008), Now & Later (2011), Calm at Sea (2011), Burnt by the Sun (1994), 1900 (1976), Footloose (2011), Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013).

List of repression movies

Repulsion (1965)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, disturbing, scary, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, rape, surrealism, insanity, hallucination, murder, schizophrenia, delusion, isolation, repression, female protagonist, nightmare ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe
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The Death of Stalin (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Belgium, Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria ...
Style: satirical, parody, art house, surreal, clever ...
Plot: political satire, death, dictator, satire, power struggle, repression, chaos, funeral, military, world war two, politics, totalitarian regime ...
Time: year 1953, 50s, year 1949, year 1964, year 1956
Place: russia, ussr, siberia, moscow russia
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Anthropoid (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Czech Republic, UK, USA, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In December 1941, Czech soldier Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich
Style: factual, realistic, clever, emotional, dramatic ...
Plot: nazi, world war two, assassination, nazi occupation, gestapo, conspiracy, torture, third reich, friendship between men, suspicion, repression, war ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, year 1938, year 1942
Place: germany, prague, berlin germany, england, israel ...
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The Blind Sunflowers (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to dodge persecution. Salvador, a priest confused after battling ...
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: repression, confession, family relations, survival, life is a bitch, spanish civil war, republican, society, fugitives, obsession, love and romance, clergy ...
Place: spain, galicia
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Now & Later (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sex, politics and American culture are mixed into a combustible combination in Now & Later. Angela is an illegal Latina immigrant living in Los Angeles who stumbles across Bill, a disgraced banker on the run. She takes him in. Through ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, talky, sincere ...
Audience: date night, adult
Plot: explicit sex, sex scene, coitus, repression, poverty, hell on earth, love affair, male nudity, erotica, introspection, immigrants, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, nicaragua
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Calm at Sea (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A teenager joins the resistance in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Plot: world war two, german soldier, repression, execution, suppression, nazi officer, concentration camp, assassination, hostage, wehrmacht, french resistance, communist ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941, 20th century
Place: france, europe
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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: touching, captivating, stylized, political, sad ...
Plot: politics, communism, totalitarianism, stalinism, repression, symbolism, revolution, nkvd, redemption, world war two, family relations, love ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: russia, poland, ussr
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1900 (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 317 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, disturbing, thought provoking, controversial, compassionate ...
Audience: adult
Plot: fascism, italian history, politics, world war two, revolution, brutality, friendship, socialist, communism, class struggle, worker, peasant ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 1910s, victorian era ...
Place: italy, europe, france, paris france
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Footloose (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where loud music and dancing are prohibited. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s ...
Style: feel good, romantic, entertaining, absurd, humorous ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: dancing, small town, teenage love, dancer's life, teenager, music, rebellion, love and romance, love, dancer, youth, culture clash ...
Time: 80s, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, southern usa
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Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A series of snapshots from the life of a fictional actress named Shirley serves to weave together thirteen paintings by Edward Hopper (e.g. "Office at Night", "Western Motel", "Usherette", "A Woman in the ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, experimental, stylized ...
Plot: relationship vs career, art, idealism, couple relations, ambition, actor's life, repression, hopes, americana, workplace, couples, society ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 1930s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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The Prize (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Poland, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Ceci, a seven year old girl, has to keep a huge secret, but she doesn't completely understand what is the secret about. The life of her family depends on her silence. But what exactly must she keep silent about? Ceci and her mom live hidden ...
Style: serious, touching, emotional, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: school, dictatorship, military, rebelliousness, family in danger, political unrest, parents and children, repression, family relations, dishonesty, rebellion, village ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america
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Free Man (2011)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Turkey
Duration: 163 min.
Story: The story is real story that tells about a man's life who has a very influential philosopher that had lived in between 1877-1960. His name is 'Said Nursi' and he is originally Kurdish. But, he speaks perfectly Turkish, Kurdish, ...
Style: serious, emotional, controversial, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: disagreement, society, life is a bitch, redemption, politics, religions or cults, injustice, repression, political unrest, hopes, humble, muslim ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: turkey
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (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: disturbing, thought provoking, psychological, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: distopia, brainwashing, politics, totalitarianism, future dystopia, torture, fascism, surveillance, female nudity, alternate reality, political corruption, society ...
Time: future, year 1984, 80s, 20th century, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, united kingdom, britain
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The White Ribbon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Canada
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Style: disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, art house, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: children, child abuse, sexual abuse, priest, physical appearance, village, suicide, punishment, small town, death, cruelty, torture ...
Time: year 1914, 1910s, 1920s, pre world war one, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, italy, northern germany
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Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: adult animation, thought provoking, political, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: revolution, coming of age, iraq iran war, politics, freedom, women, self discovery, female protagonist, childhood, culture clash, social problems, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, year 1978, year 1982 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, tehran iran, moscow russia ...
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The Turn of the Screw (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young governess, Ann, is sent to a country house to take care of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Soon after her arrival, Miles is expelled from boarding school. Although charmed by her young charge, she secretly fears there are ominous reasons ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, gothic horror, gothic ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, children, mentally unstable, nanny, estate, repression, youth, female nudity, possession, power relations, master and servant ...
Time: victorian era, 1920s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: england, london
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The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Set in puritanical Boston in the mid 1600s, the story of seamstress Hester Prynne, who is outcast after she becomes pregnant by a respected reverend. She refuses to divulge the name of the father, is "convicted" of adultery and forced to ...
Style: sexy, romantic, erotic, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: forbidden love, adultery, betrayal, interracial relations, women, justice, infidelity, repression, social misfits, destructive relationship, clergy, christian ...
Time: 17th century, victorian era
Place: massachusetts, new england, boston, usa, europe ...
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Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
Style: sad, touching, emotional, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: coming of age, love story, teenager, small town, adolescence, forbidden love, small town life, childhood sweetheart, sexual repression, school, mental illness, teenage love ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 50s, 20th century, future ...
Place: kansas, new york, california, yale university, connecticut ...
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2025: The World Enslaved by a Virus (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a post-apocalyptic world brought on by the Coronavirus, communism runs rampant, meetings are forbidden and Christianity is illegal. A band of young believers launch an underground revolution to reunite Christians and regain freedom from their ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, disturbing, christian film
Plot: distopia, religious persecution, christian, politics, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, pandemic, freedom fighter, repression, tyranny, republican, faith ...
Time: near future, future
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Kharms (2017)
Genre: Biography
Country: Russia, Lithuania
Duration: 95 min.
Story: He considers himself a genius but the publishers refuse to print his works. He loves women but they don’t always understand him. Constantly without money and out of touch with reality. The elegant fop Daniil Yuvachov names himself Kharms- a name ...
Style: avant garde, absurd, rough, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: arrested, writer's block, jail, repression, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, publisher, poet, world war two, gulag, father son relationship, writers, arrest ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: ussr, st. petersburg russia
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The Trip (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, political, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, gay relationship, coming out, aids, lgbtq, road trip, gay slur, self discovery, human nature, couples, love affair, gay interest ...
Time: 80s, 70s, year 1977, year 1984, year 1973
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico
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Dog Sweat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Intertwines the lives of six young Iranians as they struggle to satisfy their private desires in the face of conservative Islamic society.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, underground film
Plot: forbidden love, love and romance, young lovers, society, youth, injustice, bittersweet, infidelity, repression, muslim, hijab, islam ...
Time: 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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The Invisible Line (2020)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 45 min.
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Story: The birth of the Basque terrorist gang ETA and its first attack, of which José Antonio Pardines, a Guardia Civil traffic officer, was the victim.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, psychological, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: terrorism, violence, political propaganda, murder, family problems, ideology, repression, suspense, siblings, eta terrorist group, spanish history, franco regime (francoism) ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: spain, basque country
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Memories of My Father (2020)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Colombia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Portrays the life of Héctor Abad Gómez, a prominent doctor and human rights activist in the polarized, violent Medellin of the 70s. A family man worried not only for his own children but those of the underprivileged classes as well, his home was ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking
Plot: repression, family relations, father son relationship, father and son, political unrest, political intrigue, family life, historical figure, father, relationships, kids and family, social relations ...
Time: year 1971, year 1987, year 1983
Place: iberian peninsula, colombia, italy
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No God, No Master (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A plot to overthrow the United States government is uncovered in New York City in the summer of 1919 when William Flynn, a field agent for the Bureau of Investigation, is sent to investigate a bomb threat that has targeted some of America's ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, art film
Plot: politics, investigation, political unrest, society, state affairs, law enforcement, terrorism, assassination, assassination attempt, war on terror, repression, anarchist ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, year 1919
Place: usa
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Broken Silence (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Winter, 1944. Lucía at 21 returns to her small village in the mountains. She again meets Manuel, a young iron-smith who helps "those in the mountain", the "maquis", the anti-Franco resistance. Lucía is attracted to Manual, ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional
Plot: fall in love, heroes, political unrest, against humanity, society, rebelliousness, small town, politics, repression, spanish civil war, francisco franco, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, spain
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The Little Death (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: An erotic thriller from the director of Psychopathia Sexualis, THE LITTLE DEATH offers a peek into the seedy boudoirs of a Victorian-era brothel, where a strong-willed reformer (Courtney Patterson) and a corrupter of innocence battle over the fate ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, erotic ...
Plot: culture clash, society, mind game, prostitute, rivalry, nihilism, seduction, sexuality, brothel, repression, forbidden love, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
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The House That Screamed (1969)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Lilli Palmer owns and runs a school for wayward girls in France. Her absolute discipline has fostered a social order among the girls with rampant sex, lesbianism and torture the norm. Palmer also has an adolescent son (Moulder Brown) she tries to ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, serious, scary, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boarding school, bullying, humiliation, missing person, youth, obsession, society, woman in danger, lesbian, secret, dark secret, serial killer ...
Time: 19th century
Place: france, south of france, europe
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Desperate Living (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A rich housewife enlists her maid's help to murder her husband; they go on the lam and end up in Mortville, a homeless community built into a garbage dump.
Style: controversial, erotic, surreal, witty, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: surrealism, children, lesbian, male nudity, murder, satire, transsexual, nudist camp, absurd violence, lesbian sex, castration, cult ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, texas
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Son of the South (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Bob Zellner, grandson of a Klansman, comes of age in the Deep South and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement.
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, thought provoking, inspirational
Plot: civil rights movement, civil rights, ku klux klan, social issues, american history, moral dilemma, fighting the system, society, social problems, repression, family relations, social relations ...
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