Idealism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant idealism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic, emotional, interesting and captivating films and TV shows about / with idealism, society, storytelling, brutality, politics, culture clash, mentor, betrayal, runaway and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as idealism: Good Bye Lenin! (2003), Lincoln (2012), Harlock: Space Pirate (2013), Invictus (2009), Battle for Terra (2007), Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), Serpico (1973), Groundhog Day (1993), Freedom Writers (2007), The Edukators (2004).

List of idealism movies

 7.7
 134K
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, witty, emotional, intense ...
Plot: idealism, coma, politics, deception, socialism, culture clash, communism, protecting from truth, social differences, parents and children, lifestyle change, political unrest ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1990, 70s ...
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, europe, berlin germany ...
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 7.3
 238K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: epic, emotional, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: idealism, racism, american civil war, president, politics, historical character, head of state, slavery, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Space Pirate Captain Harlock and his fearless crew face off against the space invaders who seek to conquer the planet Earth.
Style: futuristic, epic, exciting, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, outer space, pirate, adventure, space wars, battles, escapades, rebelliousness, society, idealism, rebellion ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.3
 146K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: touching, uplifting, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, historical character, racism, celebration, apartheid, sport, politician, blacks and whites, sport team ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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Battle for Terra (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.
Style: futuristic, exciting, captivating, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: mysterious planet, benign alien, idealism, space battle, invasion, adventure, space travel, survival, save the planet, culture clash, air battle, mutiny ...
Time: future
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: True story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling, dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Armed ...
Style: touching, tense, disturbing, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: resistance, nazism, german, idealism, politics, historical character, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, tragic hero, against the rules, trial ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: germany, europe, munich germany, east germany, poland ...
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 7.7
 104K
Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: idealism, whistleblower, police corruption, fighting the system, hippie, police investigation, undercover cop, social decay, partners, life is a bitch, bribery, ethics ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 564K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: feel good, humorous, philosophical, witty, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, alternate reality, time warp, small town, time travel, deja vu, life philosophy, nothing goes right, wooing, romance, road not taken ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: sentimental, touching, rough, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, idealism, teenage life, gang violence, domestic violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 7.5
 30K
The Edukators (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.
Style: thought provoking, sentimental, psychological, philosophical, twists and turns ...
Plot: love triangle, debt, rebelliousness, idealism, friends, boyfriend, rebellion, vandalism, rebel, jealousy, businessman, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1968, year 2004, 2000s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, barcelona spain, barcelona
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 5.6
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Che Guevara (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When he is captured in Bolivia, the "Che" is conducted to prission, when he remembers his life facts, the revolution and the women.
Style: captivating, uplifting, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: leadership, idealism, revolution, rebellion, injustice, politics, righting the wronged, fighting the system, folk hero, social decay, political unrest, rebelliousness ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: bolivia, havana cuba, latin america, cuba, guatemala ...
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Lions for Lambs (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: terrorist, war, politics, propaganda, conservative, state affairs, idealism, behind enemy lines, hopes, society, soldier, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, washington d.c., usa, california, iran ...
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Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France, Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 197 min.
Story: It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa an in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe conduct for Spanish embassies. After some years, disillusioned ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: idealism, genocide, deportation, concentration camp, holocaust, hopes, nazism, fighting the system, life is a bitch, wartime life, nazi occupation, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: hungary, italy, budapest hungary, sweden, spain ...
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 8.0
 213K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, freedom, protest, muslim, idealism, religious intolerance, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, assassination ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 1910s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, asia, europe ...
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Happy Christmas (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany, UK, Belgium, Romania, Norway, Japan, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: christmas, world war one, idealism, friendship, human spirit, german, battles, soldier, truce, war, hopes, french ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: europe, berlin germany, brussels, glasgow scotland, oslo norway ...
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 8.3
 932K
Braveheart (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against ...
Style: epic, breathtaking, rough, exciting, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, freedom, warrior, tragic hero, courage, folk hero, love story, war, heroes, vengeance, leadership, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 14th century
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, england, europe, london ...
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Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 251 min.
Story: Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, contemplative, bleak ...
Plot: true love, opposites attract, interracial relations, idealism, dishonesty, social differences, leadership, society, romance, couples, head of state, slavery ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, georgian era, 1800s
Place: france, europe, washington d.c., virginia, paris france
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 7.7
 21K
Guru (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Gurukant Desai hails from Idhar, a small village in Gujarat, but dreams of setting up his own business in Mumbai. After he returns from Turkey, he marries Sujatha for getting the dowry and arrives in Mumbai to start his business. This film ...
Style: captivating, touching, intellectual, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mogul, ambition, society, couple relations, couples, family relations, idealism, rise to power, industrialist, newspaper, visionary, success ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: asia, india, turkey, istanbul turkey, mumbai india
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 6.2
 19K
City Hall (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: tense, realistic, thought provoking, suspense, talky ...
Plot: investigation, political corruption, idealism, conspiracy, police, mayor, crimes, society, uncover truth, corruption, murder, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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 5.6
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Running Mates (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A governor running for President gets revealed to be a serial philanderer.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, biting, suspense
Plot: politics, campaign, idealism, rise to the top, ambition, fighting the system, lifestyle, political intrigue, head of state, love affair, workplace, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: michigan, usa, washington d.c.
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Operation Valkyrie (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In 1944, a group of high command officers plot an attempt against Hitler, and one of the leaders of the conspiracy, Stauffenberg (Sebastian Koch), goes to a meeting with the Fuhrer in charge of exploding the place. However, Hitler survives and the ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: idealism, assassination attempt, world war two, conspiracy, military, wartime life, rebellion, leadership, danger, rebelliousness, state affairs, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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 6.3
 1K
Warriors (2002)
Genre: Adventure, War, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A tense drama that revolves around a platoon of Spanish soldiers, following the innocent young men as they step from the training field into a hell for which nothing could have prepared them.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: idealism, military, politics, village, danger, political unrest, military life, chaos, battles, life is a bitch, survival, terrorism ...
Place: kosovo, former yugoslavia, europe, macedonia
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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who finds God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers.
Style: realistic, emotional, disturbing, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: christianity, orphan, civil war, idealism, gunfight, character change, priest, rescue, protector, war crime, against humanity, belief ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, uganda, sudan, pennsylvania, california
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Regular Lovers (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 183 min.
Story: 1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail at the police. He smokes opium and talks about ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: revolution, politics, idealism, chaos and mayhem, love affair, injustice, love triangle, political corruption, twins, hopes, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968, year 1969, 1960s
Place: france, paris france, europe, morocco
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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: spy, cold war, double agent, cia, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, patriotism, intrigue, idealism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., congo, berlin germany ...
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The Names of Love (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Bahia Benmahmoud, a free-spirited young woman, has a particular way of seeing political engagement, as she doesn't hesitate to sleep with those who don't agree with her to convert them to her cause - which is a lot of people, as all ...
Style: melancholic, talky, sincere, captivating, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: politics, idealism, society, social activist, romance, lifestyle, casual sex, seduction, political activist, painting, sex, storytelling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s
Place: france, paris france, algeria, berlin germany
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 7.4
 22K
No (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France, Mexico, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition ...
Style: sincere, captivating, psychological, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: campaign, political conspiracy, oppression, advertising agency, fighting the system, dictatorship, idealism, democracy, rebellion, against the odds, underdog, protest ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: chile, latin america, south america, santiago chile, santiago de chile
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 7.3
 22K
Manderlay (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, psychological, intense ...
Plot: slavery, racism, interracial relations, idealism, freedom, righting the wronged, social differences, liberal, understanding, society, blacks and whites, discrimination ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama, southern usa
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 7.6
 23K
Vera Drake (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.
Style: sincere, bleak, thought provoking, compassionate, intense ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, abortion, neighbor, injustice, idealism, miscarriage, working class, double life, social problems, family life, fighting the system, society ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, burma, melbourne australia ...
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Quiet as a Mouse (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A pseudo documentary study of an archetypal German who tries to model his world according to his ideas of law and (sexual) order.
Style: dark humor, realistic, cynical, not serious, captivating ...
Plot: vigilantism, idealism, social decay, society, misfit, fighting crime, buddies, farce, life is a bitch, crimes, murder, arrogance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, rome italy
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