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, talky, interesting and intense films and TV shows about / with idealism, storytelling, mentor, culture clash, society, brutality, dialogue, runaway, justice and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as idealism: Lincoln (2012), Invictus (2009), Serpico (1973), Groundhog Day (1993), Lions for Lambs (2007), Gandhi (1982), Happy Christmas (2005), Braveheart (1995), Harlock: Space Pirate (2013), Good Bye Lenin! (2003).

List of idealism movies

 7.4
 227K
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, captivating, factual, suspense, tense ...
Plot: idealism, racism, american civil war, president, politics, head of state, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield, human spirit, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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 7.3
 140K
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: uplifting, touching, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, blacks and whites, historical character, hopes, contests and competitions ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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 7.8
 96K
Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
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, life is a bitch, partners, bribery, ethics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 535K
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: humorous, feel good, witty, sentimental, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, small town, love and romance, deja vu, time warp, wooing, time travel, road not taken, nothing goes right, redemption, idealism, existentialism ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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Lions for Lambs (2007)
Genre: Drama, 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, realistic, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: politics, terrorist, war, propaganda, state affairs, idealism, conservative, behind enemy lines, society, soldier, hopes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, california, iran, washington d.c. ...
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 8.1
 205K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA
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: realistic, emotional, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, protest, freedom, muslim, idealism, political unrest, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, assassination, lawyer ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 20s, 40s ...
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, captivating, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: christmas, singer, idealism, friendship, human spirit, soldier, holiday, war, hopes, german, french, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, oslo norway, glasgow scotland, brussels belgium, berlin germany ...
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 8.4
 881K
Braveheart (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Ireland
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, rough, exciting, factual, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: freedom, warrior, war, tragic hero, courage, battles, love story, heroes, folk hero, vengeance, leadership, torture ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: scotland, england, scottish highlands, europe, edinburgh scotland
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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, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: pirate, space travel, outer space, spacecraft, space wars, battles, escapades, rebelliousness, rebellion, rivalry, hopes, adventure ...
Time: future
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
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 7.7
 128K
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, clever, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: coma, idealism, german, communism, politics, confession, deception, doctor, russian, arrest, taxi driver, berlin wall ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1990, 1990s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany, east berlin ...
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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: realistic, touching, emotional, talky, tense ...
Plot: nazism, resistance, idealism, politics, german, fighting the system, treason, student, courtroom, interrogation, trial, defamation ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, europe, campus, munich germany, east germany ...
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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, civil war, idealism, orphan, character change, priest, rescue, protector, war crime, kids in trouble, religions or cults, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, uganda, sudan, pennsylvania, california
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, double agent, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, idealism, intrigue, patriotism ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: cuba, usa, congo, africa, latin america ...
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, trial, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, prejudice, poverty, legal, morality, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.7
 20K
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, social differences, society, leadership, political unrest, ambition, war, fall in love ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20s, 40s ...
Place: italy, france, europe
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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, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, high school, teacher, idealism, dedicated educator, domestic violence, holocaust, gang violence, urban ghetto life, teenage life, mentor, divorce ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa
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Battle in Seattle (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Canada, USA, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Thousands of activists arrive in Seattle, Washington in masses to protest the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 (World Trade Organization). Although it began as a peaceful protest with a goal of stopping the WTO talks, it escalated into a ...
Style: emotional, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: protest, politics, police brutality, political unrest, fighting the system, idealism, resistance, state affairs, rebelliousness, hopes, chaos and mayhem, social activist ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, canada, latin america
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 7.3
 65K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, interracial relations, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, england
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 7.3
 120K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, whistleblower, espionage, fighting the system, surveillance, idealism, state affairs, against the rules, uncover truth, government agency, media, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2006, year 2004 ...
Place: usa, russia, maryland, geneva switzerland, latin america ...
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 7.5
 34K
Gallipoli (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank, both agile runners, become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, captivating, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti war, military, friendship, british empire, idealism, human spirit, military life, battle zone, desert, running, politics, war ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, egypt, middle east, africa, turkey ...
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 7.1
 241K
School of Rock (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fifth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' ...
Style: humorous, inspirational, funny, light, witty ...
Audience: teens, date night, family outing, kids
Plot: music band, teacher, teachers and students, music, musician, youth, rock band, school, idealism, ambition, rock, rock musician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
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 7.5
 77K
Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, fighting the system, americana, righting the wronged, discrimination, injustice, rebellion, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa
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 6.4
 4K
Knightriders (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: George Romero's unusual story of a modern-day Renaissance troupe whose participants follow a medieval code of honor.
Style: thought provoking, light, stylized, meditative, serious ...
Plot: adventure, biker, gang, performer's life, friendship, escape from reality, desire for fame, social misfits, idealism, rivalry, leadership, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, new jersey
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 7.5
 29K
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: clever, talky, realistic, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: debt, love triangle, friends, boyfriend, idealism, rebelliousness, rebellion, politics, letter, vandalism, jealousy, businessman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1968, year 2004, 2000s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, barcelona spain
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First Monday in October (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: For the first time in history a woman is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she becomes a friendly rival to a liberal associate.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, light, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: battle of the sexes, judiciary, supreme court, courtroom drama, politics, fighting the system, workplace romance, rivalry, romance, unlikely couple, state affairs, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c., usa, new jersey
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 6.0
 820
Child's Play (1972)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At an exclusive boys' school, a new gym teacher is drawn into a feud between two older instructors, and he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, rough ...
Plot: boarding school, youth, mentally unstable, society, mystery, workplace situations, teachers and students, dedicated educator, school, idealism, rivalry, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 70s
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Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Canada, China, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: True story of Norman Bethune, a medical doctor who fought for justice in China during Mao's rise to power.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, epic, suspense ...
Plot: military, evacuation, fascism, politics, human spirit, hopes, revolution, injustice, rebellion, idealism, media, medical profession ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 1920s, pre world war two, 1930s
Place: china, spain, asia, russia, montreal quebec
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 8.3
 13K
MI-5 (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Tense drama series about the different challenges faced by the British Security Service as they work against the clock to safeguard the nation. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the series follows the work of a group of MI5 ...
Style: exciting, tense, rough, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, espionage, double life, undercover, double agent, heroes, deadly, state affairs, machismo, tough heroes, society, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
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 5.8
 2K
Harry & Son (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Widower Harry Keach is a construction worker who was raised to appreciate the importance of working for a living. He takes a dim view of his sensitive son Howard's lackadaisical lifestyle and has a strained relationship with his daughter Nina ...
Style: serious, talky, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: human nature, family problems, working class, parents and children, single parent, idealism, estrangement, unfulfillment, starting over, aging, father son relationship, beer ...
Time: 80s
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 6.8
 12K
Heaven's Gate (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 219 min.
Story: Harvard graduate James Averill (Kris Kristofferson) is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brothel, culture clash, injustice, political corruption, dishonesty, crimes, rescue, vengeance, idealism, marshal, gunfight, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1890s, 18th century
Place: usa, wyoming, vietnam, asia, montana ...
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