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, dramatic, serious, interesting, emotional and talky films and TV shows about / with idealism, storytelling, culture clash, mentor, runaway, corruption, dialogue, catastrophe, society and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography 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), City Hall (1996).

List of idealism movies

 7.3
 231K
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
 142K
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, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, racism, apartheid, celebration, politician, historical character, blacks and whites, hopes, state affairs ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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 7.7
 99K
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, life is a bitch, partners, bribery, ethics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 548K
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, witty, philosophical, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, small town, time travel, time warp, wooing, love and romance, road not taken, nothing goes right, redemption, idealism, deja vu ...
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: terrorist, politics, war, propaganda, state affairs, idealism, conservative, behind enemy lines, hopes, society, danger, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, washington d.c., iran, california ...
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 8.0
 209K
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, protest, freedom, muslim, idealism, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, assassination, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: india, england, asia, europe, new delhi ...
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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, initially antagonists ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, berlin germany, holland, glasgow scotland, brussels belgium ...
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 8.3
 901K
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, rough, exciting, factual, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: freedom, war, warrior, tragic hero, courage, battles, love story, heroes, folk hero, torture, leadership, vengeance ...
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: outer space, space travel, pirate, spacecraft, space wars, escapades, battles, rebelliousness, rebellion, hopes, adventure, idealism ...
Time: future
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
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 6.2
 19K
City Hall (1996)
Genre: Drama
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, police, mayor, crimes, uncover truth, society, corruption, murder, mafia, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new orleans ...
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 7.7
 130K
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, deception, confession, russian, doctor, taxi driver, arrest, berlin wall ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1990, 1990s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany, berlin germany ...
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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, courtroom, interrogation, student, treason, execution, defamation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: germany, europe, munich germany, campus, 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, serious ...
Plot: christianity, civil war, idealism, orphan, character change, protector, rescue, priest, kids in trouble, tough heroes, religions or cults, war crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, year 2003
Place: africa, sudan, uganda, 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: spy, cold war, cia, double agent, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, intrigue, patriotism, idealism ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1944 ...
Place: usa, cuba, congo, africa, latin america ...
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 7.6
 18K
Europa (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American, Leopold Kessler, goes to post-war Germany in 1945 to work as a railroad conductor for the Zentropa Rail Line instead of going into the Army because he feels its a more valuable thing to do for the state of the world. He meets Katharina ...
Style: bleak, psychological, surreal, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: terrorism, train, misfit, nazism, suicide, assassination, idealism, betrayal, against humanity, haunted by the past, post war, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, europe, frankfurt germany, poland
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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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Labyrinth of Lies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young prosecutor in postwar West Germany investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of prominent public figures.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, idealism, fighting the system, uncover truth, nazi officer, against humanity, rebellion, dishonesty, genocide, justice, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1958, year 1963
Place: germany, west germany, frankfurt germany
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 7.0
 6K
Under Fire (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, photojournalist, journalism, idealism, politics, political unrest, media, military, rebelliousness, society, anti war, war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
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 7.7
 21K
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, war, fall in love, political unrest, leadership, social differences, society, ambition ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 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, realistic, sincere, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, high school, teacher, idealism, dedicated educator, domestic violence, holocaust, gang violence, lifestyle change, urban ghetto life, teenage life, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa
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The Candidate (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.
Style: witty, realistic, thought provoking, cynical, talky ...
Plot: politics, campaign, election, idealism, americana, rise to the top, state affairs, liberal, republican, democrat, u.s. senator, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san diego california, latin america
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Made in Dagenham (2010)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: discrimination, working class, protest, injustice, gender, factory, sewing machine, workplace, fighting the system, idealism, revolution, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1968, year 1966 ...
Place: england, europe, michigan, london
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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, rough, serious, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: protest, politics, police brutality, political unrest, fighting the system, idealism, rebelliousness, resistance, state affairs, hopes, chaos and mayhem, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, canada, latin america
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 7.3
 67K
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, captivating, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, dignity, mutiny, idealism, interracial relations, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1840s, 1830s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, england
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 7.3
 122K
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, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, journalism, fighting the system, whistleblower, surveillance, idealism, government agency, media, moral dilemma, uncover truth, state affairs, against the rules ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2006, year 2007 ...
Place: usa, russia, geneva switzerland, maryland, pakistan ...
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 7.4
 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, turkey, africa ...
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 7.1
 248K
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, rock band, teachers and students, music, musician, youth, school, idealism, ambition, rock, creativity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
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 7.5
 79K
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, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, discrimination, americana, fighting the system, rebelliousness, rebellion, society ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, emotional, serious, factual ...
Plot: aids, revolution, exile, oppression, homosexual, poet, gay slur, artist, writer's life, childhood, idealism, freedom ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 70s, year 1964 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, new york, caribbean, havana cuba
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 6.3
 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, friendship, performer's life, rivalry, social misfits, desire for fame, idealism, escape from reality, leadership, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, new jersey
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