Idealist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant idealist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic, captivating, interesting and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with idealist, idealism, society, storytelling, mentor, runaway, dialogue, greed, corruption and politics plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
idealist movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as idealist: Gandhi (1982), Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004), True Believer (1989), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017), Red Like the Sky (2006), Guru (2007), The Letters (2014), Silkwood (1983), Quiz Show (1994).

List of idealist movies

Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA, South Africa
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: epic, inspirational, political, spiritual, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: idealism, protest, lawyer, politics, british empire, life philosophy, human spirit, religious intolerance, leadership, assassination, freedom, indian history ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 19th century, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: india, south africa, africa, los angeles, vatican ...
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Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Three men and their accidental meeting on a bridge will change their lives forever.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, political ...
Plot: love, idealist, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, life sentence, small time, resilience, husband wife relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, male female relationship, teenage boy, fight ...
Time: 21st century
Place: india
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True Believer (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Eddie Dodd is a burnt out former civil rights lawyer who now specializes in defending drug dealers. Roger Baron, newly graduated from law school, has followed Eddie's great cases and now wants to learn at his feet. With Roger's idealistic ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, clever, tense, intense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, prison, investigation, conspiracy, neo nazi, idealism, racial discrimination, mentor protege relationship, idealist, district attorney ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, emotional, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: world war one, communism, deportation, love triangle, revolution, war, train, rape, poet, wartime, imperial russia, betrayal ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1940s, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia
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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, United Arab Emirates, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner – the firm’s frontman – has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He soon discovers some unsettling ...
Style: inspirational, suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, court, murder, african american, civil rights, suspense, moral dilemma, idealist, execution, christmas, judgment ...
Place: los angeles
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Red Like the Sky (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nearly sightless boy is sent to a school for blind children, where he secretly discovers the possibilities of the recorded sound.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching, educational ...
Plot: disability, coming of age, blind character, against the odds, friendship, fighting the system, human spirit, follow your dream, rebellion, ambition, youth, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, tuscany
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Guru (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 162 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: realistic, captivating, touching, serious, motivational ...
Plot: society, research, family relations, couples, ambition, idealism, industrialist, rise to power, newspaper, success, doubts and hesitations, businessman ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, istanbul turkey, mumbai india, turkey
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Saint Philip Neri: I Prefer Heaven (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 200 min.
Story: An epic feature film on the famous "Apostle of Rome" and great friend of youth in the 16th century. One of the most popular saints of all time, St. Philip Neri was widely known for his great charity, deep prayer life, and tremendous humor. ...
Style: philosophical, uplifting, christian film, serious, touching
Plot: children, catholic, christian, idealist, religion, moral dilemma, belief in god, optimism, christianity, peace, spirituality, missionary ...
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The Letters (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Mother Teresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. The Letters, as told through personal ...
Style: spiritual, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking
Plot: human rights, nun, catholic, religion, letter, charity, children, spirituality, idealist, workaholic, illness, family relations ...
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Silkwood (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.
Style: thought provoking, touching, sad, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, whistleblower, working class, workplace, women, research, environmental, fighting the system, contamination, uncover truth, corporate crime, lesbian ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: oklahoma, usa, washington d.c., california
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Quiz Show (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film which tells the true story of the Twenty One quiz show scandal of the 1950s.
Style: intellectual, clever, talky, intense, realistic ...
Plot: manipulation, corruption, cheating, lawyer, advertising, investigation, greed, tv show, moral dilemma, television, contests and competitions, idealism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, boston, washington d.c.
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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 382 min.
TV show
Story: Passion, beauty, and brilliant storytelling are all on display in this six-hour-plus epic from Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Powell is superb in the title role, and with the overwhelming success of this TV movie throughout the world, ...
Style: biblical, epic, serious, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Plot: jesus, christianity, self sacrifice, religion, faith, roman empire, prophet, apostle, christian, bible, resurrection, god or devil ...
Time: 1st century, biblical epic, 1930s
Place: holy land, italy, ancient greece, jerusalem, middle east
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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: serious, realistic, psychological, dark, neo noir ...
Plot: police corruption, fighting the system, police, corruption, whistleblower, undercover cop, police investigation, suspense, mafia, social decay, partners, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, factual, serious, political ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, hacking, internet, whistleblower, moral dilemma, surveillance, hacker, spy, idealism, media ...
Time: year 2015, year 2009, year 2011, year 2004, year 2012 ...
Place: geneva switzerland, hong kong, japan, russia, hawaii ...
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Invictus (2009)
Genre: Action, 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, inspirational, political, feel good ...
Plot: racism, human spirit, sport, president, apartheid, leadership, politics, rugby, idealism, life philosophy, historical character, underdog ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, new jersey, johannesburg south africa, cape town south africa ...
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The Fall of the American Empire (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A man's life is turned upside down in the aftermath of a robbery.
Style: captivating, exciting, humorous, funny, tense ...
Plot: stolen money, money laundering, police, heist, doctor, police arrest, prostitute, investigation, interrogation, sex with prostitute, homeless, bag of money ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: montreal
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Good Deed (1967)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: India
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Widowed Radha lives in rural India in the 1960s, along with two sons: Bharat and Puran. While she would like to educate her sons and ensure that they lead good lives, she cannot do so on her own, and must sacrifice the career of one son so that the ...
Plot: war, politics, farmer, cynicism, cynic, brother brother relationship, idealist, redemption, village, cripple, soldier, patriotism ...
Place: india
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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: political, thought provoking, witty, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: politics, election, american politics, father son relationship, satire, idealism, political campaign, political rally, u.s. senator, campaign, honest, manipulation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, latin america, usa, san diego california, san francisco
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Nothing to Report (1973)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Italy, Tunisia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In 1956, the professional army of France lacks the manpower to keep the peace in Algeria, the colony which the country is determined to hold on to at any price. For this reason, reservists are called up and subject to an intense period of training ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: prostitute, soldier, mutiny, execution, platoon, anti war protest, military training, idealist, deserter, french army, pacifist, communist ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: algeria, africa, france
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Jessie (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: An idealistic teen from rural Texas embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when she decides to leave behind starry nights for big city lights. Thrilled to be on her own and determined not to be intimidated by New York City, she accepts a job as ...
Style: feel good, humorous, light, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, teens, boys' night, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: teenage girl, butler, mischievous children, workplace, nanny, school, large family, family relations, wealth, teenager, youth, fish out of water ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, texas
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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: epic, captivating, talky, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, immigrants, love triangle, culture clash, prostitute, brothel, cattle ranch, ranch, female nudity, gunfight, justice, civil war ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s, 18th century
Place: montana, wyoming, usa, harvard university, asia ...
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The Forest for the Trees (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 81 min.
Story: As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.
Style: serious, psychological, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: teacher, emotional breakdown, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, fish out of water, loneliness, unsupportive coworkers, hardcase students, misfit, idealism, workplace, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Everybody has the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz, Miranda and Natalie, that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned, an erstwhile organic farmer whose ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, sweet, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: lesbian, hippie, marijuana, dog, golden retriever, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, relationships, loneliness, family relations, goofy hero, eccentric family ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california, long island
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Red Ink (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, Peru
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Película que trata sobre las vicisitudes de un muchacho practicante para periodista al llegar a la redacción de un periódico sensacionalista. El chico se ha criado sólo con su madre, ya que el papá se desapareció de la casa. Su jefe es un ...
Plot: journalism, reporter, idealist, coercion, mistress, widow, womanizer, driver, newspaper reporter, morality, grief, cynicism ...
Place: peru
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Thief (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he ...
Style: atmospheric, cerebral, realistic, tense, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heist, robbery, car salesman, safecracker, organized crime, mafia, thief, character study, bank robbery, criminal, betrayal ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey, usa, illinois, los angeles
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The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Allie Fox, an American inventor exhausted by the perceived danger and degradation of modern society, decides to escape with his wife and children to Belize. In the jungle, he tries with mad determination to create a utopian community with disastrous ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, harsh, intense, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: jungle, nature, utopia, survival, village, obsessive quest, mental illness, immigrants, father son relationship, missionary, inventor, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: south america, latin america, central america, usa, baltimore ...
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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Spain
Duration: 154 min.
Story: 1492: Conquest of Paradise depicts Christopher Columbus’ discovery of The New World and his effect on the indigenous people.
Style: realistic, serious, factual, inspirational, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conquistador, adventurer, renaissance, medieval, native americans, ocean, jungle, military, state affairs, against the odds, obsessive quest, rebelliousness ...
Time: 15th century, future, 16th century, year 1941
Place: spain, italy, latin america, haiti, caribbean ...
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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, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: coming of age, revolution, idealism, politics, couple relations, hopes, twins, political corruption, love triangle, love affair, chaos and mayhem, injustice ...
Time: year 1968, 20th century, 60s, year 1969
Place: france, paris france, europe, morocco
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24 7: Twenty Four Seven (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience, starts trying to get the young people off the street and ...
Style: realistic, bleak, gloomy, harsh, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boxing, sport, violence, working class, friendship, gangsters, poverty, gang, nude, small town, life philosophy, greed ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century
Place: england, new jersey, europe, wales, cornwall
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Thieves (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Martin and Sally Cramer grew up on the hardscrabble Lower East Side, where Sally still teaches; meanwhile, Martin's the head of a fancy private school. Romantic dalliances with others convince them that they're meant to be together despite ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous, sentimental ...
Plot: female teacher, couples, school, destiny, love affair, love and romance, father in law, urban decay, new yorker, high society, old love, mental disorder ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york
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