Debate movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant debate movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, thought provoking, talky, interesting, clever and dramatic films and TV shows about / with debate, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, destiny, catastrophe, runaway, politics, drinking alcohol and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as debate: The Great Debaters (2007), Rocket Science (2007), Debating Robert Lee (2004), Amazing Grace (2006), God on Trial (2008), Ali G Indahouse (2002), The Campaign (2012), Holy Flying Circus (2011), Candy Jar (2018), Love and Debate (2006).

List of debate movies

The Great Debaters (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, inspirational, sentimental ...
Plot: racism, teacher, african american, debate, contests and competitions, college, segregation, poet, student, family relations, letter, sheriff ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, oklahoma, harlem manhattan new york city, harvard university, usa ...
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in ...
Style: bleak, captivating, brutal, factual, bloody ...
Plot: civil war, ira, resistance, rebellion, politics, freedom, torture, occupation, debate, injustice, execution, rebel ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1910s, post world war one ...
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, england, europe, united kingdom ...
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 6.6
 13K
Rocket Science (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hal, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating (and painful) disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route he joins the school debating team, which sends ...
Style: sincere, psychological, touching, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, high school, debate, teenage life, nothing goes right, misfit, contests and competitions, love and romance, fall in love, introspection, coming of age, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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Debating Robert Lee (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of jaded high school students sign up for a debate class taught by a tough, combative teacher from the Georgia Military Academy who teaches them that life is debate and DEBATE IS WAR.
Style: captivating, disturbing, serious, suspenseful
Plot: debate, high school, high school student, racial tension, homosexual, competition, father son relationship, teacher, dysfunctional family, neglect, abuse, suicide attempt ...
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 7.4
 24K
Amazing Grace (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of William Wilberforce's courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Although meeting intense opposition, his minister, John Newton, urges him to see the cause through.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, factual ...
Plot: slavery, politics, friendship, injustice, civil rights, politician, debate, musician, mentor, father son relationship, slave trade, freedom ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, victorian era, victorian ...
Place: england, london, paris france, europe, france ...
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 7.7
 4K
God on Trial (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the Jewish tradition of arguing with God, Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz decide to put God on Trial.
Style: serious, disturbing, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, atrocity, legal, world war two, debate, genocide, human nature, human spirit, anti semitism, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, germany, israel
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Ali G Indahouse (2002)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, UK, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Ali G unwittingly becomes a pawn in the evil Chancellor's plot to overthrow the Prime Minister of Great Britain. However, instead of bringing the Prime Minister down, Ali is embraced by the nation as the voice of youth and 'realness', ...
Style: humorous, not serious, idiotic, funny, satirical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, culture clash, satire, farce, election, gang, prime minister, parliament, rise to the top, ambition, fish out of water, rapper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, south central los angeles
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 6.1
 128K
The Campaign (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Two rival politicians compete to win an election to represent their small North Carolina congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
Style: humorous, satirical, parody, funny, twists and turns ...
Plot: politics, congressman, farce, election campaign, political corruption, profanity, uninhibited rivalry, debate, campaign, ambition, media, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
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Holy Flying Circus (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A fantastical re-imagining of the events of 1979, when Monty Python made Life of Brian and the debate about what is an acceptable subject for comedy was blown wide open.
Style: clever, humorous, surreal, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: actor's life, religions or cults, clergy, artists and showbiz, society, debate, friends, religion, christianity, television, blasphemy, censorship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, britain
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 5.8
 5K
Candy Jar (2018)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Dueling high school debate champs who are at odds on just about everything forge ahead with ambitious plans to get into the colleges of their dreams.
Style: entertaining, captivating, light, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: interracial romance, high school life, high school, rivalry, teachers and students, debate, romance, dream, teenager, disorder, cons and scams, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: georgia
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Love and Debate (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A girl goes to Harvard and joins the debate team. She has to deal with a ton of issues, from boyfriends, to ethnicity, to religion, to sexual assault.
Style: humorous, captivating, feel good, light, semi serious ...
Plot: competition, roommate, rivalry, love affair, college life, ambition, romance, coming of age, youth, rehabilitation, family relations, debate ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, miami
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 6.6
 21K
Thumbsucker (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Style: humorous, witty, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: high school, coming of age, psychologist, addiction, rehabilitation, lifestyle, youth, self discovery, teenage life, life is a bitch, family life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, new york, manhattan new york city
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Dinner for Five (2001)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Dinner for Five is a television program in which actor/filmmaker Jon Favreau and a revolving guest list of celebrities eat, drink and talk about life on and off the set and swap stories about projects past and present. The program seats screen ...
Style: talky
Plot: actor, producer, debate, celebrity, reality, friends, interview, artists and showbiz, writers, guest, hollywood, discussion ...
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing ...
Style: scary, suspense, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: devil, demons, courtroom, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, priest, evil force, religion, halloween, teenage girl, mental illness, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois
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 7.1
 223K
Old School (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, talky, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: college, friendship, party, disorder, college life, lifestyle, youth, student life, adolescence vs adulthood, student, marital problem, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california, san diego california
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 8.0
 764K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: mind bending, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, cult film ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, hallucination, surrealism, imaginary friend, time loop, parallel universe, suburbs, society, hallucinations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
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 7.5
 20K
The Politician (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Payton has known since childhood that he's going to be president. First he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape: high school.
Style: humorous, entertaining, light, exciting, thought provoking
Plot: political intrigue, political campaign, politics, interracial sex, class differences, wealth, stupidity, intrigue, press conference, debate, teenager, gay ...
Place: california, new york state, new york
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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A feature film based on the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis", which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America.
Style: political, satirical, tricky, clever, harsh ...
Audience: kids
Plot: political campaign, presidential campaign, rivals, presidential candidate, election, politician, humiliation, debate, sabotage, conspiracy, world politics, idealism ...
Time: year 2002
Place: bolivia, south america, california, latin america, new orleans ...
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Let There Be Light (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An atheist goes through a near-death experience in an auto accident before converting to Christianity.
Style: christian film, thought provoking, complex, rough, captivating ...
Plot: christianity, afterlife, brain tumor, bible, religion, atheist, religious, faith based, transformation, wedding, cancer, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.5
 70K
Miss Sloane (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Canada, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: An ambitious lobbyist faces off against the powerful gun lobby in an attempt to pass gun control legislation.
Style: clever, political, tense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: lobbyist, female protagonist, strong female character, career woman, determination, politics, world politics, courtroom, strong female lead, lawyer, fighting the system, business ...
Time: 21st century
Place: washington d.c., milwaukee wisconsin, new hampshire, massachusetts, michigan ...
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 6.3
 16K
Irresistible (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A Democratic political consultant helps a retired Marine colonel run for mayor in a small, conservative Wisconsin town.
Style: twist ending, political, twists and turns, parody, absurd ...
Plot: mayor, election campaign, political satire, usa politics, small town, politician, veteran, democrat, political campaign, american politics, election, politics ...
Time: contemporary, year 2016
Place: usa, wisconsin
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 6.5
 19K
The Ledge (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills.
Style: tense, psychological, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: adultery, unfaithful wife, infidelity, cheating wife, moral dilemma, atheist, redemption, introspection, life turned upside down, hopes, race against time, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, louisiana
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 6.2
 8K
The Prisoner (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: An update to the cult favorite series from the 1960s about a government agent who is kidnapped and sent to a remote island known as "the Village".
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: mind control, village, desert, confined, uncover truth, isolation, captivity, prison, danger, mind game, escapades, society ...
Time: 2000s
Place: new york
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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 on terror, propaganda, politics, conservative, state affairs, war, iraq war, behind enemy lines, society, hopes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, washington d.c., usa, iran, california ...
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 6.1
 18K
Swing Vote (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In a remarkable turn of events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.
Style: humorous, semi serious, satirical, touching, entertaining ...
Plot: politics, political campaign, presidential election, election, small town, parents and children, state affairs, single father, father daughter relationship, campaign, media, u.s. president ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico, california, mexico
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Man of the Year (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The irreverent host of a political satire talk show decides to run for president and expose corruption in Washington. His stunt goes further than he expects when he actually wins the election, but a software engineer suspects that a computer glitch ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: politics, presidential election, media, campaign, state affairs, head of state, couples, against the odds, love and romance, comedian, satire, conspiracy theory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Land and Freedom (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The movie narrates the story of David Carr, an unemployed worker and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. In 1936 he decides to fight for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, an anti-fascist coalition of liberals, communists and ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: revolution, working class, fascism, civil war, politics, spanish civil war, communism, communist, fighting the system, idealism, war, republican ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 30s, 20th century
Place: spain, england, barcelona, europe, barcelona spain
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 7.8
 14K
12 Angry Men (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, legal action, argument, murder, court, uncover truth, trial, legal, injustice, hopes, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 8.0
 80K
The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, sad, philosophical ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, wheelchair, dignity, lawyer, freedom, mercy killing, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, euthanasia, choice ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, catalonia, galicia
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The Man from Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
Style: sincere, serious, psychological, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: immortality, philosophy, professor, hidden identity, religion, society, christianity, mistaken identity, legends and myths, psychology, impersonating, secret ...
Time: middle ages, prehistoric times, prehistory, 21st century, contemporary ...
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