Best movies about dictatorships

by guisreis | created - 30 Aug 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Fictitious or not modern totalitarian regimes have not been incuded. Movies about colonial oppression have.

See also my list about distopy and fictional dictatorships.

Add: Militares da Democracia, by Silvio Tendler - https://www.facebook.com/Militares-Da-Democracia-Militares-que-resistiram-ao-Golpe-de-64-584276421662211/

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1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 526,752 | Gross: $37.63M

2. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 985,548 | Gross: $96.07M

3. Batismo de Sangue (2006)

110 min | Drama

7.1
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During the period of 1964 to 1985, Brazil lived a military dictatorship. In the 60s, the Dominican friars Tito, Betto, Fernando and Ivo help leftist organizations. However, they are ... See full summary »

Director: Helvecio Ratton | Stars: Caio Blat, Daniel de Oliveira, Léo Quintão, Odilon Esteves

Votes: 483

4. Land and Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, War

7.6
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David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Icíar Bollaín, Tom Gilroy

Votes: 8,701 | Gross: $0.23M

5. The Return to Homs (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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85 Metascore

A look behind the barricades of the besieged city of Homs, where for nineteen-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them.

Director: Talal Derki | Star: Abdul Basset Saroot

Votes: 902

6. Soy Cuba (1964)

108 min | Drama, Music, War

8.0
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 6,653 | Gross: $0.16M

Cuba under the rule of Fulgencio Batista.

7. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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74 Metascore

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington

Votes: 157,714 | Gross: $17.61M

8. O Homem que Virou Suco (1980)

97 min | Drama

7.2
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São Paulo police mistakenly thinks a folk poet and singer is the same man who had stabbed his boss.

Director: João Batista de Andrade | Stars: Aldo Bueno, Rafael de Carvalho, Ruthinéa de Moraes, Denoy de Oliveira

Votes: 216

Dictatorship is not a main issue of this film but the story happens during military rule in Brazil. Besides that, the values of military dictatorship and repression against unions appear in the movie.

9. Eles Não Usam Black-Tie (1981)

120 min | Drama

8.1
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Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Fernanda Montenegro, Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Bete Mendes

Votes: 748

10. April Captains (2000)

123 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

Director: Maria de Medeiros | Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 2,535

11. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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65 Metascore

Two youths sent for a Maoist "re-education" in the mountains fall in love with the village tailor's granddaughter.

Director: Sijie Dai | Stars: Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang

Votes: 3,967 | Gross: $0.67M

12. Etz Limon (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

7.4
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74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 5,735 | Gross: $0.57M

13. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 293,993 | Gross: $11.29M

14. The Official Story (1985)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

Director: Luis Puenzo | Stars: Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, Chunchuna Villafañe, Hugo Arana

Votes: 5,872 | Gross: $0.03M

15. No (I) (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco

Votes: 20,401 | Gross: $2.34M

16. Michael Collins (1996)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart

Votes: 26,164 | Gross: $11.09M

17. Kamchatka (2002)

106 min | Drama

7.2
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The film is seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, Harry (Matías del Pozo), who does not know that Argentina's 1976 coup d'état is impacting his life. After witnessing the "... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Cecilia Roth, Héctor Alterio, Fernanda Mistral

Votes: 2,891

18. O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (2006)

PG | 110 min | Drama

7.4
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67 Metascore

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger | Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk, Paulo Autran

Votes: 5,287 | Gross: $0.76M

19. Machuca (2004)

121 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 9,773

20. Dossiê Jango (2013)

102 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Paulo Henrique Fontenelle | Stars: Carlos Diegues, João Goulart, Flavio Tavares, Zelito Viana

Votes: 90

21. Capitão Falcão (2015)

106 min | Action, Comedy, History

7.1
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Follows Portugal's first fascist superhero: the ultra patriotic Captain Falcon!

Director: João Leitão | Stars: Gonçalo Waddington, David Chan Cordeiro, José Pinto, Miguel Guilherme

Votes: 1,490

22. O Dia que Durou 21 Anos (2012)

77 min | Documentary, History, Thriller

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Provides evidence of manipulation and investment funding from the U.S. government to carry out the Brazilian military coup that occurred in 1964.

Director: Camilo Tavares | Stars: Auro de Moura Andrade, Robert Bentley, Júlio de Sá Bierrenbach, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco

Votes: 285

23. Dawson Isla 10 (2009)

117 min | Drama

6.1
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After the 1973 coup that deposed Allende and brought Pinochet to power in Chile, the former members of his cabinet are imprisoned on Dawson Island, the world's southernmost concentration ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Littin | Stars: Benjamín Vicuña, Bertrand Duarte, Pablo Krögh, Cristián de la Fuente

Votes: 282

I have only watched the final part of this film, unfortunately.

24. State of Siege (1972)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Votes: 3,310

25. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.9
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97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 49,332 | Gross: $1.19M

Ceausescu dictatorship is not an openly treated issue in this movie about abortion, but life conditions under the regime are shown throughout the film.

26. Che: Part One (2008)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac, Pablo Guevara

Votes: 40,641 | Gross: $1.73M

27. Ojos que no ven (2003)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

7.4
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Through out six different and yet parallel stories that take place during the corrupted goverment during the 90s in Peru, Lombardi tells the moral decomposition that ran through all classes and generations of the peruvian society.

Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Gianfranco Brero, Gustavo Bueno, Patricia Pereyra, Paul Vega

Votes: 243

28. Butterfly (1999)

R | 96 min | Drama

7.6
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69 Metascore

For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Uxía Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte

Votes: 6,980 | Gross: $2.09M

29. Cidadão Boilesen (2009)

92 min | Documentary

8.0
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A documentary about the controversial businessman Henning Boilesen Jr. and his involvement with the military regime as one of its most enthusiastic supporters, financing it and ... See full summary »

Director: Chaim Litewski | Stars: Hennig Boilesen Jr., Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jarbas Passarinho, Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns

Votes: 91

30. A Luneta do Tempo (2014)

99 min | Drama, Musical, Western

6.7
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In arid and treacherous lands, Lampião and his band are pursued by Antero Tenente and his troop, which faces the capture of the bandit as a matter of honor.

Director: Alceu Valença | Stars: Hermila Guedes, Irandhir Santos, Alceu Valença, Ari de Arimateia

Votes: 59

Part of the story happens during Getúlio Vargas dictatorship.

31. The Man in the Black Cape (1986)

120 min | Biography, Crime

7.2
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Biography of Brazilian congressman Tenório Cavalcanti, who used to appear in public carrying a machine-gun, and wearing a black cloak.

Director: Sergio Rezende | Stars: José Wilker, Marieta Severo, Jonas Bloch, Isolda Cresta

Votes: 195

The final part shows the military coup d'état.

32. Cuchillo de palo (2010)

93 min | Documentary

7.4
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79 Metascore

Of all my uncles, Rodolfo was the only one who didn't want to be a blacksmith like my grandfather: He wanted to be a dancer. The search for the traces of his life leads to the discovery ... See full summary »

Director: Renate Costa | Stars: Miguel Auad Petunia, Nancy Baruja, Renate Costa, Manuel Cuenca

Votes: 101

About Strossner's dictatorship in Paraguay, particularly about violence against homosexuals.

33. V paprscích slunce (2015)

106 min | Documentary

7.4
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81 Metascore

A propaganda documentary about North Korea that reveals a few hidden facts because the director continues filming between the scripted scenes.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Lee Zin-Mi, Yu-Yong, Hye-Yong, Oh-Gyong

Votes: 3,258 | Gross: $0.07M

34. The First Grader (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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56 Metascore

The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Alfred Munyua

Votes: 3,810 | Gross: $0.33M

The violent past of British colonial rule is a shadow for the main character.

35. A King in New York (1957)

G | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A recently-deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later wrongly accused of being a Communist.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Maxine Audley, Jerry Desmonde, Oliver Johnston

Votes: 6,003

If it is not held properly in a dictatorship, it depict very undemocratic Mccarthism in US.

36. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy

Votes: 12,080 | Gross: $17.04M

37. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 17,970 | Gross: $40.38M

Lack of freedom of thought inside the United States, authoritarian regime in Soviet Union, colonialism throughout the world...

38. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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81 Metascore

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 15,281 | Gross: $1.35M

Politics is not clearly an issue in the movie, but the story happens not only under an authoritarian rule but also show a very authoritatian and sexist culture and the cult of personality.

39. Friendly Fire (1998)

76 min | Drama

7.1
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Brazil in the early 70s. Miguel, Eloi, Osvaldo and Paolo take part in armed attacks against the military dictatorship. They pay a heavy price with torture and arrest. Today the four friends... See full summary »

Director: Beto Brant | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Helio Lahal, Zécarlos Machado, Cacá Amaral

Votes: 332

40. Miel de naranjas (2012)

100 min | Drama

5.7
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Henry grows tired of witnessing injustices, and he engages in risky actions.

Director: Imanol Uribe | Stars: Iban Garate, Blanca Suárez, Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández

Votes: 258

41. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 53,323 | Gross: $0.75M

42. Olga (2004)

141 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes. During the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas (1930-1945) she was arrested and... See full summary »

Director: Jayme Monjardim | Stars: Camila Morgado, Caco Ciocler, Luís Melo, Eliane Giardini

Votes: 2,652

43. Zuzu Angel (2006)

108 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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Based on the true story of Zuzu Angel, a famous Brazilian fashion designer in the 70's, who searches for her son Stuart, a member of a leftist university group who suddenly disappears ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Rezende | Stars: Patricia Pillar, Daniel de Oliveira, Leandra Leal, Alexandre Borges

Votes: 789

44. Quase Dois Irmãos (2004)

102 min | Drama

7.0
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The strange friendship between two men of opposite social classes. Miguel is a senator. His childhood friend Jorge is a major drug-dealer. In the 1970s, they meet in prison: Miguel was ... See full summary »

Director: Lúcia Murat | Stars: Caco Ciocler, Flavio Bauraqui, Werner Schünemann, Antônio Pompêo

Votes: 561

45. Team America: World Police (2004)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy

7.2
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64 Metascore

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Kristen Miller

Votes: 144,787 | Gross: $32.77M

The movie is nice because it criticizes American imperialist foreign politics, but it also does show North Korean dictatiorship.

46. Undergångens arkitektur (1989)

119 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Cohen | Stars: Rolf Arsenius, Bruno Ganz, Sam Gray, Martin Bormann

Votes: 823

47. O Menino no Espelho (2014)

78 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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The story of a boy who sees his mirror reflection come to life.

Director: Guilherme Fiúza Zenha | Stars: Lino Facioli, Regiane Alves, Ricardo Blat, Gisele Fróes

Votes: 128

The movie happens during the dictatorship lead by Getúlio Vargas. Though, it does not focuses authoritarian rule, but the ban on fascist Brazilian Integralist Action, also known as "green shirts", besides other issues.

48. Marighella (2012)

Documentary

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A documentary about the member of the brazilian Communist Party, Congressman elected by vote, and later on enemy number one of the brazilian dictatorship of 1964, Carlos Marighella.

Director: Isa Grinspum Ferraz | Star: Lázaro Ramos

Votes: 91

49. O Bom Burguês (1979)

99 min | Crime

6.4
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True story of Brazilian bank clerk who supplied money for the guerilla fighting against the military dictatorship of the 70s. When he changes his disguise, he gets involved with high ... See full summary »

Director: Oswaldo Caldeira | Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Jardel Filho, Christiane Torloni

Votes: 39

50. Max Schmeling (2010)

Not Rated | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

4.8
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Max Schmeling's fights against Joe Louis are listed in the best 10 ten fights of all times.

Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Henry Maske, Heino Ferch, Susanne Wuest, Vladimir Weigl

Votes: 952

51. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

8.0
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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 26,486 | Gross: $4.54M

52. Barbara (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.2
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86 Metascore

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke

Votes: 10,504

53. The Violin (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Music

7.8
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In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Vargas | Stars: Ángel Tavira, Gerardo Taracena, Dagoberto Gama, Mario Garibaldi

Votes: 2,090 | Gross: $0.07M

The "dirty war" in Mexico.

54. Quem é Primavera das Neves (2017)

Documentary

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Directors: Ana Luiza Azevedo, Jorge Furtado

Votes: 9

55. Hyojadong ibalsa (2004)

116 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Follows a president's barber, his wife, and their only son through four decades of tumultuous Korean history.

Director: Chan-sang Lim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, So-ri Moon, Jae-eung Lee, Yeong-jin Jo

Votes: 528

The film starts with the repression and the fall of authoritarian First Republic of South Korea. Most of the movie happens during the electoral but not really democratic and very repressive Third Republic and the more explicit and dire Fourth Republic.

56. Tony Manero (2008)

TV-MA | 97 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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72 Metascore

A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever (1977).

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Amparo Noguera, Héctor Morales, Paola Lattus

Votes: 2,699

57. Istanbul United (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History, Sport

6.9
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The 'Ultra' fans of Istanbul's three biggest football clubs, known for their violent rivalries begin fighting side-by-side to protect civilians from police, as 'Istanbul United'.

Directors: Farid Eslam, Oliver Waldhauer | Stars: Can Atalay, Cahit Binici, Ayan Güner, Kerem Gürbüz

Votes: 120

Not a dictatorship, but a very violent regime.

58. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,117

59. A Cor do seu Destino (1987)

104 min | Drama

7.0
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Teenager and his Chilean parents live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in exile, after his brother is killed by the military government in Chile. Years later, still haunted by the past, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Jorge Durán, Tereza Gonzalez | Stars: Norma Bengell, Franklin Caicedo, Guilherme Fontes, Júlia Lemmertz

Votes: 58

A movie in Rio de Janeiro on Chilean military dictatorship.

60. Tatuagem (2013)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama

6.7
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The romance between a 18-year-old soldier and the cultural ringleader of an anarchist cabaret.

Director: Hilton Lacerda | Stars: Maria de Jesus Baccarelli, Jesuíta Barbosa, Ariclenes Barroso, Arthur Canavarro

Votes: 1,192

61. Simonal - Ninguém Sabe o Duro que Dei (2009)

98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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A documentary about the life, the controversial career, and the decline of one of the greatest brazilian singers and showmen, Wilson Simonal.

Directors: Micael Langer, Calvito Leal, Cláudio Manoel | Stars: Ricardo Cravo Albin, Chico Anysio, Boninho, Sérgio Cabral

Votes: 254

62. Crônica da demolição (2015)

90 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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At the heart of Rio de Janeiro's downtown, an empty square with a dry fountain and an underground parking. There was located the Monroe Palace, that once housed the Senate, and was ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Ades | Stars: Humberto Barreto, Margareth da Silva Pereira, Ernesto Geisel, Cesar Maia

Votes: 21

63. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.3
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65 Metascore

When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 581,649 | Gross: $197.17M

Nazi Germany and French colonization in Alexandretta, Turkey.

64. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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57 Metascore

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 371,746 | Gross: $179.87M

Authoritarian governments are not an issue in this orientalist adventure movie, though, the story begins in Kuomitang dictatorship in Republic of China and then follows to British Empire in India.

65. Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.0
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72 Metascore

Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin | Stars: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Mariya Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Andrey Tolokonnikov

Votes: 1,700

Not exactly a dictatorship, but certainly a polity lacking democracy.

66. Fiesta Patria (2008)

100 min

6.4
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As two families celebrate the engagement of their children, one of the lovers unearths a family secret.

Director: Luis R. Vera | Stars: Adela Secall, Nelson Brodt, Tiago Correa, Marcela Osorio

Votes: 78

67. Cabra Marcado Para Morrer (1984)

119 min | Documentary

8.4
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Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar

Votes: 650

68. Montevideo, Bog te video! (2010)

140 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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A story about one team that decides to follow a dream that takes them on a journey to the First World Football Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. A dream that allows them to become true stars and living legends.

Director: Dragan Bjelogrlic | Stars: Milos Bikovic, Petar Strugar, Nina Jankovic, Danina Jeftic

Votes: 9,781

Although not highlighting it very much (and not omitting it either), this story is held during royal dictatorship of King Alexander I.

69. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

7.4
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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 3,935 | Gross: $0.31M

70. Infrarouge (2006– )
Episode: Nelson Mandela: Au nom de la liberté (2010)

95 min | Documentary

7.1
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Director: Joël Calmettes | Star: Féodor Atkine

Votes: 14

71. Betinho - A Esperança Equilibrista (2015)

Documentary

7.5
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Director: Victor Lopes

Votes: 8

72. Feliz Ano Velho (1987)

111 min | Drama

6.6
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After diving into a shallow lake, a college student becomes tetraplegic. In his wheel chair, he remembers the important facts of his life as an adolescent.

Director: Roberto Gervitz | Stars: Marcos Breda, Malu Mader, Marco Nanini, Eva Wilma

Votes: 148

73. October 1 (2014)

148 min | Thriller

6.6
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As Nigeria prepares for independence from the British in 1960, a seasoned police detective rushes to find the serial killer slaughtering its native young women.

Director: Kunle Afolayan | Stars: Femi Adebayo, Ademola Adedoyin, Kayode Aderupoko, Kunle Afolayan

Votes: 237

British colonial last days in Nigeria.

74. Jules and Dolores (2016)

90 min | Comedy, History

6.8
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Rio de Janeiro, 1983. in order to pay off his gambling debts and to please the love of his life, Peralta and his happy-go-lucky buddy Borracha decided to commit a striking heist. Curiously ... See full summary »

Director: Caito Ortiz | Stars: Paulo Tiefenthaler, Taís Araújo, Danilo Grangheia, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 418

Brazilian military dictatorship is not a central issue but the story happens during that authoritarian time and police used to torture a lot.

75. Wir wollten aufs Meer (2012)

116 min | Drama

6.6
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The dream of two young men to become sailors collides with the harsh realities of life in East Germany.

Director: Toke Constantin Hebbeln | Stars: Alexander Fehling, August Diehl, Ronald Zehrfeld, Thao Vu

Votes: 414

Cinematography is perhaps the best of this film about Eastern Germany.

76. The Last Station (2009)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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76 Metascore

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 16,267 | Gross: $6.62M

Tsarism.

77. A Primeira Vez do Cinema Brasileiro (2013)

84 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

7.4
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In 1982, almost five million people took theaters to see Erotic Things, the first Brazilian porn movie. The production is today considered a major episode in the history of Brazilian cinema... See full summary »

Directors: Denise Godinho Costa, Bruno Graziano, Hugo Moura Santos | Stars: André Barcinski, Kid Bengala, Pamela Butt, Rita Cadillac

Votes: 26

78. The Truth About Fidel Castro Revolution (1959)

Unrated | 50 min | Documentary

6.4
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Documentary shot during the Cuban revolution

Director: Errol Flynn | Stars: Errol Flynn, Beverly Aadland, Florence Aadland, Fulgencio Batista

Votes: 65

79. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

8.1
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95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 43,311 | Gross: $0.06M

Colonial oppression is a foreign dictatorship.

80. As Meninas (1995)

92 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Emiliano Ribeiro | Stars: Camila Amado, Otávio Augusto, Walney Costa, Sônia de Paula

Votes: 43

81. Operação Cajueiro: um Carnaval de Torturas (2014)

Documentary, Short

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Directors: Vaneide Dias, Fábio Rogério, Werden Tavares Pinheiro

https://youtu.be/pAT_U-IEyZw

82. Tempos de Paz (2009)

80 min | Drama

7.1
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Segismundo (Tony Ramos) is a former political police officer of Getúlio Vargas' government, who used to torture prisoners. In April 1945, he is the chief of the Immigration Office in Rio de... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Filho | Stars: Tony Ramos, Daniel Filho, Louise Cardoso, Dan Stulbach

Votes: 477

83. Joe and Max (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.8
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True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Til Schweiger, Leonard Roberts, Richard Roundtree, David Paymer

Votes: 883

84. Os Desafinados (2008)

139 min | Drama, Musical

6.1
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'Slightly Out Of Tune' is about a group of friends who come of age during the political turmoil that plagued Brazil in the 1960's and 70's. Together, these musicians form a band called "Os ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lima Jr. | Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Cláudia Abreu, Selton Mello, Alessandra Negrini

Votes: 363

Both Brazilian and Argentine dictatorships.

85. The Interview (II) (2014)

R | 112 min | Comedy

6.6
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52 Metascore

Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen | Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan

Votes: 271,737 | Gross: $6.11M

86. A Terceira Morte de Joaquim Bolívar (2000)

104 min | Drama

6.2
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The ideological conflict between Joaquim Bolívar (Sérgio Siviero), a young barber member of the Communist Party and the powerful Coronel Gaudêncio (Othon Bastos), a typical province political leader.

Director: Flávio Cândido | Stars: Othon Bastos, Gabriela Bazin, Camilo Beviláqua, Jonas Bloch

Votes: 20

87. Jango (1984)

115 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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The story of João "Jango" Goulart, the Brazilian left-wing president deposed by the military.

Director: Silvio Tendler | Stars: Leonel Brizola, Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, João Goulart, Carlos Lacerda

Votes: 111

88. Trago Comigo (2013)

84 min | Drama

7.3
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Telmo writes a play to remind him of his past and of the period he was kept prisoner in the dungeons of the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985), revealing secrets he would rather keep forgotten.

Director: Tata Amaral | Stars: Gustavo Brandão, Georgina Castro, Maria Helena Chira, Emílio Di Biasi

Votes: 29

Interesting movie about a play on Brazilian military dictatorship, that mixes fiction and documentary. Testimonies are quite strong and the film would be better if its actors were better too.

89. Wir wollten aufs Meer (2012)

116 min | Drama

6.6
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The dream of two young men to become sailors collides with the harsh realities of life in East Germany.

Director: Toke Constantin Hebbeln | Stars: Alexander Fehling, August Diehl, Ronald Zehrfeld, Thao Vu

Votes: 414

90. A Day in the Life of a Dictator (2013)

Documentary

6.6
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The documentary shows the life of three of the most contemporary dictators during a bloody period of their reign.

Director: Hendrick Dusollier

Votes: 29

91. Casseta & Planeta: A Taça do Mundo É Nossa (2003)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

4.3
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A satire about the dictatorship period in Brazil, in which communist militants try to steal the soccer World Cup Trophy from the players Pelé and Carlos Alberto Torres.

Director: Lula Buarque de Hollanda | Stars: Beto Silva, Bussunda, Cláudio Manoel, Hélio de la Peña

Votes: 405

This surrealist comedy is very loosely based on Brazilian dictatorship, but mocks military speech (and also many other things). It is not brilliant, but funny. Casseta & Planeta guys have been much funnier than in their conservative and without creativity later years.

92. Me gustan los estudiantes (1968)

6 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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During the Chiefs of State conference at Punta del Este students protest. Counterpoint between presidents, students and repressive policemen.

Director: Mario Handler

Votes: 16

93. He Named Me Malala (2015)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary

6.9
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61 Metascore

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, Khushal Yousafzai

Votes: 3,615 | Gross: $2.64M

94. Lara (2002)

107 min | Biography, Drama

5.7
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The life of Brazilian actress Odete Lara, muse of the movement called Cinema Novo in Brazil, who exchanged stardom for a quiet and religious life.

Director: Ana Maria Magalhães | Stars: Christine Fernandes, Caco Ciocler, Maria Manoella, Tuca Andrada

Votes: 56

95. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.0
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39 Metascore

In November 1958, the American teenager Katey Miller moves with her parents and her younger sister to Havana. Her father is an executive of Ford expatriated to Cuba, and Katey is an ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Diego Luna, Romola Garai, Sela Ward, John Slattery

Votes: 23,927 | Gross: $14.16M

I have only wathed the beginning of this movie held in the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.