Best films of protest/ rebellion / revolution

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1.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
 
2.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
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In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
3.
Man of Iron (1981)
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A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love... (156 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
4.
Burn! (1969)
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The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada... (132 mins.)
 
5.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
6.
Mother (1926)
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The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution (89 mins.)
 
7.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
8.
Papillon (1973)
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A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. (151 mins.)
 
9.
Man of Marble (1977)
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In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer... (165 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
10.
Danton (1983)
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Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... (136 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
11.
Chouans! (1988)
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In 1793 when terror is widespread in France,peasants known as Chouans help the revolutionaries. (143 mins.)
 
12.
Viva Zapata! (1952)
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The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century. (113 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
13.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
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In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives. (171 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
14.
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
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A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. (129 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
15.
1900 (1976)
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The epic tale of a class struggle in 20th Century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides. (317 mins.)
 
16.
Lulu the Tool (1971)
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A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups. (125 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
 
17.
Land and Freedom (1995)
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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. (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
18.
1984 (1984)
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In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
19.
Brazil (1985)
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A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
20.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
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In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. (112 mins.)
 
21.
Zabriskie Point (1970)
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An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology... (113 mins.)
 
22.
Missing (1982)
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When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him. (122 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
23.
Under Fire (1983)
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Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979. (128 mins.)
 
24.
Malcolm X (1992)
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Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
25.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
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Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces. (127 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
26.
Michael Collins (1996)
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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. (133 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
27.
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
28.
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
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This surrealist film consists of a series of only vaguely related episodes, most famously the dinner... (104 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
29.
Rosa Luxemburg (1986)
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After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists. (123 mins.)
 
30.
Joe Hill (1971)
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About the life and death of the legendary Swedish/American agitator Joe Hill. (118 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
31.
Lenny (1974)
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The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
32.
Adalen 31 (1969)
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During a strike strike-breakers are being transported to Lunde, where they are assaulted by the strikers... (110 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
33.
Easy Rider (1969)
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Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. (95 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
 
34.
Love & Anarchy (1973)
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When a friend is murdered by the Facists, a melancholy farmer takes up residence in a Roman brothel as he and an anarchist prostitute plot to assassinate Mussolini. (124 mins.)
 
35.
Red Psalm (1972)
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Set in the 1890s on the Hungarian plains, a group of farm workers go on strike in-which they face harsh reprisals and the reality of revolt, oppression, morality and violence. (87 mins.)
Director: Miklós Jancsó
 
36.
Che: Part One (2008)
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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. (134 mins.)
 
37.
Che: Part Two (2008)
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In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America. (135 mins.)
 
38.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
 
39.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
 
40.
Carlos (2010 Mini-Series)
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The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. (334 mins.)
 
41.
The Round-Up (1966)
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In Hungary, the national movement led by Kossuth has been crushed and the Austrian hegemony re-established... (90 mins.)
Director: Miklós Jancsó
 
42.
Mother (1990)
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(200 mins.)
Director: Gleb Panfilov
 
43.
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
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A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s. (150 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
44.
The Third Generation (1979)
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A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c... (111 mins.)
 
45.
Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya (1975)
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In December 1825, distinguished members of the Russian military, most of whom were quite affluent and of noble lineage... (167 mins.)
Director: Vladimir Motyl
 
46.
Duck, You Sucker (1971)
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An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution. (157 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
47.
A Bullet for the General (1967)
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A band of Mexican gun-runners employed by a revolutionary general lure an American mercenary into joining their gang, unaware that he is targeting their general. (118 mins.)
Director: Damiano Damiani
 
48.
I Am Cuba (1964)
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
 
49.
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)
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The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several... (116 mins.)
Director: Alain Tanner
 
50.
Weekend (1967)
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A supposedly idyllic week-end trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams... (105 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
51.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
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The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew. (137 mins.)
 
52.
The Sandpit Generals (1971)
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Inspired by the classic novel by Brazilian cultural icon Jorge Amado, this is the story of a gang of homeless children lead by Pedro Bala... (102 mins.)
Director: Hall Bartlett
 
53.
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)
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In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of... (142 mins.)
 
54.
Blind Chance (1987)
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Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life. (114 mins.)
 
55.
Daisies (1966)
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Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life. (74 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
 
56.
Black God, White Devil (1964)
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Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism... (120 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
57.
Entranced Earth (1967)
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Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power... (111 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
58.
Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças (1970)
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A Latin-American insurgent and a black leader join forces to free an African nation. But they'll have to face a German mercenary aided by an American agent and a Portuguese advisor, all working for a mysterious woman. (103 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
59.
Black Jesus (1968)
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A Congo rebel leader is captured and imprisoned with two white felons in this 81-minute feature containing... (89 mins.)
Director: Valerio Zurlini
 
60.
Viva Villa! (1934)
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In this fictionalized biography, young Pancho Villa takes to the hills after killing an overseer in revenge for his father's death... (115 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
61.
The Gadfly (1955)
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Against the background of Italian Patriots struggle for independence of his homeland, is three people by the tragic destiny of stops. Arthur who has evolved in the revolutionary, cardinal Montanelli and his love Gemma. (94 mins.)
 
62.
Kak zakalyalas stal (1973 TV Movie)
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(202 mins.)
 
63.
State of Siege (1972)
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In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used... (120 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
64.
Salvador (1986)
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980. (122 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
65.
Allonsanfan (1974)
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A anarchist leader (Fulvio) wishes to retire, as he is old and tired. He tries to hide himself, but... (115 mins.)
 
66.
If.... (1968)
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England. (111 mins.)
 
67.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
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A juvenile offender at a tough reform school impresses its governor with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers. (104 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
68.
I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)
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Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything... (121 mins.)
Director: Vilgot Sjöman
 
69.
Night and Fog in Japan (1960)
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Long takes and a highly theatrical visual approach combine to form a tense and confrontational look at the decline of a socialist student activists' movement in Japan. (107 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
70.
Le Petit Soldat (1963)
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During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
71.
The War Is Over (1966)
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Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid... (121 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
72.
Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)
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The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions. (125 mins.)
 
73.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
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The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed. (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
74.
Romper Stomper (1992)
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A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing. (94 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Wright
 
75.
Bloody Sunday (2002)
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A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
76.
Spartacus (1960)
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The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
77.
Good Morning, Night (2003)
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The 1978 kidnapping of politician Aldo Moro as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants: a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade. (106 mins.)
 
78.
United Red Army (2007)
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A story about the rise and fall of United Red Army, a real life 70s short-lived Japanese armed revolutionary... (190 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
79.
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
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The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. (128 mins.)
 
80.
Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
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In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks. (139 mins.)
Director: Teddy Chan
 
81.
La chinoise (1967)
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A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and... (96 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
82.
Regular Lovers (2005)
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1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet... (183 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel
 
83.
Land of the Blind (2006)
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A soldier recounts his relationship with a famous political prisoner attempting to overthrow their country's authoritarian government. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Edwards
 
84.
La Marseillaise (1938)
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A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people... (135 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
85.
April Captains (2000)
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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. (123 mins.)
 
86.
Ecstasy of the Angels (1972)
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The movie focuses on the actions of a revolutionary movement. (89 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
87.
Waga seishun ni kuinashi (1946)
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The daughter of a politically disgraced university professor struggles to find a place for herself in love and life, in the uncertain world of Japan leading into WWII. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
88.
Early Works (1969)
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Inspired by Karl Marx's "Das Kapital", three men and a girl named Jugoslava decide to wake up the conscience within the working class and peasants... (87 mins.)
Director: Zelimir Zilnik
 
89.
Something in the Air (2012)
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In the months after the heady weeks of May '68, a group of young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning. (122 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
90.
Sex Jack (1970)
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During violent manifestations in late 1960s in Japan, a group of students who called themselves the Rose Colored Regiment hide in the house of a mysterious young man, and have sex with the same girl while waiting for new instructions. (70 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
91.
The Age of Shadows (2016)
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Japanese agents close in as members of the Korean resistance plan an attack in 1920's Seoul. (140 mins.)
Director: Jee-woon Kim
 
92.
Ogro (1979)
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As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden;... (115 mins.)