International Relations Movies

Movies that, in one way or another, tell us something about international relations. These could be movies discussing historical events, touching upon IR theory or debating a controversial issue.
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Wag the Dog (1997)
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Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. (97 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
2.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
3.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
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An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
4.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
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Meeting Venus (1991)
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor... (119 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
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The Day After (1983 TV Movie)
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A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. (127 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
 
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Into the Storm (2009 TV Movie)
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Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm, Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII. (99 mins.)
 
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Sometimes in April (2005 TV Movie)
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Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide. (140 mins.)
Director: Raoul Peck
 
9.
Game Change (2012 TV Movie)
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Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. (118 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
10.
Winter in Wartime (2008)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot. (103 mins.)
 
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The Beast of War (1988)
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During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost... (111 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
12.
The Killing Fields (1984)
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
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Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)
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A dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised. (96 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
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Argo (2012)
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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
15.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
 
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Syriana (2005)
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A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and effected by it. (128 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gaghan
 
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
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The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
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Missing (1982)
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When an idealistic writer disappears during the Right Wing military coup in 1973 Chile, his wife and American businessman father try to find him. (122 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
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Babel (2006)
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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
 
20.
Burnt by the Sun (1994)
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his... (135 mins.)
 
21.
The New World (2005)
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The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
22.
Not My Life (2011)
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Not My Life comprehensively depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale... (84 mins.)
 
23.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
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A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. (141 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
 
24.
The Whistleblower (2010)
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A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. (112 mins.)
 
25.
Last Days in Vietnam (2014 Documentary)
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During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as... (98 mins.)
Director: Rory Kennedy