125+ films about nonviolence

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1. Objector (2019)

75 min | Documentary

Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country's military, and becomes determined to challenge this rite of passage... See full summary »

Director: Molly Stuart | Star: Atalya Ben-Abba

Votes: 96

2. The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons (2019)

56 min | Documentary

This documentary on the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons covers their history, anti-nuclear activism, their humanitarian impacts and the steps taken since 2010 to turn the treaty from a dream into a reality.

Director: Álvaro Orús

3. A Hidden Life (2019)

PG-13 | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser

Votes: 23,442

4. Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock (2017)

89 min | Documentary

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota captures world attention through their peaceful resistance against the U.S. government's plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land.

Directors: Myron Dewey, Josh Fox, James Spione | Star: Autumn DePoe-Hughes

Votes: 218

6. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 502,444 | Gross: $67.21M

7. Love and Solidarity (2014)

38 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

What can people do to change a world full of violence and hate? Is nonviolent revolution possible? 'Love and Solidarity' addresses these questions through the life and thought of Rev. James... See full summary »

Stars: Mario de Leon, Maria Elena Durazo, Ilse Escobar, James Lawson

8. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 91,077 | Gross: $52.08M

9. Evromaidan. Chornovy montazh (2014)

60 min | Documentary

In autumn of 2013, the Ukrainian government suspended meetings regarding accession to the EU. This prompted a period of civil unrest culminating in the resignation of pro-Russian president ... See full summary »

Directors: Roman Bondarchuk, Kateryna Gornostai, Yuliia Hontaruk, Andrey Kiselyov, Roman Liubyi, Andriy Lytvynenko, Aleksey Solodunov, Dmitry Stoykov, Oleksandr Techynskyi, Volodymyr Tykhyy

Votes: 50

10. The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

Comedy troupe The Yes Men stage phony events and press releases in an effort to bring attention to environmental dangers and corporate greed.

Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Laura Nix | Stars: Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Benadette Chandia Kodili, Albert Mwesigwa

Votes: 759 | Gross: $0.05M

11. The Term (2014)

83 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

The film is a view from the inside on how it is to be in opposition in Russia of Putin. Attempts, mistakes, political tricks, seen through the eyes of the opposition leaders.

Directors: Pavel Kostomarov, Aleksey Pivovarov, Aleksandr Rastorguev | Stars: Kseniya Sobchak, Ilya Yashin, Alexei Navalny, Maksim Vitorgan

Votes: 242

13. 1971 (2014)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed.

Director: Johanna Hamilton | Stars: Bonnie Raines, John Raines, Bob Williamson, Keith Forsyth

Votes: 882

14. Where Are You Bucharest? (2014)

80 min | Documentary

Vlad Petri followed the Romanian protesters who occupied the streets of Bucharest in 2012. A poignant documentary about people who are devastated and impulsive, lost and encouraged, all at ... See full summary »

Director: Vlad Petri

Votes: 128

16. Women on the Front Line (2013)

56 min | Documentary

This essential documentary film focuses on Iranian women's rights activists who are on the forefront of a decentralized but surprisingly powerful movement. These women are part of the ... See full summary »

Director: Hossein Martin Fazeli | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mehrangiz Kar, Fatemeh Haghighatjoo

17. Beyond Forgiving (2013)

29 min | Documentary, Short, History

Beyond Forgiving is a documentary film which depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele form an ... See full summary »

Director: Imad Karam

Votes: 10

18. Everyday Rebellion (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

A documentary about modern and creative forms of non-violent protest and civil disobedience.

Directors: Arash T. Riahi, Arman T. Riahi | Stars: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Srdja Popovic, Inna Shevchenko

Votes: 326

19. Utopia (II) (2013)

112 min | Documentary, History, News

Exploring offenses practiced by popular media, big business, police forces and Governments helping the Australian 225 year campaign of genocide continue against Aboriginal Australians.

Directors: Alan Lowery, John Pilger | Stars: John Pilger, Jon Altman, Pat Anderson, Mal Brough

Votes: 422

20. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 27,789 | Gross: $8.32M

21. Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

Ukraine's topless feminist sensation Femen has created a media frenzy across Europe, but before they take the world by storm, these bold and beautiful women must confront the dark and perverse forces that power their organisation.

Director: Kitty Green | Stars: Inna Shevchenko, Sasha Shevchenko, Anna Hutsol, Oksana Shachko

Votes: 423

22. Before the Spring: After the Fall (2013)

72 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

In 2008, we travel to Egypt to tell the story of heavy metal in a conservative Muslim country. We meet the kids in Cairo's tight knit underground music scene who are the film's main ... See full summary »

Director: Jed Rothstein | Stars: Sherine Amr, Gameela Ismail, Ayman Nour, Noor Ayman Nour

23. 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013)

R | 97 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

A compelling portrait of the Occupy Wall Street movement. From personal stories to analysis of the big picture issues, supporters, participants and critics shed light on why and how this ... See full summary »

Directors: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell, Nina Krstic, Lucian Read | Stars: Matt Taibbi, Naomi Wolf, Boots Riley

Votes: 182

24. The Square (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam

Votes: 9,022 | Gross: $0.12M

25. Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

Follows the court case of three members of the Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot after their performance in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.

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

Votes: 1,973

26. Fuck for Forest (2012)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama

Berlin's Fuck for Forest is one of the world's most bizarre charities: based on the idea that sex can change the world, the NGO raises money for their environmental cause by selling home-made erotic films on the Internet.

Director: Michal Marczak | Stars: Tommy Hol Ellingsen, Leona Johansson, Dany DeVero, Kaajal

Votes: 596

27. A Whisper to a Roar (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Drama, History

67 Metascore

Courageous democracy activists in five countries (Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe) risk it all to bring freedom to their people.

Director: Ben Moses | Star: Alfred Molina

Votes: 47

29. Die Protestmacher (The Protest Makers) (2012)

80 min | Documentary

The documentary portraits the work of four full-time political activists dealing with issues of nuclear energy, genetically modified food, and regulation of the finance industry.

Director: Dieter Rucht

30. No (I) (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama, History

81 Metascore

An advertising 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: 24,883 | Gross: $2.34M

31. My Neighbourhood (2012)

25 min | Documentary, Short, News

Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed's family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents ... See full summary »

Directors: Julia Bacha, Rebekah Wingert | Stars: Sara Benninga, Terry Benninga, Zvi Benninga, Mohammed el Kurd

Votes: 35

32. One Punch Homicide (2012 Video)

87 min | Documentary, Crime, News

One Punch Homicide aims to reduce violence, reduce crime, reduce murders, and perhaps become the most watched film ever because adults worldwide will want teens to see it. It will force ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Kokette | Stars: Nicole Steward, D.W. Wanberg

33. Zima, ukhodi! (2012)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Ten young directors did not part from their cameras for two months. The result was a chronicle of Russia's winter protests.

Directors: Elena Khoreva, Denis Klebleev, Dmitriy Kubasov, Askold Kurov, Nadezhda Leonteva, Anna Moiseenko, Madina Mustafina, Zosya Rodkevich, Anton Seregin, Aleksei Zhiryakov | Stars: Matvei Krylov, Olga Romanova, Boris Nemtsov, Alexei Navalny

Votes: 148

34. Zavtra (2012)

90 min | Documentary

Fascinating insight into Voina ("War"), the provocative collective from which among now the world-renowned activists in Pussy Riot emerged.

Director: Andrei Gryazev | Stars: Leonid Nikolaev, Natalya Sokol, Kasper Vorotnikov, Oleg Vorotnikov

Votes: 103

35. In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution (2012)

TV-14 | 36 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

Shot in the center of Egypt's Tahrir Square from the beginning of the battles to the climax of the celebration, 'In Tahrir Square - 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution' helps audiences... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill | Stars: Mohamed Abdel Koddous, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Hosni Mubarak

Votes: 139

36. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 4,075 | Gross: $0.13M

37. Odno reshenie - soprotivlenie (2011)

Drama

The film consists of six parts- six events in different cities in Russia. The meetings organized by independent trade unions and demonstrations in witch youth takes part are shown. These ... See full summary »

Director: Svetlana Baskova

Votes: 17

38. The Legacy of Nonviolent Movements in Iran (2011)

50 min | Documentary

This film takes a look into the two most recent mass movements in Iran's history: the 1979 Revolution that brought the clerics to power; and the 2009 mass protests, known as the Green ... See full summary »

Director: Hossein Martin Fazeli | Stars: Cynthia Boaz, Elham Gheitanchi, Ivan Marovic, Mohsen Sazegara

39. Le khmer rouge et le non-violent (2011)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

For the last trial in his career Francois Roux, a lawyer specialized in the defense of non-violent activists and a supporter of civil rights himself, chose to explore the boundaries of the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Mangiante | Stars: Yann Collette, Michel Dodane, Guek Eav 'Comrade Duch' Kaing, Nicolas Marié

Votes: 11

40. How to Start a Revolution (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, History

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION is the remarkable untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world's leading expert on non-violent revolution. This new film (from first time ... See full summary »

Director: Ruaridh Arrow | Stars: Robert Helvey, Jamila Raqib, Gene Sharp

Votes: 274

41. American Experience (1987– )
Episode: Freedom Riders (2011)

TV-PG | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

From PBS and American Experience - This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders.

Director: Stanley Nelson

Votes: 90

42. Tous au Larzac (2011)

120 min | Documentary

Seated in his office in Paris, one day of October 1971, Michel Debré, minister of the Defence declares: We choose the Larzac as it is a deprived land. With no prior dialogue, his decision ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Rouaud | Stars: Léon Maillé, Pierre Burguière, Christiane Burguière, Marizette Tarlier

Votes: 189

43. Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers (2011)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, War

95-year-old Polish heroine Irena Sendler tells the unknown story of a conspiracy of women who outwitted the Nazis and rescued thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during WWII.

Director: Mary Skinner | Stars: Irena Sendlerowa, Jan Becker

Votes: 50

44. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,541 | Gross: $0.28M

45. The Green Wave (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary