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List Rules Movies about communism and communists.

Communism is a stateless social order based on common ownership of money, class, social status and economics. The main things that probably come to mind when we hear the word “communism” is history’s most famous communist leader, Karl Marx, the German philosopher and revolutionary socialist who influenced most of modern communistic views in the world. But many films have been made about communism as well.
 
The movies featured on this list cover a variety of themes and genres – some focus on historical events, while others are completely fictional, such as a romantic war movie with a communist theme.
 
This list has the best movies about communism, including: I Married a Communist, Salt, The Quiet American, One in the Chamber, The Assassination of Trotsky, The Blue Kite, Frida, I Was A Communist for the FBI, The Lives of Others, and Marx Reloaded. Vote up your favorite movie about communism below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Mollevangsvagen added Sexmission Jerzy Stuhr, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Olgierd Łukaszewicz Sexmission is a 1984 cult Polish comedy science fiction action film. It also contains a hidden political satire layer specific to the time and place of its production.

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Mollevangsvagen added Names in Marble Hele Kõre, Alo Kõrve, Karol Kuntsel Names in Marble is an Estonian 2002 film directed by Elmo Nüganen. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Albert Kivikas in 1936 about the Estonian War of Independence fought ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added The Key for Determining Dwarfs Eliška Doušová, Julie Ritzingerová, Edita Levá The Key for Determining Dwarfs is a 2002 drama film written by Pavel Jurácek and directed by Martin Sulík.

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Mollevangsvagen added Man of Marble Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Krystyna Zachwatowicz Man of Marble is a 1976 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It chronicles the fall from grace of a fictional heroic Polish bricklayer, Mateusz Birkut, who became the Stakhanovite symbol of an ...more

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The Lives of Others Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Admiral Anna Kovalchuk, Fedor Bondarchuk, Viktor Verzhbitsky Admiral is a 2008 biopic about Alexander Kolchak, a Vice-Admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy and leader of the anti-communist White Movement during the Russian Civil War. The film also depicts ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added The Missing Picture Randal Douc The Missing Picture is a 2013 Cambodian-French documentary film directed by Rithy Panh about the Khmer Rouge. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival ...more

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The Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Communism
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Interrogation Agnieszka Holland, Krystyna Janda, Janusz Gajos Interrogation is a 1982 Polish film about false imprisonment under the Stalinist pro-Soviet Polish regime in the early 1950s. An ordinary, apolitical person heroically refuses to cooperate with ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Sunflower Joan Chen, Lui Zifeng, Wang Haidi Sunflower is a 2005 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yang. Zhang's fourth film, Sunflower is a joint production of Ming Productions, the Beijing Film Studio and the Hong Kong subsidiary of the ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added The Oak Maia Morgenstern, Răzvan Vasilescu, Victor Rebengiuc The Oak is a 1992 Romanian drama film directed by Lucian Pintilie. It was screened out of competition at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.

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Mollevangsvagen added S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine is a 2003 documentary film directed by Rithy Panh. Rithy, himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, brought together two former prisoners of the regime with ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added 12:08 East of Bucharest Teodor Corban, Luminița Gheorghiu, Mircea Andreescu 12:08 East of Bucharest is a 2006 Romanian film directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, released in 2006 and winner of the Camera d'Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It was also released in the ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Stuhr, Leon Niemczyk O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization is a 1985 Polish drama science fiction film written and directed by Piotr Szulkin. Starring Jerzy Stuhr and Krystyna Janda, the film takes place in a ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Barbara Nina Hoss, Rainer Bock, Jasna Fritzi Bauer Barbara is a 2012 German drama film directed by Christian Petzold. The film competed at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012, where Petzold won the Silver Bear for Best ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Bolshevism on Trial Robert Frazer Bolshevism on Trial is a 1919 American motion picture drama made by the Mayflower Photoplay Company and distributed through Lewis J. Selznick's Select Pictures Corporation. Directed by Harley ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Man of Iron Lech Wałęsa, Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Seweryn Man of Iron is a 1981 film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It depicts the Solidarity labour movement and its first success in persuading the Polish government to recognize the workers' right to an ...more

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Hibiscus Town is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Communism
Mollevangsvagen added Hibiscus Town Jiang Wen, Liu Xiaoqing, Shibin Zhu Hibiscus Town is a 1986 Chinese film directed by Xie Jin, based on a novel by the same name written by Gu Hua. The film, a melodrama, follows the life and travails of a young woman who lives ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Katyń Sergei Garmash, Danuta Stenka, Andrzej Chyra Katyń is a 2007 Polish film about the 1940 Katyn massacre, directed by Academy Honorary Award winner Andrzej Wajda. It is based on the book Post Mortem: The Story of Katyn by Andrzej Mularczyk. ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Tom Courtenay, Alfred Burke, Eric Thompson One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a joint Norwegian-British film, based on the novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with the same name and released in 1970. The Norwegian title is En dag i ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Children of Glory Kata Dobó, Tamás Jordán, Iván Fenyő Szabadság, szerelem (English: Children of Glory) is a 2006 drama film directed by Krisztina Goda.

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Mollevangsvagen added The Exam János Kulka, Ferenc Elek, Áron Dimény The Exam is a 2011 thriller drama film written by Norbert Köbli and directed by Péter Bergendy.

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Mollevangsvagen added The Hand The Hand is a 1965 short animated film written and directed by Jirí Trnka.

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Mollevangsvagen added The Ditch Zhengwu Cheng, Haoyu Yang, Cenzi Xu The Ditch, also known as Goodbye Jiabiangou is a 2010 film produced and directed by Wang Bing, an independent Chinese filmmaker better known for his work on documentaries. The film, on the ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Luxury Hotel Valentin Popescu, Irina Petrescu, Claudiu Istodor Hotel de Lux is a 1992 Romanian film directed by Dan Pița. It won the Silver Lion at the 49th Venice Film Festival. The movie has 105 minute running time and includes several important actors in ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added White Slaves Camilla Horn, Theodor Loos, Werner Hinz White Slaves is a 1937 German film directed by Karl Anton. It is also known by the longer title Panzerkreuzer Sebastopol: "Weisse Sklaven" and was later re-released as Rote Bestien. An ...more

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Walesa: Man of Hope is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Communism
Mollevangsvagen added Walesa: Man of Hope Zbigniew Zamachowski, Joanna Kulig, Robert Więckiewicz Walesa: A Man of Hope is a 2013 biographical drama film directed by Andrzej Wajda.

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Mollevangsvagen added Mission to Moscow Cyd Charisse, Walter Huston, Ann Harding Mission to Moscow is a book by the former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph E. Davies and a film based on it directed by Michael Curtiz in 1943. The 1941 book sold 700,000 copies. The ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Anastasia Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by former Disney animation directors Don Bluth ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia The End of Stalinism in Bohemia is a 1990 animated short film directed by Jan Švankmajer.

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Mollevangsvagen added Cambodia: Between War and Peace Cambodge, entre guerre et paix is a 1991 French-Cambodian documentary film directed by Rithy Panh. The film, shot at the end of 1991 at the time of Norodom Sihanouk’s return to Cambodia, ...more

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Reds Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Gene Hackman Reds is a 1981 epic film that was co-written, produced, and directed by Warren Beatty. The picture centers on the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who chronicled the ...more

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Frida Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd Frida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated ...more

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StacyWolfe added Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. British National Cinema by Sarah Street describes the film as a ...more

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StacyWolfe added Che Benicio del Toro, Demián Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro Che is a two-part 2008 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Part One is entitled The Argentine and focuses on the Cuban Revolution from the landing of Fidel Castro (Demián ...more

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StacyWolfe added Together Ola Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, /m/0bwhrg1 Together is a 2000 comedy/drama film. It is Swedish director Lukas Moodysson's second full length film. Set in a Stockholm commune called "Tillsammans" in 1975, it is a satirical view ...more

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Lieutenant Johnson, a U. S. Air Force pilot, on the tip of Alaska, a few miles from the Bering Straits from Siberia, helps foil a Soviet plot to test a new secret weapon by loyal Alaskan ... ... Here's an obscure cold-war melodrama, set among the Eskimos of Western Alaska, where the ...

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The Quiet American Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija The Quiet American is a 2002 film adaptation of Graham Greene's bestselling novel of the same name. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and starred Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai ...more

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The Front Woody Allen, Danny Aiello, Michael Murphy The Front is a 1976 comedy-drama film about the Hollywood blacklist during the age of live television. It is written by Walter Bernstein, directed by Martin Ritt and stars Woody Allen and Zero ...more

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The Trotsky Jessica Paré, Jay Baruchel, Geneviève Bujold The Trotsky is a 2010 comedy film written and directed by Jacob Tierney.

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Indochine Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Pérez, Andrzej Seweryn Indochine is a 1992 French film set in colonial French Indochina during the 1930s to 50s. It is the story of Éliane Devries, a French plantation owner, and of her adopted Vietnamese ...more

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The Blue Kite Li Xuejian, Lu Liping, Zhong Lü The Blue Kite is a 1993 drama film directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Though banned by the Chinese government upon its completion, the film soon found a receptive international audience. Along with ...more

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The Assassination of Trotsky Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider The Assassination of Trotsky is a 1972 British film directed by Joseph Losey with a screenplay by Nicholas Mosley. It starred Richard Burton as Leon Trotsky, as well as Romy Schneider and Alain ...more

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Seeing Red Seeing Red is a 1983 American documentary film directed by Jim Klein and Julia Reichert. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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Naked Among Wolves Armin Mueller-Stahl, Erwin Geschonneck, Gerry Wolff Naked Among Wolves is a 1963 East German film directed by Frank Beyer and starring Erwin Geschonneck and Armin Mueller-Stahl. The film is based on author Bruno Apitz's 1958 novel by the same

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Salt Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor Salt is a 2010 American action thriller spy film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl and Chiwetel ...more

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Heaven & Earth Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Chen Heaven & Earth is a 1993 Vietnam war film directed and written by Oliver Stone, and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor, Joan Chen, and Hiep Thi Le. It is the third and final film in ...more

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Blood Alley John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg Blood Alley is a 1955 seafaring adventure movie starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall set in China.

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Big Jim McLain John Wayne, James Arness, Harry Morgan Big Jim McLain is a 1952 political thriller film starring John Wayne and James Arness as HUAC investigators hunting down communists in the post-war Hawaii organized labor scene. Edward Ludwig ...more