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The Best Movies About Communism

Updated June 22, 2020 1.3k votes 124 voters 11.6k views

List RulesMovies 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 addedEliška Doušová, Julie Ritzingerová
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    Released2002

    Directed byMartin Šulík

    The Key for Determining Dwarfs is a 2002 drama film written by Pavel Jurácek and directed by Martin Sulík....  more
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    Agnieszka Holland, Krystyna Janda
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    Released1989

    Directed byRyszard Bugajski

    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 the...  more
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    StacyWolfe addedBenicio del Toro, Demián Bichir
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    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    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 Bichir), Che...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedRobert Frazer
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    Released1919

    Directed byHarley Knoles

    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 Knoles...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedJerzy Stuhr, Beata Tyszkiewicz
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    Released1983

    Directed byJuliusz Machulski

    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....  more

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    Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe
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    Released2006

    Directed byFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck

    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 GDR's...  more

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    Mollevangsvagen addedHele Kõre, Alo Kõrve
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    Released2002

    Directed byElmo Nüganen

    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 in...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedJoan Chen, Lui Zifeng
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    Released2005

    Directed byZhang Yang

    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 addedTeodor Corban, Luminița Gheorghiu
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    Released2006

    Directed byCorneliu Porumboiu

    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 United...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedLech Wałęsa, Krystyna Janda
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    Released1981

    Directed byAndrzej Wajda

    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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    Mollevangsvagen addedTom Courtenay, Alfred Burke
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    Released1970

    Directed byCaspar Wrede

    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 Ivan...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedNina Hoss, Rainer Bock
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    Released2012

    Directed byChristian Petzold

    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 addedValentin Popescu, Irina Petrescu
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    Released1992

    Directed byDan Pița

    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 the...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedRandal Douc
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    Released2013

    Directed byRithy Panh

    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 where...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedKrystyna Janda, Jerzy Stuhr
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    Released1985

    Directed byPiotr Szulkin

    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 addedKrystyna Janda, Tadeusz Łomnicki
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    Released1977

    Directed byAndrzej Wajda

    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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    Mollevangsvagen addedKata Dobó, Tamás Jordán
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    Released2006

    Directed byKrisztina Goda

    Szabadság, szerelem (English: Children of Glory) is a 2006 drama film directed by Krisztina Goda....  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedAnna Kovalchuk, Fedor Bondarchuk
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    Released2008

    Directed byAndrei Kravchuk

    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 the...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedMaia Morgenstern, Răzvan Vasilescu
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    Released1992

    Directed byLucian Pintilie

    The Oak is a 1992 Romanian drama film directed by Lucian Pintilie. It was screened out of competition at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival....  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedFrank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury
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    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    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, Henry...  more

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    Mollevangsvagen addedZbigniew Zamachowski, Joanna Kulig
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    Released2013

    Directed byAndrzej Wajda

    Walesa: A Man of Hope is a 2013 biographical drama film directed by Andrzej Wajda....  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedZhengwu Cheng, Haoyu Yang
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    Released2010

    Directed byWang Bing

    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 subject of...  more
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    Mollevangsvagen addedJános Kulka, Ferenc Elek
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    Released2011

    Directed byPéter Bergendy

    The Exam is a 2011 thriller drama film written by Norbert Köbli and directed by Péter Bergendy....  more