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Movies about Social Issues

“Social cinema” refers to a series of trends that developed especially in Europe in the 60s, which aimed to penetrate the community's political fabric. In spite of their significance, these productions do not match those of other films from the early 20th century until today, in terms of the narration and the ability to condition social changes throughout the world.
This section features dozens of topics (each with corresponding lists of films), thematically organised and all linked to the complexities of the world and society, from civil rights, economy, racism to crime.

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1941

High Sierra

High Sierra

  • 7,3

Jailbreaks and Escape Attempts

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1940

Flight Command

Flight Command

  • 6,5

Weapons and Military Life

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1940

The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad

  • 7,0

Robberies and Thefts

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1940

Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe Trail

  • 6,5

Slavery

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1940

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

  • 8,0

Totalitarianisms and Dictatorships

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1940

Angels Over Broadway

Angels Over Broadway

  • 6,3

Swindles, Con Artists, Scam and Economic Crimes

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1940

Strike Up the Band

Strike Up the Band

  • 7,0

High School

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1940

Before I Hang

Before I Hang

  • 6,5

Death Penalty

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1940

The Mortal Storm

The Mortal Storm

  • 7,0

Anti-Semitism

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1940

Susan and God

Susan and God

  • 6,0

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1940

Contraband

Contraband

  • 7,0

Smuggling

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1940

Edison, the Man

Edison, the Man

  • 7,0

Inventions and Patents

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1940

Young Tom Edison

Young Tom Edison

  • 7,0

Inventions and Patents

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1940

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

  • 8,0

Poverty, Urban Blight, Homelessness

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1940

Strange Cargo

Strange Cargo

  • 7,0

Jailbreaks and Escape Attempts

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1940

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

  • 7,0

Inventions and Patents

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1939

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

  • 8,0

Poverty, Urban Blight, Homelessness

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1939

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

  • 8,0

Slavery

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1939

Tower of London

Tower of London

  • 6,5

Aristocracy

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1939

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

  • 7,0

Biographies – Politics

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1939

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

  • 7,5

American Politics

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1939

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

  • 8,0

College Life

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1939

The Rules of the Game

La Règle du jeu

  • 8,0

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1939

Outside These Walls

Outside These Walls

  • 8,0

Corruption

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1939

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell

  • 7,0

Inventions and Patents

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1939

Trouble Brewing

Trouble Brewing

  • 7,0

Gambling

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1939

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • 7,0

Slavery

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1939

The Women

The Women

  • 7,5

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1938

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

  • 7,0

Death Penalty

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1938

I Am the Law

I Am the Law

  • 6,5

Corruption

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1938

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

  • 8,0

Kidnappings, Abductions, Disappearances

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1938

Alf's Button Afloat

Alf's Button Afloat

  • 6,0

Military Life

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1938

Test Pilot

Test Pilot

  • 6,5

Alcoholism

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1938

Assassin of Youth

Assassin of Youth

  • 5,0

Weed / Cannabis

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1938

A Yank at Oxford

A Yank at Oxford

  • 7,0

College Life

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1937

Navy Blue and Gold

Navy Blue and Gold

  • 6,5

Military Life

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1937

Lenin in October

Ленин в Октябре

  • 6,5

Biographies – Politics

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1937

The Life of Emile Zola

The Life of Emile Zola

  • 7,3

Anti-Semitism

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1937

Souls at Sea

Souls at Sea

  • 7,0

Slavery

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1937

Stella Dallas

Stella Dallas

  • 7,3

Classes and Social Conflicts

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1937

Saratoga

Saratoga

  • 6,5

Gambling

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1937

A Day at the Races

A Day at the Races

  • 7,3

Gambling

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1937

Grand Illusion

La Grande Illusion

  • 9,0

Jailbreaks and Escape Attempts

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1937

Kid Galahad

Kid Galahad

  • 7,3

Organised Crime, Mob and Mafia

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1937

Marked Woman

Marked Woman

  • 7,3

Pimping

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1937

Black Legion

Black Legion

  • 7,0

Migration to USA

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1937

Racing Lady

Racing Lady

  • 6,0

Kidnappings, Abductions, Disappearances

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1936

Camille

Camille

  • 7,3

Prostitution

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1936

A Woman Rebels

A Woman Rebels

  • 6,5

Sexism, Feminism and Female Emancipation

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1936

Pigskin Parade

Pigskin Parade

  • 6,0

College Life

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