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Social Realism

Working class realist dramas. A list derived notably from British social realism, but also tied to Italian neorealism and other film movements.

Trying to avoid what I'm calling "stylised realism", which I already have a list for.

Suggestions welcome.

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  • Kes
  • Fish Tank
  • The Rider
  • Leave No Trace
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • The Selfish Giant
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Florida Project
  • Rocco and His Brothers
  • Secrets & Lies
  • Short Term 12
  • Rome, Open City
  • Rocks
  • Ratcatcher
  • God's Own Country
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  • Killer of Sheep
  • I Vitelloni
  • Tomboy
  • Weekend
  • Nomadland
  • Rosetta
  • Vera Drake
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • Ankur
  • Two Days, One Night
  • The Child
  • Les Misérables
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • Driveways
  • American Honey
  • 45 Years
  • Lean on Pete
  • Starlet
  • Girlhood
  • An Inn in Tokyo
  • One Wonderful Sunday
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me
  • Sweet Sixteen
  • Lingua Franca
  • This Happy Breed
  • Red Road
  • Dheepan
  • Ali & Ava
  • The Levelling
  • Beach Rats
  • Dark River
  • Young Ahmed
  • Naked
  • Career Girls
  • Life Is Sweet
  • Meantime
  • High Hopes
  • Shoplifters
  • Riff-Raff
  • Bread and Roses
  • George Washington
  • 35 Shots of Rum
  • Graduate First
  • The Mouth Agape
  • The Son Of...
  • À Nos Amours
  • We Won't Grow Old Together
  • Naked Childhood
  • Loulou
  • Sorry We Missed You
  • Distant
  • My Name Is Joe
  • Rita, Sue and Bob Too
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Daughter of the Nile
  • Poetry
  • Secret Sunshine
  • The Boys from Fengkuei
  • Winter's Bone
  • Old Joy
  • The Mustang
  • Nobody Knows
  • A Taste of Honey
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  • Norma Rae
  • Spring Forward
  • The Dreamlife of Angels
  • Saint Frances
  • The Spitfire Grill
  • Daddy Longlegs
  • Sugar
  • Scum
  • Made in Britain
  • My Beautiful Laundrette
  • Land and Freedom
  • Broken
  • Stroszek
  • Starred Up
  • Pixote
  • Father
  • Brother
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days