Terror in Brazil

by antonivakin | created - 25 Oct 2016 | updated - 02 Apr 2018 | Public

Military dictatorship in Brazil, 1964-85. Terror, repressions, resistance.

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1. The Dare (1966)

81 min | Drama

Passively facing the repression imposed by military dictatorship in Brazil in the 60s, a journalist gets into a personal crisis, aggravated by his love affair with an industrialist's wife, ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo César Saraceni | Stars: Isabella, Oduvaldo Vianna Filho, Sérgio Britto, Luiz Linhares

Votes: 118

2. As Meninas (1995)

92 min | Drama

Inspired in Lygia Fagundes Telles's famous book, the film follows three very different girls (Lorena, Lia and Ana Clara) living in a boarding house during some of the most repressive moments of Brazil's military dictatorship.

Director: Emiliano Ribeiro | Stars: Camila Amado, Otávio Augusto, Walney Costa, Sônia de Paula

Votes: 67

3. O Corpo (1991)

80 min | Comedy

Xavier, a pharmacist, lives peacefully in bigamy with his two women, Carmen and Beatriz, but the harmony breaks down when they find he has another lover, Monique, a nightclub dancer.

Director: José Antonio Garcia | Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Marieta Severo, Cláudia Jimenez, Sérgio Mamberti

Votes: 118

4. Tanga (Deu no New York Times?) (1987)

90 min | Comedy

The dictator of a small Caribbean island receives the New York Times daily, sent by a nephew. Through the newspaper, he gets in touch with the world. Guerrilla groups try to neutralize this information system.

Director: Henfil | Stars: Chico Anysio, Ricardo Blat, Zózimo Bulbul, Rubens Correia

Votes: 43

5. They Don't Wear Black Tie (1981)

120 min | Drama

Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Fernanda Montenegro, Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Bete Mendes

Votes: 1,271

6. Memories of Fear (1981)

100 min | Drama

In 1979, the military government allows the formation of new politic parties. The liberal Senator Viana, under the coordination of the efficient political journalist of the newspaper "... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Graça | Stars: Walmor Chagas, Renato Coutinho, Marcos Fayad, Rogério Fróes

Votes: 12

7. Case of the Naves Brothers (1967)

92 min | Drama

The innocent brothers are wrongly accused of a crime by a corrupt and violent police officers and are forced to face the injustices of the brazilian penal system.

Director: Luiz Sérgio Person | Stars: Anselmo Duarte, Raul Cortez, Juca de Oliveira, Sérgio Hingst

Votes: 313

9. Kings & Rats (2012)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 1963. O coreto da praça principal de Bacaxá explode no momento de abertura da gincana de primavera da pequena cidade. O alvo do atentando é Amélia Castanho, ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mauro Lima | Stars: Selton Mello, Otávio Müller, Rafaela Mandelli, Cauã Reymond

Votes: 267

10. Beloved Country Brazil (1984)

103 min

During the demonstrations asking for the comeback of direct vote in Brazil, in 1984, a journalist interviews people involved with the political events and has an affair with a politician.

Director: Tizuka Yamasaki | Stars: Rômulo Arantes, Débora Bloch, Sônia Braga, Walmor Chagas

Votes: 22

11. Happier Than Ever (1984)

91 min | Drama

Carlos, a left-wing militant involved in actions against the Brazilian dictatorship in the early seventies, decides to get closer to his teenage son Gabriel, but his duties towards the ... See full summary »

Director: Murilo Salles | Stars: Claudio Marzo, Roberto Bataglin, Susana Vieira, Meiry Vieira

Votes: 90

12. Chatô - The King of Brazil (2015)

102 min | Biography, Drama

The film tells the facts of life of the mogul of communications, Assis Chateaubriand (Marco Ricca), one of those responsible for bringing TV to Brazil. The screenplay based on the ... See full summary »

Director: Guilherme Fontes | Stars: Marco Ricca, Andrea Beltrão, Paulo Betti, Letícia Sabatella

Votes: 662

13. The Brave Warrior (1968)

80 min | Drama

An ambitious and well-meaning congressman change parties attempting to achieve political change but has to deal with the tough realities of Brazilian politics.

Director: Gustavo Dahl | Stars: Paulo César Peréio, Mário Lago, Ítalo Rossi, César Ladeira

Votes: 61

14. The Good Bourgeois (1983)

99 min | Crime

True story of Brazilian bank clerk who supplied money for the guerilla fighting against the military dictatorship of the 70s. When he changes his disguise, he gets involved with high ... See full summary »

Director: Oswaldo Caldeira | Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Jardel Filho, Christiane Torloni

Votes: 63

15. State of Siege (1972)

Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Using the interrogation of a US counterinsurgency agent as a backdrop, the film explores the consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Votes: 4,820 | Gross: $1.13M

16. Almost Brothers (2004)

102 min | Drama

The strange friendship between two men of opposite social classes. Miguel is a senator. His childhood friend Jorge is a major drug-dealer. In the 1970s, they meet in prison: Miguel was ... See full summary »

Director: Lúcia Murat | Stars: Caco Ciocler, Flavio Bauraqui, Werner Schünemann, Antônio Pompêo

Votes: 613

17. Friendly Fire (1998)

76 min | Drama

Brazil in the early 70s. Miguel, Eloi, Osvaldo and Paolo take part in armed attacks against the military dictatorship. They pay a heavy price with torture and arrest. Today the four friends... See full summary »

Director: Beto Brant | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Helio Lahal, Zécarlos Machado, Cacá Amaral

Votes: 376

18. Carnal Utopia (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Marcelo Santiago's period romance Dancing in Utopia (AKA Sonjos E Desejos 2006) explores variations of passion and lust as manifest in a potentially incendiary love triangle ...

Director: Marcelo Santiago | Stars: Mel Lisboa, Felipe Camargo, Sergio Marone, Ricardo Pereira

Votes: 94

19. Araguaya - A Conspiração do Silêncio (2004)

105 min | Drama

Film about an important episode in Brazilian History: the Araguaya guerrilla. In the 1970s, when Brazil was ruled by a military dictatorship, some left-wing militants and peasants took arms... See full summary »

Director: Ronaldo Duque | Stars: Milton Aires, Fernando Alves Pinto, Cacá Amaral, Romulo Augusto

Votes: 58

20. Go Ahead, Brazil! (1982)

105 min | Crime, Drama

This movie is about one of the worst periods for the Brazilian people. Shows the days of military dictatorship when the Brazilian people against the government were put in jails, tortured, ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Farias | Stars: Reginaldo Faria, Carlos Zara, Antônio Fagundes, Natália do Vale

Votes: 444

21. Cabra-Cega (2004)

107 min | Drama

A revolutionary, fighting against dictatorship in Brazil, is wounded in a gun-fight with the police, and is isolated in another man's apartment, where he meets a young woman who will change his life.

Director: Toni Venturi | Stars: Leonardo Medeiros, Debora Duboc, Jonas Bloch, Michel Bercovitch

Votes: 254

22. Casseta & Planeta: A Taça do Mundo É Nossa (2003)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A satire about the dictatorship period in Brazil, in which communist militants try to steal the soccer World Cup Trophy from the players Pelé and Carlos Alberto Torres.

Director: Lula Buarque de Hollanda | Stars: Beto Silva, Bussunda, Cláudio Manoel, Hélio de la Peña

Votes: 450

23. How Nice to See You Alive (1989)

100 min | Drama, History

Half-documental independent film about torture against women in Brazilian military dictatorship. Ravache is both a nameless narrator and main character.

Director: Lúcia Murat | Star: Irene Ravache

Votes: 156

24. O País dos Tenentes (1987)

85 min | Drama

With death getting near, a retired officer remembers the most important passages in his life and his participation in historical events in Brazil, such as the Lieutenants' Movement, and the 1964 coup.

Director: João Batista de Andrade | Stars: Flávio Antônio, Paulo Autran, Aldo Bueno, Leon Cakoff

Votes: 65

25. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

R | 120 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy

Votes: 14,564 | Gross: $17.04M

26. Zuzu Angel (2006)

108 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on the true story of Zuzu Angel, a famous Brazilian fashion designer in the 70's, who searches for her son Stuart, a member of a leftist university group who suddenly disappears ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Rezende | Stars: Patricia Pillar, Daniel de Oliveira, Leandra Leal, Alexandre Borges

Votes: 931

27. Lamarca (1994)

130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The real story of a captain who, during the military dictatorship in Brazil, deserted Brazilian Army and got involved in left-wing guerilla groups, becoming one of their most prominent leaders.

Director: Sergio Rezende | Stars: Paulo Betti, Carla Camurati, José de Abreu, Deborah Evelyn

Votes: 380

28. Baptism of Blood (2006)

110 min | Drama

During the period of 1964 to 1985, Brazil lived a military dictatorship. In the 60s, the Dominican friars Tito, Betto, Fernando and Ivo help leftist organizations. However, they are ... See full summary »

Director: Helvecio Ratton | Stars: Caio Blat, Daniel de Oliveira, Léo Quintão, Odilon Esteves

Votes: 665

29. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 4,640 | Gross: $0.31M

30. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)

PG | 110 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger | Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk, Paulo Autran

Votes: 6,099 | Gross: $0.76M

31. Macunaima (1969)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Comedy

Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho, Dina Sfat

Votes: 1,655

32. Amor e Revolução (2011– )

Drama, Romance, War

In the lead years of repression, the struggle for democracy and freedom intertwines the lives of a student and military leader.

Stars: Graziella Schimitt, Claudio Lins, Licurgo Spinola, Reinaldo Gonzaga

Votes: 19

33. Blablablá (1968)

26 min | Short

The tensions experienced by three different people during the military dictatorship in Brazil: a politician, a revolutionary and a common citizen.

Director: Andrea Tonacci | Stars: Francisco Arruda, Bagu, Nelson Camargo, Neville de Almeida

Votes: 121

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