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1. Bridge of Spies (2015)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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81 Metascore

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Votes: 267,859 | Gross: $72.31M

2. Trumbo (2015)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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60 Metascore

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K.

Votes: 70,014 | Gross: $7.86M

3. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 68,250

4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 73,161

5. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 91,071 | Gross: $31.50M

6. The Way We Were (1973)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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61 Metascore

Two disparate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles

Votes: 20,608

7. The Majestic (2001)

PG | 152 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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27 Metascore

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 50,248 | Gross: $27.81M

8. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 8,927 | Gross: $14.02M

9. Pickup on South Street (1953)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.7
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 11,673

10. The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.0
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Successful, newly married Brad Collins once belonged to the Communist Party of the USA, and now the Party will stop at nothing to use him.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Robert Ryan, Laraine Day, John Agar, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 849

11. Citizen Cohn (1992 TV Movie)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: James Woods, Joe Don Baker, Joseph Bologna, Ed Flanders

Votes: 1,262

12. The Best Man (1964)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

7.6
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The 2 front runners for their party's presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the former President's endorsement.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 2,749

13. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

600 min | Documentary, History

9.0
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Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, John Steele Gordon, Kenneth Jackson, Robert A.M. Stern

Votes: 813

14. Storm Center (1956)

Approved | 85 min | Drama

6.8
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During the 1950s, a small-town librarian is shunned by the locals after she refuses the City Council's request to remove a book on Communism from the library's shelves.

Director: Daniel Taradash | Stars: Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Kim Hunter, Paul Kelly

Votes: 1,050

15. Career (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

6.9
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More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

Director: Joseph Anthony | Stars: Dean Martin, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley MacLaine, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 503

16. The Violent Years (1956)

Not Rated | 65 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

3.1
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Paula Parkins is the teenage daughter of wealthy parents who don't seem to make time for her, so she looks for thrills as the leader of her all girl gang who steal, rob, and rape young men.

Director: William Morgan | Stars: Jean Moorhead, Barbara Weeks, Art Millan, Theresa Hancock

Votes: 1,205

17. Tail Gunner Joe (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 145 min | Biography, Drama

6.7
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A dramatization of the life of Joe McCarthy, the alcoholic senator from Wisconsin whose tactics of accusing prominent people of Communist sympathies were initially designed to give him a ... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Peter Boyle, John Forsythe, Heather Menzies-Urich, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 146

18. And the Oscar Goes To... (2014 TV Movie)

87 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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The history of the Academy Awards.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, Cher

Votes: 1,321

19. If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do? (1971)

52 min | Drama, Horror

4.2
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Based on the preachings of Reverend Estus W. Pirkle, this film warns what will happen to America if the citizens do not give up their depraved ways and turn to God and Jesus for salvation. ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Ormond | Stars: Judy Creech, Cecil Scaife, Gene McFall, Wes Saunders

Votes: 297

20. Newsfront (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History

7.0
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In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

Votes: 648

21. Straight-Jacket (2004)

TV-MA | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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50 Metascore

In 1950's Hollywood, movie star Guy Stone must marry a studio secretary in order to conceal his homosexuality. Sally has no idea her marriage is a sham, though, and turns Guy's life upside-down. Then he falls in love.

Director: Richard Day | Stars: Matt Letscher, Carrie Preston, Adam Greer, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 758 | Gross: $0.05M

22. The Day After Trinity (1981)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Else | Stars: Hans Bethe, Holm Bursom, Haakon Chevalier, Stirling Colgate

Votes: 439

23. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005 Video)

62 min | Documentary

7.6
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Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms,... See full summary »

Director: Loretta Alper | Stars: Stanley Aranowitz, Edward Asner, Roseanne Barr, George W. Bush

Votes: 50

24. Rubirosa 3 (2018)

Drama, History

7.3
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Final part of the trilogy about the life of Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa.

Directors: Carlos Moreno, Hugo Rodríguez | Stars: Damián Alcázar, Héctor Aníbal, María del Mar Bonelly, Manolo Cardona

Votes: 6

25. Point of Order! (1964)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

7.8
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Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for ... See full summary »

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Roy M. Cohn, Joseph McCarthy, John L. McClellan, Karl E. Mundt

Votes: 417

26. The Power and the Prize (1956)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

6.0
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An American business executive plans to marry an Austrian refugee in London but he encounters disapproval and opposition from his American social and business circles.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Robert Taylor, Elisabeth Müller, Burl Ives, Charles Coburn

Votes: 278

27. The Hollywood Ten (1950)

15 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.5
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A brief look at The Hollywood Ten, a group of screenwriters and directors charged of contempt of court after challenging the House of Anti-American Activities and their controversial and ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry | Stars: J. Parnell Thomas, Albert Maltz, Lester Cole, Samuel Ornitz

Votes: 179

28. Red Hollywood (1996 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

6.9
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A documentary that examines the films made by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist and offers a radically difference perspective on a key period in the history of American cinema.

Directors: Thom Andersen, Noël Burch | Stars: Paul Jarrico, Eric Johnston, Ring Lardner Jr., John Howard Lawson

Votes: 165

29. Red Nightmare (1962)

Not Rated | 29 min | Drama, Short

5.2
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A man who has taken his freedom for granted wakes up one morning to find out that the Communists have taken over America.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Jack Kelly, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Brown, Pat Woodell

Votes: 213

30. The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2008)

109 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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J. Robert Oppenheimer was a national hero, the brilliant scientist who during WWII led the scientific team that created the atomic bomb. But after the bomb brought the war to an end, in ... See full summary »

Director: David Grubin | Stars: Harold Agnew, Jeremy Bernstein, Robert Christy, Michael Cumpsty

Votes: 55

31. Red (IV) (2009)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Drama, History

8.4
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Set in the Cold War era of the 1950's, insurance investigator Floyd Woods is flown into the small town of Sherrill, NY to investigate a life insurance claim, only to find himself distracted by the locals' odd behavior.

Director: Kieran Thompson | Stars: Nick Warnock, Nick Jameson, Evelyn Edwards, Steve Quimby

Votes: 20

32. Alice's Egg Plant (1925)

Not Rated | 9 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

5.8
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Little Alice and Julius the cat operate an egg factory. The hens are a bit lazy, but Julius cracks the whip. An out-of-town chicken arrives, only she's a labour agitator, Little Red Henski ... See full summary »

Director: Walt Disney | Star: Anne Shirley

Votes: 229

33. Committee on UnAmerican Activities (1962)

46 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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First film by a private citizen which criticizes a Government Committee: 1930s footage of Committee Chairman Martin Dies attacking "subversives" in labor unions; the Hollywood Witch Hunts; Cold War Blacklist; & 1960 San Francisco hearings.

Stars: Earl Browder, Phillip Burton, Matthew C. Carberry, Sebastián Cardero

Votes: 6

34. Not 4 Sale (2013)

12 min | Short, Biography, Drama

7.1
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The 1950's at the height of the 'Red Scare'.

Director: Roger Melvin | Stars: Craig Archibald, Marcus Chong, Kim Estes, Louis B. Jack

Votes: 7

35. The Sickle or the Cross (1949)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, War

5.7
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Reverend John Burnside, American missionary in the Far East, prepares to return home after twenty years to take up the fight against Communism. The Reds imprison him and send in his place a... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Kent Taylor, Gloria Holden, Gene Lockhart, David Bruce

Votes: 11

36. Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.2
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The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Goldsmith | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Edward Asner, Ben Bagdikian, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 98

37. The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today (2010)

56 min | Documentary

7.5
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Director: Jay Rosenstein | Stars: Ed Dessen, Bruce Dierenfield, Walter Feinberg, Dan McCollum

Votes: 24

38. The Day the Stars Turned Red (2016)

Short, Sci-Fi

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When an atomic bomb explodes near a military base in 1950s America, two army officers and a beautiful scientist seek refuge in a fallout shelter- but two of them have deadly secrets.

Director: Andrew H. Enriquez | Stars: Drake Delucca, Mayna Duarte, Andrew H. Enriquez

41. Sargon of Akkad Gets Attacked by RWW Again: My Response (2017 Video)

19 min | Short, News

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Styx defends the vlogger Sargon of Akkad from Right Wing Watch.

Star: Styxhexenhammer666

42. YouTube to Crack Down on Perverts After Spending a Year on 'Offensive' Stuff (2017 Video)

12 min | Short, News

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Star: Styxhexenhammer666

43. The 'Nazi Next Door' Stuff Is Part of the Current Moral Panic Mass Hysteria (2017 Video)

15 min | Short, News

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The Left is angry at the New York Times for "normalizing" Nazis, but Styx sees a different agenda.

Star: Styxhexenhammer666

44. The Establishment Wants Us to Believe Russia Is Behind All Anti-Establishment Arguments (2017 Video)

16 min | Short, News

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Styx isn't buying the establishment propaganda about Russian propaganda.

Star: Styxhexenhammer666

45. The Real Agenda Behind Youtube Censorship (2017 Video)

Short, Talk-Show

2.2
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Paul Joseph Watson interviews Tarl Warwick, aka Styxhexenhammer666. They discuss internet censorship, a new Hillary-endorsed website called Verrit, and more.

Stars: Paul Joseph Watson, Styxhexenhammer666

Votes: 6

46. The Legacy of I.F. Stone (2015 Video)

42 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Jeff Cohen, Glenn Greenwald, Peter Jennings, Lyndon Baines Johnson

47. Edward Flemmings' Please Enjoy Segment (2007)

Unrated | 103 min | Comedy

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The ruin of Edward P. Flemmings' life is shown through his four public-access television segments.

Directors: Chris Cook, Nate Tuenge, Calvin Johannsen, Brandon Neil, Christy Sundstrom, Kara Wiese | Stars: Chris Cook, Ben Lepley, Nathan Epley, Amanda Lynn Juhl

49. WSJ Defames Ralph Retort as Craptivists Attack the Killstream (2018 Video)

9 min | Short, News

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Star: Styxhexenhammer666

50. A Study in Reds (1932)

18 min | Short

5.1
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A woman's club ponders what life would be like under Soviet rule.

Director: Miriam Bennett

Votes: 41



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