MestnyiGeroi's "100+ Politically Bold Movies"

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A subjective selection of films that I have seen (and can recall) that are politically bold in nature. Boldness here is not defined simply by the power of the statement made, but by an element of risk in making the film— that risk being at the least some degree of potential flak or backlash, and at the most the loss of career or even life.

I am sure I’ve missed dozens of deserving choices, so any recommendations are welcome. And again, obviously this list is subjective and arbitrary; a complete list of all politically courageous films would number in the thousands, surely.

And finally, while it can well be argued that all things are political, I have limited my selections to films that entail politics in the most conventional sense, rather than, say, a movie that is shocking in its treatment of religion or gender, etc.

The movies are listed in chronological order.

[Here is a companion list of Politically Craven Movies —]

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  1. 1.
    The Kleptomaniac (1905)
    by Edwin S. Porter

  2. 2.
    A Corner in Wheat (1909 Short)
    by D.W. Griffith

  3. 3.
    by Abel Gance

  4. 4.
    Within Our Gates (1920)
    by Oscar Micheaux

  5. 5.
    The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)
    by Oscar Micheaux

  6. 6.
    The Vanishing American
    by George B. Seitz

  7. 7.
    Jewish Luck (Evreyskoe schaste)(1925)
    by Alexis Granowsky

  8. 8.
    Bed and Sofa (Tretya meshchanskaya)(1927)
    by Abram Room

  9. 9.
    The Passion of Joan of Arc (The Criterion Collection)
    by Carl Theodor Dreyer

  10. 10.
    White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
    by W.S. Van Dyke

  11. 11.
    The Racket (1928)
    by Lewis Milestone

  12. 12.
    L'age D'or
    by Luis Buñuel

  13. 13.
    Westfront 1918 (1930)
    by Georg Wilhelm Pabst

  14. 14.
    M (The Criterion Collection)
    by William Friedkin

  15. 15.
    A Nous La Liberte (The Criterion Collection)
    by René Clair

  16. 16.
    Kameradschaft (1931)
    by Georg Wilhelm Pabst

  17. 17.
    The peach girl
    by Wancang Bu

  18. 18.
    Boudu Saved from Drowning (The Criterion Collection)
    by Jean Renoir

  19. 19.
    I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
    by Mervyn LeRoy

  20. 20.
    Wild Boys of the Road
    by William A. Wellman

  21. 22.
    King Vidor's Our Daily Bread
    by King Vidor

  22. 23.
    Black Fury (1935)
    by Michael Curtiz

  23. 24.
    Pie in the Sky (Steiner, 1935)

  24. 25.
    Modern Times (Two-Disc Special Edition)
    by Charles Chaplin

  25. 26.
    Grand Illusion (The Criterion Collection)
    by Jean Renoir

  26. 27.
    Dead End
    by William Wyler

  27. 28.
    The Spanish Earth (1937)
    by Joris Ivens

  28. 29.
    Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
    by Anatole Litvak

  29. 30.
    The Grapes of Wrath
    by John Ford

  30. 31.
    The Great Dictator (2 Disc Special Edition)
    by Charles Chaplin

  31. 32.
    The Mortal Storm
    by Frank Borzage

  32. 33.
    Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)
    by Orson Welles

  33. 34.
    How Green Was My Valley
    by John Ford

  34. 35.
    The Little Foxes
    by William Wyler

  35. 36.
    Native Land [VHS]
    by Paul Strand

  36. 37.
    Watch on the Rhine
    by Herman Shumlin

  37. 38.
    Rome, Open City [Region 2]
    by Roberto Rossellini

  38. 39.
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    by William Wyler

  39. 41.
    No Regrets for Our Youth
    by Akira Kurosawa

  40. 42.
    Paisa (Roberto Rossellini)
    by Roberto Rossellini

  41. 43.
    Gentlemen's Agreement
    by Elia Kazan

  42. 44.
    Monsieur Verdoux
    by Charles Chaplin

  43. 45.
    Body and Soul
    by Robert Rossen

  44. 46.
    Bicycle Thieves (The Criterion Collection)
    by Vittorio De Sica

  45. 47.
    The Big Clock (Universal Noir Collection)
    by John Farrow

  46. 48.

  47. 49.
    Spring in a Small Town
    by Mu Fei

  48. 50.
    Germany Year Zero
    by Roberto Rossellini

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Created by MestnyiGeroi on Apr 23, 2008.


Really? — 3 years ago

An Inconvenient Truth, Avatar, The Bourne Identity – don’t seem to be that bold to me.

Untitled — 4 years ago

Peter Watkins’ “La Commune”?

Untitled — 5 years ago

plenty of goodies here, and a few i may add to my own list!

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