Propaganda Cinema

by darkzero | created - 27 Jul 2015 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

All film is propaganda on some level. And it is understandable that a filmmaker, consciously or subconsciously, will inevitably bring some of his/her own ideological/political sensibilities to his/her work. However, some movies and filmmakers cross the line of art and legitimate social/political commentary and venture into the realm of full-blown, agenda-driven propaganda. The following are some of the most shameless and blatant examples of propaganda in movie history.

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1. The Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 16,866

2. The Trump Prophecy (2018)

120 min | Drama

When Mary Colbert hears Mark's message she feels called to start a national prayer movement across the nation for the leadership of America and a return to the godly principles they were founded upon.

Director: Stephan Schultze | Stars: Chris Nelson, Paulette Todd, Karen Boles, Don Brooks

Votes: 2,216

3. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

TV-PG | 195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 23,817 | Gross: $10.00M

4. Trump Card (2020)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

Written and directed by acclaimed film maker, scholar, and New York Times best selling author Dinesh D'Souza, TRUMP CARD is an expose of the socialism, corruption and gangsterization that ... See full summary »

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, Bruce Schooley | Stars: Stephen Brodie, Dinesh D'Souza, John Di Domenico, Kathryn Palmer

Votes: 1,855

5. Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

2 Metascore

Documentarian Dinesh D'Souza analyzes the history of the Democratic Party and what he thinks are Hillary Clinton's true motivations.

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, Bruce Schooley | Stars: Dinesh D'Souza, Jonah Goldberg, David Guyette, Andrea Cohen

Votes: 7,142 | Gross: $13.10M

6. Death of a Nation (2018)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary, History

1 Metascore

This docudrama draws parallels between the dramatic fracturing of the nation over Abraham Lincoln's presidency and the presidency of Donald Trump.

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, Bruce Schooley | Stars: Dinesh D'Souza, Victoria Chilap, Pavel Kríz, Rafael Prazák

Votes: 6,690 | Gross: $5.89M

7. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 81,971 | Gross: $23.81M

8. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, History, Thriller

95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 284,300 | Gross: $95.72M

9. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home with his family after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 456,855 | Gross: $350.13M

10. Act of Valor (2012)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

40 Metascore

An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh | Stars: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Rorke Denver

Votes: 67,828 | Gross: $70.01M

11. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 142,140 | Gross: $21.58M

12. United 93 (2006)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, History

90 Metascore

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson

Votes: 102,502 | Gross: $31.57M

13. Kony 2012 (2012)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A documentary that explores why African cult and militia leader and indicted war criminal fugitive Joseph Kony needs to be arrested by the end of 2012.

Director: Jason Russell | Stars: Susan Davis, Shepard Fairey, James Inhofe, Joseph Kony

Votes: 548

14. Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Drama

53 Metascore

It is the dawn of World War III. In the west mountains of America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 53,471 | Gross: $38.38M

15. The Internship (2013)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy

42 Metascore

Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi

Votes: 195,815 | Gross: $44.67M

16. United Passions (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History, Sport

1 Metascore

Follows the passing of the FIFA baton through three association presidents: Jules Rimet, Joao Havelange, and Sepp Blatter.

Director: Frédéric Auburtin | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Sam Neill, Tim Roth, Fisher Stevens

Votes: 4,150

17. Boys Beware (1961)

10 min | Drama, Short

This anti-homosexual social "scare" short film focuses on the dangers of young boys talking to strangers.

Star: Sid Davis

Votes: 568

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

52 min | Drama, Horror

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: 381

19. God's Not Dead (2014)

PG | 113 min | Drama

16 Metascore

College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson's curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White, Dean Cain

Votes: 41,757 | Gross: $60.76M

20. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

20 Metascore

Ben Stein examines the issue of academic freedom and decides that there is none when it comes to the debate over intelligent design.

Director: Nathan Frankowski | Stars: Ben Stein, Lili Asvar, Peter Atkins, Hector Avalos

Votes: 11,988 | Gross: $7.69M

21. God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

PG | 120 min | Drama

22 Metascore

When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her in deep trouble.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Hayley Orrantia

Votes: 12,038 | Gross: $20.77M

22. Persecuted (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

11 Metascore

An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back a senator's proposition calling for sweeping religious reform.

Director: Daniel Lusko | Stars: Dean Stockwell, James Remar, Raoul Max Trujillo, Bruce Davison

Votes: 1,553 | Gross: $1.18M

23. Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014)

PG | 79 min | Comedy, Family

18 Metascore

His annual Christmas party faltering thanks to his cynical brother-in-law, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron attempts to save the day by showing him that Jesus Christ remains a crucial component of the over-commercialized holiday..

Director: Darren Doane | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Darren Doane, Bridgette Cameron, Ben Kientz

Votes: 15,541 | Gross: $2.78M

24. The Secret (2006 Video)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

Interviews with self-proclaimed authors, philosophers, scientists, with an in-depth discussion of visualizing your goals. The audience is shown how they can learn and use 'The Secret' in their everyday lives.

Director: Drew Heriot | Stars: Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, John Assaraf, Loral Langemeier

Votes: 13,011

25. Reefer Madness (1936)

PG | 66 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 8,388

26. Rock: It's Your Decision (1982 Video)

Not Rated | 52 min | Drama, Music

A young man's parents and pastor force him to go without rock music for two weeks, and as a result he discovers how rock music is a tool of Satan to control people.

Director: John Taylor | Stars: Ty Taylor, Laura Branscum, Steve Wedan, Glenn Williams

Votes: 277

27. Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

Megiddo is a supernatural ride into a world teetering on the edge of the Apocalypse. It follows the rise of a Machiavellian leader bent on amassing the armies of the world for the battle of... See full summary »

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Michael York, Michael Biehn, Joseph Makkar, Guy Siner

Votes: 2,725 | Gross: $6.05M

28. Mazes and Monsters (1982 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his three college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Tom Hanks, Wendy Crewson, David Wysocki, Chris Makepeace

Votes: 3,523

29. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 27,895 | Gross: $0.30M

30. The Purge: Election Year (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.

Director: James DeMonaco | Stars: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph Julian Soria

Votes: 95,227 | Gross: $79.21M

31. The Principle (2014)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, News, Thriller

The Principle" brings to light astonishing new scientific observations challenging the Copernican Principle; the foundational assumption underlying the modern scientific worldview.

Director: Katheryne Thomas | Stars: Julian Barbour, Robert J. Bennett, John Byl, Bernard J. Carr

Votes: 471 | Gross: $0.09M

32. Killing Kennedy (2013 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 87 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. As John F. Kennedy (Lowe) rises to become U.S. president, a ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Jack Noseworthy, Casey Siemaszko

Votes: 3,518

33. The Fifth Estate (2013)

R | 128 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten, Alicia Vikander

Votes: 39,978 | Gross: $3.25M

34. Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Drama

53 Metascore

It is the dawn of World War III. In the west mountains of America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 53,471 | Gross: $38.38M

35. Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama

31 Metascore

A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Director: Dan Bradley | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck

Votes: 75,177 | Gross: $44.81M

36. The Interview (II) (2014)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Jong-Un Kim, they are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen | Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan

Votes: 316,236 | Gross: $6.11M

37. The Contender (2000)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for U.S. Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to derail her confirmation.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater

Votes: 23,583 | Gross: $17.87M

38. The Recruit (2003)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Thriller

56 Metascore

A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht

Votes: 132,173 | Gross: $52.80M

39. Draft Day (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Sport

54 Metascore

At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella

Votes: 57,150 | Gross: $28.83M



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