Film

Action/Adventure

Che (2008)

Land and Freedom (1995)

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Scarface (1983)

Surviving the Game (1994)

The International (2009)

The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)

V for Vendetta (2006)

Comedy

Bad Santa (2003)

Barbershop 2 (2004)

Bartleby (2001)

Caddyshack (1980)

Canadian Bacon (1995)

Club Paradise (1986)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Goodbye Lenin! (2003)

It’s Bad For Ya – George Carlin (2008)

Office Space (1999)

Pootie Tang (2001)

The Accountant (2001)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Trotsky (2009)

Documentaries

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

The American Ruling Class (2005)

The Atomic Cafe (1982)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

The Corporation (2003)

The Take (2004)

Tsar to Lenin (1937)

What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

Drama

A Christmas Carol (1984)

American Beauty (1999)

Boardwalk Empire (began 2010 – ongoing series)

Deadwood (2004 – 2006)

Fight Club (1999)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

La Commune (2000)

Machuca (2004)

Malcolm X (1992)

Man of La Mancha (1972)

Norma Rae (1979)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Panther (1995)

Salt of the Earth (1954)

The Ides of March (2011)

Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Matrix Trilogy (1999 – 2003)

They Live (1988)

Time Bandits (1981)

Zardoz (1974)

Horror

American Psycho (2000)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

King Kong (1976)

Prophecy (1979)

Red State (2011)

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Romance

True Romance (1993)

4 Responses to Film

  1. beetleypete says:

    An interesting mix of film suggestions indeed. I was surprised at a few, but comfortably reassured by others. Some of my favourites; ‘Land and Freedom’, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, and ‘Goodbye Lenin’.
    Regards from England, Pete.

    • Prole Center says:

      I’m just curious, which films seemed out of place? I may revise the list. I included films like Oliver Stone’s “Scarface” and others that I felt contained lessons that weren’t necessarily overtly promoting socialism per se.

  2. beetleypete says:

    It wasn’t that they are out of place, here or anywhere. I was just a little surprised at ‘King Kong’, ‘Bad Santa’, and a few others, as I had suspected that the films would be obviously political in theme, like ‘Land and Freedom’. Nothing wrong with any of the list though, no revision necessary. In retrospect, I suppose we could easily find political angles in all of them, to some degree. ‘Scarface’ was a fine inclusion, as was ‘Malcolm X’, a great film. (I would also suggest ‘The Lives of Others’, a wonderful German film)
    Regards from England, Pete.

    • Prole Center says:

      That version of “King Kong” really highlights an evil corporation that seeks to profit off of the exhibition of the giant ape. “Bad Santa” may have been a bit of a stretch, but I liked its story of a lumpenproletariat criminal who becomes reformed and at the end discovers the “true meaning of Christmas” so to speak. “Reservoir Dogs” is about more lumpenprole anti-heroes who nevertheless have their own moral code, sympathize with the working class waitress in the opening scene and don’t consider cops to be real people.

      Not all the films are meant to be especially didactic, just very different from the typical Hollywood glamor or hero-cop action films.

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