Favorite Fictional Whistleblower Movie?

by urbanemovies | created - 4 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A movie tribute poll saluting those who courageously who act to stop illegal acts, corruption, fraud or other types of injustice. According to Wikipedia, a whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public. The information of alleged wrongdoing can be classified in many ways: violation of company policy/rules, law, regulation, or threat to public interest/national security, as well as, fraud and corruption.

Which of these movies that tells the story of a fictional whistle blower is your favorite film? *fictionalized real-life whistleblowers have been classified as fictional for poll

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1. The Constant Gardener (2005)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

82 Metascore

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé

Votes: 127,843 | Gross: $33.58M

Fictional whistleblowers: Tessa Quayle and Justin Quayle

Case: Karel Vita Hudson Pharmaceutical's unethical Dypraxa drug trial on impoverished African test subjects

2. The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 151,156 | Gross: $15.54M

Fictional whistleblower: Mike McAra and The Ghost, an unnamed ghostwriter

Case: CIA's manipulation of British Prime , Adam Lang by his wife, Ruth Lang (a foreign intelligence agent)

3. Michael Clayton (2007)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

82 Metascore

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 151,097 | Gross: $49.03M

Fictional whistleblower: Michael Clayton

Case: U-North's toxic agrochemicals, murder and attempted murder

4. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow

Votes: 44,448 | Gross: $41.51M

Fictional whistleblower: Joe Turner , code name "Condor"

Case: CIA's rogue operation to seize Middle Eastern oil fields

5. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 25,265 | Gross: $51.72M

Fictional whistleblower: Jack Godell

Case: California Gas & Electric's Ventana nuclear power plant (nuclear power safety/contruction)

6. Dick (1999)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

65 Metascore

Two girls wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Will Ferrell

Votes: 17,913 | Gross: $6.24M

Fictional whistleblowers: Betsy Jobs and Arlene Lorenzo, aka "Deep Throat"

Case: U.S. President Richard "Dick" Nixon's Watergate scandal

7. The Harder They Fall (1956)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

An ex-sportswriter is hired by a shady fight promoter to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable rising star from Argentina.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane

Votes: 6,546

Fictional whistleblower: Eddie Willis

Case: Boxing Promoter Nick Benko's fixing of professional boxing matches

8. The Nasty Girl (1990)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Lena Stolze, Hans-Reinhard Müller, Monika Baumgartner, Elisabeth Bertram

Votes: 2,312 | Gross: $2.28M

Whistleblower: Sonja (based on real-life Anna Rosmus)

Case: Bavarian Village's Third Reich connections

9. The Whistle Blower (1986)

PG | 100 min | Thriller

A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems to be impenetrable.

Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Michael Caine, James Fox, Nigel Havers, John Gielgud

Votes: 1,856 | Gross: $1.50M

Fictional whistleblower: Frank Jones

Case: U.K. Government Communications Headquarters' cover-up of Russian infiltration of British intelligence operations and related murders

10. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 133,087 | Gross: $9.60M

Fictional whistleblower: Terry Malloy

Case: New York Harbor Longshoreman's Union Malloy gave testimony to the New York Harbor Waterfront Commission against union boss Johnny Friendly for murder and other illegal racketeering activities

11. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 101,082 | Gross: $9.60M

Fictional whistleblower: Jefferson Smith

Case: U.S. Congress and Jackson City's Jim Taylor Willet Creek Dam Project (graft and political corruption)

12. The Firm (1993)

R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook

Votes: 110,211 | Gross: $158.35M

Fictional whistleblower: Mitch McDeere

Case: Bendini, Lambert & Locke's tax fraud, money-laundering and mob connections

13. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption, and soon realises he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

Votes: 6,681 | Gross: $8.12M

Whistleblower: Daniel Ciello (based on real-life Robert Leuci)

Case: N.Y.C. Police Department police corruption

14. Whistle Blower (2014)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

"This film is based on the true story of disgraced Korean researcher whose unethical practices were exposed after he received critical alarm for good work." -- Screen Red

Director: Soon-rye Yim | Stars: Hae-il Park, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Yeon-Seok Yoo, Won-Sang Park

Votes: 445

Whistleblower: Shim Min-Ho (based on real-life Ryu Young-joon)

Case: Korean researcher's fabricated and unethical medical research are exposed and undermine what were thought to be groundbreaking experiments cloning human embryonic stem cells.

15. North Country (2005)

R | 126 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States, Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner, Frances McDormand, Thomas Curtis

Votes: 38,041 | Gross: $18.32M

Whistleblower: Josey Aimes (based on real-life Lois Jenson)

Case: Pearson Taconite and Steel female verbal/sexual harassment and physical abuse

16. Casualties of War (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, War

75 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly

Votes: 39,074 | Gross: $18.67M

Whistleblower: PFC Max Eriksson (based on real-life PFC Robert M. Storeby)

Case: U.S. Army's kidnap, gang rape and murder (Incident on Hill 192)

17. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles

Votes: 587,894 | Gross: $227.47M

Fictional whistleblower: Jason Bourne

Case: CIA's "Operation Blackbriar", a targeted assassination program

18. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 617,354 | Gross: $115.65M

Fictional whistleblower: Wikus Van De Merwe

Case: MNU's barbarous alien experimentation

19. Charlie's Angels (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.

Director: Elizabeth Banks | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks

Votes: 17,879

Fictional whistleblower: Elena Houghlin

Case: Brock Industries' head of development, Peter Fleming covers up a dangerous flaw in Calypso, an energy conservation product that can be weaponized and used to trigger fatal seizures in humans.

20. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

28 Metascore

John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Votes: 192,257 | Gross: $67.35M

Fictional whistleblower: Yuri Komarov

Case: Russia's government corruption via Viktor Chagarin

21. Not Safe for Work (2014)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

An office worker is trapped inside the building where a killer is on the loose.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Michael Gladis, Dan Bakkedahl, Max Minghella, Frankie J. Allison

Votes: 3,963

Fictional whistleblower: Thomas Miller , as well as, John Ferguson

Case: a major pharmaceutical company's illegal business practices and its pending legal case

22. The Caller (2008)

PG-13 | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

33 Metascore

An energy business exec is assisted by a private investigator in his effort to expose his corporation's corrupt practices.

Director: Richard Ledes | Stars: Axel Feldmann, Grégory Ravary Ellis, Jean Brassard, Marion Servole

Votes: 1,046

Fictional whistleblower: Jimmy Stevens

Case: an international energy consulting firm's criminal practices

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