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1. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.8
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A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 310,024

2. The Good Shepherd (2006)

R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.7
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61 Metascore

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 95,309 | Gross: $59.95M

3. Syriana (2005)

R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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76 Metascore

A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved in and affected by it.

Director: Stephen Gaghan | Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak

Votes: 121,789 | Gross: $50.82M

4. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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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: 43,820 | Gross: $41.51M

5. The Fifth Estate (2013)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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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: 36,956 | Gross: $3.25M

6. Missing (1982)

PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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78 Metascore

When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea

Votes: 16,985 | Gross: $14.00M

7. The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

R | 131 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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68 Metascore

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 9,817 | Gross: $17.10M

8. Salvador (1986)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.4
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage

Votes: 18,074

9. The Quiet American (2002)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.0
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84 Metascore

An old British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Thi Hai Yen Do, Rade Serbedzija

Votes: 26,351 | Gross: $12.99M

10. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

157 min | Documentary, History

8.8
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78 Metascore

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Gilles Kepel, Melvin Goodman, Stephen Holmes, William Kristol

Votes: 3,745

11. Chicago Boys (2015)

85 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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The story of a group of Milton Friedman's disciples that, backed by a military dictatorship, turned Chile into the first and most extreme neoliberal country in the world.

Directors: Carola Fuentes, Rafael Valdeavellano | Stars: Sergio de Castro, Ernesto Fontaine, Ricardo French-Davis, Milton Friedman

Votes: 153

12. The Quiet American (1958)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.7
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A young naive American and a cynical older British diplomat disagree over politics in 1952 Vietnam and over a beautiful young native girl.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Audie Murphy, Michael Redgrave, Claude Dauphin, Giorgia Moll

Votes: 1,542

13. Balibo (2009)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Jane Hampson, Bea Viegas, Christine Martins, Ana Rosa Mendoça

Votes: 2,388

14. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,768 | Gross: $0.38M

15. Bitter Lake (2015)

136 min | Documentary

8.2
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An experimental documentary that explores Saudi Arabia's relationship with the U.S. and the role this has played in the war in Afghanistan.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: George Bush, George W. Bush, Joanne Herring, Hamid Karzai

Votes: 2,377

16. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,591 | Gross: $1.44M

17. Countdown to Looking Glass (1984 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

7.2
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Dramatic doomsday scenario in which the Cold War fully escalates. The story is told through a live news report that follows the apocalyptic world-ending nuclear exchange between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R.

Director: Fred Barzyk | Stars: Scott Glenn, Michael Murphy, Helen Shaver, Patrick Watson

Votes: 416

18. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

Not Rated | 167 min | Documentary, Biography, War

8.2
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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Mark Achbar, Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Paul Andrews

Votes: 4,131

19. The Agronomist (2003)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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82 Metascore

The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jean Dominique, Aboudja, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 864 | Gross: $0.23M

20. Shadow World (2016)

94 min | Documentary

7.5
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Based on the book of The Shadow World, this feature length documentary is an investigation into the multi-billion dollar international arms trade.

Director: Johan Grimonprez

Votes: 620

21. Democracy Now! (2001– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

6.0
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Journalist Amy Goodman hosts this independent news program which features international journalists, grassroots leaders, independent analysts, as well as ordinary people directly affected by world events and U.S. policy.

Stars: Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Nermeen Shaikh, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Votes: 317

22. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

7.2
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63 Metascore

A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

Director: Fred Peabody | Stars: I.F. Stone, Chris Hedges, Leslie Moonves, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 416

23. Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary

6.8
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Few know the story of how the U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) became the renowned warriors of today. Without them, much of world history would have been written differently, from the ... See full summary »

Director: Carol L. Fleisher

Votes: 187

24. In the Year of the Pig (1968)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, War

7.5
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A documentary chronicling the background to, and history of, the Vietnam War.

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Harry S. Ashmore, Daniel Berrigan, Joseph Buttinger, William R. Corson

Votes: 1,457

25. Salvador Allende (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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From his childhood in Valparaiso to his death during the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, the life and works of Chilean president Salvador Allende.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Patricio Guzmán, Jacques Bidou, Alejandro Gonzáles

Votes: 637

26. The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

8.2
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Taking place during the Chilean Coup d'état in 1973, this film opens with the attempted military coup of June 1973, which is put down by troops loyal to the government. The left is divided ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Carlos Altamirano, Fernando Castillo, Luis Corvalán

Votes: 853

27. The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.6
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72 Metascore

A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Brian Cox, Henry Kissinger, Anna Chennault, Amy Goodman

Votes: 1,877 | Gross: $0.52M

28. Superpower (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Documentary, History, War

7.1
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Superpower illustrates how the United States has leveraged its position to ensure unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority and government deception.

Director: Barbara-Anne Steegmuller | Stars: Christy Johnson, Max Carter, Harry S. Truman, Eric L. Haney

Votes: 312

29. The Occupation of the American Mind (2016 Video)

82 min | Documentary

8.5
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Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp | Stars: Phyllis Bennis, Max Blumenthal, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein

Votes: 123

30. The Battle of Chile: Part III (1979)

80 min | Documentary

7.9
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Completed two years after The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975) and The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976), this film deals with the creation of thousands of local groups of "popular power" by ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Abilio Fernández

Votes: 688

31. Quebrando o Tabu (2011)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary

7.7
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Documentary uncovering the failure of the UN sanctioned war on drugs.

Directors: Fernando Grostein Andrade, Cosmo Feilding-Mellen | Stars: Fran Boyd Andrews, Brenda Blom, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 942

32. Pictures from a Revolution (1991)

93 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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In 1981, Susan Meiselas published "Nicaragua, June 1978 to July 1979," 70 photographs she took documenting the Sandinista revolution. Ten years later, Meiselas returns looking for the ... See full summary »

Directors: Alfred Guzzetti, Susan Meiselas, Richard P. Rogers | Star: Susan Meiselas

Votes: 54

33. Confessions of an Economic Hitman (2007)

90 min | Documentary, Thriller

7.9
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In front of an angry audience somewhere in Latin America, a North American discloses the secret network that used the World Bank, payoffs, extortion and sex, military coups and political ... See full summary »

Director: Stelios Kouloglou | Star: John Perkins

Votes: 299

34. Kissinger (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.5
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Over the past two years, Chimerica Media have been given exclusive and unparalleled access to conduct a series of interviews with Henry Kissinger and to film him on a series of foreign ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Pennick | Star: Henry Kissinger

Votes: 89

35. Unmanned: America's Drone Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, War

7.6
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Unmanned: America's Drone War, the eighth full-length feature documentary from director Robert Greenwald and his Brave New Foundation organization, investigates the impact that U.S. drone ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Akbar Ahmed, Shahzad Akbar, Philip Alston, Abdul Aziz

Votes: 83

36. The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis (1987 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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This special report by Bill Moyers illustrates and evidences about the contradictions revolving U.S. government when it comes to actually follow and obey the Constitution and its rulings. ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Armstrong, Richard Bissell, Jackson Browne, Carl Channel

Votes: 32

37. American Zeitgeist (2006)

150 min | Documentary

8.3
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American Zeitgeist is a feature length documentary by filmmaker Rob McGann that offers a historical look at the War on Terrorism from 1979 through 2006. The narrative of American Zeitgeist ... See full summary »

Director: Rob McGann | Stars: Tariq Ali, Paul Berman, Richard Bulliet, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 1,895

38. American Empire (2016)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, News

7.6
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An expansive and provocative documentary covering the Federal Reserve, U.S. foreign policy, corporate collusion and destructive agriculture, weaving together interviews with top thinkers to... See full summary »

Director: Patrea Patrick | Stars: Tariq Ali, G. Edward Griffin, John Robbins, John Perkins

Votes: 20

39. History of the National Security State (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 261 min | Documentary, History, War

6.2
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Stars: Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Dwight D. Eisenhower

Votes: 5

40. A Very Heavy Agenda (2015)

Documentary

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Stars: Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, Donald Kagan, Frederick Kagan

Votes: 5

41. Pirates and Emperors (or Size Does Matter) (2004)

4 min | Animation, Short

7.4
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Director: Eric Henry | Stars: Ian Scott McGregor, Amy X. Neuburg, Kerry Rose, Elijah Yesovitch

Votes: 9

42. Casa Libre/Freedom House (2008)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

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Shows the lives of teen residents of Casa Libre/Freedom House in Los Angeles, CA.

Director: Roberto S. Oregel | Stars: Carlos Aleman, Silvia Lorena Beltran, Luis Bocaletti, Al Brown

43. Massacre: The Story of East Timor (2002)

20 min | Short, News

7.8
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A documentary produced by Amy Goodman and journalist Allan Nairn on the Santa Cruz massacre and the history of Indonesian and US involvement in the Southeast Asian nation.

Stars: George Bush, Bill Clinton, Amy Goodman, Henry Kissinger

Votes: 5

44. On Contact (2016– )

30 min | Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Anya Parampil, Tariq Ali, Taina Bien-Aimé

45. Trump Wins Enormously on Travel Ban as Supreme Court Allows President to Defend Sovereignty (2017 Video)

13 min | Short, News

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Trump's travel ban is a good idea, says Styx, especially after our foreign policy disasters under Obama.

Star: Styxhexenhammer666

46. Days of Revolt (2015–2016)
Episode: America's Death Squads (2016)

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Allan Nairn

47. Being Social (2013– )
Episode: America's Role on Foreign Policy Now (2013)

37 min | Talk-Show

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On this week's live on-air broadcast, 'America's Role on Foreign Policy Now', is being hosted and moderated as a free and open forum to millions around the globe, by actor,writer, director and filmmaker, Gregory Mikell.

Director: Gregory Mikell | Star: Gregory Mikell

48. On Contact (2016– )
Episode: Decline of the American Empire (2017)

Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Alfred W. McCoy

49. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 26 April 1954 (1954)

News

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Lesueur and Crawford interview Congressman Craig Hosmer, a Republican from California. Topics include the possible admission of Hawaii and Alaska as the 49th and 50th states, the current ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Crawford, Craig Hosmer, Larry LeSueur

50. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 28 April 1954 (1954)

News

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Lesueur and Calmer interview U.S. Congressman George M. Rhodes, a Democrat representing Pennsylvania. Topics include the Democrats' proposals to end the economic recession, U.S. Post Office... See full summary »

Stars: Ned Calmer, Larry LeSueur, George M. Rhodes



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