Twenty-Five Revolutionary Shows

by brandonmouser | created - 04 Jan 2012 | updated - 12 Jan 2012 | Public

These are twenty-five films and shows that are highly recommended must-see's for Progressive artists, intellectuals, activists, dreamers and radicals. They document the history of social revolutions and progressive thought in America. They are presented somewhat chronologically--if possible, watch them in order!

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1. Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization (2000– )

150 min | Documentary, History

A documentary, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, that chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Greece.

Stars: Paul Cartledge, Victor Davis Hanson, Keith Hopwood, Liam Neeson

Votes: 314

2. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part I - After the Mayflower (2009)

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

In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit (actor Marcos Akiaten, Chiricauha Apache), the leading sachem of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with a ragged ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Marcos Akiaten, Cassidy Alla, William Belleau, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 118

3. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part II - Tecumseh's Vision (2009)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Each of the episodes focuses on important historical events and concludes with a short contemporary story that links the past to the present.

Directors: Ric Burns, Chris Eyre | Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Dwier Brown, Alex Meraz, Michael Greyeyes

Votes: 118

4. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part III - Trail of Tears (2009)

TV-PG | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na Tlo-Hi-Lu, "The Trail Where They Cried." On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Jackson Walker, Elijah Abdullah, Josh Blaylock, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 95

5. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part IV - Geronimo (2009)

TV-PG | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In February of 1909, the indomitable Chiricahua Apache warrior and war shaman Geronimo lay on his deathbed. He summoned his nephew to his side, whispering, "I should never have surrendered.... See full summary »

Directors: Sarah Colt, Dustinn Craig | Stars: Keith Basso, Benjamin Bratt, Collin G. Calloway, Silas Cochise

Votes: 83

6. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part V - Wounded Knee (2009)

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

On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars, horns blaring, rolled into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, Benjamin Bratt, Carter Camp

Votes: 79

7. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 464,233 | Gross: $40.22M

8. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 191,846 | Gross: $0.16M

9. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

96 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 80,970 | Gross: $0.06M

10. Bound for Glory (1976)

PG | 147 min | Biography, Drama, Music

70 Metascore

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland

Votes: 4,337

11. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 91,719 | Gross: $16.76M

12. Che: Part One (2008)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac, Pablo Guevara

Votes: 42,169 | Gross: $1.73M

13. Howl (2010)

R | 84 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott, Aaron Tveit

Votes: 12,097 | Gross: $0.62M

14. Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011)

R | 107 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

Directors: Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney | Stars: Stanley Tucci, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Veronica Taylor

Votes: 1,287 | Gross: $0.15M

15. Steal This Movie (2000)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

36 Metascore

Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 2,143 | Gross: $0.08M

16. The Weather Underground (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

77 Metascore

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel | Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange, Evan White

Votes: 3,298 | Gross: $0.56M

17. Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Jim Brown, Tony Muhammad, Kershaun Scott, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 2,541 | Gross: $0.07M

18. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

86 Metascore

Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 88,866 | Gross: $41.73M

19. Grass (1999)

R | 80 min | Documentary, History

64 Metascore

The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Harry J. Anslinger, George Bush, Cab Calloway

Votes: 3,394 | Gross: $0.31M

20. Over the Edge (1979)

PG | 95 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig, Vincent Spano

Votes: 5,549

21. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

65 Metascore

A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.'

Directors: Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman | Stars: Daniel McGowan, Lisa McGowan, Tim Lewis, Kirk Engdall

Votes: 2,960 | Gross: $0.06M

22. 180° South (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

Director: Chris Malloy | Stars: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Alicia Salome Acuna Ika

Votes: 2,766 | Gross: $0.03M

23. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,650 | Gross: $0.24M

24. Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

The life and times of Howard Zinn: the historian, activist, and author of several classics including "A Peoples History of the United States". Archival footage, and commentary by friend, colleagues and Zinn himself.

Directors: Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller | Stars: Matt Damon, Daniel Berrigan, Howard Zinn, Alice Walker

Votes: 753 | Gross: $0.12M

25. The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard, Naomi Klein, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Votes: 2,515



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