Fascism in America

by karljhickey14 | created - 11 Nov 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Populist rabble rousers , using popular media to inflame hatred against minorities , and abusing the power they give themselves . But it's all fiction , right ? November 2016

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1. All the King's Men (1949)

18 | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek

Votes: 11,639

2. All the King's Men (2006)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 22,473 | Gross: $7.22M

3. A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)

88 min | Drama

A charismatic peddler from the bayous finds his true calling in politics. Is he a demagogue in the making?

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Hale, Anne Francis, Warner Anderson

Votes: 523

4. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

126 min | Drama, Music

An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Votes: 11,681

5. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

16 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 66,863

6. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

16 | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 96,224 | Gross: $65.96M

7. Citizen Kane (1941)

14 | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 355,769 | Gross: $1.59M

8. Black Legion (1937)

83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Dick Foran, Erin O'Brien-Moore

Votes: 2,240

9. Storm Warning (1951)

93 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Marsha Mitchell, a traveling dress model, stops in a southern town to see her sister who has married a Ku Klux Klansman. Marsha sees the KKK commit a murder and helps District Attorney Burt Rainey in bringing the criminals to justice.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran

Votes: 1,201

10. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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: 19,917 | Gross: $10.00M

11. The Jayhawkers! (1959)

100 min | Romance, Western

Before the U.S. Civil War rebel leader Luke Darcy sees himself as leader of a new independent Republic of Kansas but the military governor sends an ex-raider to capture Darcy.

Director: Melvin Frank | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker, Nicole Maurey, Henry Silva

Votes: 466

12. Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

6 | 120 min | Drama

Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Ed Begley

Votes: 6,006

13. This Day and Age (1933)

86 min | Crime, Drama

High school students band together to dispense vigilante justice against a vicious gangland boss.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charles Bickford, Judith Allen, Richard Cromwell, Harry Green

Votes: 102

14. Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron

Votes: 1,038

15. Keeper of the Flame (1942)

100 min | Drama, Mystery

Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 1,896

16. WUSA (1970)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

A radio station in the Deep South becomes the focal point of a right-wing conspiracy.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Perkins, Laurence Harvey

Votes: 905

17. Network (1976)

14 | 121 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 128,184

18. Crossfire (1947)

18 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of demobilized soldiers he met in a bar. But which one? And why?

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame

Votes: 6,525 | Gross: $1.30M

19. Open Secret (1948)

68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Newlyweds come to visit groom's friend, only to discover him missing; and their investigation uncovers evidence of a ring of anti-semites terrorizing the neighborhood.

Director: John Reinhardt | Stars: John Ireland, Jane Randolph, Sheldon Leonard, Roman Bohnen

Votes: 138

20. Jigsaw (1949)

72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy investigates a series of murders and uncovers an extremist group.

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace, Myron McCormick, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 631

21. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

16 | 109 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern

Votes: 7,379 | Gross: $4.96M

22. Bob Roberts (1992)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A conservative folk singer turns his hand to politics, running for the US Senate. He is not above dirty tricks and smear campaigns to gain an advantage over his opponent.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman, Ray Wise

Votes: 12,461 | Gross: $4.48M

23. Executive Action (1973)

91 min | Crime, Drama, History

Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Will Geer, Gilbert Green

Votes: 2,155

24. Tail Gunner Joe (1977 TV Movie)

145 min | Biography, Drama

A dramatization of the life of Joe McCarthy, the alcoholic senator from Wisconsin whose tactics of accusing prominent people of Communist sympathies were initially designed to give him a ... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Peter Boyle, John Forsythe, Heather Menzies-Urich, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 143

25. Citizen Cohn (1992 TV Movie)

111 min | Drama

As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: James Woods, Joe Don Baker, Joseph Bologna, Ed Flanders

Votes: 1,234

26. Strange Holiday (1945)

61 min | Drama, Thriller

A man returns from a trip to find fascists have taken over the U.S. government.

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: Claude Rains, Bob Stebbins, Barbara Bate, Paul Hilton

Votes: 72

27. Huey Long (1985)

88 min | Documentary, Biography

Ken Burns' portrait of Louisiana governor/U.S. senator Huey Long.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Huey Long, Russell Long, David McCullough, Jennings Randolph

Votes: 380

28. Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

A look at the life and career of controversial Louisiana governor Huey Long, whose nickname was "The Kingfish."

Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: John Goodman, Matt Craven, Anne Heche, Ann Dowd

Votes: 344

29. Seven Days in May (1964)

118 min | Drama, Thriller

United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner

Votes: 11,233

30. Joe (1970)

18 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

Two men, Bill, a wealthy conservative, and Joe, a far-right bartender, form a dangerous bond after Bill confesses to murdering his daughter's drug dealer boyfriend to Joe.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Susan Sarandon, Patrick McDermott

Votes: 2,425 | Gross: $19.32M

31. Een kwade dag voor Black Rock (1955)

6 | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger

Votes: 17,000

32. Shadow on the Land (1968 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Patriotic freedom fighters struggle against a fascist dictatorship in a near-future USA.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Marc Strange, Jackie Cooper, John Forsythe, Gene Hackman

Votes: 104

33. Nation Aflame (1937)

74 min | Drama

Believing they can make a ton of money, a gang of opportunists uses the country's racial and ethnic tensions to start a Ku Klux Klan-type organization.

Director: Victor Halperin | Stars: Noel Madison, Norma Trelvar, Lila Lee, Douglas Walton

Votes: 29

34. Don't Be a Sucker (1943)

18 min | Short, History, War

Propaganda short film depicting the rise of Nazism in Germany and how political propaganda is similarly used in the United States to recruit Nazi sympathizers from the ranks of American racists.

Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Robert Adler, Richard Alexander, Robert Bailey

Votes: 189

35. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: He's Alive (1963)

51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A tiny neo-Nazi organization struggles pathetically to succeed in a big city. A mysterious figure begins to ruthlessly guide a young, insecure U.S. Nazi leader, and the group begins to draw more attention.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Ludwig Donath, Paul Mazursky, Howard Caine

Votes: 1,025

36. Magnificent Doll (1946)

90 min | Drama, History

Ginger Rogers is the daughter of boardinghouse owners in Washington, DC who falls in love with Aaron Burr and James Madison.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Burgess Meredith, Peggy Wood

Votes: 255

37. Legion of Terror (1936)

63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Two newly-appointed postal inspectors, Frank Marshall and 'Slim" Hewitt, set out to track down the sender of a time-bomb to a U. S. Senator and, during their investigation, run across a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles C. Coleman | Stars: Bruce Cabot, Marguerite Churchill, Crawford Weaver, Ward Bond

Votes: 26

38. Pilot #5 (1943)

71 min | Drama, Romance, War

In March 1942, on the island of Java, Indonesia, a Dutch major selects a pilot for a dangerous mission from the five U.S. Army airmen under his command. While waiting for word from the pilot, the others tell his life story to the major.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Franchot Tone, Marsha Hunt, Gene Kelly, Van Johnson

Votes: 251

39. Spy Ship (1942)

62 min | Drama

A radio reporter begins to suspect that a commentator at his station may be using her position to broadcast shipping information to enemy spies. With the help of the girl's sister, he sets out to expose the spy and her Nazi gang.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Craig Stevens, Irene Manning, Maris Wrixon, Tod Andrews

Votes: 56

40. Power of the Press (1943)

64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

During WWII, the publisher of the isolationist New York Gazette is murdered just as he was about to change the paper's policy and support the US war effort. His friend, a small town patriotic editor, is brought in to find the culprits.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Guy Kibbee, Lee Tracy, Gloria Dickson, Otto Kruger

Votes: 183

41. Violence (1947)

72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Undercover reporter Ann Mason infiltrates a neo-facist group that recruits disgruntled veterans but amnesia prevents her from exposing them.

Director: Jack Bernhard | Stars: Nancy Coleman, Michael O'Shea, Sheldon Leonard, Peter Whitney

Votes: 101



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