Film Theme: Fighting the System

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  1. 1492: Conquest of Paradise

    1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)


    1492: Conquest of Paradise (in French, 1492 : Christophe Colomb) is an epic 1992 European adventure/drama film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Roselyne Bosch, which tells the fictionalized story of the discovery of the New World by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (Gérard Depardieu) and the effect this had on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.

  2. 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up

    3 Ninjas Knuckle Up (1995)


    3 Ninjas Knuckle Up is a 1995 American martial arts comedy film and a sequel to the films 3 Ninjas and 3 Ninjas Kick Back. The film was directed by Sang-ok Shin.

  3. A Child Is Waiting

    A Child Is Waiting (1963)


    A Child Is Waiting is a 1963 American drama film written by Abby Mann and directed by John Cassavetes. Burt Lancaster portrays the director of a state institution for mentally handicapped and emotionally disturbed children, and Judy Garland is a new teacher who challenges his methods.

  4. A Man Called... Rainbo

    A Man Called... Rainbo (1990)


  5. A Thousand Clowns

    A Thousand Clowns (1965)


    A Thousand Clowns is a 1965 film adaptation from a 1962 play by Herb Gardner, and directed by Fred Coe. It tells the story of an eccentric comic who is forced to conform to society to retain legal custody of his nephew, who had been abandoned by his sister.

  6. A Woman's Decision

    A Woman's Decision (1975)


    A Woman's Decision (Polish: Bilans kwartalny, also known as The Quarterly Balance) is a 1975 Polish drama film written and directed by Krzysztof Zanussi. It was entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival.

  7. Abschied

    Abschied (1968)


  8. Action Jackson

    Action Jackson (1988)


    Action Jackson is a 1988 American action film directed by Craig R. Baxley and starring Carl Weathers, Vanity, Craig T. Nelson and Sharon Stone. Paula Abdul was the choreographer. The film was released by Lorimar Film Entertainment. Vanity was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award as Worst Actress. Both Vanity and Sharon Stone briefly appear topless in this movie.

  9. Ada

    Ada (1961)


    Ada is a 1961 American political drama film made by Avon Productions and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Lawrence Weingarten, with a screenplay by Arthur Sheekman and William Driskill based on the novel Ada Dallas by Wirt Williams. The musical score was by Bronislau Kaper and the cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. The art direction was by Edward Carfagno and George W. Davis and the costume design by Helen Rose.

  10. Adventure in Baltimore

    Adventure in Baltimore (1949)


    Adventure in Baltimore is a 1949 drama directed by Richard Wallace and starring Robert Young and Shirley Temple. Dinah Sheldon (Shirley Temple) is a student at an exclusive girl's school who starts campaigning for women's rights. Her minister father (Robert Young) and her boyfriend Tom Wade (John Agar) do not approve.

  11. Advise & Consent

    Advise & Consent (1962)


    Advise & Consent is a 1962 American motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Allen Drury, published in 1959.

  12. African Timber

    African Timber (1989)


  13. Alien³

    Alien³ (1992)


    Alien 3 (stylized as Alien³) is a 1992 American science-fiction horror film and the debut feature film of director David Fincher. The film is the third installment of the Alien film series. The film takes place right after the events of Aliens (1986). An escape pod from the Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco crash-lands on a prison-run refinery planet, killing everyone aboard except Lieutenant Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). Unknown to Ripley, an Alien organism was also aboard the escape pod, which then begins a killing spree in the prison.

  14. All Over the Town

    All Over the Town (1949)


    All Over the Town is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Derek N. Twist and starring Norman Wooland, Sarah Churchill and Cyril Cusack. It was based on a novel by R.F. Delderfield.

  15. All the King's Men

    All the King's Men (2006)


    All the King's Men is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren. It was directed by Steven Zaillian, who also produced and scripted.

  16. Allegheny Uprising

    Allegheny Uprising (1939)


    Allegheny Uprising is a 1939 film produced by RKO Pictures, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne as pioneers of early American expansion in south western Pennsylvania. Clad in buckskin and a coonskin cap (as he would be a decade later in The Fighting Kentuckian), Wayne plays real-life James Smith, an American coping with British rule in colonial America. The film is loosely based on a historical event known as the Black Boys Rebellion of 1765, after the conclusion of the French and Indian War.

  17. Amazing Grace and Chuck

    Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)


    Amazing Grace and Chuck is a 1987 film starring Gregory Peck, Jamie Lee Curtis and William Petersen. The film was directed by Mike Newell. It was released on VHS in the UK as Silent Voice.

  18. Amen.

    Amen. (2002)


    Amen. is a 2002 German, Romanian and French film directed by Costa-Gavras. As of 2014, this the director's last film to be released in the English language.

  19. American Dream

    American Dream (1990)


    American Dream is a 1990 cinéma vérité documentary film directed by Barbara Kopple and co-directed by Cathy Caplan, Thomas Haneke, and Lawrence Silk.

  20. American Hot Wax

    American Hot Wax (1978)


    American Hot Wax is a 1978 biopic film directed by Floyd Mutrux and written by John Kaye telling the story of Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s. Freed is often credited with coining the term "Rock 'n' Roll." The film starred Tim McIntire as Freed, as well as Fran Drescher, Laraine Newman, Melanie Chartoff, and Jay Leno in supporting roles, Moosie Drier in a warmly reviewed performance as the head of a Buddy Holly fan club, and a walk-on part by a teen-aged Cameron Crowe. It also featured performances by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Ford, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Brooklyn Dreams performed as "Professor La Plano and The Planotones". The film was never officially released on VHS or DVD, but the full film is currently viewable on YouTube. On theater release, the film did not do well at the box office with critics, which resulted in one of the reasons it didn't gain a wide audience gross worldwide.

  21. American Standoff

    American Standoff (2002)


    American Standoff is an American 2002 documentary film by Kristi Jacobson which documents much of a strike by the Teamsters against a package delivery company, Overnite Transportation (now a subsidiary of United Parcel Service). The film follows the strike from early 2000 to mid-2001.

  22. American Violet

    American Violet (2008)


    American Violet is a 2008 drama film directed by Tim Disney and starring Nicole Beharie. The story is based on Regina Kelly, a victim of Texas police drug enforcement tactics.

  23. An Unreasonable Man

    An Unreasonable Man (2006)


    An Unreasonable Man is a 2006 documentary film that traces the life and career of political activist Ralph Nader, the founder of modern consumer protection in America and perennial presidential candidate. The film was created to defend Nader and restore his reputation after his controversial role in the 2000 U.S. presidential election

  24. Anarchy TV

    Anarchy TV (1998)


    Anarchy TV is a 1998 low budget, independent comedy film. It was directed by Jonathan Blank, and features Alan Thicke, Jessica Hecht, Jonathan Penner, Tamayo Otsuki, George Wendt, Mink Stole, and Ahmet, Dweezil, Diva and Moon Unit Zappa. Blank was nominated for the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival for Anarchy TV.

  25. ...And Justice for All.

    ...And Justice for All. (1979)


    ...And Justice For All is a 1979 courtroom drama film, directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, and Lee Strasberg. Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Lahti, Craig T. Nelson, and Thomas G. Waites appear in supporting roles. The Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson.

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