Highest-Rated Movies about 'Activist', Sort by Popularity

What Is Democracy? (2018), Lake of Fire (2006), Deadline (2004), The Weather Underground (2003), After Innocence (2005), ...So Goes the Nation (2006), Murder! (1930), The Corporation (2003) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Activist movies.

#2. Lake of Fire (2006)

Storyline: An unflinching documentary shot in black and white, this film focuses on the heated topic of abortion. Directed by British-born filmmaker Tony Kaye, the production depicts the heated ongoing abortion debate in America, and features graphic footage of actual medical procedures. Presenting people on both pro-choice and pro-life sides of the issue, the documentary includes interviews with philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry and numerous others.

Plot Keywords: activist, philosopher, writer, disturbing, emotional, united states, clinic ...

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#3. Deadline (2004)

Storyline: In 2000, Illinois Gov. George Ryan ordered a moratorium on the death penalty after university students uncovered new evidence proving the innocence of 13 men on death row. This documentary follows the hearings held by a panel Ryan appointed to study the issue and interviews activists, scholars and prisoners, while examining the history of the American death penalty. As Ryan's time in office comes to an end, he must decide what steps to take to reform the judicial system.

Plot Keywords: governor, student, author, warden, judge, activist, engaging ...

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#4. The Weather Underground (2003)

Storyline: When the Beatles land in America in the early 1960s, young men wearing their hair long strike the nation as an abomination. But within a few years, youthful rebellion grows more severe: Witness the Weathermen, the radical antiwar activists who mobilize (unsuccessfully) to overthrow the U.S. government. With contemporary interviews and archival footage, this documentary elucidates the Weather Underground's controversial history and continuing significance.

Plot Keywords: radical, activist, lyndon baines johnson, richard nixon, martin luther king jr., intense, shocking ...

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#5. After Innocence (2005)

Storyline: Following the stories of seven exonerated prisoners, "After Innocence" documents how DNA evidence led to the release of these wrongfully imprisoned, innocent men. Free after years -- and in some cases decades -- behind bars and on death row, these men struggle to transition back into society with inadequate support from the judicial system that wronged them. "After Innocence" brings to light flaws in the criminal justice system and the need for reform.

Plot Keywords: innocent man, ex-convict, activist, cop, soldier, father, gripping ...

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#6. ...So Goes the Nation (2006)

Storyline: Filmmakers examine the role of Ohio in the 2004 presidential election and present the American electoral process through the eyes of voters, politicians and activists. Republican and Democratic campaign strategists and officials all attempt to swing the election their way by pushing hot-button issues to the forefront.

Plot Keywords: dick cheney, george w. bush, john kerry, volunteer, activist, political consultant, fascinating ...

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#7. Murder! (1930)

Storyline: Actress Edna Druce is found dead, and fellow thespian Diana Baring (Norah Baring) can't explanation why she's holding the murder weapon. Diana seems destined for conviction and the death penalty, but juror Sir John Menier (Herbert Marshall) thinks she's innocent. An actor himself, Sir John collects clues and revisits the crime scene in an attempt to clear Diana, but his noble efforts might finger another performer with ties to Edna and Diana's touring company.

Plot Keywords: activist, murderer, lawyer, juror, actress, actor, dark ...

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#8. The Corporation (2003)

Storyline: This documentary begins with an unusual detail that came from the 14th Amendment: Under constitutional law, corporations are seen as individuals. So, filmmaker Mark Achbar asks, what type of person would a corporation be? The evidence, according to such political activists as Noam Chomsky and filmmaker Michael Moore and company heads like carpet magnate Ray Anderson, points to a bad one, as the film aims to expose IBM's Nazi ties and these large businesses' exploitation of human rights.

Plot Keywords: noam chomsky, activist, expert, ceo, michael moore, frightening, disheartening ...

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#9. Hidden Agenda (1990)

Storyline: In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand) and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif), struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in the streets, Jessner teams up with Peter Kerrigan (Brian Cox), a British investigator acting against the will of his own government, and struggles to uncover a conspiracy that may even implicate one of Kerrigan's colleagues.

Plot Keywords: activist, detective, terrorist, lawyer, government official, partner, suspenseful ...

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#10. The Cove (2009)

Storyline: Richard O'Barry was the man who captured and trained the dolphins for the television show Flipper (1964). O'Barry's view of cetaceans in captivity changed from that experience when as the last straw he saw that one of the dolphins playing Flipper - her name being Kathy - basically committed suicide in his arms because of the stress of being in captivity. Since that time, he has become one of the leading advocates against cetaceans in captivity and for the preservation of cetaceans in the wild. O'Barry and filmmaker 'Louie Psihoyos (I)' go about trying to expose one of what they see as the most cruel acts against wild dolphins in the world in Taiji, Japan, where dolphins are routinely corralled, either to be sold alive to aquariums and marine parks, or slaughtered for meat. The primary secluded cove where this activity is taking place is heavily guarded. O'Barry and Psihoyos are well known as enemies by the authorities in Taiji, the authorities who will use whatever tactic to expel the two from Japan forever. O'Barry, Psihoyos and their team covertly try to film as a document of conclusive evidence this cruel behavior. They employ among others Hollywood cameramen and deep sea free divers. They also highlight what is considered the dangerous consumption of dolphin meat (due to its high concentration of mercury) which is often sold not as dolphin meat, and the Japanese government's methodical buying off of poorer third world nations for their support of Japan's whaling industry, that support most specifically at the International Whaling Commission.—Huggo

Plot Keywords: activist, fisherman, filmmaker, trainer, emotional, shocking, rousing ...

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#12. Secret Lives: Hidden Children & Their Rescuers During WWII (2002)

Storyline: Before the Second World War, more than one and a half million Jewish children were living in Europe. By the war's end, fewer than one out of ten had survived. This is the story of the non-Jewish families who put their own lives at risk to save these children.—Anonymous

Plot Keywords: child, parent, activist, soldier, survivor, sad, inspiring ...

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#13. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Storyline: 2 Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Harvey Milk & San Francisco Mayor, 'George Moscone (I)' were assassinated by recently resigned Supervisor Dan White on Monday, November 27th, 1978, approximately 8:45 AM to 9:15 AM. Milk's life leading up to his election, his successful efforts to politically represent San Francisco's gay community, and the city's reaction to the assassinations are documented with extensive news film and personal recollections.—Ed Stephan <[email protected]>

Plot Keywords: activist, mayor, city official, homophobe, inspiring, emotional, engaging ...

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#14. Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of the American Empire (2004)

Storyline: Left-leaning documentary filmmakers Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally present their case that the neo-conservative members of President George W. Bush's administration, including Vice-President Dick Cheney, saw in the 9/11 terrorist attacks an opportunity to force their ideological beliefs on a frightened nation. Interviews with leftist thinkers like Noam Chomsky, Michael Franti and Daniel Ellsberg buttress the central thesis that the Bush administration used the crisis for their own political ends.

Plot Keywords: philosopher, activist, journalist, politician, somber, washington, d.c., white house ...

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#15. The Singing Revolution (2006)

Storyline: Between 1986 and 1991, the people of Estonia protested against their Soviet occupiers in large rallies. Although these protests were fundamentally peaceful, the Estonians used a weapon powerful enough to rattle an empire: song. Patriotic songs, to be precise, which the Soviets had outlawed in Estonia. Thousands upon thousands would assemble to sing in defiance. This documentary unveils the story of a population that stood up against their oppressors with nothing but their voices and their pride.

Plot Keywords: citizen, prime minister, singer, protester, activist, communist, inspiring ...

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