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


20 Feet From Stardom (2013), What Is Democracy? (2018), Lake of Fire (2006), Deadline (2004), The Weather Underground (2003), After Innocence (2005), ...So Goes the Nation (2006), Murder! (1930) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Activist movies.


20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.

activist, pimp, prostitute, record producer, songwriter, bird, david bowie

Movie Details

What Is Democracy? (2018)

This reflection on democracy spans millennia and continents, from ancient Athens' groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism's roots in medieval Italy.

citizen, expert, activist, politician, philosopher, bleak, fascinating

Movie Details

Lake of Fire (2006)

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.

activist, philosopher, writer, disturbing, emotional, united states, clinic

Movie Details

Deadline (2004)

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.

governor, student, author, warden, judge, activist, engaging

Movie Details

The Weather Underground (2003)

In 1969 a splinter group of radical students takes up explosives in a violent attempt to overthrow the U.S. government.

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

Movie Details

After Innocence (2005)

Filmmaker Jessica Sanders interviews seven men who were wrongfully imprisoned until DNA testing set them free.

innocent man, ex-convict, activist, cop, soldier, father, gripping

Movie Details

...So Goes the Nation (2006)

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.

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

Movie Details

Murder! (1930)

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.

activist, murderer, lawyer, juror, actress, actor, dark

Movie Details

The Corporation (2003)

Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott examine the concept of the corporation and its role in society.

noam chomsky, activist, expert, ceo, michael moore, frightening, disheartening

Movie Details

Hidden Agenda (1990)

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.

activist, detective, terrorist, lawyer, government official, partner, suspenseful

Movie Details

The Cove (2009)

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

activist, fisherman, filmmaker, trainer, emotional, shocking, rousing

Movie Details

My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)

An aimless young man (Elio Germano) falls in with fascists but has second thoughts when the party leader casts his eye on the youth's communist brother (Riccardo Scamarcio).

communist, brother, fascist, activist, mother, father, melodramatic

Movie Details

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

Through interviews we meet some of the people who risked their lives to hide Jewish children during World War II and how this experience has continued to affect the survivors.

child, parent, activist, soldier, survivor, sad, inspiring

Movie Details

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.

activist, mayor, city official, homophobe, inspiring, emotional, engaging

Movie Details

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

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.

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

Movie Details

The Singing Revolution (2006)

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.

citizen, prime minister, singer, protester, activist, communist, inspiring

Movie Details

Warrior of Light (2001)

This documentary profiles Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, a socialite turned social activist who runs safe houses for homeless Brazilian street children. Yvonne becomes invested in her work after police kill eight homeless youths in 1993. Working daily in some of Rio de Janeiro's toughest slums, Yvonne uses innovative techniques to reach out to children coping with poverty, AIDS and absent parents, while fighting hostile Brazilian attitudes toward the poor.

activist, young girl, husband, socialite, child, uplifting, gritty

Movie Details

F.T.A. (1972)

Filmmaker Francine Parker documents Jane Fonda's tour with musicians and activists opposed to the Vietnam War.

soldier, veteran, comedian, musician, actor, activist, playful

Movie Details

Before Sunset (2004)

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

writer, activist, reporter, bookseller, emotional, calm, endearing

Movie Details

The Corporation (2003)

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

noam chomsky, activist, expert, ceo, michael moore, frightening, disheartening

Movie Details

Unveiled (2005)

Iranian interpreter Fariba (Jasmin Tabatabai) escapes to Germany to avoid capital punishment for homosexual activity, but her application for political asylum is denied. Awaiting deportation, Fariba gains a new identity when fellow Iranian refugee Siamak (Navid Akhavan) kills himself. Disguising herself as a male, Fariba is released from detention as Siamak. Fariba begins working in a small-town factory while saving money for a fake passport that will let her live as a woman again.

interpreter, activist, single mother, coworker, refugee, sad, gritty

Movie Details

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

michael moore, student, activist, rock star, striking, engaging, amusing

Movie Details

Brazil (1985)

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.

bureaucrat, terrorist, mother, activist, friend, creative, disturbing

Movie Details

A Sense of Loss (1972)

Shot over six weeks in December 1971, and January 1972, the film consisted of interviews with Protestants, Catholics, politicians, and some soldiers, combined with TV news clips of bombings and violence.

catholic, protestant, filmmaker, activist, cleric, emotional, gritty

Movie Details

Food, Inc. (2008)

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

activist, author, farmer, businessman, politician, mother, disturbing

Movie Details

The Edge of Heaven (2007)

A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

activist, father, prostitute, girlfriend, son, crafty, dense

Movie Details

Grizzly Man (2005)

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

researcher, bear, girlfriend, activist, conservationist, unrestrained, tender

Movie Details

The Story of Plastic (2019)

We only know the end of the story...and that's just the beginning.

environmentalist, activist, engaging, fascinating, inspiring, passionate, powerful

Movie Details

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

fbi agent, mayor, sheriff, klansman, activist, wife, tense

Movie Details