#10 WAG THE DOG
White House officials and a Hollywood producer create a fake war to distract the public from a sex scandal involving the US President.
#9 From Hell
A Psychic Detective(Johnny Depp ) investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and uncovers a Masonic plot. (Based on graphic the novel by Alan Moore)
#8 ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
The true story of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein whose investigations uncover the Watergate scandal, ending Nixon’s presidency.
#7 MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
An evil corporation utilizes brainwashing on US soldiers fighting in Iraq in order to create a perfect assassin capable of eliminating undesirable political rivals. (Based on 1962 version starring Frank Sinatra)†
†The 1962 version is in black and white and is filled with not-so-subtle foreshadowing for those who are into that sort of thing.
An energy analyst, a CIA agent, a middle-eastern prince, and a corrupt lawyer become embroiled in a high-level assassination involving Big Oil.
Upon learning of his dismissal, failing news anchor Howard Beale goes on hugely popular rants quickly angering the Powers That Be and threatening the “corporate cosmology“.
The Corporate Cosmology speech alone is well worth the price of admission:
Oliver Stone’s masterpiece documenting District Attorney Jim Garrison’s struggle to prove the involvement of a conspiracy behind the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.
#3 The Insider
A research chemist turns whistleblower (Jeffrey Wigand) and threatens to reveal to the world Big Tobacco’s cover up of the negative health effect of cigarette smoking.
#2 BEING THERE
Peter Sellers stars as Chance, a simple TV-educated gardener who accidently becomes the protégé of shadow government kingpin Benjamin Rand.
#1 THEY LIVE
“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.” A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses which allow him to see the true rulers of the world.
Other movies that should have made the list but didn’t because the whole idea behind a Top 10 list is to narrow it down to ten choices.