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Good Political Movies
List creator: etaviotal
Created on: August 31, 2007 - 9:20 AM PDT
Description: Movies with valuable insights on the perils democracies must avoid -- Not in any particular order

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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Not Rated
  Judge Haywood: There are those in our country today, too, who speak of the "protection" of the country. Of "survival." The answer to that is: survival as what? A country isn't a rock. And it isn't an extension of one's self. It's what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult! Before the people of the world....
High Noon (1952)
Costa Gavras' Z (Criterion) (1969)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Not Rated
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Not Rated
All the President's Men (1976)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Not Rated
  "That lady on top of this Capitol stands for liberty Take a look at this country through her eyes-you'll see the whole of what Man's carved out for himself after centuries of fighting for something more than jungle law-fighting so he can be free and decent-like he was created Theres no room there for graft greed lies or compromise with human liberties"
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Not Rated
  Deeds: "It's like I'm out in a big boat, and I see one fellow in a rowboat who's tired of rowing and wants a free ride, and another fellow who's drowning. Who would you expect me to rescue? Mr. Cedar - who's just tired of rowing and wants a free ride? Or those men out there who are drowning? Any ten year old child will give you the answer to that. "
Meet John Doe (1941)
  A free people can beat the world at anything from war to tiddly-winks if we all pull in the same direction. I know a lot of you're saying "What can I do? Im just a little punk I dont count" Well you're dead wrong! The little punks have always counted because in the long run the character of a country is the sum total of the character of its little punks
The Last Hurrah (1958)
Not Rated
Advise and Consent (1962)
Not Rated
  (I put this here because it illustrates that clause in the Constitution that its title comes from so well. This is the role that the Senate is supposed to play in most presidential appointments. This movie is NOT titled "Prompt Up Or Down Vote." I'm not really angry about this subject anymore, but the movie is still good so I'm leaving on the list.)
Fail-Safe (1964)
Not Rated
Inherit The Wind (1960)
Not Rated
  Drummond: "Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we'll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!"
All the King's Men (1949)
Not Rated
  "I'm going to build a hospital, the biggest that money can buy, and it will belong to you. And any man, woman or child who is sick or in pain can go through those doors and know that everything will be done for them that man can do to heal sickness, to ease pain. Free! Not as a charity, but as a right. And it's your right" Stark's bad, his point isn't.
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Sullivan's Travels (Criterion Collection) (1941)
Not Rated
Ashes and Diamonds (Criterion Collection) (1958)
Not Rated
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Not Rated
  "You can take it from me. This is a free country. They can vote for anybody they like." Mayor Everett Noble: "But that's disgraceful!"
The Contender (2000)
  "I may be an atheist but that doesn't mean I don't go to church-The church I go to is the one that emancipated the slaves and gave women the right to vote-It gave us every freedom that we hold dear-My church is this very Chapel of Democracy that we sit in together-I do not need God to tell me my moral absolutes-I need my heart, my brain and this church"
Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

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