Twenty-Five Revolutionary Shows

These are twenty-five films and shows that are highly recommended must-see's for Progressive artists, intellectuals, activists, dreamers and radicals. They document the history of social revolutions and progressive thought in America. They are presented somewhat chronologically--if possible, watch them in order!
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1.
Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization (2000 TV Series)
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A documentary, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, that chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Greece. (150 mins.)
 
2.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit (actor Marcos Akiaten, Chiricauha Apache)... (60 mins.)
 
3.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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Each of the episodes focuses on important historical events and concludes with a short contemporary story that links the past to the present. (60 mins.)
 
4.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na Tlo-Hi-Lu, "The Trail Where They Cried." On May 26, 1838, federal... (60 mins.)
 
5.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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In February of 1909, the indomitable Chiricahua Apache warrior and war shaman Geronimo lay on his deathbed... (60 mins.)
 
6.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars, horns blaring, rolled into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation... (60 mins.)
 
7.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
 
8.
Modern Times (1936)
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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
9.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
10.
Bound for Glory (1976)
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The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer. (147 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
11.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. (126 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
12.
Che: Part One (2008)
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In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. (134 mins.)
 
13.
Howl (2010)
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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
 
14.
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011 Documentary)
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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America. (107 mins.)
 
15.
Steal This Movie (2000)
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Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence... (107 mins.)
 
16.
The Weather Underground (2002 Documentary)
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. (92 mins.)
 
17.
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008 Documentary)
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. (93 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
18.
Easy Rider (1969)
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Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. (95 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
 
19.
Grass (1999 Documentary)
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The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century. (80 mins.)
Director: Ron Mann
 
20.
Over the Edge (1979)
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A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own. (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
21.
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011 Documentary)
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A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.' (85 mins.)
 
22.
180° South (2010 Documentary)
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The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. (85 mins.)
Director: Chris Malloy
 
23.
Manufactured Landscapes (2006 Documentary)
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Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing. (86 mins.)
 
24.
Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004 Documentary)
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The life and times of Howard Zinn: the historian, activist, and author of several classics including "A Peoples History of the United States". Archival footage, and commentary by friend, colleagues and Zinn himself. (78 mins.)
 
25.
The Shock Doctrine (2009 Documentary)
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An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance. (79 mins.)