Revolutionary Filmsby adambrichmond | created - 23 Dec 2011 | updated - 23 Dec 2011 | Public
This is the beginning of list of films that either deal with an explicitly revolutionary situation, such as Land and Freedom, or about revolutionaries (Das Edukators), or about a revolutionary perspective on social conditions, such as Harlan County. I've been meaning to compile this list for over ten years. Some important films are not listed on IMBD from the 1960s. The History Book, a Danish production, is one I can't find here (nor have I seen it since about 1972). At some point I will probably move some of these into another list about social conditions in the U.S., many of with are not explicitly revolutionary. The order at present does not mean anything. However, I will want to draw the viewers attention to the underrated Burn! which I have put at number one.
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1. Burn! (1969)
GP | 112 min | Action, Drama
The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to... See full summary »
2. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
Votes: 43,118 | Gross: $0.06M
3. Land and Freedom (1995)
Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, War
David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.
Votes: 8,655 | Gross: $0.23M
4. Reds (1981)
PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Votes: 17,896 | Gross: $40.38M
7. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime
A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.
Votes: 31,995 | Gross: $0.48M
8. Missing (1982)
PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.
Votes: 15,375 | Gross: $14.00M
9. Amen. (2002)
Unrated | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.
Votes: 11,967 | Gross: $0.27M
10. Little Black Book (2004)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama
A woman snoops through her boyfriend's palm pilot and reveals his former girlfriends, which causes her to question why they're still listed in his little black book.
Votes: 15,968 | Gross: $20.42M
13. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Votes: 44,541 | Gross: $0.05M
14. Tri pesni o Lenine (1934)
Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary
Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin's role in creating them.
16. 1900 (1976)
Unrated | 317 min | Crime, Drama, History
The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides.
18. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War
Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.
Votes: 39,996 | Gross: $1.83M
19. Rosa Luxemburg (1986)
122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.
21. In the Year of the Pig (1968)
Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, War
Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots. With palpable outrage, De Antonio (Point of Order, ... See full summary »
22. Sir! No Sir! (2005)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, War
This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to oppose the war effort by peaceful demonstration and subversion. It speaks ... See full summary »
Votes: 606 | Gross: $0.11M
23. Salt of the Earth (1954)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History
Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.
24. Come and See (1985)
Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.
26. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.
Votes: 4,643 | Gross: $2.08M
27. Imagining Argentina (2003)
R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson star in this gripping political thriller about a man with the power to see the fate of missing people - with the exception of his own beloved wife.
28. Joyeux Noel (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music
In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.
Votes: 24,092 | Gross: $1.05M
29. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.
Votes: 88,209 | Gross: $16.76M
31. Matewan (1987)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History
A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.
Votes: 6,253 | Gross: $1.68M
32. The Dreamers (2003)
NC-17 | 115 min | Drama, Romance
A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Votes: 91,735 | Gross: $2.53M
33. Mexico: The Frozen Revolution (1973)
65 min | Documentary
A thorough analysis of the social- politics of Mexico, within the historical context of the Mexican Revolution reality. Includes footage of the 1910s, interviews with farmers, politicians, intellectuals, middle class, trade and unionists.
Director: Raymundo Gleyzer
34. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)
Unrated | 74 min | Documentary
In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made.
35. Cuba (1979)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Romance, Thriller
A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train the corrupt General Batista's army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.
Votes: 2,036 | Gross: $0.53M
36. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
Votes: 122,898 | Gross: $4.06M
37. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
Votes: 883,361 | Gross: $70.51M
38. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.
Votes: 4,885 | Gross: $0.01M
39. Los últimos zapatistas, héroes olvidados (2002)
70 min | Documentary
In the year 2000 the Mexican film director, Francesco Taboada Tabone, began his search for the last of the soldiers to have fought beside General Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Revolution.
40. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, History
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
42. Lumumba (2000)
Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History
The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,562 | Gross: $0.68M
43. Sicko (2007)
PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama
A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.
Votes: 69,714 | Gross: $24.54M
44. The Commissar (1967)
110 min | Drama, War
Klavdia Vavilova, a Red Army cavalry commissar, is waylaid by an unexpected pregnancy. She stays with a Jewish family to give birth and is softened somewhat by the experience of family life.
Votes: 1,091 | Gross: $0.39M
45. North Country (2005)
R | 126 min | Drama
A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Votes: 35,082 | Gross: $18.32M