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1. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

8.5
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 40,600 | Gross: $0.87M

2. Direct Action (2004)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.1
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Frank Gannon, a veteran cop, is being hunted by his fellow police officers after they learned he has betrayed the brotherhood and exposed to the feds wide scale corruption of the LAPD. He has one day left to prove his case and survive.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Polly Shannon, Donald Burda, Rothaford Gray

Votes: 1,116

3. Born in Flames (1983)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which the issues of ... See full summary »

Director: Lizzie Borden | Stars: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Florynce Kennedy

Votes: 448

4. Bold Native (2010)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does.

Director: Denis Henry Hennelly | Stars: Joaquin Pastor, Randolph Mantooth, Sheila Vand, Matt Shea

Votes: 445

5. The Take (2004)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary

7.8
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66 Metascore

The film in not about auto-parts workers in suburban Buenos Aires, but about workers of a ceramic floors factory in Neuquen, several hundred miles southward, in Argentinian Patagonia.

Director: Avi Lewis | Stars: Matilde Adorno, Michel Camadessus, Bill Clinton, Gustavo Cordera

Votes: 1,071

6. Pirate for the Sea (2008)

99 min | Documentary

8.0
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A documentary on Paul Watson, who takes the law into his own hands on the open seas, confronting, by any nonviolent means necessary, the hunters who indiscriminately slaughter whales, seals... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Colby | Stars: Paul Watson, Robert Hunter, Patrick Moore, Farley Mowat

Votes: 126

7. No Logo (2003 Video)

42 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world's best-known brands find themselves at the end of spray paint cans and the targets of anti-corporate campaigns? ... See full summary »

Director: Sut Jhally | Star: Naomi Klein

Votes: 153

8. Behind the Mask (2006)

72 min | Documentary

7.5
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Behind the Mask: The Story Of The People Who Risk Everything To Save Animals is a 2006 documentary film about the Animal Liberation Front. It took three years of filming, interviewing, and editing to complete.

Director: Shannon Keith | Stars: Melanie Arnold, Steven Best, Mel Broughton, Rod Coronado

Votes: 156

9. Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson (2011)

110 min | Documentary

7.9
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"Eco-Pirate" tells the story of a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans. The film follows professional radical ecologist, Captain Paul Watson as he repeatedly flouts the law, ... See full summary »

Director: Trish Dolman | Stars: Paul Watson, Patrick Moore, Rex Weyler, Chris Aultman

Votes: 229

10. Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist (2010)

90 min | Documentary

7.7
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Seen through the eyes of activist Peter Jay Brown, Confessions grants the viewer an intimate look at shipboard life amongst these self proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels who shaped ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Brown | Stars: Peter Brown, Robert Hunter, Paul Watson

Votes: 255

11. Wrenched (2014)

Documentary, Biography, Western

8.7
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Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey's anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the seventies and eighties. Through interviews, ... See full summary »

Director: Ml Lincoln | Stars: Edward Abbey, Dave Foreman, Peg Millett, Robert Redford

Votes: 6

12. Greenpeace: The Story (2011)

52 min | Documentary

7.5
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Although powerful now, at the start Greenpeace was just a small group of hippies, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world. Through unpublished archive footage and interviews... See full summary »

Director: Thierry de Lestrade | Stars: Annette Rizzo, Rex Weyler, Barbara Stowe, Robert Stowe

Votes: 12

13. A.L.F. (2012)

96 min | Drama

7.1
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What happened, that 24th of December? This is what officer Chartier wants to find out. To understand, he will have to go back 48 hours earlier to Franck's Christmas eve. Franck is an ... See full summary »

Director: Jérôme Lescure | Stars: Alexandre Laigner, Alice Pehlivanyan, Jean-Pierre Loustau, Stéphane Rouabah

Votes: 100

14. What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

PG | 91 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.4
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60 Metascore

An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from... See full summary »

Director: Rob VanAlkemade | Stars: Adetola Abiade, Paul Allen, Paul Norman Allen, Paul Norman Allen

Votes: 1,082 | Gross: $0.20M

15. Your Mommy Kills Animals! (2007)

R | 105 min | Documentary

6.6
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An in-depth look at the animal rights movement and the FBI's recent declaration calling them the number one domestic terrorist threat to the United States.

Director: Curt Johnson | Stars: Greg Kelly, Paul Watson, Annemarie Lucas, Suzanne Whang

Votes: 184

16. In the King of Prussia (1983)

92 min | Drama

6.8
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Dramatization of the trial of Christian anti-war activists, known collectively as the "Plowshares Eight". In September 1980, they broke into a General Electric weapons plant in King of ... See full summary »

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Daniel Berrigan, Philip Berrigan, Futura 2000, Dean Hammer

Votes: 40

17. Maelstrom (II) (2012)

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Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Daniel da Silva, Deniz Demirer, Ed Ferry, Samantha Vandersteen

18. Tunnel Vision Documentary (2016)

Documentary

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Tunnel Vision is the story of the community that rose up in defiance of the East West Link infrastructure project in Melbourne. It's a powerful story about a community that fought for ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Hexter

19. Animal Farm (2006 TV Short)

22 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Mel Broughton, Keith Mann

20. Fade to Black: The Trigger Effect (2013)

104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Four young men confront destructive life choices. Gage, Pepe, and JJ lives change when a crime boss, Mr. M, gives Pepe a gun, which leads to the death of Jamal's family. Jamal seeks revenge... See full summary »

Directors: Trevor Bailey, Singleton Bill Jr., Bill Singleton Jr. | Stars: Cecily Anderson, Patrick Bailey, Mario Barros, Nichole Barros

21. Raid on Reykjavik Reloaded (2012)

34 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Jan Hanus | Stars: Rod Coronado, Robert Davis, Paul Watson

22. Testify! Eco-Defense and the Politics of Violence (2005 Video)

52 min | Documentary

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A 50-minute video that discusses the tactics and philosophy of revolutionary environmentalism and animal liberation. Includes footage of ALF and ELF actions plus interviews with many direct-action environmentalists.

Director: Jana Rae Leiran | Stars: Judi Bari, Steven Best, George W. Bush, Darryl Cherney

23. Directing Bond: The Martin Chronicles (2006 Video)

11 min | Documentary, Short

4.9
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Director: John Cork | Stars: Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Martin Campbell, Judi Dench

Votes: 13

24. Angels of Mercy? (2006 TV Short)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Documentary on the legendary Animal Liberation Front activist Keith Mann.

Director: Yousaf Ali Khan | Stars: John Curtin, Celia Hammond, Angela Hamp, Doreen Mann

25. Breaking Free (1999)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Josh Harper | Stars: Angela Cox, Josh Harper, Joshua Kielas, Chelsea Lincoln

26. Animal People: The Humane Movement in America (2006)

84 min | Documentary

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The media has well documented the great social justice issues of the past and present-19th century struggles over the abolition of slavery, providing women with the vote, protecting ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Kaskel | Stars: Nanci Alexander, Cleveland Amory, Neal Barnard, Gene Bauston

27. Time for Action (2001)

7 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Heather Nicholson, Nancy Phipps, Natasha Taylor

28. Animal Liberation 2: The Sequel (1995)

24 min | Documentary, Short

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29. SHAC: Time for Action 2 (2002)

7 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Greg Avery, Kevin Kjonaas, Lynne Sawyer

30. Animal Liberation: The Movie (1993)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Star: Jill Phipps

31. Aurora - The Dream of Liberation (2011)

72 min | Drama

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"Aurora - The Dream of Liberation" tells the story of a girl who joins a group that frees the animals from laboratories.

Director: Piercarlo Paderno | Stars: Sara Alfieri, Giulia Cailotto, Gianni Fiorito, Alfredo Gabanetti

32. Green Hill: Una storia di libertà (2013)

40 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Piercarlo Paderno | Stars: Diego Bianchetti, Iose Bacchetti, Michela Kuan, Roberta Badaloni

33. A Burning Rage (2006)

34 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Craig Scott Rosebraugh | Stars: George W. Bush, Rod Coronado, Jeff Luers, Daniel McGowan

34. Saints & Angels (2007 Video)

119 min | Drama

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"Saints and Angels" is a compelling fictional account of an Animal Liberation cell that has been organized for one evening in order to free animals from the daily tortures of ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Cardinal | Stars: Chuck Ardezzone, Scott Cardinal, Tara Cardinal, Dustin Dyson

35. All My Heroes Still Wear Masks (2002)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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An introduction to the Animal Liberation Front with underground footage from the 1980s to the present, using the campaign against Huntington Life Sciences as a case study of the need for ... See full summary »

Director: Aimee Lee | Stars: Kim Berardi, Darius Fullmer, Kevin Kjonaas, Andrew Stepanian

36. SHAC: Time for Action 3 (2005)

5 min | Documentary, Short

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37. A.L.F.: The Frontline (2004)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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Star: Daniel Andreas San Diego

38. SHAC: Time for Action 4 (2009)

6 min | Documentary, Short

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39. Headwaters: No Compromise! (1995)

29 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Judi Bari, Darryl Cherney

40. Britches (1986)

12 min | Documentary, Short

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Portrait of a baby monkey, "Britches", who was artificially blinded as part of a $275,000 research project at the University of California at Riverside. Short scenes from the 1985 ALF ... See full summary »

Director: Lori Gruen

41. Sabotage (2004)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Chloe Trattles, Luke Westhead | Stars: Nathan Brown, James Conolly, Tom Harris, Keith Mann

42. Rod Coronado: A Voice for Liberation (2000)

5 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Mark Karbusicky | Star: Rod Coronado

43. Orimattilan laukaukset (1999)

52 min | Documentary

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Director: Rostislav Aalto

44. P.O.V. (1988– )
Episode: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003)

83 min | Documentary

7.7
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Documentary on Bayard Rustin, best-remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

Directors: Nancy D. Kates, Bennett Singer | Stars: Bayard Rustin, Dorothy Jackson, John Rodgers, Louis John

Votes: 133

45. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: Going to Jail for Justice (2013)

TV-G | 24 min | News, Talk-Show

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Tim DeChristopher tells why he spent nearly two years in prison in the name of environmental justice.

Stars: Tim DeChristopher, David Harris, Gretchen Morgenson, Bill Moyers

46. Fault Lines (2009– )
Episode: History of an Occupation (2012)

Documentary, News

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Stars: Josh Boss, Lisa Fithian, David Graeber, Manissa Maharawal

47. Fault Lines (2009– )
Episode: Occupy Wall Street: Surviving the Winter (2012)

Documentary, News

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Stars: Jack Bryson, Lisa Fithian, Amin Husain, Nell Myhand

48. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003– )
Episode: P.E.T.A. (2004)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy, Documentary

7.8
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Penn and Teller look at animal liberation and expose PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as hypocrites.

Directors: Star Price, Kevin Barry, Christopher Poole, Scott Schaefer, Chip Selby, R.L. Shontell | Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Steven Best, Rod Coronado

Votes: 190

49. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: Saving the Earth from Ourselves (2013)

TV-G | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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Saving the Earth from Ourselves

Stars: Pope Francis, Bill Moyers, Kumi Naidoo

50. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: Standing Up for Democracy (2012)

TV-G | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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American history is rich with stories of social change inspired by the actions of motivated individuals and organized groups. Today's activists are no different -- facing long odds against powerful and systemic special interests.

Stars: George Goehl, Sarita Gupta, Bill Moyers, Ai-Jen Poo