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1. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 92,280 | Gross: $70.60M

2. All the King's Men (2006)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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37 Metascore

Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 22,673 | Gross: $7.22M

3. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.0
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72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 134,917 | Gross: $21.24M

4. Edison (2005)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney.

Director: David J. Burke | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J

Votes: 14,232

5. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama

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The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden

Votes: 6,277

6. I... For Icarus (1979)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Conspiracy thriller inspired by the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. After a fictional president is assassinated, a determined, tough prosecutor investigates the emerging conspiracy behind it.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Yves Montand, Michel Albertini, Roland Amstutz, Jean-Pierre Bagot

Votes: 3,201

7. Beware the Gonzo (2010)

TV-14 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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36 Metascore

A young muckraker decides to start his own underground newspaper at his high school.

Director: Bryan Goluboff | Stars: Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Griffin Newman, Stefanie Y. Hong

Votes: 1,494

8. The Nasty Girl (1990)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

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When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Lena Stolze, Hans-Reinhard Müller, Monika Baumgartner, Elisabeth Bertram

Votes: 2,269 | Gross: $2.28M

9. Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975)

108 min | Drama

7.7
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Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, Ingrid Caven, Margit Carstensen, Karlheinz Böhm

Votes: 1,604

10. Carte Blanche (1988– )

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Stars: Derek Watts, Devi Sankaree Govender, Bongani Bingwa, John Webb

Votes: 16

11. The Last Mitterrand (2005)

116 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.

Director: Robert Guédiguian | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Jalil Lespert, Philippe Fretun, Anne Cantineau

Votes: 942

12. Two Guys from Muck (1982 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy

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Misadventures of two reporters working for a tawdry newsmagazine published in Los Angeles, whose editor demands that they rake up as much interesting dirt as they can find. The reporters ... See full summary »

Director: John Astin | Stars: Alan Arkin, Rick Casorla, Gwen Humble, Graham Jarvis

13. Spin (1995)

57 min | Documentary

7.8
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Pirated satellite feeds revealing U.S. media personalities' contemptuous plans for their viewers come full circle in Spin. TV out-takes appropriated from network satellite feeds unravel the... See full summary »

Director: Brian Springer | Stars: Larry Agran, Jim Bakker, Bill Beutel, Tom Brokaw

Votes: 462

14. Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Goldsmith | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Edward Asner, Ben Bagdikian, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 95

15. The Telephone Girl (1927)

60 min | Drama

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Political boss Jim Blake, supports his son-in-law, Mark Robinson running for governor. They discover that Robinson's opponent registered in a hotel as "Matthew Standish and wife" three ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Madge Bellamy, Holbrook Blinn, Warner Baxter, May Allison

16. Mother Jones Says Trump Wanted to Be Spanked by a Forbes Magazine and Was Obsessed with Shark Week (2018 Video)

13 min | Short, News

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Styx is dubious of a salacious new report about Donald Trump's sex life.

Star: Styxhexenhammer666

17. I.F. Stone's Weekly (1973)

62 min | Documentary

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Director: Jerry Bruck Jr. | Stars: I.F. Stone, Tom Wicker

Votes: 38

18. The Legacy of I.F. Stone (2015 Video)

42 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Jeff Cohen, Glenn Greenwald, Peter Jennings, Lyndon B. Johnson

19. Legacy Media Whines About Trump 'Censoring' Them as They Call for Censoring the Alt Media (2017 Video)

16 min | Short, News, Talk-Show

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Styx says the mainstream media is hypocritical and wrong when complaining about censorship from Donald Trump.

Star: Styxhexenhammer666

20. FISA Memo Released: Proof of DNC FBI Collusion, and, Yes, Worse than Watergate (2018 Video)

14 min | Short, News

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21. Do As I Say (2009)

83 min | Documentary

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Hypocrites come in all shapes and sizes. And when it comes to politics, hypocrisy is just part of the game. But the press only tends to cover half the story. For decades, the American ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Tucker | Stars: Jason Klofstad, Monica Murray, Heidi Boucher, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 16

22. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: A Flash of Green (1984)

131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Local reporter gets involved with corrupt county commissioner.

Director: Victor Nunez | Stars: Ed Harris, Blair Brown, Richard Jordan, George Coe

Votes: 171



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