Radical Film & Television


Overview

This wiki is intended to be a list of movies and TV shows with radical themes. Assume a broad definition of radical, not every addition has to be The Young Karl Marx.

There are two ways to make additions to the list, Raddle users can:

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Movies

1890s

The Dreyfus Affair (1899)

1900s

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

1910s

The Immigrant (1917)

1920s

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Strike (1925)

Mother (1926)

Metropolis (1927)

The End of St. Petersburg (1927)

October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)

Zvenigora (1928)

Arsenal (1929)

An Andalusian Dog (1929)

1930s

The Golden Age (1930)

M (1931)

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Zero for Conduct (1933)

1860 (1934)

An Inn in Tokyo (1935)

Toni (1935)

A Night at the Opera (1935)

Modern Times (1936)

Alexander Nevsky (1938)

1940s

The Great Dictator (1940)

The Mortal Storm (1940)

Casablanca (1942)

People of the Mountains (1942)

Ossessione (1943)

Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944)

Rome, Open City (1945)

Paisan (1946)

Shoeshine (1946)

Lowly City (1946)

Gran Casino (1947)

Body and Soul (1947)

Germany, Year Zero (1948)

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

The Earth Trembles (1948)

They Live By Night (1948)

Bitter Rice (1949)

We Were Strangers (1949)

1950s

Stromboli (1950)

The Young and the Damned (1950)

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

The Breaking Point (1950)

The Dividing Line (1950)

Night and the City (1950)

The Sound of Fury (1950)

Surcos (1951)

Bellissima (1951)

Miracle in Milan (1951)

The Prowler (1951)

He Ran All the Way (1951)

Ikiru (1952)

Rome 11:00 (1952)

Europe '51 (1952)

Umberto D. (1952)

Nagarik (1952)

Tokyo Story (1953)

Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

Animal Farm (1954)

Salt of the Earth (1954)

Newspaper Boy (1955)

Pather Panchali (1955)

Death of a Cyclist (1955)

Aparajito (1956)

Paths of Glory (1957)

The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate (1957)

Quiet Flows the Don (1957)

Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)

The Runaway (1958)

Giants and Toys (1958)

The Human Condition 1/2/3 (1959)

Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

The World of Apu (1959)

Knock On Any Door (1959)

Fate of a Man (1959)

The 500 Blows (1959)

1960s

Naked Youth (1960)

Night and Fog in Japan (1960)

The Naked Island (1960)

The Warped Ones (1960)

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Il Posto (1961)

Pigs and Battleships (1961)

Pitfall (1962)

Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Nine Days in One Year (1962)

Barravento (1962)

The Twelve Chairs (1962)

The Insect Woman (1963)

She and He (1963)

Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Gate of Flesh (1964)

I Am Cuba (1964)

The Guns (1964)

Nothing But a Man (1964)

Intentions of Murder (1964)

Assassination (1964)

Gate of Flesh (1964)

Pale Flower (1964)

Woman of the Dunes (1964)

Tattooed Life (1965)

It Happened Here (1965)

With Beauty and Sorrow (1965)

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

The First Teacher (1966)

Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)

Andrei Rublev (1966)

War and Peace (1966)

The Pornographers (1966)

Fighting Elegy (1966)

Tokyo Drifter (1966)

The Face of Another (1966)

La Chinoise (1967)

Weekend (1967)

The Plea (1967)

Entranced Earth (1967)

Branded to Kill (1967)

I Even Met Happy Gypsies (1967)

If... (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The Red Light Bandit (1968)

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

The Inferno of First Love (1968)

Death by Hanging (1968)

Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)

Eros + Massacre (1969)

The Colour of Pomegranates (1969)

Army of Shadows (1969)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Kes (1969)

Macunaima (1969)

Antonio das Mortes (1969)

Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

Boy (1969)

Double Suicide (1969)

The Battle of the River Neretva (1969)

1970s

Buraikan (1970)

The Conformist (1970)

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

Solaris (1971)

Punishment Park (1971)

Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The Year 01 (1971)

Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

The Ceremony (1971)

Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971)

Tout Va Bien (1972)

Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972)

Walter Defends Sarajevo (1972)

Love and Anarchy (1973)

The Man from Maisinicu (1973)

O Lucky Man (1973)

*The Battle of Sutjeska (1973)

Nada (1974)

Rebellion in Patagonia (1974)

Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)

The Mirror (1975)

Fox and his Friends (1975)

Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)

Winstanley (1975)

The Little Girl of Hanoi (1975)

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) (CW: Sadism)

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)

1900 (1976)

The Last Supper (1976)

A Special Day (1977)

Germany in Autumn (1978)

Killer of Sheep (1978)

The Teacher (1978)

Portrait of Teresa (1979)

The Survivors (1979)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Norma Rae (1979)

Stalker (1979)

1980s

Breaker Morant (1980)

The Shining (1980)

Who's Singin' Over There? (1980)

Reds (1981)

Rasputin (1981)

Pixote (1981)

Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981)

Marianne & Juliane (1981)

Britannia Hospital (1982)

The Marathon Family (1982)

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

Yol (1982)

The Stolen Children (1982)

Nostalgia (1983)

Born in Flames (1983)

Suburbia (1983)

Sweet Bunch (1983)

A Passage to India (1984)

1984 (1984)

Repentance (1984)

The Official Story (1985)

Come and See (1985)

When Father Was Taken Away On Business (1985)

Brazil (1985)

Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

Kin-dza-dza! (1986)

Salvador (1986)

Platoon (1986)

Robocop (1987)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Wall Street (1987)

Clandestines (1987)

Matewan (1987)

They Live (1988)

Time of the Gypsies (1988)

The Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)

Little Vera (1988)

Talk Radio (1988)

Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

The Beauty of the Alhambra (1989)

1990s

Slacker (1990)

Mister Johnson (1990)

Porco Rosso (1992)

Veronico Cruz (1992)

The Strategy of the Snail (1993)

Ivan & Abraham (1993)

Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)

Cyclo (1995)

The White Balloon (1995)

Guantanamera (1995)

Land and Freedom (1995)

La Belle Verte (1996)

Libertarias (1996)

From Hell to Hell (1996)

Starship Troopers (1997)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Children of Heaven (1997)

The Mirror (1997)

Antz (1998)

Satya (1998)

The City (1998)

Butterfly's Tongue (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

Human Resources (1999)

Not One Less (1999)

Rosetta (1999)

Bolivia (1999)

2000s

*Amores Perros (2000)

The Circle (2000)

The State I Am In (2000)

The Legend of Rita (2000)

U-571 (2000)

Anarchists (2000)

The Waiting List (2000)

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

What to Do In Case of Fire (2001)

Y Tu Mamá Tambien (2001)

Kandahar (2001)

Lilya 4-Ever (2002)

City of God (2002)

Carandiru (2003)

Remake (2003)

Crimson Gold (2003)

Babij Jar (2003)

Osama (2003)

The Buffalo Boy (2004)

Machuca (2004)

The Edukators (2004)

Earth and Ashes (2004)

V for Vendetta (2005)

L'enfant (2005)

Man Push Cart (2005)

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

Habana Blues (2005)

The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006)

Sacco & Vanzetti (2006)

Children of Men (2006)

Offside (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Half Nelson (2006)

Still Life (2006)

Crossing Borders (2006)

Franz + Polina (2006)

El Benny (2006)

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Into the Wild (2007)

My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Persepolis (2007)

Chop Shop (2007)

Frozen River (2008)

Opium War (2008)

The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

The Anarchist's Wife (2008)

Che (2008)

Involuntary (2008)

The Silence of Lorna (2008)

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

The Wave (2008)

Ballast (2008)

Goodbye Solo (2008)

Treeless Mountain (2008)

Fish Tank (2009)

The Trotsky (2009)

Berlin '36 (2009)

Invictus (2009)

Sin Nombre (2009)

2010s

Sound of Noise (2010)

Winter's Bone (2010)

Fortress of War (2010)

The Black Tulip (2010)

In the Fog (2010)

Memories of Overdevelopment (2010)

The Patience Stone (2012)

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Snowpiercer (2013)

A Spectre Is Haunting Europe (2013)

Closed Curtain (2013)

A Proletarian Winter's Tale (2014)

The Lego Movie (2014)

Pride (2014)

99 Homes (2014)

Taxi (2015)

Mina Walking (2015)

The Big Short (2015)

0-41* (2015)

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

A Decent Woman (2016)

Captain Fantastic (2016)

Free State of Jones (2016)

The Young Karl Marx (2017)

Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (2017)

Anarchist from Colony (2017)

The Death of Stalin (2017)

Okja (2017)

Girls of the Sun (2018)

3 Faces (2018)


TV Shows

Farscape (1999-2003)

Firefly (2002-2003)

The Wire (2002-2008)

The Thick of It (2005-2012)

The Boondocks (2005-2014)

Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007 -)

Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Carlos (2010)

Black Mirror (2011 -)

The Eric Andre Show (2012 -)

The Legend of Korra (2012-2014)

Continuum (2012-2015)

Steven Universe (2013 -)

Peaky Blinders (2013 -)

Rectify (2013-2016)

Sense8 (2015-2018)

Mr. Robot (2015 -)

Narcos (2015-2017)

Westworld (2016 -)

Damnation (2017 - 2018)

The Handmaid's Tale (2017 -)


Documentaries

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Land Without Bread (1933)

The Hour of the Furnaces (1968)

History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970)

Harlan County, USA (1976)

A Grin Without A Cat (1977)

Que Viva Mexico (1979)

Manufacturing Consent (1992)

Living Utopia (1997)

A Place Called Chiapas (1998)

La Commune (Paris, 1871) (2000)

The Corporation (2003)

Havana Suite (2003)

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Sicko (2007)

END:CIV (2011)

Special Flight (2011)

This Is Not a Film (2011)

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)

The Act of Killing (2012)

The Square (2013)

Viva Belarus! (2013)

The Look of Silence (2014)

The Shelter (2014)

E-Team (2014)

A German Youth (2015)

Winter on Fire (2015)

Our Allies (2017)

Nae Pasaran (2018)


Anime

Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997)