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We Take A Look At The Top 10 Conspiracy Films of All Time

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Making his writing debut on Back to the Movies Devin Baker gives us the low down on the Top 10 Conspiracy Films of all time.

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Ever feel like your government is watching you? That your garden gnome is actually a CIA surveillance camera in disguise? That somewhere out there a shadowy group is plotting the worlds demise?

Then make sure to keep your tin foil hat on, and your heart beat up, because these movies will keep your trust down and your paranoia at an all time high.

Top 10 Conspiracy Films

These ten films are as good as it gets at making you sweat and making you wonder, here are the top ten conspiracy films of all time:

10. Francis Ford Copollas The Conversation (1974)

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Francis Ford Copollas tale of surveillance, paranoia, and the unknown is conspiracy content at its finest.

The Conversation manages to capture that suffocating feeling of thinking you know everything and at the same time feeling as if you know nothing at all.

Gene Hackman shines as Harry Caul, a reclusive private contractor who specializes in audio recordings and surveillance, when tasked with recording a conversation between a man and a woman, he finds himself asking more questions about his work than ever before.

What unfolds is a gripping, roller coaster like journey to the truth and meaning behind the conversation he has eavesdropped upon. 

9. Sydney Pollacks The Parallax View (1974)

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When you think of a conspiracy, perhaps the first two things that come to your mind are government assassinations and cover ups. If that’s you, then Alan J. Pulukas terror filled road to the truth behind the death of a promising politician is just for you.

At a time where government trust was at an all time low, Palukas film convincingly plays off the paranoia of the time, telling the story of a daring journalist who tries to take on the powers that be almost all on his own.

Political assassinations and corporate assassins are all that’s needed for any conspiracy, throw on an amazing soundtrack and a stellar performance by Warren Beatty and you have one of the best and genuinely terrifying conspiracy movies of all time.

8. Tony Scotts Enemy of the State (1998)

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Long after the 70s were over, the skepticism of the government and its surveillance practices never left the minds of many.

Tony Scotts on the run thriller stars Will Smith as a man in the wrong place at the wrong time, who now finds himself the target of the government but cant figure out for the life of him why.

What unfolds is a tale of deception, paranoia, and lies that all lead back to the government and their intrusive plans for the American people, a rather foreshadowing tale of the decade that followed where government surveillance reached new heights around the globe. 

7. Tony Gilroys Michael Clayton (2007)

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Tony Gilroys character driven award winning film about a struggling fixer lawyer for a powerful law-firm is a grounded yet still tantalizing conspiracy film.

Gilroys film doesnt jump to the government level of conspiracy seen in most of the conspiracy films on this list but instead it focuses on big business and how such entities could pose just as much if not more of a danger to the people.

George Clooney is great and very convincing as Michael Clayton and the pair up of him and Tilda Swinton take the film to the next level, making its mark as one of the best conspiracy movies of all time.

6. Brian De Palmas Blow Out (1981)

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Blow Out is a steady film that is consistent with suspense and paranoia from the start to the very odd and dark finish.

Brian De Palmas film about a sound specialist who unintentionally stumbles upon the assassination of a promising politician, is one that borrows concepts from existing conspiracy films of the time, but is ultimately good enough to stand on its own and bring its own suffocating paranoia to the minds of viewers.

John Travolta and Nancy Allen click in this film with excellent chemistry that makes the journey to the truth all the more enjoyable and one that the viewers want to invest their time and minds in. 

5. Sydney Pollacks Three Days of the Condor (1974)

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When you think of conspiracy movies and the 1970s, two things should come to mind; Robert Redford and Three Days of the Condor.

Considered to be the standard for conspiracy films to live up to, Sydney Pollacks spy thriller still holds up to todays and as one of the better ones of all time. Robert Redford stars as Joe Turner, a CIA codebreaker who suddenly finds himself the lone survivor of his code breaking unit and on the run from the same government that employed him.

The film boasts some great philosophical and still time relevant dialogue as well as gripping suspense and timely twists making this a classic and still staple in the spy and conspiracy genre.

4. Curtis Hansons L.A. Confidential (1997)

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Often overlooked as more of a detective mystery film, L.A. Confidential is in fact just as much of a conspiracy film then any of the other entries on the list.

Centering around the rather lawlessness of the Los Angeles scene of the 1950s, Curtis Hansons tale of deceit, corruption, and murder centering around L.A. detectives is one that needs to be seen by all.

Packed with a star studded cast, this film is truly a masterpiece of cinema, one that has you second guessing throughout but ties all up the necessary loose ends before the credits roll.

A fresh take from the bigger government and big business conspiracy films, this police driven conspiracy film stays grounded at the local level and even inspired a video game set around the same premise.

3. Jordan Peeles Get Out (2017)

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Widely known for his comedy centered content throughout most of his filmography, it certainly was quite a shock when fans learned that Jordan Peele would be directing a psychological horror film, but in short he delivered.

The film centers around a young African-American photographer who takes a weekend trip with his white girlfriend to visit her parents for the first time.

As the weekend progresses he makes a number of disturbing discoveries that leads him to a truth that is more sinister than he could ever imagine.

The film explores the race issues that still plague America today and addresses a widely theorized conspiracy theory about missing african americans in the world.

2. John Frankenheimers The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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The oldest entry on the list, The Manchurian Candidate has stood the test of time and still matches up and tops the line of conspiracies films that have followed after it.

John Frankenheimers film is a terrifying one, one that surely left more than a few viewers sleeping with the light on at night.

The film centers around a former prisoner of war who has been brainwashed into an assassin for the benefit of international communist.

At a time where the Cold War was still very much a weight on the shoulders of Americans, this film expertly plays on the countrys fears of the time, nonetheless with a few shifts in thinking, the story could be applied today or in anytime and still terrifying all the same. 

1. Oliver Stones JFK (1991) 

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Often discredited due to the possible exaggerations made by Oliver Stone, theres still no doubt that the directors 3 hour conspiracy masterpiece is one of and in the case of this list, the best conspiracy film to fill our screens.

From start to finish viewers are hammered with twist and evidence or at least reasonable doubt surrounding the assassination of JFK in 1963.

Theres no film on this list that had more of an actual impact on its viewers than JFK, for after the movie’s release and nationwide popularity the U.S. government moved its JFK assasination document release date from 2029 to 2017.

The film is a must watch for any conspiracy theorist or anyone interested in possible alternatives in the reasoning behind the death of the president.  

Top 10 Conspiracy Films article by Devin Baker

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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