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Movies That Have Influenced the Culture


Ernest and Donna Hancock share their list of movies they feel has helped people to understand, explain, and learn about freedom and liberty, while also predicting what the future holds in store for us based on the knowledge of how the 'bad guys' think. This is by no means a complete list, but are the ones that come to mind first that have inspired us in some way; I am certain you have your own list as well.

"There are two kinds of people in the world - those that just want to be left alone, and those that just won't leave you alone. It's no more complicated than that.

~Ernest Hancock

Movies Featured:

1. Serenity

The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their number who is telepathic.

Serenity (2005) Trailer

2. The Matrix

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Matrix Trailer HD (1999)

3. V for Vendetta

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

V for Vendetta trailer

4. Braveheart

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, a commoner begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron fist.

Braveheart - Official® Trailer 1 [HD]  

5. The Astronaut Farmer

A NASA astronaut (Thornton), forced to retire years earlier so he could save his family farm, has never given up his dream of space travel and looks to build his own rocket, despite the government's threats to stop him.

The Astronaut Farmer Trailer:

6. Tucker: The Man and His Dream

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Tucker, The Man And His Dream - Official Trailer [HD]

7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Still in theaters)

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Official Trailer (2014) [HD]:

8. The Lord of the Rings

A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.

The Lord of the Rings: Trilogy Trailer (2001-03)

9. The Patriot

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

The Patriot Movie Trailer

10. Gladiator

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Gladiator Trailer HD:

11. Wag the Dog

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal.

Wag the Dog - Movie Trailer

12. The Siege

The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law.

The Siege - Movie Trailer:


13. Enemy of the State

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Enemy Of The State - Trailer:

14. Minority Report a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Minority Report Trailer:

15. Atlas Shrugged Part 1

Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden form an alliance to fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States.

Atlas Shrugged Trailer

16. America: Freedom to Fascism

A documentary that explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America.

America : Freedom to Fascism Full Movie Version

17. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

Final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (trailer):

18. For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty

A grassroots documentary film about Congressman Ron Paul's 2007-08 Presidential campaign.

For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty Full Movie Version:

19 Waco: The Rules of Engagement

The stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians - and the FBI .
Full Length Movie:

20. The Fog of War

A film about the former US Secretary of Defense and the various difficult lessons he learned about the nature and conduct of modern war.

The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

21. Sir! No Sir!

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.

Sir! No Sir! Trailer:

22. The U.S. vs. John Lennon

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

U.S. vs. John Lennon Trailer:

23. Why We Fight

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life?

Why We Fight trailer :

24. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

1939 Mr Smith goes to Washington - Trailer:

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