33 Popular Movies Going All "F*ck The System!"...
News > 33 Popular Movies Going All "F*ck The System!"...
Technological advances, corrupt governments, mankind's struggle against global disasters, invasions and more...These movies all have something to say to the system, and you all know it! Here are the 33 best movies rebelling against the current system.
Just sit back, have a browse through the list and get furious!
Plots taken from IMDb 1. In Time (2011) | IMDb 6.6
In Time http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1637688/
In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.
2. Patch Adams (1998) | IMDb 6.6
Patch Adams http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129290/
Patch Adams is determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate the work *he* can do, because they are unable to do it.
3. Fahrenheit 451 (1966) | IMDb 7.2
Fahrenheit 451 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060390/
Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag's wife are drugged into compliance and get their information from wall-length television screens.
4. 1984 (1984) | IMDb 7.2
Nineteen Eighty-Four http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/
After The Atomic War, the world is divided into three states. London is a city in Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia. They try to escape Big Brother's listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape...
5. 99 Francs (2007) | IMDb 7.3
99 francs http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0875113/
The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.
6. God Bless America (2011) | IMDb 7.3
God Bless America http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1912398/
Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. He finds an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement.
7. The Constant Gardener (2005) | IMDb 7.5
The Constant Gardener http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387131/
In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong.
8. The Life of David Gale (2003) | IMDb 7.5
The Life of David Gale http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289992/
When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.
9. Thank You for Smoking (2005) | IMDb 7.6
Thank You for Smoking http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427944/
The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey, that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good at what he does for the mortgage.
10. The Edukators (2004) | IMDb 7.6
The Edukators http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408777/
Berlin student Jule is hopelessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsured, hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat, she moves in with her boyfriend, Peter, and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valuables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor.
11. Die Welle (2008) | IMDb 7.6
Die Welle http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1063669/
High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves?
12. Equillibrium (2002) | IMDb 7.6
In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.
13. Lord of War (2005) | IMDb 7.6
Lord of War http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399295/
This film charts the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov, from his early days in the early 1980s in Little Odessa, selling guns to mobsters in his local neighborhood, through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 90s, where he forms a business partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. The film also charts his relationship through the years with his younger brother, his marriage to a famous model, his relentless pursuit by a determined federal agent and his inner demons that sway between his drive for success and the immorality of what he does.
14. Detachment (2011) | IMDb 7.7
Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment. A perfect profession for one seeking to hide out in the open. One day Henry arrives at his next assignment. Upon his entry into this particular school, a secret world of emotion is awakened within him by three women.
15. Persepolis (2007) | IMDb 8.0
In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her.
16. District 9 (2009) | IMDb 8.0
District 9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1136608/
In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed 'The Prawns,' appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends.
17. Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) | IMDb 8.0
Pink Floyd The Wall http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084503/
The movie tells the story of rock singer 'Pink' who is sitting in his hotel room in Los Angeles, burnt out from the music business and only able to perform on stage with the help of drugs. Based on the 1979 double album 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd, the film begins in Pink's youth, where he is crushed by the love of his mother. Several years later, he is punished by the teachers in school because he is starting to write poems. He slowly begins to build a wall around himself to be protected from the world outside. The film shows all this in massive and epic pictures until the very end.
18. Blood Diamond (2006) | IMDb 8.0
Blood Diamond http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450259/
A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him.
19. The Truman Show (1998) | IMDb 8.0
The Truman Show http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/
In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is, in fact, a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and the people around him are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day... he finds out everything. Will he react?
20. La haine (1995) | IMDb 8.1
La haine http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113247/
The film follows three young men and their time spent in the French suburban 'ghetto,' over a span of twenty-four hours. Vinz, a Jew, Saïd, an Arab, and Hubert, a black boxer, have grown up in these French suburbs where high levels of diversity coupled with the racist and oppressive police force have raised tensions to a critical breaking point. During the riots that took place a night before, a police officer lost his handgun in the ensuing madness, only to leave it for Vinz to find.
21. Network (1976) | IMDb 8.2
In the 1970s, terrorist violence is the stuff of networks' nightly news programming, and the corporate structure of the UBS Television Network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network.
22. V For Vendetta (2005) | IMDb 8.2
V For Vendetta http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434409/
Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in.
23. Into the Wild (2007) | IMDb 8.2
Into the Wild http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758758/
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
24. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) | IMDb 8.2
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031679/
Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor.
25. Metropolis (1927) | IMDb 8.3
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
26. A Clockwork Orange (1971) | IMDb 8.4
A Clockwork Orange http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066921/
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.
27. 3 Idiots (2009) | IMDb 8.5
3 Idiots http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1187043/
Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them 'idiots'.
28. Dr. Strangelove (1964) | IMDb 8.5
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/
Paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper of Burpelson Air Force Base, believing that fluoridation of the American water supply is a Soviet plot to poison the U.S. populace, is able to deploy through a back door mechanism a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without the knowledge of his superiors, including the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Buck Turgidson, and President Merkin Muffley.
29. Modern Times (1936) | IMDb 8.5
Modern Times http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027977/
Chaplins last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, the use of sound in films, and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital...
30. American History X (1998) | IMDb 8.6
American History X http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120586/
Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A., and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.
31. The Matrix (1999) | IMDb 8.7
The Matrix http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/
Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day, he is an average computer programmer and by night, a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy, and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix.
32. Fight Club (1999) | IMDb 8.9
Fight Club http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more...
33. 12 Angry Men (1957) | IMDb 8.9
12 Angry Men http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050083/
The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room.