Skip to comments.What are the best conservative movies of the past 25 years ?
Posted on 01/15/2009 6:53:12 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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Harry Potter deals with good vs evil. HP also promotes the notion that the government & politicians don’t get it right & people need to take a stand.
Master and Commander?
I am sure "The Incredibles" has already been mentioned.
Great film. Not really a Conservative flick.
Ground Hog Day. The underlying story of service bringing joy and happiness is found when you start thinking of other people’s well being really had spiritual undertones.
LOTR is the most OVERRATED film saga ever made. A bunch of effeminate dwarves walking, and walking, and walking to find a stupid ring.
Interesting list. A few of NR’s picks seem a bit odd, though.
I was only 12 when I saw Deer Hunter, so I may have missed a lot, but it didn’t strike me as a conservative film. Carnal Knowledge I only know by reputation, but I wouldn’t have thought of it as a conservative standard bearer, either. Maybe I need to add a couple of rentals to my Netflix queue in the near future, eh?
One I’d add to the NR list, even though it was done by and starred a die-hard liberal actor: Jeremiah Johnson. Living free and on one’s own terms to me goes to the very essence of conservatism.
Yes, it’s the new Clint Eastwood movie. I went last weekend with my wife and 16 year old son, and we all loved it. Worth the ticket price (and I don’t say that too often).
I liked Quigley Down Under. Honor and personal integrity. Family relationships and redemption. Perseverance and commitment. Personal growth and healing.
I would submit “Are We There Yet?” Not a great, great film. Cliched in many ways, but it features a guy who has to man up to be a father and husband figure, and there are some genuinely funny moments in it.
Husband works to fall in love with his wife again, rather than divorce her (among other great values).
I only saw it dubbed in japanese on a JAL flt. Looked like it had conservative themes but I cannot verify it:)
“Many Clint Eastwood movies”
Nothing he has directed recently. After a one-two punch from Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby I have entirely given up watching movies directed by Eastwood. I consider him a nihilist.
I sat through the entire LOTR trilogy in one night. Would have rather gone through a reverse circumcision.
The Island. This was a sort of metaphor for anti-abortion. It centers around a multi-billion dollar cloning industry in which people are led to believe that the ‘donors’ are simply lumps of flesh, but the lie is exposed that these lumps of flesh are actually real, live human beings who are being killed for matters of convenience.
I was actually surprised by the positive themes I saw in Dark Knight for such a mainstream hollywood production.
I liked “Last of the Mohicans” with Daniel Day Lewis. I thought it showed how “America” was formed early on from the blending of cultures. And it showed Indians—oops Native Americans—could be “bad guys.” It was out the same year as “Dances with Wolves” and I thought it was a much better movie but did not get any recognition from Hollywood at Oscar time so it must have had a conservative message! Terrific soundtrack too...
Flags of our Fathers was a tremendous film. I rate it Conservative.
“Barbershop” was very good indeed, and refreshingly honest. I loved it when they admit the “three things every black man knows.” One was “OJ did it!”
The setting and the dialogue are kind of silly, but the underlying message is remarkable. This movie accomplished the difficult task of promoting a profoundly religious message with nary a mention of God -- or even anything religious at all.
“If you havent seen it, perhaps because its Disney or you think its for kids or you dont like superheroes, I think you should give it a chance.”
Agree wholeheartedly. Also there was more than 2 kids. Talk about a rarity. Disney bought Pixar about a year ago. Give Disney another year and Pixar will be totally ruined.
I'm kind of surprised that a movie like Breaker Morant didn't make that list -- and doesn't get any mention as a great "conservative" movie.
The movie appears to have a pacifist message, but I've always been attracted to it because of the simple way it promotes an absolute distrust in government.
Anyone have thoughts on
“The Last Of The Mohicans?”
I recall it as a very patriotic, inspiring, romantic film.
Three cheers for “Braveheart,” the portraits of Longshanks and his son were so politically incorrect. And accurate.
“Blade Runner?” Was that conservative, or just a good movie?
The final scene in “Last of the Mohicans” is one of my favorites. The facial expressions of the actor playing Maqua are excellent as he watches the girl go over the cliff.
Some of Daniel Day Lewis’ dialogue (”I will find you no matter what the cost!”) was pretty bad. I thought it detracted from an otherwise well made film.
I like “Groundhog Day” as well but I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thanks.
I had similar thoughts about "V for Vendetta". While it portrays religious people as the villains it is a profoundly anti-government movie.
Which “Blade Runner”? There are currently 4 or 5 versions out there. Some of the versions are drastically different from others.
In fact, the early scenes of that movie had one of the best 'American" movie quotes of all time:
British Officer (as a challenge to Nathaniel when he suggested that the settlers should be more concerned about protecting their farms from Indian raids than in forming a milita to help the British fight the French): "You call yourself a patriot -- and loyal subject to the Crown?!"
Nathaniel: "I don't call myself subject to much at all."
You're absolutely right about the soundtrack to that movie. Perhaps the best movie soundtrack I've ever heard.
I’ve tried to watch Deer Hunter about 5 ties and can never get through it. Always seemed a bit slow and I lost interest
I agree about the LOTR trilogy being in there. Quintessential good vs evil... And the inescapable battle that *must* happen... WILL happen, like it or not.
Agree also about Aragorn’s speech at the Black Gates. Pure poetry as only a warrior poet can do.
“There may come a day when the strength of men fails, BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY!”
Nice pics. If you have more, please email me the link(s). Thanks
Martin Sheen's portrayal of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Gettysburg was lame. Ted Turner might as well have used a cardboard cutout to duct-tape to the saddle of ol' Traveller. One who watches that movie can't help but think, every scene where he shows up, "that's not General Lee, that's Martin Sheen with a paste-on gray beard".
Turner did a much better casting job in Gods and Generals when he chose Robert Duvall to play Lee. Duvall was brilliant. Duvall WAS Lee. Sheen could take a lesson from that performance. Watching Gods And Generals, I actually had tears running down my cheeks when Gen. Jackson learned of the death of his "young friend"...and for me to get misty-eyed in a movie is very rare.
Out of Africa
Nowhere in Africa
The Painted Veil
The Dark Knight
Save for later.
I also liked the scene from the final movie where the riders of Rohan come to break the siege of Minas Tirith, are completely outnumbered with little hope of survival, and still charge headlong into the battle because it is what must be done.
Good to hear others liked that movie too. I thought I was alone thinking it should have gotten recognition from Hollywood. I meant to mention the “rugged individualism” too. Again—much better than “Dances W/Wolves.”
Are you being sarcastic? Girl borrows money from her Dad so a friend can get an abortion?
No one mentioned “Independence’s Day”. I thought the July 4th speech was one of the best in any movie.
I liked Hollywood Shuffle, which came out about 20 years ago. Again, not a political movie per se. It depicts a young black man trying to become an actor and finding that Hollywood will only cast him as a slave or a stereotypical gangster/pimp. The actor finally lands a movie role as a pimp character. He quickly becomes ashamed of himself and walks away from that job because it is demeaning and he wants to be a good role model for his young relatives. So Hollywood Shuffle has a good message about self-respect and family. It also makes fun of condescending white liberals.
I thought FIREFLY was really good, and the movie was outstanding.
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