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The Best Political Movies and TV Shows on Fandor

Finding a good Political movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Political movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Fandor.

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1. Meet John Doe

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7.6/10
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65/100
Released: 1941
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it's worth, until the made-up "John Doe" philosophy starts a whole political movement.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Vudu & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Philo & 6 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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2. Machuca

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7.7/10
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64/100
Released: 2004
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro's slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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3. Salt of the Earth

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7.4/10
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60/100
Released: 1954
History, Drama

What it's about: Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Epix & 3 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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4. Punishment Park

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62/100
Released: 1971Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: In this fictional documentary, U.S. prisons are at capacity, and President Nixon declares a state of emergency. All new prisoners, most of whom are connected to the antiwar movement, are now given the choice of jail time or spending three days in Punishment Park, where they will be hunted for sport by federal authorities. The prisoners invariably choose the latter option, but learn that, between the desert heat and the brutal police officers, their chances of survival are slim.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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5. Lumumba

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7.2/10
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55/100
Released: 2000
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and director Raoul Peck renders an emotional and tautly woven account of the mail clerk and beer salesman with a flair for oratory and an uncompromising belief in the capacity of his homeland to build a prosperous nation independent of its former Belgian overlords. Lumumba emerges here as the heroic sacrificial lamb dubiously portrayed by the international media and led to slaughter by commercial and political interests in Belgium, the United States, the international community, and Lumumba's own administration; a true story of political intrigue and murder where political entities, captains of commerce, and the military dovetail in their quest for economic and political hegemony.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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6. The Names of Love

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58/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Bahia Benmahmoud, a free-spirited young woman, has a particular way of seeing political engagement, as she doesn't hesitate to sleep with those who don't agree with her to convert them to her cause - which is a lot of people, as all right-leaning people are concerned. Generally, it works pretty well. Until the day she meets Arthur Martin, a discreet forty-something who doesn't like taking risks. She imagines that with a name like that, he's got to be slightly fascist. But names are deceitful and appearances deceiving.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Fidel: The Untold Story

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45/100
Released: 2001
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: Documentary about Fidel Castro, covering 40 years of Cuban Revolution. Rare Fidel Castro footage: he appears swimming with a bodyguard, visiting his childhood home and school, playing with his friend Nelson Mandela, meeting kid Elián Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with the Buena Vista Social Club group.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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8. The Square

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67/100
Released: 2013
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: The Square looks at the hard realities faced day-to-day by people working to build Egypt’s new democracy. Cairo’s Tahrir Square is the heart and soul of the film, which follows several young activists. Armed with values, determination, music, humor, an abundance of social media, and sheer obstinacy, they know that the thorny path to democracy only began with Hosni Mubarek’s fall. The life-and-death struggle between the people and the power of the state is still playing out.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

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9. Berkeley in the Sixties

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7.5/10
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48/100
Released: 1990
History, Documentary

What it's about: A documentary about militant student political activity at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. Black Venus

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Released: 2010
History, Drama

What it's about: The true story of Saartjes Baartman, a black South African worker who moves to London with her master in the early 19th century. Although she dreams of being an artist, once in Europe she is exploited as a sideshow attraction due to her large buttocks and genitalia.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & ConTV) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. The Baby

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57/100
Released: 1973Rated: PG
Drama, Horror

What it's about: A social worker who recently lost her husband investigates the strange Wadsworth family. The Wadsworths might not seem too unusual to hear about them at first - consisting of the mother, two grown daughters and the diaper-clad, bottle-sucking baby. The problem is, the baby is twenty-one years old.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Shudder & Fandor) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Hannah Arendt

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7.1/10
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62/100
Released: 2012
Biography, Drama

What it's about: HANNAH ARENDT is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a furious scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré also struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability — revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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13. The Look of Silence

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69/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
History, Documentary

What it's about: A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Docurama) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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14. Any Day Now

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Released: 2012Rated: R
LGBTQ, Drama

What it's about: In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the family he's never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight the legal system to adopt the child.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Dear Dictator

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55/100
Released: 2018
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: When political turmoil forces a British-Caribbean dictator to flee his island nation, he seeks refuge and hides with a rebellious teenage girl in suburban America, and ends up teaching the young teen how to start a revolution and overthrow the "mean girls" in her high school.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Peacock & Plex), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. Zulu Dawn

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Released: 1979Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex), stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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17. Born in Flames

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54/100
Released: 1983
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: In a future where a socialist government gains power, a group of women decides to organize and rebel.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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18. 100 Days Before the Command

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5.3/10
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44/100
Released: 1991
LGBTQ, Drama

What it's about: Visually astonishing, erotically charged and emotionally jarring. '100 Days Before the Command' is Hussein Erkenov's courageous and stinging indictment of communism. Five young Red Army recruits struggle for survival against the merciless violence that surrounds them on a daily basis. Their only means of saving their dignity is by preserving the humanity and compassion they share for each other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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19. The Promised Land

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57/100
Released: 1975
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The Polish film based on the book of the same name by Wladyslaw Reymont. Taking place in the nineteenth century town of Łódź, Poland, three friends want to make a lot of money by building and investing in a textile factory. An exceptional portrait of rapid industrial expansion shown through the eyes of one Polish town.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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20. Endgame

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52/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward insurrection. A British mining concern is convinced that their interests would be better served in a stable South Africa and they quietly dispatch Michael Young, their head of public affairs, to open an unofficial dialogue between the bitter rivals. Assembling a reluctant yet brilliant team to pave the way to reconciliation by confronting obstacles that initially seem insurmountable, Young places his trust in ANC leader Thabo Mbeki and Afrikaner philosophy professor Willie Esterhuyse. It is their empathy that will ultimately serve as the catalyst for change by proving more powerful than the terrorist bombs that threaten to disrupt the peaceful dialogue.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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21. A Very Natural Thing

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50/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: When David, an ex-monk still in his twenties meets Mark, he falls hard; soon he's asked Mark if they can live together. Things go well for awhile, and then differences in their definition of "commitment" begin to push them apart. Mark wants other sexual adventures, David tries to go along. Can they talk through the crisis in their relationship or is a breakup in the offing? David sees his relationship with Mark as a marriage, so if it ends, can David's heart ever heal?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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22. Disco and Atomic War

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69/100
Released: 2009
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: A different history of the Cold War: how Estonians under Soviet tyranny began to feel the breeze of freedom when a group of anonymous dreamers successfully used improbable methods to capture the Finnish television signal, a window into Western popular culture, brave but harmless warriors who helped change the fate of an entire nation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Realeyz) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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23. Home Town Story

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45/100
Released: 1951
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Blake Washburn blames manufacturer MacFarland for his defeat in the race for re-election to the state legislature. He takes over his uncle's newspaper to take on big business as an enemy of the people. Miss Martin works in the "Herald" newspaper office. When tragedy strikes, Blake must re-examine his views.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & Vudu).

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24. Unraveled

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6.4/10
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47/100
Released: 2012
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Just days before Bernard Madoff captured headlines as the largest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted hundreds of millions of dollars from hedge funds. Brazen forgeries and impersonations branded the white collar crime spree remarkable. "Unraveled" is set in the purgatory of house arrest -- an Upper East Side penthouse -- where the Court has ordered Dreier confined until his sentencing day. The film weaves Dreier's struggle to prepare for the possibility of life imprisonment with first-person flashbacks, which reveal his audacious path of destruction. Destroyed by his own hubris, Dreier attempts to grasp his tragic unraveling. With unprecedented access, "Unraveled" exposes a mastermind of criminal deception.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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25. The Black Raven

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5.6/10
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44/100
Released: 1943
Thriller, Mystery

What it's about: One dark and stormy night, an escaped convict, an embezzler, a runaway daughter, her intended and her father, and a gangster take refuge in a remote inn called "The Black Raven" after the nickname of a second gangster who owns it; and murder ensues.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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26. The Son of Monte Cristo

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6.2/10
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46/100
Released: 1940
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Rightful owner of the kingdom, the Duchess of Zona, is engaged in a power struggle with the evil General Gurko. Edmond, the son of Monte Cristo, dons many disguises to come to the aid of the Duchess.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix, Fandor & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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27. The Consequences of Feminism

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47/100
Released: 1906
Horror, Comedy

What it's about: A world where women are sexually aggressive and men stay at home doing housework.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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28. Better This World

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7.3/10
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47/100
Released: 2011
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Set amid arrests and subsequent trials surrounding the 2008 Republican National Convention, this portrait of two young activists caught in the web of an opportunistic mentor and a desperate justice system poignantly describes both the problems of power and the power of forgiveness and love.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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29. At Land

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7.5/10
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53/100
Released: 1944
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: A woman lies on the sand, left there by the tides and waves (and in a pose that would be copied in From Here to Eternity). She reaches up across tree roots and makes a difficult climb. Only to discover herself climbing horizontally along a long dinner table as bourgeoise black-tie guests chat and drink and smoke, oblivious to her. At the top of the table, a man is playing chess but abandons the game. Fascinated, she gazes at board, the pieces moving unaided. The woman chases a pawn as it falls to the floor. Falls down a waterfall. Is lost.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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30. !Women Art Revolution

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6.8/10
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43/100
Released: 2010
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Through intimate interviews, provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage, this feature documentary reveals how art addressing political consequences of discrimination and violence, the Feminist Art Revolution radically transformed the art and culture of our times.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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31. Žižek!

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7.3/10
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51/100
Released: 2005
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: ŽIŽEK! trails the thinker as he crisscrosses the globe, racing from New York City lecture halls, through the streets of Buenos Aires, and even stopping at home in Ljubljana, Slovenia. All the while Žižek obsessively reveals the invisible workings of ideology through his unique blend of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxism, and critique of pop culture.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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32. Miss Arizona

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5.6/10
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40/100
Released: 2018
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A former pageant queen embarks on an all-night adventure with four unlikely friends she meets at a women's shelter.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Peacock, Vudu & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & ConTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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33. The End of Poverty?

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46/100
Released: 2008
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: The End of Poverty? asks if the true causes of poverty today stem from a deliberate orchestration since colonial times which has evolved into our modern system whereby wealthy nations exploit the poor. People living and fighting against poverty answer condemning colonialism and its consequences; land grab, exploitation of natural resources, debt, free markets, demand for corporate profits and the evolution of an economic system in in which 25% of the world's population consumes 85% of its wealth. Featuring Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, authors/activist Susan George, Eric Toussaint, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and more.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Docurama) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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34. St. Benny the Dip

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5.8/10
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40/100
Released: 1951
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: A gang of con artists disguise themselves as clerics in order to pull off a job, but soon find that even pretending to be religious people is having an effect on them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Fandor) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix).

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35. Lost Colony

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6.8/10
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39/100
Released: 2015
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: While navigating life with his hyper-protective mother along the enigmatic Outer Banks of North Carolina's coast (site of the first attempted English settlement in the New World), conflicted teen Loren learns of his expecting girlfriend's ambivalence toward him. After a near tragic accident, he must learn to assemble the broken pieces into a stronger, wiser form and approach a more worldly consciousness. A searchlight cast upon the earliest traces of America and the mystery of settlers vanished, Lost Colony scans a once virgin watershed for signs of life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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36. In the Mirror of Maya Deren

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7.3/10
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46/100
Released: 2002
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: Documentary about the life of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who led the independent film movement of the 1940s.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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37. Go for Zucker

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50/100
Released: 2004
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Germany director Dani Levy filmed this comedy about Jewish life in today’s Germany along side the familiar east-west conflict. With it great success this film is a joyful comedy of humor and knowledge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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38. S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine

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49/100
Released: 2003
Documentary

What it's about: Documentary of the S-21 genocide prison in Phnom Penh with interviews of prisoners and guards. On the search for reasons why this could have happened.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Hoopla).

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39. The Rise of Catherine the Great

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6.4/10
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45/100
Released: 1934
Romance, Drama

What it's about: The woman who will become Catherine the Great marries into the Russian royal family when she weds Grand Duke Peter, the nephew of Empress Elizabeth. Although the couple has moments of contentment, Peter's cruel and erratic behavior causes a rift between him and Catherine. Mere months after Peter succeeds his aunt as the ruler of Russia, a revolt is brewing, and Catherine is poised to ascend to the throne as the country's new empress.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 2 others).

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40. The Prize

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6.7/10
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45/100
Released: 2011
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Ceci, a seven year old girl, has to keep a huge secret, but she doesn't completely understand what is the secret about. The life of her family depends on her silence. But what exactly must she keep silent about? Ceci and her mom live hidden from military repression in Argentina. Ceci asks herself: what must she say? What should she really believe and do in order to deserve the love of her mother and others?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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41. About 111 Girls

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7.2/10
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41/100
Released: 2012
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: About 111 Girls is a satirical road movie about a pompous but empathetic government bureaucrat sent by the president himself to investigate the case of 111 young women threatening to jump off a cliff together in the tiny far-off corner of Iranian Kurdistan. Due to wars, bad economy and politics, there seem to be no perspective husbands around, and these young women are protesting the conditions that have left them spinsters. The bureaucrat, accompanied by an assistant and a little boy who seems to be both guide and interpreter leads the search to find the women.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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42. Marie Galante

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5.7/10
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40/100
Released: 1934
Romance, Drama

What it's about: There is unease in a pre-WWII world. Marie is kidnapped in France by sailors looking for pleasure and taken aboard a ship on a shady mission, then thrown off at Yucatan. She winds up singing in a cafe in the Panama Canal zone.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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43. The White Meadows

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7.6/10
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48/100
Released: 2009
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Rahmat travels to a host of islands in a vast salt pan in order to collect the inhabitant's tears for an unknown purpose. He is joined on his mysterious journey by a young boy searching for his father. As their travel nears its end, a potent critique of the Iran's political leadership emerges.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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44. Zapatista

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6.6/10
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41/100
Released: 1999
Documentary, History

What it's about: "Zapatista" is the definitive look at the uprising in Chiapas. It is the story of a Mayan peasant rebellion armed with sticks and their word against a first world military. It is the story of a global movement that has fought 175,000 federal troops to a stand still and transformed Mexican and international political culture forever.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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45. Frontrunners

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6.4/10
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40/100
Released: 2008
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: A documentary on the competition for student body president at New York's Stuyvesant High School. As the notoriously competitive school's election draws near, the campaign becomes a microcosm for the nation at large, with race, gender and appearance vying for attention with real issues.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

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46. Uprising

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7.1/10
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39/100
Released: 2012
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The leaders of Egypt's 2011 revolution discuss the fire, courage and resiliency behind their movement to remove President Hosni Mubarak from office.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (Microsoft, Vudu & PlayStation Store).

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47. Let Each One Go Where He May

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7.2/10
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36/100
Released: 2009
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The film traces the extensive journey of two unidentified brothers who venture from the outskirts of Paramaribo, Suriname, on land and through rapids, past a Maroon village on the Upper Suriname River, in a rehearsal of the voyage undertaken by their ancestors, who escaped from slavery at the hands of the Dutch 300 years prior. A path still traveled to this day, its changing topography bespeaks a diverse history of forced migration.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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48. The Sixth Side of the Pentagon

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7.2/10
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39/100
Released: 1968
Comedy, Documentary

What it's about: On October 21, 1967, over 100,000 protestors gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam. It was the largest protest gathering yet, and it brought together a wide cross-section of liberals, radicals, hippies, and Yippies. Che Guevara had been killed in Bolivia only two weeks previously, and, for many, it was the transition from simply marching against the war, to taking direct action to try to stop the 'American war machine.' Norman Mailer wrote about the events in Armies of the Night. French filmmaker Chris Marker, leading a team of filmmakers, was also there.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $5.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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49. Standing Army

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7.2/10
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39/100
Released: 2010
Documentary

What it's about: Standing Army, directed by Enrico Parenti and Thomas Fazi, is an award-winning documentary film about the global network of U.S. military bases, the impact that these have on local populations, and the military-industrial complex that lies behind it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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50. Evening Land

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7.0/10
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37/100
Released: 1977
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: A fictional-documentary depicting Denmark in deep crisis: the country is hit by general strike, during the holding of a NATO summit in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, a minister is kidnapped by extremists and state power cracks down against the politically active leftists. Made with a cast of 192 non-professional actors, the film intervenes polemically into a period of intense debates about the media, worker militancy, terrorism and the anti-nuclear movement.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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