Every person who watches movies mostly has some movies that he will recommend for other people to watch. I have some too. The movies that I am going to recommend for you are of some specific genres. These are the type of movies that I am most interested in. In all these movies, the stories are based on facts from history. They might not be perfectly accurate, but they are mostly accurate to much extent, and they are fun to watch and at the same time interesting and informative as well. Moreover, almost all these movies have some moral lessons for those who want to learn. All these movies have a political touch in them and inform us much about how things work at the top levels of administrations and businesses. So let us start with the first one;
The Post (2017)
It is surely one of my most favorite movies that I can watch again and again after some time. It depicts the details of the events that occurred during the Vietnam War. And when Daniel Ellsberg got his hands on the infamous Pentagon Papers which contain many untold secrets about the involvement of the United States in Vietnam, the movie splendidly shows the true story of The Washington Post’s journalists’ effort to publish these documents.
All the President’s men (1976)
This movie starts with events where The Post ends. The Watergate burglary is what this movie is about. It shows the efforts of the newspapers at that time to unveil the involvement of the Nixon administration in the Watergate scandal. Particularly it focuses on 2 journalists from The Washington Post, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein, who go on a special task assigned to them to investigate and cover the Watergate story.
It is based on the book written by Bob and Carl, and it is a much accurate depiction of how they did that what lead to the downfall of the Nixon Administration. And if after watching this movie, your interest in the Watergate Scandal grows even more, then watch “Mark Felt; The Man Who Brought Down the White House”. This movie unfolds the story of the major source of Bob Woodward, whom he referred to as the Deep Throat. It is not a critically acclaimed movie, but I find it interesting especially regarding the lead character Mark Felt.
The Insider (1999)
This movie is an epic demonstration of what a whistleblower and his accomplices have to go through when they take on the big guns like the Tobacco industry. Russell Crowe and Al Pacino depict, in an excellent way, what Jeffrey Wigand and Lowell Bergman respectively had to face to unveil the fraud that the Tobacco industry was committing with the public. It also shows the attempts to legally and publically discredit the whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand and how Lowell Bergman struggled to protect him from being destroyed. In short, it is an epic movie to watch and learn from. I remember one of the quotes from the movie saying, “Really know what you are going to do before you do it.”
This Academy Award-winning film follows The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team when it takes on the task to investigate and report the child sex abuse by the Roman Catholic priests in the Boston area. It was an issue facing criminal negligence. It was being ignored by the Church and Administrative authorities and also by the press. The Spotlight team works very hard and faces a lot of difficulties in researching and verifying the facts. The film quite elegantly shows what they had to face during this struggle against a notorious crime that was being committed right under everyone’s nose.
Official Secrets (2019)
Another whistleblower, another movie. In this film, the real-life events of Katherine Gun are shown. She leaked a memo that unveiled the unlawful acts of the United States to get the 2nd United Nations resolution on the invasion of Iraq passed. This leads to huge upheavals in her personal life and had to face great opposition from the authorities. Her struggle for survival and help she got during it have been nicely shown in the movie.