'Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.' —Woody Guthrie

19 Must See Libertarian Movies

by Ethan Glover, Sat, Dec 20, 2014 - (Edited) Tue, Oct 18, 2016

  1. The Giver - Judging from the low rating, you may have to read the book to appreciate this movie. Nevertheless, it reminds us of the dangers of uniformity. While the rigorous scheduling of people's lives and emotions may create utopia, it means a loss of the most important parts of humanity.
    When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every single time.
  2. A Scanner Darkly - Drug using law enforcement officers arresting drug users, all for the "greater good." Of course, the twist at the end will leave you with some things to consider.
    I believe God's M.O. is to transmute evil into good and if He's active here, he's doing that now. Although our eyes can't perceive it. The whole process is hidden beneath the surface of our reality. It will only be revealed later. And even then, the people of the future, our children's children, will never truly know this awful time that we have gone through and the losses we took. Maybe some footnote in a minor history book, a brief mention with no list of the fallen.
  3. A Bug's Life - Probably the most libertarian big-budget cartoon out there. The grasshoppers act as a government, taxing the working class (ants) for their own survival. But living on nothing but violence and threats can't last forever.
    You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one and if they ever figure that out there goes our way of life! It's not about food, it's about keeping those ants in line.
  4. Nineteen Eighty-Four - Surveillance, controls, lies, and the absurdity of war giving people purpose. Put everything together and you have the ultimate dystopian future film.
    Power is tearing human minds apart and putting them back together in new shapes of your own choosing.
  5. The Hunger Games - The movies haven't fully represented this story quite yet. The final film will certainly prompt discussion for libertarians. However, with the movies out now you can see the rebellion against a government that pits people against one another to remind them what their place is. Of course, the rebellion's leader aims to take power and replace the government…
    Hope. It is the only thing spaner than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it's contained.
  6. Legends of the Fall - One generation escapes to the wilds of Montana after learning to despise the government through war. The next moves to fight another. A good lesson in how no new war is any different or any more justified than the last.
    I followed all of the rules, man's and God's. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more. Samuel, Father, and my... even my own wife.
  7. Minority Report - Abstractly shows the dangers and immorality of arresting people before they do something wrong. Real world representations of this include entrapment, free speech violations, visiting the wrong websites, etc.
    You see the dilemma don't you. If you don't kill me, precogs were wrong and precrime is over. If you do kill me, you go away, but it proves the system works. The precogs were right. So, what are you going to do now? What's it worth? Just one more murder? You'll rot in hell with a halo, but people will still believe in precrime. All you have to do is kill me like they said you would. Except you know your own future, which means you can change it if you want to.
  8. The Castle - A very fun movie that discusses the issues of eminent domain and corporatism. A large company teams up with the government to try to force a simple family off their rightfully owned land.
    Compulsorily acquired? You know what this means don't you, they're acquiring it compulsorily.
  9. Ghostbusters - Three unemployed professors enter the free market and create a valuable service for a city plagued by ghosts. Once they begin to grow, the EPA starts to take notice and fights them every step of the way.
    Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.
  10. Porco Rosso - Anything directed by Hayao Miyazaki belongs on a must see list. This great story follows an ex-pilot ace who transfers his skills into the free market. He takes contracts for things like saving children from sky pirates but when a war begins, the military needs his talents again. Porco, however, just wants to go about his business.
    If you make money from war, you're scum. If you can't make money from bounty hunting, you're an idiot!
  11. Dallas Buyers Club - With government control over medicine and healthcare, many people can't afford care. This movie shows the black market in action, saving people's lives despite government regulation.
    Oh, I'm the drug dealer? No, you're the fuckin' drug dealer. I mean, goddamn, people are dyin'. And y'all are up there afraid that we're gonna find an alternative without you.
  12. Brazil - A dystopian vision of bureaucracy and regulation. While the whole movie makes for a good watch, you can't help but love the underground heating-engineer Tuttle whose skills out match any certified government goon.
    I came into this game for the action, the excitement. Go anywhere, travel light, get in, get out, wherever there's trouble, a man alone. Now they got the whole country sectioned off, you can't make a move without a form.
  13. All Quiet on the Western Front - A teacher glorifies war and pushes his students into joining to gain honor. Eventually, one of his surviving students returns to the classroom to school him on the truth of what war really is.
    You still think it's beautiful to die for your country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for country, it's better not to die at all.
  14. V for Vendetta - I shouldn't have to explain why this movie makes the list. The freedom fighter V takes on a corrupt government and moves an entire city to stand up and take action.
    Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird - Culture and peer pressure has acted as one of the spanest opponents to justice and fairness. That's why one man fighting for good against his own community makes for a great story.
    ...mockingbirds don't do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat people's gardens, don't nest in the corncrib, they don't do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.
  16. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb - A hilarious representation of the absurdity of things like ‘mutually assured destruction' and man's distrust for one another embodied in borders and war.
    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.
  17. The Matrix - The cult classic that inspired ‘take the red pill.' I think we all love to see someone metaphorically pulled out of the system and ‘woken up' so they can take on the system that controls mankind.
    Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize just as I did that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
  18. Star Wars - Don't take sides. Watch all six movies. The story setup by the first three shows how government scheming and power grabbing can easily lead to endangering not only themselves, but also those whom they claim to represent.
    So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.
  19. 12 Angry Men - The perfect vision of the importance and power of juries. While most men will throw a guilty verdict just so they can go home, one keeps the debate going in order to make sure an innocent life doesn't get destroyed for the convenience of others.
    I feel sorry for you. What it must feel like to want to pull the switch! Ever since you walked into this room, you've been acting like a self-appointed public avenger. You want to see this boy die because you *personally* want it, not because of the facts! You're a sadist!