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Anti-militarism Movies

Preston C. Enright
The list author says: "The United States has an extremely large military establishment that includes hundreds of bases world-wide and a budget of hundreds of billions of dollars. It also provides careers for many who are just trying to get any sort of steady paycheck, and others who are making millions off of corporate welfare for Lockheed Martin and other war profiteers. Part of what makes this system of violence and tax dollar waste possible is a relentless advocacy of militarism via what's been called 'militainment, inc.' (see the clips on YouTube), a propaganda machine whose narratives can be found in countless action/adventure movies, tv dramas like '24,' video games, right-wing radio shows and more. As the costs of war mount, and the increasing harm from cuts in social spending and a devastated environment multiply, more people are open to an honest discussion of the costs and catastrophes of militarism. Here are some films that advance that discussion."
Why We Fight
Why We Fight
"Based on the warning from General/President Eisenhower about the military-industrial-complex."
Blood and Oil
Blood and Oil
"Documents the long history of U.S intervention and resource wars in the Middle East."
Leading To War
Leading To War
"A study of the manipulative messaging that lead the U.S. to invade Iraq."
War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
"The role of the corporate media in taking the nation to war. Includes a segment of Martin Luther King's 'Beyond Vietnam' speech."
Rethink Afghanistan
Rethink Afghanistan
"Disturbing look at the on-going waste of lives and money in Afghanistan."
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
"Reveals the profiteering of Halliburton and other contractors in Iraq."
Body of War - The True Story of an Anti-War Hero
Body of War - The True Story of an Anti-War Hero
"The story of a wounded Iraq war veteran."
The Tillman Story
The Tillman Story
"Shows how Pat Tillman's life, and death, were used by Pentagon propagandists."
The Ground Truth
The Ground Truth
"Stories from disillusioned Iraq war veterans."
Sir! No Sir! - The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement to End the War in Vietnam
Sir! No Sir! - The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement to End the War in Vietnam
"The role of soldiers in ending the Vietnam War."
One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern
One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern
"Great piece on the campaign of George McGovern which sought to end the Vietnam War."
Born on the Fourth of July (Special Edition)
Born on the Fourth of July (Special Edition)
"Powerful performance by Tom Cruise as Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic."
Hearts and Minds (The Criterion Collection)
Hearts and Minds (The Criterion Collection)
"Deals with the madness of the U.S. invasion of Vietnam. Won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1975."
AGENT ORANGE: THE LAST BATTLE
AGENT ORANGE: THE LAST BATTLE
"The suffering caused by Dow Chemical and Monsanto's Agent Orange."
Poison Dust
Poison Dust
"The suffering being caused by weapons made with depleted uranium."
The Atomic Cafe
The Atomic Cafe
"A look at how U.S. culture treated the development, testing and use of the atom bomb."
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space
"The growth of the weaponization of space."
The Corporation
The Corporation
"Includes a segment on General Smedley Butler who wrote the classic book, 'War Is a Racket.'"
Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War
Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War
"Exposes the Pentagon spin coming from 'news' channels and think tanks like Heritage and the American Enterprise Institute."
Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral On a Moving Train -- Special Commemorative Edition
Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral On a Moving Train -- Special Commemorative Edition
"Documentary on World War II veteran and the author of the classic, 'People's History of the United States.'"
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
"Focuses on various deceptions involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
"A look at the many films that include dehumanizing caricatures of Arab people."
Control Room
Control Room
"A behind the scenes look at Al-Jazeera, and the U.S. military's media specialist who ended up working with the network."
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
"Documentary on one of many U.S. torture chambers."
Taxi To the Dark Side
Taxi To the Dark Side
"Examines the USA's policy of torture.  Won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary."
The War on Democracy
The War on Democracy
"Disturbing documentary on the long history of U.S. military intervention in Latin America."
The Panama Deception
The Panama Deception
"Documentary on "Operation Just Cause.'"
When the Mountains Tremble
When the Mountains Tremble
"Reveals the little known facts of the U.S. supported genocide against the Mayan people in Guatemala."
Romero
Romero
"Film on the life of the martyred archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero."
Men with Guns
Men with Guns
"A film that could've been about any number of U.S. sponsored dirty wars in Central America."
Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure
Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure
"Examines the realities of the so-called 'war on drugs' in Colombia."
Venezuela
Venezuela
"Documentary on a nation that the U.S. military establishment sees as an enemy.  This film describes the grassroots movement for social change going on in Venezuela."
The Fog of War
The Fog of War
"Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on war."
Lord of War (Widescreen)
Lord of War (Widescreen)
"Story of a weapons dealer."
Johnny Got His Gun
Johnny Got His Gun
"Based on the classic book by Dalton Trumbo."
Evil Empire: from Blowback to Nemesis
Evil Empire: from Blowback to Nemesis
"A talk by the author of the books 'Blowback' and 'The Sorrows of Empire.'"
Speaking Freely: John Perkins
Speaking Freely: John Perkins
"Discussion of U.S. empire with former 'economic hit man,' John Perkins."
Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media
Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media
"The movie that has become a movement, exposing the corporate media's efforts to control thought in a nominally free society."
Occupation 101 - Voices of the Silenced Majority
Occupation 101 - Voices of the Silenced Majority
"Moving film on the realities of the occupation of Palestine."
Budrus
Budrus
"Wonderful film on the non-violent resistance movement in Palestine."