RMG Poll & Open Thread: The Best Conservative-Themed Films Of The Last 25 Years By NRO

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National Review Online (NRO) recently conducted a survey on which movies made over the last 25 years would be considered the best in terms of expressing/exhibiting conservative themes. This was the final tally:

25. Gran Torino

24. Team America: World Police

23. United 93

22. Brazil

21. Heartbreak Ridge

20. Gattaca

19. We Were Soldiers

18. The Edge

17. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

16. Master and Commander

15. Red Dawn

14. A Simple Plan

13. Braveheart

12. The Dark Knight

11. The Lord of the Rings

10. Ghostbusters

09. Blast from the Past

08. Juno

07. The Pursuit of Happyness

06. Groundhog Day

05. 300

04. Forrest Gump

03. Metropolitan

02. The Incredibles

01. The Lives of Others

Now that NRO has spoken, do the members of Red Mass Group (RMG) feel the same way about the selections? From the NRO list, does the RMG membership agree with the order in which said movies were placed? Please vote for your favorite conservative-themed movies as listed by NRO (NOTE: you can vote for more than one movie) & use the open thread to cite a movie not on the NRO list which you feel should have been mentioned. Please list your reason(s) why the movie(s) you cite should have been an obvious selection as a conservative-themed movie (without producing blisters on your fingertips as you type away). Have fun. Ciao!

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  • Yes, it talks about American history and plays “Sweet Home Alabama.”  It was also a really good movie, but not conservative.

    “300” talked a good game with Freedom and blah, blah blah… Unfortunately “Ghostbusters” was more historically accurate.  I couldn’t get past it and did not enjoy it.

    Other than that, a pretty good list.

    See GATTACA.  It’s fantastic.

  • eury13

    Groundhog day? LOTR? Juno, simply because she doesn’t have an abortion? I guess I can see what they’re talking about with The Incredibles, but it’s about as much of a stretch as elastigirl’s limbs.

    So am I to understand that anything that promotes the virtue of the individual is now “conservative”? Was Forrest Gump ghost-written by Ayn Rand or something?

    A Simple Plan? Isn’t that all about greed and paranoia? Maybe that one is the most appropriate…

  • The movie is about a man standing athwart history yelling Stop!  Should be #1.


    NRO lists a few more that almost made their list.

    Air Force One, Amazing Grace, An American Carol, Barcelona, Bella, Cinderella Man, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hamburger Hill, The Hanoi Hilton, The Hunt for Red October, The Island, Knocked Up, The Last Days of Disco, The Lost City, Miracle, The Patriot, Rocky Balboa, Serenity, Stand and Deliver, Tears of the Sun, Thank You for Smoking, Three Kings, Tin Men, The Truman Show, Witness.

    Exorcism of Emily Rose should be replaced by Fallen.

    Gettysburg and Gods & Generals (counting as one pick) should be on the list.

    Add in Silverado since the top 25 need at least one western.  And it’s a movie from the 80s, which make the list less top heavy.

  • getting votes here.  

  • The Angelic One

    I’m surprised the NRO crowd didn’t include Mel Gibson’s R-rated classic to their list. It’s a very powerful, uncompromising movie that raises the artistic standard for biblical movies.

  • Festus Garvey

    …do some of these movies have some secret code which only conservatives understand?

    Groundhog Day?  You’ll have as many chances as you need to get things right and change your life…that is a conservative theme?

    Juno?  Because teenagers can get knocked up and face very little consequences (but only if you give the baby up for adoption)?

    Team America?  Because the sex was between consenting puppets is OK (and they were not married if memory serves me)?

    We Were Soldiers?  Because it showed how the US sacrificed there finest soldiers with a futile military strategy of attack and withdraw, letting the enemy move back later.  (Or was the message about how foreign powers, the French and the US, who engage the same enemy a generation apart and end with the same tragic results, illustrating the quagmire of fighting in that war?)

    Ghostbusters?  I’ve got nothing, because my brain can’t attached any political significance to it.  Was Rick Morales a symbol of liberal weakness or…I just don’t get it.

    The irony of Braveheart being listed speaks volumes to simple propaganda as opposed to reality.  The only thing that movie had in common with history was the main character was named William Wallace.

    BTW, of the movies I did see on this list, I found most enjoyable (except 300, which was cartoonish).

    All in the eyes of the beholder.  


  • Even with the 3rd one being sub-par, the Godfather Triology is still the greatest set of movies – ever – and hey, it’s all about family values.  ðŸ˜‰  

  • If you saw it, you know why.  

  • Demonstration how beaurocracy is a joke and the liberal system encourages short cuts and punishes hard work.  

  • The Angelic One

    This great movie not only examines the inexplicability of evil in the modern age but also casts a hard cold light on the inability of people today to understand – let alone fight against – a force of nature hell bent on death & destruction. Though its thesis (good vs. evil) is as old as mankind itself, the movie itself provides a useful meditation – if not reflection – on Western Civilization’s confrontation with today’s Islamofascism.

  • Knightbrigade

    choice for “conservative”-themed movies would be

    #1 Cinderella Man….

    Hmmm.. just happens to be from the era that produced the “GREATEST” generation compared to the WORST generation that leads us now.

    Cinderella Man – the setting can maybe relate to today’s economic fart.

    The way Jimmy Braddock dealt with the situation with a work ethic and pride. How disgusting he felt at the welfare office, but the pride in which he paid BACK that help at the welfare window.

    –TODAY– NO pride just entitled hands held out…with a porkiulas bill

    It was also great the way he kept the nuclear family intact despite the pressure to do the easy thing like send the kids to family.

    –TODAY– Some social agency shmuck would stick their beak in, or worst case scenario some feminist would babble the option of a single motherhood strategy.

    Another aspect integrity to do what is RIGHT no matter the benefit, no dive for THIS guy!!

    –TODAY– Would he be a Blogo/Damasi crook kinda guy? DON’T THINK SO

    Blue collar hard workin guy, becomes business owner with a construction company all on his own.

    Gotta Love it!

    Honorable Mention:

    RUDY – No crying, NO whining, just self determined hard work to reach a supposed unreachable goal.

    Oh and with a decent backdrop of – NOTRE DAME… omg …religion!

    Libs… errrr Progressives do have such problems with religion. Ex: Boston College crucifix in classroom poo poo.

    Now as far as the LIST.

    Let’s combine Red Dawn and Braveheart, because that’s what I think would be interesting….

    The intensity of the fight for freedom from Braveheart. Along with the strategy of a better trained well equipped group of wolverines from Red Dawn.

    Except we are not going to be invaded from the OUTSIDE….

    New movie TITLE–“The 1776 Brigade”

    We start production soon!

  • Vote3rdpartynow
  • eury13

    to hear some of your thoughts on Watchmen when it comes out. If it’s anything like the book, it should provide for some good discussions.

  • I also enjoyed Gattaca and United 93, but Brazil is the best.

  • eury13

    Over at BMG, I posted this list of movies with progressive values and themes. Thought I’d share…

    Juno: A young woman, faced with an unexpected pregnancy, chooses to carry the pregnancy to term and give the child to adults who are unable to conceive. The girl lives with her father and his wife (not her mother). In the end (sorry to give it away), she gives the baby to the woman she was planning to, even though she and her husband are no longer together. This film shows the modern family unit in a variety of different forms, all of which are given credibility and value for being loving and responsible.

    Milk: An openly gay business owner in San Francisco successfully organizes a community and eventually becomes the face of a movement as he runs for elected office and fights back for rights for gay people.

    Wall-E: A robot in the future, responsible for clearing Earth of the mess humans have left behind, reawakens man’s desire to care for and cultivate our planet.

    12 Angry Men: One man stands alone against 11 others in a jury room deliberating the case of a young man charged with murder. Although the other 11 jurors, having pre-judged the defendant, wish to reach a speedy guilty verdict and go home, The lone holdout forces the rest of the jury to truly examine both the evidence of the case and their own prejudices before reaching a verdict. In the end, justice is truly served.

    Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: On the brink of World War III, this farcical drama shows the futility of the Cold War and the inherent danger of an overly militaristic society.

    Lawrence of Arabia: The moral of this story? Stay out of Iraq.

    To Kill a Mockingbird: In the racially charged south, a young girl learns about honor through the actions of her father, an attorney defending a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

    The Third Man: In post WWII Vienna, a free-market entrepreneur sells diluted polio vaccines on the black market, causing suffering and death in the name of making a buck.

    Wall Street: Left unchecked, greed is not always good, and there’s more to business than the bottom line.

    Pleasantville: Trapped in a 50’s-era TV show, Toby Maguire exposes those around him to love, lust, passion, anger, sorrow, and other heretofore-unacceptable feelings, but in the end everyone is better off because of it. Oh, and there are also racial parallels.

    Brokeback Mountain: Gay people can be just like straight people. Stories about their relationships can be equally boring.

    Million Dollar Baby: The right to live and die on one’s own terms should not be dictated by anyone else.

    V For Vendetta: This one is messy, morally speaking, but the basic point is that it’s important to stand up to a government that overreaches its power and uses fear to intimidate and control its people. Dissent is patriotic.

    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Interracial relationships are okay. Especially if they’re with Sidney Poitier. He was a good looking guy in 1967!

    Frost/Nixon: Nixon was a power-crazed narcissist. Ergo, Republicans are bad.

    Now, I understand that these are all gross oversimplifications of the values, lessons, and morals contained in each of these films, and many are presented with tongue firmly embedded in cheek. However, if nothing else, I think that this exercise has demonstrated that the values liberals and conservatives like to consider their own are not so neatly divided and packaged as we’d like to believe. Justice, honor, freedom, equality… you’re not going to find many people on either side willing to write off these values as solely the purview of their political rivals.

    Just food for thought…