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Absolute Power (1997)

The President believes everything he does is beyond reproach, including an affair or two. This leads to murder and everyone around him is involved. There's only one witness: a thief named Luther Whitney.

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Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Scott Glenn, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Davis, E.G. Marshall
Clint Eastwood
David Baldacci (book), William Goldman (screenplay)

Air America (1990)

Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington (Robert Downey Jr.) is recruited into it, and ends up in the middle of a bunch of lunatic pilots, gun-running by his friend Gene Ryack (Mel Gibson), and opium smuggling by his own superiors.

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Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.
Roger Spottiswoode
Christopher Robbins (book), John Eskow (screenplay) and Richard Rush (screenplay)
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All the President's Men (1976)

With the help of a mysterious informant named Deep Throat, two reporters uncover the truth behind the Watergate burglary, and bring down a President in the process.

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Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman
Alan J. Pakula
William Goldman
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Blow Out (1981)

Jack Terri, while recording sound effects, stumbles upon an accident and saves a damsel in distress. Will being a good samaritan lead him into a tangled web of conspiracy that might leave someone dead?

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John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow
Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma, Bill Mesce Jr.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Jason Bourne continues his quest to uncover his real identity.

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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Albert Finney, Joan Allen
Paul Greengrass
Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi
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The Boys from Brazil (1978)

A young Nazi hunter tracks down a group of former SS officers in Paraguay in the late 1970s. The Nazis, led by Dr. Joseph Mengele, are planning something. Old Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman is at first uninterested in the Nazi hunter's findings. But when he's told more about their plans, his curiosity grows. Digging deeper, Lieberman visits several homes in Europe and the US. At one of these houses he notices something strange, which turns out to be horrific.

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Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason
Franklin J. Schaffner
Ira Levin (novel), Heywood Gould (screenplay)

Breach (2007)

Eric O'Neill, a surveillance expert with the FBI, gets an unexpected promotion and assignment to work with renowned agent Robert Hanssen. He learns the reason for his promotion is to gain Hanssen's trust and find proof that he is a traitor to the country.

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Chris Cooper, Ryan Philippe, Laura Linney Billy Ray
Adam Mazer and William Rotko

Capricorn One (1977)

Literally moments before launch, the first NASA astronauts bound for Mars are pulled from the capsule and told that their mission would have ended in disaster due to fatal technical problems. They're asked, therefore, to fake the Mars landing. The astronauts (Sam Waterston, James Brolin and O.J. Simpson) agree under duress, but as an inquisitive reporter (Elliott Gould) starts sniffing out the truth behind the charade of the mission, events start to spin out of control, and the powers that be at NASA decide it's time to turn the astronauts into martyrs.

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Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook, Karen Black, Telly Savalas, Robert Walden
Peter Hyams
Peter Hyams
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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

A Texas socialite, a CIA agent, and a US representative form an unlikely alliance to boost funding for Afghan freedom fighters, thus bringing about the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union.

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The China Syndrome (1979)

While working on a series of reports on alternative energy sources, an opportunistic reporter witnesses an accident at a nuclear power plant. She's determined to publicize the incident but soon finds herself entangled in a conspiracy to keep the full extent and danger of the incident a secret.

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Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas
James Bridges
Mike Gray, T.S. Cook, James Bridges

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Roy Neary, while going out to check a power outage, is left with a sun-burned face, and an obsession with visions given him from a low-flying UFO, which slowly destroys his family life. Meanwhile, in response to the finding of WW 2 missing planes suddenly appearing in the middle of the desert, and other bizarre happenings being reported by people, a government research team led by research scientist Claude Lacombe, put the pieces together and realize that aliens wish to make contact with them at the top of a mountain in Wyoming. The peculiar thing is that folks like Roy are also drawn to the same mountain, despite the elaborate anthrax scare story announced by the government to keep people away.

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Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon
Steven Spielberg
Julia and Michael Phillips

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Jerry Fletcher, a conspiracy theorist, is infatuated with Alice Sutton, a government lawyer. After he is tortured by CIA psychiatrist Dr. Jonas, he realizes that at least one of his theories isn't just a theory. Jerry enlists the help of Alice Sutton to get to the bottom of it all. She must decide if she thinks he is crazy or if there really is a conspiracy before they wind up dead.

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The Conspiracy (2012)

When two young filmmakers decide to make a documentary film based on a conspiracy theorist, they find out that not all is as it seems and there just might be some truth to the conspiracy.

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James Gilbert, Aaron Poole, Angela Besharah
Christopher MacBride
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The Constant Gardener (2005)

In Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Her companion, a doctor, seems to have fled, and evidence points to a crime of passion. Investigators assume that Tessa's widower will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that takes him across three continents and uncovers a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than anyone can imagine.

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Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite
Fernando Meirelles
Jeffrey Caine (screenplay),
John le Carré (novel)
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The Conversation (1974)

Gene Hackman plays Harry Caul, a surveillance expert obsessed with preserving his own privacy and dogged by a sense that with his latest assignment he is on the verge of repeating a past mistake. A fascinating look into the obscure subculture of professional eavesdroppers, The Conversation is also a penetrating psychological portrait, with a powerful performance by Hackman and a stunning-yet-logical plot twist at the end.

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The Da Vinci Code (2006)

When there is a murder in the Louvre, and clues are found in Da Vinci paintings, a religious mystery that has been guarded by a secret society for 2000 years begins to unravel.

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Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jurgen Prochnow, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno
Ron Howard
Akiva Goldsman

Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles on an underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers, who have the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him.

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Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly
Alex Proyas
Alex Proyas (story & screenplay),
Lem Dobbs (screenplay) and
David S. Goyer (screenplay)

Déjà Vu (2006)

After a bombing in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent is sent to find the bomber. While investigating, the agent soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.

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Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Matt Craven, Adam Goldberg, Bruce Greenwood
Tony Scott
Bill Marsilii, Terry Rossio

Eight Men Out (1988)

The story of how America's favorite pastime was tainted by one of America's biggest scandals.

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John Cusack, Don Harvey, John Mahoney, James Read, Michael Rooker, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, D.B. Sweeney, John Sayles, Studs Terkel, Christopher Lloyd, Clifton James
John Sayles
John Sayles
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Enemy of the State (1998)

When the proof of a Congressman's murder ends up in Robert Clayton Dean's hands, how will he clear his name when he is framed for the murder?

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Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight
Tony Scott
David Marconi
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Executive Action (1973)

When mounting dislike for JFK's liberal policies reaches a critical point, a group of people try to decide whether or not to take action into their hands and assassinate the president.

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Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan
David Miller
Dalton Trumbo, Donald Freed

Fire in the Sky (1994)

A man is allegedly abducted by aliens. Why was this Arizona logger missing for five days in 1975?

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D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg, Henry Thomas, James Garner
Robert Lieberman
Tracy Tormé

The Game (1997)

Nicholas Van Orton is a wealthy banker, and also an absolute loner. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad gives Nicholas a card entitling him to an unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving in to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him.

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Michael Douglas, Sean Penn
David Fincher
John Brancato, Michael Ferris

The Good Shepherd (2006)

A fictional story, loosely based on real events, reveals the history behind the CIA's early years through one man's eyes.

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Green Zone (2010)

When Roy Miller and his team of inspectors are sent on a mission to discover weapons of mass destruction, they come up empty handed, but instead discover a massive coverup.

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Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear
Paul Greengrass
Brian Helgeland

Hoffa (1992)

Follow the life of Jimmy Hoffa as he rises to head of the Teamsters Union and then see the scandal that lead to his downfall and subsequent disappearance in 1975.

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J. T. Walsh, Kevin Anderson
Danny DeVito
David Mamet

Independence Day (1996)

This classic film predicts a day, July 2nd to be exact, when all international communication systems are bogged down by a strange (extraterrestrial) interference. The military soon learns that several large-scale objects are on a crash-course collision with Earth; further investigation reveals they are not the meteors scientists expected them to be. When attempts to communicate with this "extraterrestrial" life form fail, the White House calls in David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable-technician, to investigate. But on July 3rd, nearly the entirety of New York, Washington, and Los Angeles are destroyed by close hovering alien space craft. Remaining survivors set out to Area 51, a place rumored to host alien spacecraft of their own. Using a surviving space craft model from a former "Earth contact," Levinson sets to work devising a plan to fight back against the aliens alleged threats of human genocide, employing the help of military pilots and wise-cracking sidekick Capt. Steven Hiller along the way to mankind's fight for their independence.

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The Invasion (2007)

While uncovering the origin of an alien epidemic, a Washington psychiatrist discovers that her son might be the only way that it can be stopped.

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Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond, Jeffrey Wright, Veronica Cartwright
Oliver Hirschbiegel
David Kajganich

JFK (1991)

A crusading DA in New Orleans stumbles upon evidence that reveals there may be more to the Kennedy assassination than the government wants people to know about.

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Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Walter Matthau, Donald Sutherland, Ed Asner
Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar (screenplay), Jim Garrison and Jim Marrs (book)
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

After being taken prisoner by the Korean military, a platoon of US soldiers is brainwashed and then sent home at the end of the war. Their platoon commander begins to have strange nightmares and together with a fellow soldier he must race to uncover a terrible plot.

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Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh
John Frankenheimer
Richard Condon

Marathon Man (1976)

A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.

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Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Marthe Keller
John Schlesinger
William Goldman (screenplay, based on his novel)

Men in Black (1997)

Who are the Men In Black? Follow newly recruited agent J on his journey to find out the ins and outs of his new job dealing with all manner of Aliens as he saves the world.

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Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub
Barry Sonnenfeld
Ed Solomon

National Treasure (2004)

Descending from a family of prolific treasure hunters, Benjamin Franklin Gates continues the family search for the secret treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers post the Revolutionary War. But when Gates get close to the treasure, his partners turn on him and it becomes a race to the invaluable riches. With daredevil heists and action-packed ploys, Gates uses the Declaration of Independence and the assistance of his techie friend and historian/love interest to beat the bad guys, and the CIA to the National Treasure.

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Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha, David Dayan Fisher, Christopher Plummer
Jon Turteltaub
Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne Wibberley
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No Way Out (1987)

Tom Farrell is a navy officer having an affair with Susan Atwell the mistress of the secretary of defense David Brice. When Susan winds up dead Tom is assigned to her case. Things take an interesting turn for Tom when his photo negative is found at Susan's place leaving him only a few hours to find her killer before the computer regenerates his photo!

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Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Will Patton, Sean Young, Howard Duff, Leon Russom, and George Dzundza
Roger Donaldson
Kenneth Fearing, Robert Garland
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North by Northwest (1959)

What if everyone you knew suddenly thought you were a spy? Master storyteller Alfred Hitchcock starts with this provocative notion and weaves a tale of intrigue and mistaken identity with Cary Grant as the unlucky innocent ad executive, Eva Marie Saint as a passenger on a train he meets by chance, and lead bad-guy James Mason, convinced Grant is in possession of military secrets. Hitchcock's superbly-crafted tale has Grant harassed by the most famous crop duster plane in cinema and fighting memorably for his life on Mount Rushmore.

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The Odessa File (1974)

Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former S.S. Captain, who commanded a concentration camp during World War II.

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Jon Voight , Maximilian Schell , Maria Schell, Derek Jacobi
Ronald Neame
Frederick Forsyth (novel), Kenneth Ross (screenplay) & George Markstein (screenplay)

Outbreak (1995)

Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.

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The Package (2013)

While being dogged by assassins, a mob enforcer is charged with delivering a special package to a crime lord known only as The German.

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Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Lochlyn Munro, Darren Shahlavi, Monique Ganderton
Jesse V. Johnson
Derek Kolstad
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The Parallax View (1974)

A reporter gets in over his head in trouble when investigating a senator's assassination, leading to a wide-reaching conspiracy.

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Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Hume Cronyn
Alan J. Pakula
Lorenzo Semple Jr., Robert Towne, David Giler

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, and who is also having an affair with one of his students, comes into possession of a brief that states who probably wanted to see these two men dead.

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The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

In 1943, in the middle of WW2, the US Army conducts an experiment that would give them an advantage in the naval war, using electro magnetic fields to hopefully make a naval battleship invisible to foes. Unfortunately, the experiment causes an electrical storm which causes havoc for the ship, and disrupts the time space continuum, propelling two sailors into 1984, 40 years into their own future.

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Michael Paré, Nancy Allen
Stewart Raffill
Wallace C. Bennett, William Gray, Michael Janover
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Salt (2010)

When Evelyn Salt, a CIA operative, is accused of being a Russian spy, she is forced to be on the run. Will she be caught before she can prove her innocence?

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Seven Days in May (1964)

When the U.S. President manages to sneak a nuclear disarmament treaty past the Senate he suddenly finds his popularity waning. Meanwhile, Marine Colonel Jiggs Casey discovers that the debonair General Scott, uber popular head of the Joint Chiefs, is not planning on waiting the 2 years for his potential Presidential candidacy to afford the opportunity to move in- he intends to act NOW. But when Jiggs Casey approaches the President with the news of a possible inside political conspiracy mayhem ensues with each side skeptical of the other and a desperate President struggling to gain back the confidence of his nation.

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Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Edmond O'Brien, Hugh Marlowe, Martin Balsam, Andrew Duggan, Whit Bissell
John Frankenheimer
Fletcher Knebel, Rod Serling, Charles W. Bailey II

Sneakers (1992)

A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his highly specialized team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.

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Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, David Strathairn, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix
Phil Alden Robinson
Phil Alden Robinson, and Lawrence Lasker & Walter F. Parkes

Soylent Green (1973)

In a world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.

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Charlton Heston, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly, Edward G. Robinson
Richard Fleischer
Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay), Harry Harrison (novel)

Starman (1984)

This film could be compared to "ET." Jeff Bridges, in an Oscar nominated performance, delivers a fascinating portrayal of an alien learning about life on earth. Karen Allen is totally convincing as a woman trying to cope with an alien who looks just like her dead husband. The FX involving the arrival of an alien mothership are a bit disappointing.

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Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Richard Jaeckel, Charles Martin Smith
John Carpenter
Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon, and Dean Riesner (uncredited)
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Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Joe Turner, returns to work as a CIA codebreaker to find his fellow employees murdered. When he tries to tell his bosses of the situation, he finds out that his own department was involved. Who can he trust, and will he live long enough to find out why his own agency wants him dead?

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V for Vendetta (2005)

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

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Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry
James McTeigue
Lilly & Lana Wachowski (screenplay) (as The Wachowski Brothers) and David Lloyd (graphic novel art)
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Valkyrie (2008)

A loyal officer has a change of heart and joins the German resistance in a plot to assassinate Hitler.

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Tom Cruise, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard
Bryan Singer
Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander

Wag the Dog (1997)

When a scandal threatens the chance of the president's re-election, a spin doctor is hired to help distract the public. With the help of a Hollywood producer, they trick the public into believing there is a war in Albania, redirecting the media's attention from the scandal to the war.

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Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Woody Harrelson, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin
Barry Levinson
David Mamet and Hilary Henkin

X-Files: Fight the Future (1998)

Mulder and Scully are on a mission to discover the truth about the alien colonization of America, despite government interference.

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David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Blythe Danner, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, John Neville
Rob Bowman
Chris Carter

X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

When a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions about a kidnapped agent, Mulder and Scully are reenlisted to help the FBI get to the bottom of it.

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David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Chris Carter
Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
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