|All The President's Men
Two reporters with the help of a mysterious informant named Deepthroat uncover the truth behind the Watergate burglary.
Starring: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman,
Directed By: Alan J. Pakula
Written by: William Goldman
|Blow Out (1981)
Jack Terri, while recording sound effects, stubles upon an accident and saves a damsel in distress. Will being a good sumaritan lead him into a tangled web of conspiricy that might leave someone dead?
Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow
Directed By: Brian De Palma
Written by: Brian De Palma, Bill Mesce Jr.
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.
Starring: Chris Cooper, Ryan Philippe, Laura Linney
Directed By: Billy Ray
Written by: 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.
Starring: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook, Karen Black, Telly Savalas, Robert Walden
Written and Directed By: Peter Hyams
|Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
A Texas socialite, a CIA agent, and a US representative form an unlikly alliance to boost funding for Afghan freedom fighters, thus bringing about the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt
Directed By: Mike Nichols
Written by: Aaron Sorkin
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.
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr,
Directed By: Steven Spielburg
Written by: 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 Jonas, he realizes his theories aren't just theories. 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.
Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart
Directed By: Richard Donner
Written by: Brian Helgeland
|The Conspiracy (2012)
When two young filmakers 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.
Starring: James Gilbert, Aaron Poole, Angela Besharah
Directed By: Christopher MacBride
Written by: Christopher MacBride
|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.
Starring: Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr
Written and Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
|Eight Men Out (1988)
The story of how America's favorite pastime became one of America's biggest scandals.
Starring: 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
Directed By: John Sayles
Written by: John Sayles
|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?
Starring: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight
Directed By: Tony Scott
Written by: David Marconi
|Executive Action (1973)
When mounting dislike for JFK's liberal policies reaches a peak, a group of people try to decide whether or not to take action into their hands and assasinate the president.
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan
Directed By: David Miller
Written by: Dalton Trumbo, Donald Freed
|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.
Starring: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear
Directed By: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Brian Helgeland
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.
Starring: Jack Nicholson,
Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J. T. Walsh, Kevin Anderson
Directed By: Danny DeVito
Written by: 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.
Starring: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, and Randy Quaid
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
Written by: Ronald Emmerich and Dean Devlin
|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.
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig,
Jackson Bond, Jeffrey Wright, Veronica Cartwright
Directed By: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Written by: David Kajganich
A curious 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.
Starring: 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
Directed By: Oliver Stone
|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.
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh,
Directed By: John Frankenheimer
Written by: Richard Condon
|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 techy friend and historician/love interest to beat the bad guys, and the CIA to the National Treasure.
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha, David Dayan Fisher, Christopher Plummer
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub
Written by: Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne Wibberley
|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!
Starring: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Will Patton, Sean Young, Howard Duff, Leon Russom, and George Dzundza
Directed By: Roger Donaldson
Written by: Kenneth Fearing, Robert Garland
|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.
Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll, Martin Landau, Edward Platt, and Josephine Hutchinson.
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Ernest Lehman
|The Package (2013)
While being dogged by assasins, a mob enfourcer is charged with deliverying a special package to a crimelord known only as The German.
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Lochlyn Munro, Darren Shahlavi, Monique Ganderton
Directed By: Jesse V. Johnson
Written by: Derek Kolstad
|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.
Starring: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Hume Cronyn
Directed By: Alan J. Pakula
Written by: Lorenzo Semple Jr., Robert Towne, David Giler
|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, propeling two sailors into 1984, 40 years in their future.
Starring: Michael Paré and Nancy Allen
Directed By:Stewart Raffill
Written by: Wallace C. Bennett, William Gray, Michael Janover
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?
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Directed By: Phillip Noyce
|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.
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Edmond O'Brien, Hugh Marlowe, Martin Balsam, Andrew Duggan, and Whit Bissell.
Directed By: John Frankenheimer
Written by: Fletcher Knebel, Rod Serling, Charles W. Bailey II
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.
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Richard Jaeckel, Charles Martin Smith
Directed By: John Carpenter
Written by: Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon, and Dean Riesner (uncredited)
|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?
Starring: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow, Cliff Robertson, John Houseman
Directed By: Sydney Pollack
Written by: Lorenzo Semple Jr., David Rayfiel
A loyal officer has a change of heart and joins the German resistence in a plot to assinate Hitler.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard
Directed By: Bryan Singer
|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 beleiving there is a war in Albania, redirecting the media's attention from the scandal to the war.
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Woody Harrelson, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin
Directed By: Barry Levinson
Written by: David Mamet and Hilary Henkin