Best Conspiracy Thrillers ever made (10+1list)

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Best Conspiracy Thrillers ever made.

written by Souranath Banerjee

Conspiracy theories have always been a part of our lives whether you intend to believe them or not.

Most of them are nothing but fabricated and far-fetched rumors but then again with enough proof and evidence a few of these crazy theories have actually been proved to be true!

Well, fiction or not that’s you to decide – here is some of the best suspense thrillers from across the world based on Conspiracy theories.

Enjoy the ride.

10. Kill the Messenger (2014)

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kill-the-messenger-posterCIA is accused of numerous illegal activities – one of them being that in the 1980’s they did drug trafficking to fund a war.

The reporter who found out this secret about CIA being involved in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua with drug money, found his life up-side down.  

Directed by Michael Cuesta, this one is one true story. 

9. Michael Clayton (2007)

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michael-clayton-posterA multi-billion dollar action suit goes wrong as the lawyer couldn’t fight with his conscience any more but then the law firm needs to fix the situation asap. 

Directed by debutant Tony Gilroy, one of the most chilling conspiracy thrillers with brilliant performances and terrific visuals. 

The ugly game of money and power played at it’s best.

8. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

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jacobs-ladder-posterA Vietnam war veteran is disturbed by regular visions and nightmares – but what if he is actually not dreaming it all?

Director Adrian Lyne‘s disturbing psychological horror film is based on MKUltra conspiracy where it is said that in the 1950’s, CIA conducted secret research on how the use of drugs (such as LSD) could enhance a soldier’s physical and  mental capacity!

 7. The Constant Gardener (2005)

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constant-gardener-posterDetermined to find out the reason for his wife’s murder shot in Northern Kenya, a man unknowingly gets entangled into a conspiracy – ugly and dangerous beyond his imagination.

Directed by Fernando Meirelles, the film deals with the exploitation of poor African people as guinea-pigs for the latest medical tests done on them by the rich and powerful countries of the world.

6. All the President’s Men (1976)

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Clues that lead to dead ends and names that connects to nobody!

Watergate scandal that ultimately lead to American President Nixon’s resignation – two brave young reporters unravel the conspiracy almost at the cost of their jobs and even their lives.  

Directed by Alan J. Pakula, probably the most popular detective thriller in this list.

5. The Insider (1999)

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insider-posterThe CEOs of Big Tobacco have lied under the oath and they are getting away with it.

Until one man risks everything when he decides to step up and tell the truth to a reporter – but will such damaging news of conspiracy and corruption be shared with the public?

Directed by Michael Mann, one of the best thrillers ever made.

4. The Conversation (1974)

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conversation-posterDirected by Francis Ford Coppola, the film is an extremely tensed and voyeuristic take on the violation of people’s privacy.   

surveillance expert spying on a couple suspects that they are going to be murdered – a conspiracy too complicated and heavy for his conscience.

A slow yet dangerous mystery that will keep you hooked till the end.

3. Z (1969)

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z-posterA film made by my favorite director Costa-Gavras – a terrific thriller based on a political conspiracy.

When an investigator tires to uncover the mystery behind the murder of a prominent leftist, he finds himself up against the government officials.

The first foreign language film to be nominated for Best Picture in the Oscars!

A must watch film by the same director Missing (1982).

2. The Lives of Others (2006)

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lives-of-others-posterA conspiracy film set on 1984 East Berlin – the secret police at work conducting surveillance on whoever they suspect.

The man spying on a writer and his lover finds himself too attached to their lives which becomes a morel conflict for him.

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, this one is a terrific thriller.

  1. JFK (1991)

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jfk-posterThe sudden arrest made in relation to the assassination of Kennedy doesn’t seem too concrete and logical.

And thus the New Orleans DA investigates into what seemed to be America’s most controversial conspiracy of all time. 

Directed by Oliver Stone, the film is an exceptional example of how cinema can be used to tell the truth.

and now, (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch).

+1. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

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da-vinci-code-posterBased on the brilliant novel by Dan Brown, the film though not that epic but still a very effective conspiracy thriller to consider.

Directed by Ron Howard, a story that revolves around a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years.

The paintings of Da Vinci used as clues and various codes to be decoded – a mystery worth your time.

Another film by the same director based on the same writer’s novel Angels & Demons (2009).

A few other conspiracy films that can be taken into consideration are Three Days of the Condor (1975), Network (1976), Chinatown (1974), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Marathon Man (1976)Enemy of the State (1998), The Parallax View (1974), The China Syndrome (1979), Wag the Dog (1997), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), The Ghost Writer (2010), Silkwood (1983) and Conspiracy Theory (1997), Syriana (2005).

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