Best Conspiracy Thrillers ever made
written by Souranath Banerjee
Best Conspiracy Thrillers ever made – Conspiracy theories have always been a part of our lives whether you intend to believe them or not. And even if you believe one, the real question is can you prove it?
But as we all know, most of these theories are nothing but fabricated and far-fetched rumors but then, what if someone collects enough evidence and try to convince you that some of them may actually be true!
Well, fiction or not that’s you to decide – here is some of the Best Conspiracy Thrillers ever made from all across the world.
Remember, if you believe it, then it’s true!
10. Kill the Messenger (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW4XO-52ubE
CIA accused of numerous illegal activities – one of them being that in the 1980’s they did drug trafficking to arm the Contra rebels in Nicaragua so that they can continue the war!
9. Michael Clayton (2007)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kJRYBhG43Q
A 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, starring George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson; 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)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJztRnDxdM8
A Vietnam war veteran (Tim Robbins) is disturbed by regular visions and nightmares – but what if his dreams were not entirely hallucinations?
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)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4iTjavIkbk
Determined 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, with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz the film deals with the exploitation of poor African people as medical tests are done on them by the rich and powerful medical companies of the world.
6. All the President’s Men (1976)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLt6djxhNe8
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 (Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford) unravel the conspiracy that costed their jobs and almost their lives.
Directed by Alan J. Pakula, probably the most popular Conspiracy Thriller in this list.
5. The Insider (1999)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rkvxi5hdbA
The 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?
4. The Conversation (1974)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_LJ5ICMbP4
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the film is an extremely tensed and voyeuristic take on the violation of people’s privacy.
A surveillance expert (brilliantly played by Gene Hackman) 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 thriller that will keep you hooked till the very end.
3. Z (1969)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHB28qfsV2w
A 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 ruthless government officials who will go to any means to stop him.
The first foreign language film to be nominated for Best Picture in the Oscars!
A must watch Conspiracy Thriller by the same director is Missing (1982).
2. The Lives of Others (2006)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FppW5ml4vdw
A conspiracy film set on 1984 East Berlin – the secret police at work conducting strict observation on whoever they suspect.
A professional surveillance-man (Ulrich Mühe) 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 thriller will simply take your breath away.
- JFK (1991)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w16bYZ-4nmE
The 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.
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)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMba3fckhuQ
Based 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.
Another cool film by the same director based on the same writer’s novel is 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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