A to 'Z': The Left on Film

Peasant uprisings, strikes, student movements, red banners, global Maoists, resistance fighters, fiery speeches, guerilla bands, communists, slave rebellions, and a visit to Marx's grave at Highgate. Your one stop shop for left politics, broadly conceived, depicted on film.

(Note: this list zooms in on fictional or documentary depictions of conscious political action, rather than all films about social realism, injustice, class conflict (or allegories about these things), talking head and archival footage docs, or films using left aesthetics – which would be a far broader category!)

  • Actua 1
  • Adalen 31
  • American Dream
  • Antonio das Mortes
  • Araya
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex
  • Bacurau
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • The Battle of Chile - Part I
  • The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan – Summer in Sanrizuka
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Be Seeing You
  • Billy Elliot
  • Bisbee '17
  • Black God, White Devil
  • Black Panthers
  • Black Sun
  • Blood of the Condor
  • Blue Collar
  • Born in Flames
  • Bound for Glory
  • BPM (Beats per Minute)
  • Break the Power of the Manipulators
  • Burn!
  • By the Time It Gets Dark
  • Camp de Thiaroye
  • Carlos
  • Che: Part One
  • La Chinoise
  • Chronicle of the Years of Fire
  • Class of Struggle
  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)
  • Comrades
  • The Confession
  • The Courage of the People
  • The Crime of Monsieur Lange
  • Cry Freedom
  • ¡Cuba Sí!
  • Daniel
  • Danton's Death
  • Days of '36
  • Dead Presidents
  • Djamilah
  • Duck, You Sucker
  • The Embassy
  • Entranced Earth
  • Evening Land
  • Far from Vietnam
  • Four Days in September
  • Freedomfighters
  • From What is Before
  • The Front
  • A Generation
  • Germinal
  • A Grin Without a Cat
  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • Heaven's Gate
  • High Hopes
  • How Yukong Moved the Mountains
  • The Hour of the Furnaces
  • The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • I Am Cuba
  • Ice
  • Illustrious Corpses
  • In the Intense Now
  • Jimmy's Hall
  • Joe Hill
  • The Land
  • Land and Freedom
  • Lion of the Desert
  • Love and Anarchy
  • Lucia
  • Lumumba
  • Malcolm X
  • Made in Dagenham
  • Manila in the Claws of Light
  • Marianne and Juliane
  • La Marseillaise
  • Matewan
  • Memories of Underdevelopment
  • Modern Times
  • The Molly Maguires
  • Mother
  • Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven
  • Nae Pasaran
  • Nine to Five
  • 1900
  • No
  • Norma Rae
  • North Country
  • Northern Lights
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • The Old Garden
  • One Hundred Steps
  • The Organizer
  • Our Daily Bread
  • Paths of Glory
  • Peterloo
  • Pride