The 27 Constitutional Amendments Explained in Movies Anything
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The 27 Constitutional Amendments Explained in Movies

Explaining the 27 amendments of the US Constitution by highlighting some of the best Constitution movies, with videos, for each of the Constitutional Amendments. Besides the freedoms promised in the Constitution, Americans have a lot to be proud of. Our BBQ is some of the most flavorful in the world. We were the first country to send people to the moon. We somehow managed to carve images of our favorite presidents on the side of a freaking MOUNTAIN, and I'm still not sure how that works. Three more words: Toddlers. And. Tiaras. But beyond all these other achievements, two aspects of American life really are the envy of the world: our Constitution and our Hollywood film industry.

What are the greatest movies about the Constitution? This list of movies on Amendments pairs a film clip with each article of our Bill of Rights, the cornerstone of our American understanding of freedom, and then all the other amendments to our Constitution over the years. Mainly, these films will highlight the dire importance of these rights and restrictions, but sometimes they will simply relate to the discussion in a tangential way, because a lot of these amendments are kind of odd and obscure.
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    Amendment I

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     Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    


    This is, in truth, one of the hardest choices on the whole list. So many films have examined our First Amendment freedoms, from Network to The People vs. Larry Flynt to Brazil.

    But I'm picking George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck, a film that succinctly and powerfully gets at one of the central ideas behind our Founding Fathers' entire philosophy of governance.

    In a free society, a source of power must always be counterbalanced. Checks, balances, that whole thing. It works not only in terms of elected officials. So if you're going to have a wealthy and dominant federal and state governments ruling over citizens, if you're going to have corporations exerting their influence on these governments, you must have a free press exposing all the secretive and corrupt stuff that they do.

    In Clooney's film, Senator Joseph McCarthy starts out with undue influence over the American discourse. One of the only roadblocks (and there were more than a few) to his continued dominance was Edward R. Murrow and the microphone provided to him by CBS News. (The film likewise explores the difficulty of Murrow fighting the powerful while employed by a powerful media conglomerate himself.)

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