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Hollywood is known as a liberal haven, but many of its movers and shakers are quite conservative. Several famous actors and actresses have played against their right-leaning personal beliefs in films, acting as sex workers, witches, and even occasionally Democrats. Considering these conservative celebrities' own politics, their performances in these progressive roles are even more remarkable.

The most famous figure among the conservative actors on this list is likely Robert Downey, Jr. The movie star seemingly puts aside his own conservative politics when taking progressive roles like the gay publisher Terry Crabtree in Wonder Boys, or the Democratic silent film actor Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. After years as a Democrat, Rob Schneider recently made the jump over to the GOP. His character Deuce Bigalow might disagree with that decision. James Woods is an outspoken Republican, but that didn't stop him from playing the drug-snorting pimp Lester Diamond in Casino. And conservative voter Shannen Doherty seemed to have no qualms about portraying a witch on the popular series Charmed.

Are you surprised that these conservative celebs would take liberal roles in films and on television? Perhaps the challenges offered by these parts outweighed qualms they might feel about contradicting their beliefs. Read on to discover what other stars appear on this list.
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Adam Sandler
Despite creating and starring in raunchy comedies like Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and The Waterboy, Adam Sandler has supported conservative political candidates.
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper built his career on playing rebels and hippies, but tended to vote Republican throughout his life.
James Caan
James Caan is known for his rebellious roles onscreen (The Godfather) as well as his exploits off-screen (drug use, frequent appearances at The Playboy Mansion). Despite his past, the actor describes himself as "ultra conservative."
James Woods
James Woods is an outspoken Republican, particularly on social media, but that didn't stop him from playing the drug-snorting pimp Lester Diamond in Casino.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. is known for taking on a wide variety of progressive roles, including that of the gay publisher Terry Crabtree in Wonder Boys, the Democratic silent film actor Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, and the provocatively made-up Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder. But the actor skews more conservative in his personal politics, saying he has "a really interesting political point of view."
Rob Schneider
After voting Democrat for many years, Rob Schneider made the jump over to the GOP. It's difficult to imagine Deuce Bigalow as a conservative.

Shannen Doherty
Republican-voting actress Shannen Doherty has been anything but conservative in her acting career, with roles in racy comedy Mallrats and supernatural television series Charmed.
Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson is known to be a moderate Republican, a surprising fact given his career of hard-hitting action movies.
Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn has referred to himself as a Libertarian in interviews and supported Republican presidential candidates, but it's hard to see Trent from Swingers voting Republican.

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<![CDATA[The All-Time Worst People in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-all-time-worst-people-in-history
The absolute worst people in history, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Who are the worst people in history? This list includes mass-murdering dictators, psychopathic serial killers, sociopathic religious leaders, insane politicians, deceptive political commentators, and who make our eyes and ears bleed. Who are the worst people of all time? This human scum has incited genocide, executed ethnic cleansing, enslaved entire races of people, practiced cannibalism, orchestrated arbitrary homicide, brainwashed people who trusted them, yelled at film crew members, and been paid by TV studios to be awful.

Anyone can vote on this list of vile villains and evil lunatics, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the world's worst people ever. Call out history's biggest scumbags, and see how your picks stack up against everyone else's. Because those who do not rank the worst people in history are doomed to repeat it. Or something like that.
The All-Time Worst People in History,

Adolf Hitler

Idi Amin

Joseph Stalin

Kim Jong-il

Mao Zedong

Talaat Pasha

Osama bin Laden

Pol Pot

Robert Mugabe

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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<![CDATA[The Best War Movies Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-war-movies
This list ranks the best movies about war, battles, and military conflicts. These films recreate some of the most significant events in world history from a variety of perspectives and with a variety of purposes and intentions. Some top war films attempt to recreate as realistically as possible the events that they depict, either from an omniscient perspective permitted by historical study or from the point of view of the soldiers and civilians involved in the conflict itself. Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, for example, was both praised in its time and heavily criticized for bringing a "you are there" sense of realism - and little outside or cultural perspective - to a recreation of the Battle of Mogadishu. The best war movies of all time differ widely in their handling of the subject matter, but they all strike a chord with viewers now and in the time when they came out.

Some of the greatest war films use war as a backdrop to look at larger issues - such as man's inhumanity to man or the crippling impact of post-traumatic stress - or just as a meditation on war itself. Still other films like Glory and Band of Brothers examine the personal drama of a few individuals, and mine it for larger insights about the meaning of war and the impact that violence has on individual human lives.

Finally, some war films - particularly those made during the classic Hollywood era - are simply adventure films with war providing a compelling setting and situation. The Great Escape, for example, remains a classic not because of its grand ideas about the nature of war, but because it is a ceaselessly entertaining spectacle. No matter what type of film, there's no denying that these are certainly the best war movies ever.

Vote for your favorite war films to move them up the list. And if your favorites are not yet represented, make your own version of the list and add them!
The Best War Movies Ever,


Apocalypse Now

Black Hawk Down


Full Metal Jacket



Saving Private Ryan

Schindler's List

The Bridge on the River Kwai

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<![CDATA[The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-u-s-presidents-from-best-to-worst
The Greatest United States Presidents in history, ranked from best to worst. Who's the greatest U.S. president? Anyone can vote on or make their own version of this collaborative list of the men who shaped American policy - a fascinating insight into all the US Presidents and how their presidencies were perceived. Who were the best presidents? We expect this list of the Chief Executives to change over time as history's perceptions also change.

And be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate list of the Worst-Ever US Presidents as well, for comparison's sake.
The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time,

Abraham Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Franklin D. Roosevelt

George Washington

Harry S. Truman

James Madison

John F. Kennedy

Ronald Reagan

Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson

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<![CDATA[The Worst U.S. Presidents]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-10-worst-u-s-presidents
The worst U.S. presidents of all time, measured by their negative impact on the nation, its citizens health and happiness, and its future prosperity. (In some cases – such as the popular selections of Warren G. Harding and Richard Nixon – the negative view of the president and his administration is due to various scandals and perceived corruption within its ranks. Nixon, of course, remains the only president to step down from the office amidst threats of impeachment.)

Much of a president's job – including serving as the figurative head of the American state and setting the nation's general legislative and diplomatic agenda – is sort of intangible and hard to evaluate in strict "good vs. bad" terms. This makes any list of the "best" or "worst" US presidents essentially subjective, and though there were administrations with a significant series of positive or negative outcomes, it's rarely clear just how much these had to do with the person in office and how many were simply due to accidents of fate or circumstance. Nonetheless, in particularly extraordinary cases – such as the administration of Abraham Lincoln, which kept the nation intact during the Civil War crisis, or the administration of Andrew Johnson immediately after that threatened the entire success of the Reconstruction project – it is clear which presidents did an overall good or bad job.

So who were the worst presidents of all time? We're ranking them here, based on your votes! When you've had enough political negativity, be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate uplifting presidential list: The Best US Presidents.
The Worst U.S. Presidents,

Andrew Johnson

Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

Herbert Hoover

James Buchanan

Jimmy Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Woodrow Wilson

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<![CDATA[The Worst Things About Baby Boomers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-about-baby-boomers/katherine-ripley
Baby boomers love to label millennials the worst generation: they're rude, lazy, entitled, buried in their smart phones, and incapable of human interaction. But baby boomers need to take a good luck at themselves in the mirror, because they have some serious flaws of their own, including the ways they've shaped the millennial generation. 

It's time for baby boomers to own up to their mistakes. This list is full of the worst things about baby boomers. Statistically, if you're reading this, you're probably a millennial. But when you're done reading, send it to all the baby boomers you know. Maybe they'll start changing their tune.
The Worst Things About Baby Boomers,

They Ruined The Economy
Businesses and government run by baby boomers created the 2008 financial crisis. Because of their "more more more" attitude, they thought it was a good idea to take risks like investing in housing properties, which created the housing bubble. They ran the banks that traded derivatives, and ran the government that failed to regulate them. They forced their children to enter a miserable job market.
They're Impossible to Work With
It's not just in Congress - baby boomers are apparently impossible to work with in all workplaces. A study on inter-generational dynamics among employees concluded that baby boomers are in fact the most difficult generation to work with. They're so stubborn and set in their ways that they don't even want to work with one another.
They're Fiscally Irresponsible
Because they grew up in a time of such prosperity, baby boomers just kept on wanting more and more and more. They took out government-secured mortgages on overvalued properties. They applied for an eighth credit card when seven weren't enough. They don't seem to realize that there's always a limit to the amount of money you can borrow. They're probably counting on dying before they pay it off.
Their Excesses Caused Rampant Environmental Destruction
This is not to absolve other generations from any blame for environmental destruction - we all have room to improve here - but because the baby boomers were the generation of excess, they caused the most damage. They ran businesses that burned dirty energy and dumped pollutants without any regard to what the consequences would be. And now, rather than trying to change their ways, they're leaving it to the younger generations to fix everything.
They Don't Seem To Care that They're Bankrupting Social Security
It's not the baby boomers's fault that they're the most populous generation, taking a disproportional amount of money out of Social Security. It is disturbing, though, that they don't seem to care that there will be nothing left for their children. No one denies that the system needs to be fixed, but the boomers don't seem interested in coming up with the solution. As long as they get their checks, they can live and die happily.
They Don't Know How to Compromise (or Refuse to Try)
Congress, which is currently packed full of baby boomers, can't get anything done because they refuse to compromise. Republicans are currently refusing to even give a hearing to Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Now who's acting entitled?
They're the Ones Supporting Donald Trump
Baby boomers today are roughly between 50 and 70 years old. About half of Donald Trump's supporters are 45 to 64 years old, and another third of his supporters are over 65. Less than two percent of Donald Trump's supporters are younger than 30. Which generation is the problem here?
They Criticize Technology Even Though They Use It
One of baby boomers's favorite criticisms of millennials is that they spend too much time on their smart phones, and use social media instead of actually having face-to-face conversations with each other. But then you see baby boomers buried in their smart phones and wonder whether they know how hypocritical they're being.
They Refuse to Acknowledge How Lucky They Were
Baby boomers received relatively cheap education and entered a rapidly expanding job market. They want their children to believe that they were successful because of their hard work, but the reality is they were just lucky. If baby boomers had to deal with what millennials currently have to deal with - massive student debt and a ruthless job market - they wouldn't be nearly as successful.
They Still Carry Remnants of Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia
Most baby boomers grew up in a time when racism was still socially acceptable, companies had blanket policies that they didn't hire women, and gay people constantly feared for their safety. To be fair, many boomers supported the Civil Rights movement and helped to lead the feminist movement, but others looked upon those social changes with contempt. Today, those boomers are still stuck in the past.

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<![CDATA[Lying Politicians: The Worst Liars In American Politics]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/lying-politicians-the-worst-liars-in-american-politics
Do any politicians tell the truth anymore? Maybe, but you won't find them here. This list has the least trustworthy people in American politics, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Anyone can add to this list, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the people's picks for the worst liars in the state, local ,and federal government. Tired of lying politicians? This is a way to vote against them, and to join the rest of the country in calling them out for their lying ways.

The worst politicians on this list have told some of the biggest and most notorious politician lies in US history. These political liars are constantly caught with their pants on fire, making us all wonder who voted for them in the first place. From lying presidents like Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, to Congressmen and women like John Edwards and Nancy Pelosi, politician lies come from all parties, offices, genders, and just about any level of government.

You're always thinking that these politicians are liars, so now's your chance to speak up. Upvote the worst, most notorious liars in the American political world below!
Lying Politicians: The Worst Liars In American Politics,

Al Gore

Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Jesse Jackson

John Edwards

Nancy Pelosi

Richard Nixon

Eric Holder

Al Sharpton

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<![CDATA[Social Issues You Care About Most]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/social-issues-in-america-that-you-care-about-most/mike-rothschild
More than ever, Americans have their finger on the pulse of social issues - and aren't shy in talking about them. Social media especially has become a forum for expressing opinions and arguing with others about what the truly important things are, and what's just a distraction. While polling has the economy in general as the most vital social issue in America, there are a number of facets of the economy that mean different things to different people and many other social issues that have Americans paying attention.

What social issues do you care most about? Are they about you personally and things meaningful to your family - issues like unemployment and fiscal policy? Or are they issues about the state of the world in general, what we're doing to the planet, and how we treat the less-fortunate among us? The environment, climate change, scientific research, and campaign finance are all important issues for everyone - but that doesn't mean they're the most important ones to you. Some may never effect you in any way throughout your daily life.

Where do you stand on them, and how do you think the country and the world are doing in addressing them? Vote up the ones that mean the most to you, and add any you think are important that aren't on this list.

There's nothing like social policy to engender a good debate, so don't be shy in upvoting what you think is important, and downvoting what's not. Together, we can solve all our problems - or at least figure out what our problems are.

Social Issues You Care About Most,


Ineffective Government
According to Gallup, Americans believed this was the most important problem in the country in 2014.

What can we do to create a working immigration system?

Moral Decline
Many conservative Americans think our morals as a country are worse than ever.

The economy is better - but unemployment still runs high.

More Americans are living in poverty than any time since the early '90s.

The threat of terror is ever-present, especially in the Middle East.

Affordable Housing
Depending on where you live, you might not be able to own a home - even with a high salary.

What can be done to help get people off the streets?

Civil Rights
Have we come far since the days of Jim Crow, or are we still stuck in the past?

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Who Should Run for President]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-should-run-for-president/jacob-shelton
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Which celebrity would you actually vote for if they ran for President of the United States? If you can remember all the way back to Kanye West’s speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, you may remember that he closed by saying that he’ll be running for president in 2020. If he actually runs, it’s going to be highly entertaining (just think of the debates). But he shouldn’t be the only celebrity who takes a shot at becoming the most important person in the world. There are plenty of other actors, rappers, and just plain famous people who could probably handle having their finger on the button. From Kim Kardashian to Stephen Colbert, and even Charlie Sheen, here’s a definitive list of other celebrities who should run for President of the United States.

If you think about it, being President of the United States isn’t all that different from being a regular celebrity. People with no knowledge of what you really do are constantly criticizing you, you spend most of your time on a private airplane, and you have a giant posse. If you’re a famous person (FP for short), you might as well run for president every four years. Worst case scenario, you actually win and have to figure out which member of your inner circle is going to be your chief of staff.

Upvote the celebrities you think should run for President of the United States. If you think there’s a celebrity who’s uniquely qualified to run the US of A, add them to the list and see how many votes they get.
Celebrities Who Should Run for President,

Christopher Walken

Ellen DeGeneres
Platform: The Midwest will be turned into a 24/7 dance party!
Leonardo DiCaprio

Michael Moore

Morgan Freeman

Oprah Winfrey
Robert Downey Jr.

Stephen Colbert
Platform: One free pint of Ben & Jerry's Americone Dream for everyone.
Dwayne Johnson
Platform: A new school lunch referendum based around a 20,000 calorie a day diet.
Tom Hanks
Platform: Everyone gets a photo with President Hanks!

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<![CDATA[Celebs with Political Stances That You Hate]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-bad-personal-politics/celebrity-lists
The realm of entertainment gossip may seem like a safe haven from current events, but celebrity politics seem to pop up there, too. Chances are, you can think of a few celebs with political stances that you hate. Many controversial actors, musicians, and other hated celebrities are outspoken about their views, whether they're more conservative or liberal. Some of these political celebrities even seem to change party allegiances to suit their own lifestyles.

The number-one political celebrity is, without a doubt, Donald Trump. The business mogul-turned-reality-star-turned-politician is a popular presidential candidate with some groups, but his views on women, immigration, and foreign policy have left many people wishing he would go back to hosting The Apprentice. Fellow conservative Chuck Norris is outspoken as well, although he seems to have bad luck when it comes to picking presidential candidates: he supported Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Newt Gingrich in 2012.

Several liberal celebs also have annoying political views. If you lean to the left, odds are that you agree with Sean Penn on many issues, but his obnoxious delivery of his views keeps many people at arms length. The Dixie Chicks made a lot of enemies when lead singer, Natalie Maines, said that the group was "ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas," referring to George W. Bush.

What other political celebrities make the list? Keep reading to find out.

Celebs with Political Stances That You Hate,

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Action movie icon Arnold Schwarzenegger served as Governor of California from 2003-2011. During that time, the state's economy slumped, and the conservative-leaning Schwarzenegger said he was against gay marriage.

Charlton Heston
Later in life, silver screen icon Charlton Heston was nearly as famous for his staunchly conservative – and deeply controversial – views as he was for his illustrious career. Speaking at the 2000 NRA Convention, he held a gun over his head and proudly said the association's slogan: "From my cold dead hands!"
Chuck Norris
Martial artist and actor Chuck Norris is a cult icon, but he has a history of backing losing candidates in presidential elections. The conservative Norris supported Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Newt Gingrich in 2012. He also lost fans due to his support of California's ban on same-sex marriage and his championing of gun ownership rights.
Clint Eastwood
It's no surprise that Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood leans towards the right, but his Obama-bashing speech at the 2012 Republican convention was a bit much for many fans of his films.
Dennis Rodman
After he left professional basketball, Dennis Rodman visited North Korea to host a basketball exhibition. There he met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who he has called "a friend for life," and has visited multiple times. It's unclear whether Rodman's relationship with the controversial leader is real or staged, but it has certainly earned the athlete plenty of negative attention.

Donald Trump
Business mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump has always been outspoken, especially after his transition into politics. His presidential bid is on a conservative platform, but his blunt comments on foreign policy, women's healthcare, and immigration have alienated voters on both the right and the left.

Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy stirred up controversy when she started vocalizing anti-vaccination sentiments in 2007. Her son was diagnosed with autism, which the actress has said she believes is linked to vaccinations.
Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson is known to be a conservative Republican on many issues, so perhaps it's not surprising that the former athlete has spoken out in support of Donald Trump in the 2016 elections. In the deeply divided world of American politics, siding with Trump is a controversial act in itself.
Sean Penn
Liberal actor and activist Sean Penn has gained scores of detractors, thanks to his questionable means of sharing his political views. Whether he's bringing down drug lord El Chapo, telling Coachella fans to think of all the atrocities going on in the world mid-festival, or entering post-Katrina New Orleans with his own photography crew in tow, Penn's methods are less than perfect.
Stacey Dash
Stacey Dash has been involved in her fair share of political controversy. The actress and Fox News host has denied the existence of climate change, even calling Leonardo DiCaprio "Chicken Little" after his Oscar speech touched on the importance of caring for the environment. She also caused an uproar by calling for the end of Black History Month, the NAACP Image Awards, and BET.

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