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The Best Brainwashing Movies 

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Updated October 2, 2019 229 votes 101 voters 22.2k views 13 items

A list of the best brainwashing movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This brainwashing movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about brainwashing are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about brainwashing you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous brainwashing movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these brainwashing movie titles for more information about the films.

List items include Zoolander, Nineteen Eighty-Four and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best brainwashing movies?" and "What is the greatest brainwashing movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular brainwashing movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these brainwashing movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good brainwashing movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

Released: 1962

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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KaitoDragon added Katie Holmes, James Marsden, Nick Stahl

Released: 1998

Directed by: David Nutter

Disturbing Behavior is a 1998 thriller science fiction film starring James Marsden, Katie Holmes, and Nick Stahl. The screenplay, written by Scott Rosenberg, follows a group of high school ...more
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O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first in The Naked Gun series of films starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O. ...more

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John Hurt, Annie Lennox, Richard Burton

Released: 1984

Directed by: Michael Radford

Nineteen Eighty-Four, also known as 1984, is a 1984 British dystopian drama film written for the screen and directed by Michael Radford, based upon George Orwell's novel of the same name. ...more

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Amanda Burr added Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson

Released: 1965

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine and featuring Guy Doleman and Nigel Green. The screenplay by Bill Canaway and James Doran ...more

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Kate Kavanagh added Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of ...more
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Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ben Stiller

Zoolander is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and, starring Stiller and Owen Wilson. The film contains elements from a pair of short films directed by Russell Bates and ...more

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Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn

Released: 1974

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

The Parallax View is a 1974 American political thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, and starring Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels and Paula Prentiss. The film was ...more

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Kate Kavanagh added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

Released: 1990

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In 2084, a construction worker, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), suddenly finds himself embroiled in ...more

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Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Gabriele Ferzetti

Released: 1970

Directed by: Costa-Gavras

The Confession is a 1970 French-Italian film directed by Costa Gavras and stars Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. It is based on the true story of the Czechoslovak communist Artur London, a ...more
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Kate Kavanagh added Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sean Durkin

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a 2011 American drama thriller film written and directed by Sean Durkin, and starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy. The plot focuses on ...more