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The Best Movies About Loss of Personal Liberties

Updated March 6, 2020 830 votes 102 voters 4.8k views28 items

List RulesFilms that deal with issues of personal liberties and human rights.

List of the best movies involving personal liberties being taken away. This list features award-winning movies that tackle the issues of personal liberty and the right as a human being to live freely. Whether it is a film about slavery, like Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave from 2013 or a film depicting a tyrannical government regime, like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, this list as them all and you have the personal right to watch them!
 
When it comes to freedom of speech being under attack, great films like Good Night, and Good Luck with George Clooney or The Front with Woody Allen speak to a time of American McCarthyism and Hollywood blacklisting. Similarly, the exploitation of religious freedom is depicted with such taste in the Academy Award winning movie Life is Beautiful. This list, which would make the ACLU probably want to sue somebody, contains movies that are brand spanking new (Elysium) and black-and-white old (12 Angry Men). Civil liberties are the antagonists' worst nightmares in these critically acclaimed feature films.
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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  • Life Is Beautiful2
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    Life Is Beautiful

    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz

    Released1997

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

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  • Django Unchained3
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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Minority Report4
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Brazil5
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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • Schindler's List6
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 12 Angry Men7
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    12 Angry Men

    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman

    Released1957

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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  • Fahrenheit 4518
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack

    Released1966

    Directed byFrançois Truffaut

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  • The Pianist9
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    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2002

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire10
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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2013

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • Enemy of the State11
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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 12 Years a Slave12
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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

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  • The Crucible13
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    The Crucible

    Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released1996

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

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  • Network14
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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

    Released1976

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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  • The Banker15
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    The Banker

    Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult

    Released2020

    Directed byGeorge Nolfi

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  • Rollerball16
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    Rollerball

    James Caan, Maud Adams

    Released1975

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • The People vs. Larry Flynt17
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    The People vs. Larry Flynt

    Courtney Love, Edward Norton

    Released1996

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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  • Battle Royale18
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    Battle Royale

    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama

    Released2000

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

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  • The Majestic19
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    Jim Carrey, Matt Damon

    Released2001

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

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  • Lenny21
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    Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Fosse

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  • Citizen Ruth22
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    Citizen Ruth

    Burt Reynolds, Kelly Preston

    Released1996

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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  • The Front23
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    The Front

    Woody Allen, Danny Aiello

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Ritt

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  • Elysium24
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    Elysium

    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster

    Released2013

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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  • The Fountainhead25
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    The Fountainhead

    Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey

    Released1949

    Directed byKing Vidor

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