Based on Ted Baehr list from MovieGuide.org, and Miss Liberty’s movie guide. Edited, expanded, and links added by Think for Yourself
Please add your suggestions in the comments, and if I agree, I’ll be glad to add them to this list.
The Killing Fields (1984). Film about the genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087553/
Enemies of the People (2009). A documentary that exposes the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge who were behind Cambodia’s genocide.
Eleni (1985), a moving and true story of a mother who was murdered by the Communists during the Greek Civil War.
Katyn (2007) ] About the Katyn massacre in Poland.
Strajk – Die Heldin von Danzig (Strike: the Heroine of Gdansk) (2006). About the co-founder of the Polish solidarity movement, Anna Walentynowicz. In 1980 she joined a group around the electrician Lech Walesa, who was looking for an open confrontation with Communist system and thus heralds the turning point in the socialist Eastern Bloc.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0440978/ Trailer (could not find English):
The Lost City (2005). A story of the overthrow of Cuban dictator Batista (1958-59) and the establishment of Castro’s oppressive Communist dictatorship.
The Lives of Others (2006) An Easter German movie about a secret policeman (Stazi) in the 1980s who secretly tries to help a playwright and his live-in actress girlfriend who are being investigated. IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/
Part 1: https://www.veoh.com/watch/v1182476d3z7Ep2d
Part 2: https://www.veoh.com/watch/v11845326YxfRjWh Trailer:
Nine Days That Changed the World (2010) A documentary about Pope John Paul II’s historic, world-changing nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1737632/ [NB – unfortunately the current Pope seems more focused on Marxist liberation theology]
Full movie at this link: https://www.cda.pl/video/154850ba
Hanoi Hilton (1987). The story of the POWs captured and tortured by the Communist Vietcong during the Vietnam war. IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093143/
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) John Frankenheimer’s Cold War thriller about a Korean War prisoner of war who is brainwashed into becoming a coldly efficient assassin by his Communist captors and Communist mother.
Link to movie: https://ok.ru/video/273625451171 Trailer:
Metropolis (1929) A silent science fiction with biblical symbolism and allegory. The city represents heaven and earth, as well as the caste distinctions to be found in a mercantilist/socialist state. Maria preaches reconciliation and new life through the intervention of a mediator between the rulers and the people. Rotwang, the priest/scientist, is the Adversary who wants to make the world over in his image. Freder becomes the Christ-like mediator, ready to sacrifice himself to save others. This movie rebukes the mercantilism which was rearing its ugly head as National Socialism in Germany. The film sternly condemns the revolutionary leader, the robot Maria, a counterfeit savior in the tradition of Barabbas, Hitler and Lenin, who leads the people to death and destruction. At the same time, it lifts up the Mediator, who comes to bring peace. [Notes by Ted Baehr]
A Tale of Two Cities (1935) The Terror is a precursor the violent mob mentality that fuels Communism. The guillotine is a symbol of the great purges and genocides to come. It’s about sacrificing oneself for another: a Christian them. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. The movie Jesus’ words “I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” (John 11: 25)
There are other great movies that show the Terror, including Danton (1983), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934).
Bitter Harvest (2017) An historical drama about the famine and genocide in Ukraine of 1932-33 (Holodomor). Stalin decides Russia needs to confiscate all the food in the Ukraine and enforce socialist collectivization. As told through the eyes of the victims.
Link to full movie: https://putlockers.fm/watch/QvMjRzx2-bitter-harvest.html Trailer:
Captain America: Civil War (2016). A fantasy action film that promotes freedom, taking responsibility, and fighting against injustice and socialism.
Red Dawn (1984). This is my personal favourite. It’s about the invasion of middle America by the USSR and Cubans in the 1980s, and local resistance to them. There was a remake but it’s not as good.
Trailer (below). Fully movie at this link (putlockers, has popups).
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), one of the most suspenseful, exciting, and scary science fiction movies of all time. It tells the story of a small town in California where emotionless, amoral alien pods start taking over the people, one by one.
Full movie at both of these thinks: (1) https://ok.ru/video/216643144210
Remake (1978): https://ok.ru/video/419593063067 Trailer:
Mao’s Last Dancer (2010). About a Chinese ballet dancer who finds freedom, success and love in the United States after coming to Houston Texas as part of a cultural exchange program. Based on the dancer’s autobiography. It exposes the evils of communism and extols American values of freedom.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071812/ Trailer:
Meet John Doe (1941) Gary Cooper as a good-hearted hobo and Barbara Stanwyck as a hard-bitten news reporter. A pro-American, Christian populist message that makes a strong case against National Socialism and other forms of big government tyranny.
Toy Story 3 (2010). Animated toys are held captive by a tyrant in a daycare center full of rambunctious young children who literally start tearing them apart. The heroes stand up against the Communist-like tyranny, with Barbie exclaiming, “Government is from the consent of the governed!”
The Way Back (2010). Tells the epic story of how seven men during World War II dared to escape from a Communist prison camp run by the brutal Soviet dictatorship and started walking 4,000 miles to freedom.
Stalin (1992) Starring Robert Duvall as brutal Soviet dictator.
The Inner Circle (1991) Follows the people who blindly worship Stalin, in Moscow, but suffer under Communism in various way. It’s a good insight into the sycophancy and blind devotion of people who live under Communism.
The First Circle (1991). In the USSR, political prisoners who were scientists were not always sent to gulag, but also to The First Circle (named after Dante’s Inferno), a special incarceration unit near Moscow where they could work for the government. Based on the novel by Solzhenitsyn.
To Live (1994) The struggles of one family during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. It starts just before the revolution, carries us through the civil war (which ended in 1949) and through the implementation of Communism. It’s not explicitly anti-Communist, but was banned in China because it reveals harm to the victims of the Red Guard. IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110081/
The Blue Kite (1993). The story is told from the perspective of a young boy growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, and how the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution affected his family. The movie was banned in China during its release. IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107358/
Chronicles of Religious Persecution in China (2017) “Tells the true stories of two mainland Chinese Christians who were both persecuted to death by the CCP government for their faith; a snapshot of the suppression and persecution suffered by countless Chinese Christians and relatives of Christians by the CCP.”
[NB – I have seen this; it’s a good film]
Blood Debt (2020). By the same as above (Church of Almighty God), this documentary also tells one representative story of torture by the CCP.
Voice of the Martyrs has numerous short videos about the suffering of Christians under Communism, such as this one:
Animal Farm (1954) Animation of Orwell’s anti-Communist novel.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954, 1984). A film depiction of Orwell’s novel which was based on the USSR. There are two versions of this film, both good.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174444/ (1954 version)
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/ (1984 version)
Coming out of the Ice (1982). The story of an American who survived the Soviet gulags. IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083749/
The Architects (1990). East Germany. How the Communists ruined lives and communities through lifeless brutalist architecture.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0305242/ Trailer:
Tortured for Christ (2018). Christian pastor is persecuted for his faith in the USSR (true story of the founder of the NGO Voice of the Martyrs)
Question 7 (1961). A powerful portrayal of people forced to choose between following the State or their Christian faith.
The Confession (1970). French movie starring Yves Montand and Simone Signoret.
We the Living (1942). Based on Ayn Rand’s novel of the same name. The rise to power of Soviet socialism corrupts every aspect of life in a Russian city, leaving its occupants with three choices: cynicism, self-destruction, or escape. Miss Liberty’s notes: “It’s a fitting tribute to the universally antiauthoritarian nature of Ayn Rand’s ideas that this film — first produced in fascist Italy as an attack on communism — was then banned at the angry insistence of the Nazis, who considered it antifascist. Like the Rand novel on which it’s based, it is, of course, an attack on totalitarianism of all stripes. Considered by some film critics in Italy as their equivalent of Gone With the Wind, this engaging film has a touch of greatness.”
There are also a number of dystopian films that have the theme of a hero caught up in a tyrannical totalitarian technocracy, and attempting to break out — so in that sense they are anti-Communist. Communism is essentially slavery. The human spirit militates against it.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066434/ Full movie:
Logan’s Run (1976)
Link: https://archive.org/details/LogansRunMovie Clip:
Fahrenheit 451 (1966). Based on the Ray Bradbury story, it shows a dystopian totalitarian society in which books are banned, and when found burned. The hero seeks freedom of thought through reading.
Soylent Green (1973). A dystopian future ravaged by overpopulation, resource scarcity, terrorism and crime, climate change (very much like the world has become, it seems!)
Link to full movie: https://ok.ru/video/1050263161346 Trailer:
Equilibrium (2002). In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.
City of Ember (2008). The City of Ember is an underground city run by entitled despots. A little girl figures out how to escape before it’s too late.
The Island (2005). A colony of people trapped in an illusory world, being controlled by a despot who uses them for body parts (similar to China). The hero must escape.
Das Experiment (2001). A psychological experiment in which test subjects are divided into “prisoners” and “guards” spins out of control when the “guards” take their authority a little too seriously. Based on a real experiment from 1971.
1776 (1972). The Founding Fathers declare American independence from Britain.
The Man in the White Suit (1951). A research scientist invents a fabric both indestructible and stainproof, but manufacturing interests and unions try to prevent its production. “‘Don’t you realize what [the invention of this fabric] means? Millions of people all over the world are living lives of drudgery, fighting an endless losing battle against shabbiness and dirt. You’ve won that battle for them. You’ve set them free. The whole world’s going to bless you.’ So says the inventor-hero’s girlfriend, in an early, optimistic view of the situation. But as Ayn Rand once said, the man who invented fire was probably burned at the stake, and that is pretty much what happens here.” Notes by Miss Liberty.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044876/ Trailer:
Night Crossing (1982). A heroic and ingenious father organizes an escape for his family from East Germany to the West via a homemade hot air balloon. Based on a true story.
Documentary: The Bloody History of Communism
[appears to be a homemade video by Wojciech Kilar]
It’s ‘age restriced’ but you can view it by just hitting the “I understand” button.
Honorable mention: anti-Communist action movies from the 1980s.
Invasion USA (Chuck Norris)
Rambo II (Stallone)
Rambo III (Stallone)
Missing in Action (Chuck Norris)
Missing in Action II (Chuck Norris)
Braddock: Missing in Action III (Chuck Norris)
Moonraker (1979). James Bond film in which the villain wants to exterminate most of humanity, similar to the depopulation scheme that anti-globalists allege the globalists are putting into place. This theme fits in this list because of the genocidal trajectory the world is on, at present. 1979 was a time when it was understood that mass murder was done by the villain. Now Hollywood puts out fantasy films in which murdering American patriots is presented as a virtue (e.g. In the Shadow of the Moon). IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079574/
Full film: https://putlockers.fm/watch/rVdPbmxL-moonraker.html
Mao’s Great Famine (2011). Documentary about Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward,” a far-reaching program of forced modernization intended to transform China into a socialist paradise, instead results in the greatest holocaust in human history — with a death toll of 45 million.
How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World / nine episodes / by Epoch Times.
This is a great series in 9 parts. It provides the transcript below the videos.
Red Nightmare (1962). About the preparations the Soviets are making to invade and conquer the USA. Part of the ‘Red Scare’ at the time.
Invasion USA (1952). A group of people at a bar witness the unfolding events of a Soviet invasion of the USA. Part of the ‘Red Scare’
The Big Lie (1951). Produced by the US Army. It details how the brutal socialist regimes of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China & North Korea were rapidly becoming as dangerous as the defeated Nazi regime. It begins with the quote by Hitler: “The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one”
Red Chinese Battle Plan (1964) by the U.S. Navy. A documentary on Mao’s revolution with real footage.
Link to full film: https://archive.org/details/RedChine1964
Communist Accent on Youth (1961): Documentary on rising anti-Americanism worldwide, incited by Communist agitators. [this is still going on, though much worse now; now they control the Whitehouse as of 2020]
One of a four-part, Hollywood-produced film series. This episode describes the philosophies of socialist communism and how they contrast with those of a free republic. All the films in the series utilized newsreel footage and scripted narration, and each film sought to expose the threat of Soviet-based communism to capitalism and free societies around the globe.
The films describe how communism preys on susceptible youth (Communist Accent on Youth, 1961), spreads through violent aggression (Communist Imperialism, 1962), and cloaks itself behind the discourse of “peaceful coexistence” (Communism and Coexistence, 1963). The fourth film, The Questions and the Answers (1965), argues for the necessity of congressional investigations that root out communist activities within the United States. Straddling the period of the Cuban Missile Crisis, these films offer an excellent example of the anti-communist discourse typical of this critical moment in Cold War history.
Communism. 1940s, 1950s USA, Anti-Communist Public Information Film from the Kinolibrary Archive Film Collections.
In the comment section, someone asked, “a bit baffling how one could interpret some of these movies, especially Metropolis and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as antisocialist.”
Reply: “Those two films show collectivism and blind conformity, which are essential for totalitarianism to succeed. Metropolis could also be used as an argument against the kind of forced labor under capitalism prevalent in the 19th century, as it shows men being consumed by machines. But the same forced labor also occurred in the USSR and China during their industrial revolutions. Body Snatchers shows people who all think the same way and root out individuals as the enemy, in the same what that Communists impose ideology by force and punish “Wrongthink.”
As for the argument that socialism and Communism are somehow different: the former is just a less developed version of the latter. Socialism is attractive to young people and idealists, but in practice, self-serving apparatchiks interested in power for themselves tend to take over and become the new elites. The current plan for America is to model it after China: a combination of corporate capitalism and state technocracy. “Cancel culture” is a lot like Donald Sutherland in the last scene of Body Snatchers pointing the finger at the uninfected human.