Conspiracy Theory Movies

If you are in the mood to watch some conspiracy theory movies, here is a list to get you started. Some of these are classics in film history.

There are no spoilers here. It’s just a list of great conspiracy theory movie recommendations in chronological order.



The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Seven Days in May (1964)

The Parallax View (1974)

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

All the President’s Men (1976)

Capricorn One (1978)

JFK (1991)

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Wag the Dog (1997)

The X-Files (1998)

Enemy of the State (1998)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Conspiracy Theory Movies

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate a neo-noir and psychological political thriller about the Cold War and sleeper agents.

The film was released on October 24, 1962. Here is the trailer:

Seven Days in May (1964)

Seven Days in May an American political thriller film about a military-political cabal’s planned takeover of the U.S. government in reaction to the president’s negotiation of a disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union.

The film is based on the novel of the same name. Here is the trailer:

The Parallax View (1974)

The Parallax View is about a reporter’s investigation into a secretive organization, the Parallax Corporation, whose primary focus is political assassination.

This movie stars Warren Beatty. Here is the trailer:

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Three Days of the Condor stars Robert Redford and is about a nerdy CIA researcher who comes back from lunch one day, only to discover his co-workers murdered. He tries to outwit those responsible for the murders.

It was nominated for the best film editing award. Here is the trailer:

All the President’s Men (1976)

All the President’s Men is about the Watergate scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon.

This conspiracy movie also stars Robert Redford. Here is the trailer:

Capricorn One (1978)

This is a good one. Capricorn One is a film where a reporter discovers that a supposed landing on Mars by a crewed mission to the planet has been faked with a conspiracy involving the government and, under duress, the crew themselves.

The music score was created by Jerry Goldsmith. Jerry Goldsmith also scored music for movies in the Star Trek franchise and three Rambo movies, as well as for Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes, and many more.

Here is the trailer:

JFK (1991)

JFK is a historical political mystery thriller film that examines the events leading to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, and alleged cover-ups through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison.

This is probably the best conspiracy theory movie in my opinion. You might want to start with JFK if you have not seen any movies on this list.

Here is the trailer:

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Aptly named for this article, Conspiracy Theory is about an eccentric taxi driver (Mel Gibson) who believes many world events are triggered by government conspiracies and the Justice Department attorney (Julia Roberts) who becomes involved in his life.

This movie was financially successful, but critic reviews were mixed. Watch it yourself to make your own decision. Here is the trailer:

Wag the Dog (1997)

Wag the Dog is an American political satire black comedy about a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer who fabricate a war in Albania to distract voters from a presidential sex scandal.

The movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. Here is the trailer:

The X-Files (1998)

The X-Files: Fight the Future follows agents Mulder and Scully, who uncover what appears to be a government conspiracy attempting to hide the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.

The film stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from the TV series. Here is the trailer:

Enemy of the State (1998)

Enemy of the State is about an attorney, played by Will Smith, whose life is destroyed after he discovers evidence that NSA agents killed a congressman blocking surveillance legislation.

This movie also stars Gene Hackman. Here is the trailer:

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a dark comedy and fictionalized version of Jon Ronson’s 2004 book of the same title of an investigation into attempts by the United States military to employ psychic powers as a weapon.

This movies stars George Clooney and Ewan McGregor. Here is the trailer:



Obviously, there are a lot more conspiracy theory movies out there. This is just a good list of some of the best ones to watch, which include some classic movies in history.

If you have other suggestions for conspiracy films, put them in the comments!

2 comments

  1. I have not seen any of these movies! But I love a good movie about a conspiracy. It’s hard for me to watch the older films, though. They get so boring.

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