There have always been theories that challenge the known facts of events. These have been made by people who continuously refuse to accept what everybody else agrees to be the truth. Known as conspiracy theorists, they are sometimes paranoid outcasts who see patterns of threat in everything, and sometimes they are just normal people who see things a little differently. Within the past 20 years, and with the help of the Internet, conspiracy theories have become more widespread and have become popular with more than just the crazy few. Regardless, the movie-world has embraced conspiracy theories and their creators for a long time. The stories and people make great cinema, as they say, and choosing the few best was not easy. In order to keep the list interesting for our younger readers I am keeping the list reserved for the most part, to films made including, and after, the 80’s. There were so many great conspiracy films during the 60’s and 70’s like The Manchurian Candidate(original), Marathon Man, and Three Days of the Condor, all of which I excluded from the list. I also stayed clear of Documentary films about actual conspiracies, such as, Fahrenheit 9/11, written and directed in 2004 by Michael Moore. It was a documentary film about the events of 9/11 and his suspicions of the Bush Administration’s involvement. Films of this type I am saving for its own list. So, without further adieu, here are my top 8 Conspiracy Theory films.
#8 – Capricorn One (1977)
Director: Peter Hyams
Writer: Peter Hyams
In the 1960’s after the Apollo moon-landing, the not entirely unexpected conspiracy theories cropped-up claiming the landing was a fake, filmed in a studio. These theories inspired this film less than 10 years later. In this movie a NASA mission to put the first men on Mars, isn’t going to work, and its funding becomes threatened, so the powers-that-be choose to film a fake. Even though it is outside my limit I included it because it is a great conspiracy film.