Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Imperialist and Anti-fascist ‘Canon’

For Zebra

I get asked a lot about good left wing or anti-capitalist (or anti colonialism, anti imperialism, anti fascism). I kept giving off the cuff suggestions and feeling I was missing so many out. 

When Zebra asked me, I wanted to do it right. So, I made this.

Note: it only goes on the list if I’ve seen it and think it’s a good vessel for its politics. This is not a comprehensive list of leftist cinema, this is a curated selection of suggestions for people who want to watch great, and potent, leftist films.

Here is a list of the films that people have claimed ‘do not belong’ here. It’s… interesting.

  • Nightcrawler
  • The Nightingale
  • No Fear, No Die
  • Nobody Knows
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • Paisan
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Parasite
  • Paths of Glory
  • Perfumed Nightmare
  • Peterloo
  • Pink Flamingos
  • Possessor
  • Pride
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind
  • Pulgasari
  • Punishment Park
  • Red Desert
  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
  • RoboCop
  • Rocks
  • Rodan
  • Rome, Open City
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Salut les Cubains
  • Samurai Rebellion
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • The Selfish Giant
  • The Servant
  • Shoah
  • Shoplifters
  • A Short Film About Killing
  • Small Axe
  • Society
  • The Sorrow and the Pity
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Sorry We Missed You
  • A Special Day
  • The Spirit of the Beehive
  • Starship Troopers
  • Stray Dogs
  • Strike
  • Taste of Cherry
  • They Live
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets
  • Time
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • A Touch of Sin
  • Touki Bouki
  • A Twelve-Year Night
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Ugetsu
  • Umberto D.
  • Under the Shadow
  • Us
  • Vagabond
  • The Vampires of Poverty
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Wadjda
  • The Wages of Fear
  • Weekend
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • Within Our Gates
  • Wolfwalkers
  • Woman at War
  • You, the Living
  • Z