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McCarthyism Movies

Advise and Consent
The Best Man
Big Jim McLain
The Crucible
A Face in the Crowd
Fellow Traveller
The Front
Guilty by Suspicion
High Noon
The House on Carroll Street
Inherit the Wind
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Johnny Guitar
A King in New York
Kiss Me Deadly
The Majestic
The Manchurian Candidate
Marathon Man
On The Waterfront
People Will Talk
Planet of the Apes
Rear Window
Silver Lode
The Way We Were
Witch Hunt


This web site is attempting to catalog and review some of the movies that were influenced by the events surrounding Senator Joe McCarthy and by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC).

     Some of the movies are documentaries (Hollywood on Trial, Point of Order, The Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist), and some are biographical (Tail Gunner Joe, Citizen Cohn, Murrow, Good Night, and Good Luck).

     Others are movies that McCarthyism plays an active role in. In Fellow Traveller, The Front, Guilty by Suspicion, The House on Caroll Street, Marathon Man, The Majestic, and The Way We Were, we find people whose lives have been disrupted by McCarthyism.

     The McCarthyism influences in On the Waterfront, The Crucible, High Noon and Inherit the Wind have been well documented and makes those very good movies much more interesting.

     The most interesting movies are those that may or may not be about McCarthyism but can be used to lead to discussions of it. Is The Invasion of the Body Snatchers an allegory about McCarthyism trying to make us all conform? Is Rear Window about the governments attempt to monitor and control us? Movies like Johnny Guitar, Kiss Me Deadly, Silver Lode, Planet of the Apes and Pleasantville become much more interesting when viewed through a McCarthyism lens.

Jack Nilan        McCarthyism and the Movies       2006 - 2012
Citizen Cohn
Fear on Trial
Good Night, and Good Luck
Tail Gunner Joe

Hollywood on Trial
Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist
Point of Order

American Indian Movies
Best Samurai Movies
Most Interesting Facts
Best SuperHero Movies

Best of the Web
Named Best of the Web for The Crucible by Shmoop