I’m a big fan of thrillers and I particularly love a good conspiracy thriller. This genre is a mostly forgotten art because, in my opinion, few movies today are able to capture the truly unhinged paranoia of prior decades. It might also be because conspiracy entertainment has recently jumped off the screen and entered the real world, though that’s a rant for another day.
Starting in the 1970s, Hollywood began churning out stories that reflected Americans’ growing disillusionment with those in power. After Watergate, the Vietnam war, and a litany of mid-century scandals and coverups, it isn’t hard to see why. These movies are great because they take serious themes and topics and transform them into vehicles for excitement and suspense. We all know that powerful people do bad things, but, in real life, we almost never get to hear or see what that bad behavior actually looks like. With these movies, you do.
So...without further ado, here are 10 movies to amp up your paranoia. Enjoy.