From 'Hunger Games' to 'The Matrix': 12 Movies About Revolutions
You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, there have been quite a few in the movies in recent years. Read on to see some of our favorites. Power to the people!
The Matrix Trilogy (1999 - 2003)
From a world that doesn't know it's oppressed comes Neo, the chosen one, who saves the human race from robot overlords.
Fight Club (1999)
What's the first rule of revolution? Tyler Durden is a would-be antihero, whose attempt to turn American society upside down evolves out of the titular underground groups he leads, from which he builds an army of anti-materialistic domestic terrorists.
The Patriot (2000)
Roland Emmerich turns the American Revolution into a blockbuster starring, Mel Gibson, that makes it seem like one action hero single-handedly defeated the British. Is there anything Gibson can't do with that long hair?
Christian Bale fights against an emotion-suppressing totalitarian government using “gun kata,” and it is awesome.
I, Robot (2004)
Here, the robots attempt a revolution against the humans. Their reasoning: If left in control, humans will cause their own certain extinction.
V for Vendetta (2005)
"Remember, remember the 5th of November," when thousands of people wearing Guy Fawkes masks stormed the British Parliament in order to take back the country from a fascist regime. This action hit, based on Alan Moore's popular graphic novel, hails from the producers of 'The Matrix,' guys who know a thing or three about turning revolution into exciting entertainment.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Following a lot of shopping, eating and partying, Kirsten Dunst is forced to flee Versailles as the French Revolution erupts, because the people weren't satisfied when she “let them eat cake.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010)
Bad guys can lead revolutions, too, as is the case with Voldemort and his Death Eaters. After years of building up their dark side, this evil army dominates the wizarding world -- and even takes over the Ministry of Magic -- before Harry Potter and friends can crush their coup in 'Part 2.'
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
In this reboot of the sci-fi classic, it's chimps, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos that rise up against humans and take over San Francisco -- culminating in a climatic battle atop the Golden Gate Bridge.
Les Miserables (2012)
Two years after the actual French Revolution of 1830, another true uprising was attempted in Paris, and fictionalized factions joined the fight in this Oscar-winning musical based on Victor Hugo's novel.
With this YA adaptation, the seeds to a revolution are planted when Tris Prior sees the fault in the dystopian society she's born into and becomes a rebel with a cause for nonconformity. The uprising begins as the movie ends, but we have to wait for the sequels to see where that goes.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
Spurred by Katniss Everdeen's rebellious acts since she volunteered for the 74th Hunger Games, the second revolution of Panem can be seen in full force this fall, with the latest installment of the Jennifer Lawrence-led franchise. Throw three fingers in the air to show your support.