Those interested in left-wing populism who enjoy provocative documentaries should watch or rewatch these classic Michael Moore movies. Unless you're Rip Van Winkle, you should already be familiar with Moore's gung-ho approach to filmmaking. Even though you may not necessarily agree with his political viewpoints and paradigms, Michael Moore's documentaries are sure to leave you both entertained and deep in thought.
“Roger and Me”
This 1989 release gave the world a glimpse of things to come and what to expect from Michael Moore movies. “Roger and Me” features a younger, slimmer but just as annoying, younger version of Moore. The maverick filmmaker relentlessly pursues and hounds then General Motors CEO Roger Smith in an attempt to get his views on how closing down a factory and laying off thousands of workers negatively affected the city of Flint, Michigan. Michael Moore masterfully portrays General Motors as a callous and uncaring corporation that was more interested in stock options and bonuses, than the community around it.
“The Big One”
Michael Moore continues his never-ending crusade against the tyranny of greedy big businesses. Out of all the Michael Moore movies in this list, “The Big One” may technically be the least impressive. Some of his own arguments are made weak by dingy and overly simplistic examples. Still, Moore's skills as a gifted speaker does shine through in this documentary. His intelligence, candor and sense of humor are more than impressive. Some of his funniest materials were unleashed when he confronts stone faced executives and gabby PR honchos.
“Bowling for Columbine”
Michael Moore closely examines America's penchant for gun-related violence. While some may consider this to be an anti-gun film, it is really more of an observation of the nation's current state of affairs. The highlight of “Bowling for Columbine” may be the memorable scene between Michael Moore and Charlton Heston. This compelling documentary is probably the best known among Michael Moore movies.
Another popular pick among Michael Moore movies, “Fahrenheit 9/11” provides viewers a very interesting take on the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Moore alleges that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were used by the Bush Administration as a launching pad to push their agendas. He further explains that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are unmerited and unjust. This may be the most controvertial documentary Moore has released to date.
“Capitalism: A Love Story”
Moore once again sets his sights on big businesses in this 2009 documentary. Michael Moore attempts to demystify what capitalism and economics mean to the everyday American. After the brief tutorial, he then presents examples of capitalism that have gone awry and explains why the system is inherently un-Christian. The methodology is old formula for Moore, with his ambush and blitzkrieg style interviews, but his intensity does go up a notch in this film.