Top Conservative Flicks of the '00s
Even Hollywood can make movies for the non-'lily-livered:' Nile Gardiner
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2010 5:31 AM CST

(Newser) – "Hollywood may well be a bastion of liberalism, but it does continue to occasionally produce major films that advance conservative principles," Nile Gardiner writes in the Telegraph. His best of the aughts:

  1. Master and Commander, 2003: The Peter Weir flick starring Russell Crowe is "an epic tale of heroism and love for country in the face of incredible odds, and a glowing tribute to the grit and determination that forged the British Empire."
  2. Black Hawk Down, 2001: Critics may have called it an "anti-war film," but Gardiner doesn't buy it. Instead, it's "an extraordinarily powerful and deeply patriotic tribute to the heroism and bravery of the US military."

  1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, 2001-2003: The "vision of a mighty battle between good and evil" is "perfectly fitting" for "a post 9/11 world where the forces of freedom found themselves pitted against a barbaric enemy."
  2. Gladiator, 2000: The film has "not an ounce of appeasement or the whiff of 'engagement,'" and is "guaranteed to send pacifists and lily-livered liberals running for the exits."
  3. The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006: Will Smith's character "embodies the can-do spirit of Reagan’s America, and rejects the welfare state in favor of the capitalist ideal."
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