Saturday, December 9, 2023

List: Top 3 Movies About Privacy/Surveillance

This week on Episode 187 of the InSession Film Podcast, we reviewed Oliver Stone’s latest film, Snowden, which of course dramatizes the events of Edward Snowden leaking confidential information to the public. Going off of that, for our Top 3, we decided to talk about our favorite movies about privacy and surveillance. Since the inception of government and security, the debate of surveillance and privacy has always been stirring. How far are we willing to go for the sake of security? Are we willing to risk potential harm for our right to privacy? Those are the questions that films, such as Snowden, as well as the films on our list this week tackle and grapple with at their core. There are many great contenders for this list and we found some great discussion when presenting our Top 3 this week.

On that note, which movies about privacy and surveillance would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours:

*Keep in mind we have different criteria for our lists as well*


1) Rear Window
2) Citizenfour
3) Enemy of the State


1) The Truman Show
2) The Lives of Others
3) Rear Window


1) Good Night, And Good Luck
2) Minority Report
3) Enemy of the State

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Catfish, Brazil, The Conversation, The Bourne Trilogy, They Live, A Scanner Darkly, Gattaca, The Social Network

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Clearly there are a lot of other great films that could contend for this specific list. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

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For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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