25 best conspiracy movies ever

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Released at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Manchurian Candidate plays on Cold War-era fears of fifth columnists infiltrating America. Even military heroes and political figures can't be trusted, with brainwashed stooges operating at the highest levels of government. The opening sequence, in which luckless American soldiers are hypnotised by Chinese communists, still sends a shiver down the spine.

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