Favorite Whistleblower Movie

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A movie tribute poll saluting those who courageously who act to stop illegal acts, corruption, fraud or other types of injustice on NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY held annually on July 30th.

Which movie that tells the story of a real-life or fictional whistle blower is your favorite film?

According to Wikipedia, a whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public. The information of alleged wrongdoing can be classified in many ways: violation of company policy/rules, law, regulation, or threat to public interest/national security, as well as, fraud and corruption.

See the partial list of real-life and fictional whitleblower movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls048260552/
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so many great films...hard to choose a number two...

but number one...all the presidents men...
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https://www.imdb.com/poll/KV8jVzJdm5o/

I didn't use the key word in the title lol
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I think we differ on what qualifies as whistle blowing. I would disagree with some of the titles listed in that version as being whistleblower movies.

I don't think investigative reporters or journalists reporting a story should qualify, especially if the actual whistleblower is their source.  Spotlight (I) (2015), The Paper (1994), The Parallax View (1974), Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005).

Similarly, movies about the police, undercover agents or federal operatives conducting an investigation aren't whistleblowers either. Breach (2007), Counter Investigation (2007)

As well as movies about witnesses or informants who simply corroborate or testify to previously known "criminal activity". On the Waterfront (1954), The Firm (1993).

I would also question Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), Norma Rae (1979), The Informer (1935), Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and a couple others as whistleblower movies, as they seem  off the mark.

However, movies like the Network (1976), The Constant Gardener (2005), and The Ghost Writer (2010) and The Nasty Girl (1990) where the character intends to become a whistleblower before either being killed or the movie ends, I think deserve inclusion. Even though in these cases no whistleblowing actually occured in the movie.
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Lol, just go ahead, I won't sue you, you know:)
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The inspiration for that poll was this one:
https://www.imdb.com/poll/9En5PMkPm3g/
I wanted an equivalent that could include 'All the President's Men' and the then-upcoming "Spotlight", the rest came from other users' suggestions, I think it's one of these cases where you can be right and I can be right as well... I have no problem with your poll, it's just that it "kind of" have been done before.
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I get that in some cases, it could be an issue of interpretation or how far you want to push the boundaries of what qualifies. Plus, I agree some other related polls and even articles in major publications repeatedly list some of these movies. But, I think common sense should rule, as well as, checking the plots of the movies to fact check rather than just assuming the previous list is correct. Your "Movies That Knew Too Much" poll isn't up to your high standards, as I find twelve options questionable (ie The Informer (1935 film) plot). I think you would be hard pressed to defend most of these questionable movies as true whistleblower movies. IMHO, it is hard to say "kind of" have been done before when it wasn't done well.  Also, the overlap between the two poll suggestions is limited to only fifteen answer options.

I strongly disagree that anyone who as a function of their job (investigator, reporter, government agent) exposes wrongdoing is a whistleblower.  There is no such thing as being a professional "whistleblower".  I believe the only time an investigator, reporter or agent can be a whistleblower is when what they expose falls outside their assigned duties or exposes their own company. All the major real-life whistleblowers listed on Wikipedia fall within these guidelines, so it goes beyond a personal opinion. Thus, movies that delve into these investigator/reporter/government agent story lines aren't whistleblower movies. For instance, in the The China Syndrome control room supervisor Jack Godell is the whistleblower not TV reporter Kimberly Wells.

I wouldn't have invested the time, if I knew there was an existing movie poll on the topic. The cute title certainly plays a role, as a more descriptive two part title, like Movies That Knew Too Much:  Notable Whistleblowers on Film would have avoided the issue, as it would have come up in my pre-search. IMHO, poll ttles that lack keywords just invite this type of problem. Regardless, I submitted a delete request in deference to your feeling the movie topic has been covered.
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1.)"SERPICO(1973)";
2.)"SILKWOOD(1983)";
3.)"THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR(1975)";
4.)"ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN(1976)"; &
5.)"SNOWDEN(2016)".

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