While defining Investigative Journalism in her book ‘Digging Deeper’, the author Sheila Coronel makes it clear that it’s not about the leak journalism or the insanely mad Paparazzi journalism that constantly invades personal space. It’s neither single source reporting nor the misuse of information. It’s about holding the powerful accountable and exposing how laws and regulations are violated in the garb of policies. It’s watchdog journalism that keeps the meek safe from the oppressor. At times, it’s the greed that drives the newsmen and we come across some astonishing cover-ups.
All said and done, the concept of ‘Investigative Journalism’ has often stimulated the grey matters of filmmakers and from that, some fine cinema have generated. Well dear readers, we at The Cinemaholic, give you the list of top investigation journalism movies ever. You can watch some of these best investigative journalism movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. The Informant! (2009)
This is a classic example of how not to do an investigation. Mark Whitacre, a high ranking official at an agri-industry giant turns a whistleblower to expose his company’s illegal price fixing policies to the FBI. While Mark prides himself on him being a hero for doing the right thing, his bipolar disorder makes it increasingly difficult to continue and he ends up embarrassing himself in front of the FBI. Soon it’s found out that Mark, while aiding FBI, actually defrauded $9 million from his company! Eventually he receives a federal prison sentence, three times longer than the other conspirators. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon in the titular role, ‘The Informant!’ is based on actual events and is a completely laugh riot. While you chuckle at the idiosyncrasies of Whitacre, it also forces you to ponder over the deceptive layers of human emotions, of considering what’s right and what’s not.
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9. The Parallax View (1974)
When a presidential candidate is shot dead by a lone gunman who eventually falls to his death, it looks like a open-and-shut case and thus gets closed by a special congressional committee. But in the next few years, when the witnesses of this event begin to die under strange circumstances, the case becomes murkier. At the behest of a remaining witness, an undercover reporter starts his investigation and soon ends up in a web of deceit and lies, that of the Parallax Corporation. Alan J. Pakula’s ‘The Parallax View’ gives basis to the much believed theory of insider hand behind the killings of the Kennedy Brothers. It openly throws the question that what if the Govt is not run by the elected people but by some unknown powers having the ability to bump anyone questioning them. Released to mixed reviews and starring Warren Beatty, who gave a career defining performance, this movie has become a cult favourite over the years. If you are willing to watch this, let me warn you – It does not have a happy ending.