John Hanlon
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It isn’t unusual for an unsuspecting viewer to walk into a movie theater expecting two hours of mindless entertainment only to be surprised by a liberal political message that overshadows the proceedings. For instance, “Avatar” (2009) -- the highest-grossing movie of all time -- arrived in theaters with an environmental message that presented a false choice between environmental protection and the success of big business. 2012 also offered up its share of liberal-leaning films including “The Campaign,” “Big Miracle,” “The Obama Effect,” “Step-Up Revolution” and “Peace Love & Misunderstanding.” Fortunately, though, those smaller films were out-classed and out-numbered by many other films that offered up more conservative themes and ideals.

One great example of this was Steven Spielberg’s film, “Lincoln.” Spielberg reportedly asked that the film’s release date be delayed so that it couldn’t be used as a political prop. However, when it finally arrived in theaters, the epic showed the Republican president as the grand leader that he was -- fighting against unscrupulous Democrats who wanted slavery to continue, despite the injustice inherent in the practice. But “Lincoln” wasn’t the only film that showed Republicans or conservative ideals in a positive light.

There were plenty of right-leaning movies that arrived in theaters in 2012. In fact, my A-List feature from the December issue of Townhall Magazine counted down ten of the most conservative movies of the past year. Aside from such obvious fare as “Atlas Shrugged 2” and “2016: Obama’s America,” the list included several of the year’s highest-grossing films.

The highest-grossing movie on the list -- ahem, the highest-grossing movie of the year -- was “The Avengers.” Two of its story’s main protagonists represent deeply-held conservative beliefs. Captain America, the first Avenger, is a patriotic soldier who served his country nobly during World War II. Brought into the current age, he still believes in old-fashioned values and longs for a simpler time -- a time when people cared for each other more and weren’t afraid to wear their patriotism on their sleeve. One of Captain America’s fellow Avengers Is the successful businessman Tony Stark, a man who isn’t afraid of his own money and doesn’t begrudge himself the luxuries that he has earned through his hard work and dedication.

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John Hanlon

John Hanlon is the Operations Manager of Townhall.com. He can be found on Twitter @johnhanlon.