John Hanlon

Another movie that easily made the list was the magnificent conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman series, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Before the film’s release, it caused some controversy when Rush Limbaugh raised questions about the villain being named Bane supposedly as a reference to Bain Capital, the company that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney helped found. The theory was incorrect and the movie actually included numerous conservative messages. Big Hollywood’s Ben Shapiro even identified “TDKR” as one of the most conservative films ever. One of the most obvious reasons for this analysis, as Shapiro noted, was the film’s inherent criticism of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Selina , one of the film’s characters, starts the story believing that stealing from the rich and giving to the poor is a noble activity. But she eventually realizes that the anarchy and destruction that ensues harms society as a whole. Such a potent political message seems particularly ripe for our current times.

“Hunger Games,” the third-highest grossing movie of the year, also made my list. The film -- adapted from the best-selling novel -- showcases the threat that an omnipresent government poses to society at large. In this story, the powerful government allies live in grand wealth while the nation’s citizens suffer. The government leaders -- in an effort to quell their imprisoned citizens -- host a yearly game where some of the less fortunate battle each other to the death for the world to see. The film presents an Orwellian and disturbing version of an all-powerful government that will be hard to forget.

“The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Hunger Games” are the three highest-grossing movies of 2012 at the domestic box office and all of them contain refreshing themes about individualism. Although one could argue that none of the films are blatantly conservative, they all include valuable ideas that would please conservatives and advocates of small government. In recent years, some of the most successful movies of the year subtly hide liberal messages. Not in 2012. This was a year that conservatives should applaud at the cinema.

Let’s hope for a similar case in 2013.

For a full listing of the ten most conservative movies of 2012, check out the A-list in the December issue of Townhall Magazine and subscribe to the magazine by clicking here.

John Hanlon

John Hanlon writes movie reviews and about pop culture for our site. He can be found on Twitter @johnhanlon.