(Charles Chaplin, US 1940, 124 min.)

Seizing upon Hitler’s plagiarization of the Little Tramp’s moustache and manner, Chaplin crafted a cutting and timely plea for peace in reply. He plays two roles — a Jewish war veteran who witnesses fresh atrocities from his Mittel European barbershop, and Adenoid Hynkel, the boisterous fascist who dreams of world domination. Unimaginably daring at a time when America could not yet come to terms with Hitler’s threat, The Great Dictator remains one of Chaplin’s most iconic moments.