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Iran-Contra is in many ways the definitive government conspiracy – involving guns, drugs, anti-communism and black operations, it went all the way to the White House. This week I examine several films that implicitly or explicitly incorporate the Iran-Contra conspiracy into their plots, as well as movies about Iran-Contra that were never made due to government interference. Ranging from macho 80s cop action films through to biopics of Gary Webb and Barry Seal, the cinema of Iran-Contra is a microcosm that represents the movie industry as a whole.

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