-> ''"We like non-fiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious President. We -- We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons.Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or the fictitious [sic] of orange alerts, we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any time you've got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up."''
-->-- '''Michael Moore''', winning the AcademyAward for ''Film/BowlingForColumbine''
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'''Michael Francis Moore''' is an American filmmaker and author known for his stridently left-wing political opinions, [[AuthorTract which he uses his documentary films to advocate]]. He is (LoveItOrHateIt) very controversial for this reason. Nonetheless, no fewer than ''three'' of his films have at one time or another held world records as "highest-grossing documentary not concerning music" and he has also received significant critical acclaim for them.

His films include:
* ''[[Film/RogerAndMe Roger & Me]]'': His breakthrough film, it documents the mass unemployment and other negative economic effects caused by General Motors closing its factories in Flint, UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} (where Moore was born, though he was raised in neighboring Davison), as well as his more ambitious attempt to find thenĖGeneral Motors chairman Roger B. Smith and convince him to see these bad side effects in person. [[spoiler:When Moore finally tracks Smith down at the company's Christmas party, he turns him down.]]
* ''Film/CanadianBacon'': Moore's only non-documentary film, this is a comedy about America starting a new UsefulNotes/ColdWar with UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} in order to revitalize the defense industry. Notable for being Creator/JohnCandy's last film, and for [[FunnyAneurysmMoment a crack about the lunacy of declaring a war on terrorism despite being made in the '90s]].
* ''Film/TheBigOne'': Follows Moore on his book tour for the best-seller "Downside This: Threats From An Unarmed American" as he tours cities where companies are closing down plants and opening factories overseas despite making huge profits. Moore attempts to meet with CEO's and ask them the reason for their questionable decisions, most notable for Moore's meeting with Nike CEO Phil Knight.[[spoiler: He tries to convince Knight to build a shoe factory in Flint to no avail, though he does succeed in getting him to donate $10,000 to Flint schools (on the condition that Moore matched his donation).]]
* ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'': The documentary that made the most money of any at the time (US$58 million), it looks into the causes of the 1999 UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} High School Massacre and, by extension, [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics gun culture in the United States in general]]. It won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
* ''Fahrenheit 9/11'': Still the highest-grossing documentary of all time (nearly US$222.5 million), it looks into the administration of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center as well as {{the War on Terror}}. It was made with the obvious intent of preventing Bush from getting re-elected in 2004 (not ''quite'' succeeding). It received the Palme D'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and amusingly, it is the movie for which George W. Bush won two UsefulNotes/{{Golden Raspberry Award}}s, one for "Worst Actor" and another for "Worst Screen Couple" with ''either'' Condoleezza Rice ''or'' His Pet Goat.[[note]]This was the first documentary to be nominated for or win a Razzie, as well as the first time a film not roundly judged to be of poor quality did so.[[/note]]
* ''Sicko'': An attack on the U.S. health care system, it details the effects that private health insurance has had on various citizens and contrasts the system with the universal health care systems of Canada, Great Britain, France, and even Cuba. Nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature, but lost.
* ''Capitalism: A Love Story'': This film studies the ongoing recession and, naturally, capitalism itself, particularly regarding the United States. Fittingly/ironically, it failed to recoup its US$20-million budget in its theatrical release.

Moore also created and hosted two satirical TV series, ''TV Nation'' (1994-95) and ''The Awful Truth'' (1999-2000).

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!!Tropes relevant to Moore and/or his work:
* BannedInChina: PlayedForLaughs (albeit very dark ones) in TheStinger to ''Roger and Me'': "This film cannot be shown within the city of Flint. [[spoiler: All the movie theaters have closed.]]"
* BourgeoisBohemian: Moore makes much of his working-/middle-class upbringing; his critics make just as much of the fact that he has since become a multimillionaire. Both are correct; he focuses on the past, they on the present.
** However, Moore does consistently claim he grew up in destitute Flint, Michigan.[[note]]Of course, Flint proper ''was'' in much better shape during his childhood.[[/note]] He's actually from one of its nearby (and much more affluent) suburbs.
* TheCameo:
** As demonstrated in the page quote, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The President Wore Pearls." In the episode, he pops up in Springfield to voice his support for Lisa's student strike;[[note]]Long story short: after Lisa becomes Springfield Elementary's student president, Principal Skinner tricks her into endorsing his secret plot to [[WellIntentionedExtremist cut the school's operating budget by eliminating music, art and physical education from the curriculum]].[[/note]] more recently he appears on its DVDCommentary discussing the scene's foreshadowing of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_movement Occupy movement]], which he has also spoken favorably of.
*** Doubles as a case of PromotedFanboy; [[http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2003/11/12/Michael-Moore-to-be-on-The-Simpsons/UPI-85261068661236/ he had hoped to appear on the show]] since the episode "Bart Gets Famous"[[note]]Because the boxes made at the Springfield box factory are actually assembled in Flint.[[/note]] aired in 1994.
** He also plays Lisa Kudrow's cousin in ''Lucky Numbers'' (the ''[[Film/BattlefieldEarth other]]'' movie that gave Creator/JohnTravolta his 2000 Razzie).
** And he portrays a journalist in ''The Fever''.
** Don't forget about his genuinely hilarious CreatorCameo in ''Canadian Bacon''.
* CanadaEh: In ''Bowling For Columbine'', he compares UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} to Windsor, Ontario, just across the river/border, and describes Canada as being like a paradise.
** And of course this was the entire premise of ''Canadian Bacon''.
* ClusterFBomb: When it was revealed that Rahm Emanuel, who would become Mayor of UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} just a few months later, allegedly said "Fuck the UAW!", Moore responded with a pro-union blog post called [[http://michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/happy-fuckin-labor-day "Happy Fuckin' Labor Day]].
* DocumentaryOfLies: One of the most common accusations levelled against his films (see each film's entry for examples of this).
* GodwinsLaw: His description of Bush's "USA PATRIOT[[note]]This was the actual [[FunWithAcronyms backronym]] the administration used for it; it stands for [[LongTitle "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism"]].[[/note]] Act" (which, admittedly, was of questionable legality) in his book ''Dude, Where's My Country?'' as being "as un-American as ''Literature/MeinKampf''."
* GreetingGestureConfusion: He once recounted an anecdote in which he met Bob Dole for the first time, and unthinkingly held out his right hand in order to shake hands, forgetting that Dole had lost the use of his right hand following a war injury. Moore hurriedly retracted his right hand and offered his left instead, which Dole accepted.
* HeroWorshipper: To [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt FDR]], and to UAW workers, even workers in general.
* HitlerAteSugar: Dissected in Bowling For Columbine.
* IconicItem: His Detroit Tigers baseball cap.
* LighterAndSofter: To an extent, ''Sicko'', while still angry and opinionated, toned down the self-promoting style of Moore's past few films, with him not even appearing onscreen until halfway through and only one major "stunt" towards the end of the film. Also quite literal in that he did lose some weight while working on the film.
* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: At the very end of the 2003 documentary ''The Corporation'' there is a clip of an interview with him discussing this.
--> You know I've always thought it's very ironic that Iím able to do all this and yet what am I on? Iím on networks. Iím distributed by studios that are owned by large corporate entities. Now why would they put me out there when I am opposed to everything that they stand for? And I spend my time on their dime opposing what they believe in. Okay? Well it's because they donít believe in anything. They put me on there because they know that thereís millions of people that want to see my film or watch the TV show and so [[MoneyDearBoy theyíre going to make money]]. And Iíve been able to get my stuff out there because [[BatmanGambit Iím driving my truck through this incredible flaw in capitalism: the greed flaw. The thing that says the rich man will sell you the rope to hang himself with if he think he can make a buck off it.]] Well, Iím the rope. I hope. Iím part of the rope. And they also believe that when people watch my stuff, or maybe watch this film, or whatever, they think that, well you know what, theyíll watch this and they wont do anything because [[ViewersAreMorons weíve done such a good job of numbing their minds and dumbing them down]] you know theyíll never affect... People arenít going to leave the couch and go and do something political. Theyíre convinced of that. Iím convinced of the opposite. [[HopeSpringsEternal Iím convinced that a few people are going to leave this movie theatre or get up off the couch and go and do something, anything, to get this world back in our hands.]]
* MoodWhiplash: ''Roger & Me'' begins by showing Michael growing up in the Flint area and later finding work in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Ö only to move back to Flint and find it a shadow of its former self.
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: Moore is infamous for criticizing American politics and society.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Again in ''Roger & Me'', this is the attitude he adopts in the course of his search for Smith. One such attempt sees him walking into GM's head offices and ''looking astonished that Smith's private elevator won't take him to the CEO's office''.
** Arguably he sometimes comes across as being this too. [[http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2004/06/unfairenheit_911.single.html at least one]] of his critics has openly wondered "whether [he] is as ignorant as he looks," but no one can deny that he is rather good at what he does.
* OldShame: Supporting RichardNixon as a fourteen-year-old in 1968, chiefly because [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime he had claimed to have a plan to cease American involvement in]] UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. At the time, Moore promised himself he would never reveal his part in Nixon's election; forty-three years later, [[http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/must-read/milhous-three-acts he owned up to it]].
* RaisedCatholic: Moore was raised as a Catholic and still identifies as such, though he disagrees with the Church's official stance on gay and abortion rights.
* RefugeInAudacity: [[http://dogeatdog.michaelmoore.com/whydoes.html This suggestion]] that General Motors would do better to peddle crack cocaine than manufacture automobiles if, as he recounts hearing time after time from assorted [=CEOs=], profit truly were supreme.
* ShamelessSelfPromoter: Another frequent accusation levelled at him. A common point of criticism is that the various stunts and pranks he puts in his movies seem to be more about putting himself front-and-center rather than addressing the issues he's supposedly focusing on.
* SignificantMonogram: In Roman numerals, his initials (MM) indicate 2000. Perhaps coincidentally -- or perhaps not -- he has enjoyed substantially higher publicity in the 21st century than the 20th.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: [[invoked]] In making ''Bowling for Columbine'' Moore was surprised to learn that Canada has higher per capita gun ownership than the States, but lower per capita gun crime. He thus came to the conclusion that the NRA (and others) are not entirely wrong (note, however, than in Canada these are mostly hunting rifles or shotguns, not handguns and other firearms more common in the US that are easier to use in crime).
* StrawmanPolitical: Often used in his works, for obvious reasons.
* YouHaveFailedMe[=/=]NoTrueScotsman: In his first major book, ''Downsize This!'', he [[http://dogeatdogfilms.com/whyareu.html espoused the opinion]] that modern labor leaders have turned their backs on everything their predecessors stood for.
** Similarly, he spends an entire chapter in ''Stupid White Men'' expounding on a theory that the Democrats are "DOA," and refers to Bush as "[[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Clinton]]'s logical extension".
* WhiteCollarCrime: Often referred to in his works, particularly in reference to corporations
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