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9 Great Milos Forman Movies to Stream

Director Milos Forman died Friday at age 86. As one of the leading lights of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s, Forman joined a generation of young filmmakers that built a creative bulwark against communist oppression. That rebellious spirit carried over to his decades in Hollywood, from the counterculture sentiments of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Hair” to his embrace of rabble-rousing iconoclasts like Larry Flynt and Andy Kaufman in “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Man on the Moon.”

Not all of his great films are available to stream, but here are nine, including two best-picture winners, that showcase Forman’s engagement with history and politics, and with the characters willing to fight the current. If you want to check out any of the movies at a later time, save them to your Watchlist, where you can keep a personal list of TV shows and films you’d like to try out.

A strong anti-authoritarian streak runs through much of Forman’s work, but the controversies that greeted “The Firemen’s Ball” abruptly ended his time in communist Czechoslovakia and brought him to Hollywood. Forman denied the allegorical implications of the premise, which details the calamitous efforts of a volunteer fire department to give a party for its former leader, but the film nonetheless belongs on the satirical continuum between “Dr. Strangelove” and Armando Iannucci (“Veep,” “The Thick of It”). Over a brisk 73 minutes, the outbreak of disasters include a beauty contest with homely and stage-shy contestants, a rash of disappearing raffle prizes and an actual fire that breaks out across town.

For “Visions of Eight,” Forman and seven other internationally renowned directors were commissioned to participate in an anthology film about the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Forman’s “The Decathlon” is the sixth and longest,

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