Top 15 Political Movies
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- All the President’s Men (1976)
- Election (1999)
- The Candidate (1972)
- Wag the Dog (1997)
- The Parallax View (1974)
- Shake Hands With the Devil (1959)
- Downfall (2004)
- Bulworth (1998)
- Z (1969)
- The Great Dictator (1940)
- Seven Days in May (1964)
- Frost/Nixon (2008)
- The Best Man (1964)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
- The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
most of these movies stink----but liberals love the pro-liberal politics in them, so that's enough reason for such stinkers to be regarded as good movies.
There are actually four good films on the list. The politics of the listmaker took precedence over artistic judgement or serious merit.
Where is "Bob Roberts"....it's the most prescient and resonant movie *I* can think of for the next American election...
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"In The Loop" was brilliant amp; deadly funny. A little surprised not to see "Citizen Kane," here, or "Citizen Ruth" for that matter.
This list seemed to go for thrilling movies. "Advise and Consent" is probably the best film about political process. Certainly, "Dave", "An American President", "Dr. Strangelove", "Ides of March", and "Primary Colors" were all great films and had more to do with actual politics than, say, Bulworth, Wag the Dog or the Manchurian Candidate.
Glad to see All The President's Men on the list. It has always been one of my favorite movies since I first saw it. I wish I could suggest adding Thirteen Days to this list, as it was the closest we've ever come to WWIII, that we know of anyway, but Costner's ego almost ruins it by greatly over exaggerating his character's role in the affair since they wouldn't let him play JFK.
What about "V for Vendetta?" Paralleled the Bush regime perfectly. Well, right up until the Bush and Chaney types got their comeuppance, which hasn't happened in real life.
Oh, and yes: "Dave" certainly!
You should probably include All The Kings Men, the 1949 version with Broderick Crawford. Think the prize should go to All The Presidents Men.
I agree with all on your list. I would add Spencer Tracey's great turn in "The Last Hurrah" and Pacino/Cusack in "City Hall."
The closing speech by Charlie Chaplin in "The Dictator" not only ranks as one of the most meaningful political films of all time, but simply is among the greatest films of any type of all time. The closing monologue is still as meaningful and powerful today with what is happening in world affairs as when it was first spoken in 1940
What about "Bob Roberts"? GREAT MOVIE - take-off on the late Lee Atwater, the originator of all the worst dirty tricks.
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I absolutely loved Frost/Nixon, has to be one of my favourite films of all time but admitedly, I'm not a fan of All the President's Men. I watched it recently for the first time as I was promised it was an all-time classic- to me, it was a disappointment but if that film wasn't in this selection, most of people would want to know why.
One film I really did like was Primary Colors with John Travolta and Emma Thompson. I recommend that film to anyone.
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