Top 15 Political Movies
- Playing Politics
- 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)
'7 days in May'
Little do most people know that thi Movie was based on real events.
America's most popular military man, at the time, Major General Smedley Butler, gave evidence before Congress about how he was approached by various members of the, so-called, Washington elite, about staging a military takeover of the US Government.
This seems to the uninformed like a, whacky, conspiracy theory. It was a conspiracy. But it was not a theory. It was very real.
I won't waste anyone's time, or my own, by trying to present the evidence in a comments box. It would serve no useful purpose.
Events like these are easily investigated in the age of the internet. So I'll, simply, say that all who doubt, and that will be most people who read this comment, have only to look at the internet to see a vast amount of books, interviews and video clips where very credible people, many of whom you will very familiar with, will inform you of what happened, exactly, and how the people of the USA, narrowly, escaped the total destruction of their freedom and their way of life.
It is not pleasant. It is chilling to know of the powers at work behind the scenes. They have not gone away. In fact they are more powerful, today, than ever before.
Major General Smedley Butler: "War is a racket".
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...
I really dislike these web pages where you have to click 15 times to find something out, that could just as easily be on one page. Can you say, "Advertisement bait?"
"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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I agree, but I was glad to see "The Manchurian Candidate" on the list. "Dr. Strangelove" wasn't on the list, either, and that was another great political film, as was "The Year of Living Dangerously."
Good point, but there is the 'view all' option above, too, which allows you to avoid the click throughs.
And that's the problem with the V for Vendetta film...the original graphic novel was far more daring. Making it an anti-Bush film was a cop-out, because they knew the audience couldn't handle something as radical and cynical as the message of the original.