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The 15 Best Political Films of All Time: The Votes Are In

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Demianwulf
Demianwulf

No Primary Colors...I can't take this list seriously.

Vincentson
Vincentson

Someone explain to me how MILK isnt on here. 

18235
18235

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.

Miles W. Rich
Miles W. Rich

I am surprised Advise and Consent is not on this list.

HajjaRomi
HajjaRomi

 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."

jaxspp
jaxspp

All the King's Men?

FreeManinAmerica
FreeManinAmerica

There are actually four good films on the list.  The politics of the listmaker took precedence over artistic judgement or serious merit.

Michael Geiser
Michael Geiser

State of the Union and others...This should be a top 100 list

cougarblu
cougarblu

Where is "Bob Roberts"....it's the most prescient and resonant movie *I* can think of for the next American election...

McGauth925
McGauth925

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?"

Michael Lindenberger
Michael Lindenberger

Good point, but there is the 'view all' option above, too, which allows you to avoid the click throughs.

Andrew Wallingford
Andrew Wallingford

"In The Loop" was brilliant amp; deadly funny. A little surprised not to see "Citizen Kane," here, or  "Citizen Ruth" for that matter. 

James DeFrance
James DeFrance

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.

ecfinn
ecfinn

Charlie Wilson's War

cpc65
cpc65

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.  

obi_donkenobi
obi_donkenobi

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!

Ladifuckinda
Ladifuckinda

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.

Karla Ensley Farr
Karla Ensley Farr

You should probably include All The Kings Men, the 1949 version with Broderick Crawford. Think the prize should go to All The Presidents Men.

TeaPartyTO
TeaPartyTO

No Oliver Stone's "Nixon"?  You're kidding me right?

This list is a joke.

18235
18235

oliver stone is a joke.

ruadhri
ruadhri

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."

Writerscramp
Writerscramp

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

Writerscramp
Writerscramp

Where was 'Doctor Strangelove' on that list ? Films didn't get political that that one

Kathi Orgeron
Kathi Orgeron

What about the great movie "A Face in the Crowd" with the late Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal?

Kathi Orgeron
Kathi Orgeron

What about "Bob Roberts"?  GREAT MOVIE - take-off on the late Lee Atwater, the originator of all the worst dirty tricks.

John Saleh Price
John Saleh Price

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.

Kirkwzo
Kirkwzo

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