The Best 100 Movies about Politics (under construction)

A NOTE ON THE STRUCTURE OF THIS LIST: Albeit entitled "the best 100 movies about politics," this list will contain a larger number of movie titles. The reason for this is that I want to make sure of the correctness of the rankings. That is, the list will contain more than a hundred movies, so that the hundred best movies will REALLY be the "best" ones (according to my standards, of course.) The reader will be able to see what movies have NOT made the list and that these have not been neglected.
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All the President's Men (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. (138 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula

9.61/10 (79th viewing)

"When you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow!"

The greatest movie about politics, ever! The first time I saw it, I remember I couldn't stop replaying it. I must have seen it more than four times on the same day. Top-notch acting by almost everyone involved: Jason Robards is terrific, Hoffman and Redford are the epitome of the idealist journalist, and the rest of the cast play their roles flawlessly. The setting is so realistic that the viewer feels the anxiety and the passion of the journalists as their own. The reality of American politics is slowly disclosed in all its ruthlessness and corruption. A must-see. ” - Ioannis111
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra

8.95/10 (14th viewing)

Superb, feel-good movie about american politics, a movie that never bores the viewer, as it is exciting from beginning to end. James Stewart is brilliant as the young senator who fights against political corruption. ” - Ioannis111
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)

8.55/10 (77th viewing)

"Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life." ("conditioned" Major Ben Marco)

"I was loveable. Jocie was loveable. The Senator was loveable. The days were loveable, the nights were loveable. And everybody was loveable. Except, of course, my mother." (Raymond Shaw)

"You are to shoot the presidential nominee through the head, and Johnny will rise gallantly to his feet and lift Ben Arthur's body in his arms, stand in front of the microphones and begin to speak. The speech is short. But it's the most rousing speech I've ever read. It's been worked on here and in Russia on and off, for over eight years. I shall force someone to take the body away from him. Then Johnny will really hit those microphones and those cameras, with blood all over him, fighting off anyone who tries to help, defending America even if it means his own death! Rallying a nation of television viewers into hysteria, to sweep us up into the White House with powers that will make martial law seem like anarchy!" (Mother Iselin to her son!)

Political paranoia at its scariest: acts of conditioning minds in the era of Cold War! Almost perfect film, superior acting by the big three: Frank Sinatra, Lawrence Harvey, Janet Leigh; but the best of all is Angela Lansbury as Raymond Shaw's power-mad mother (nominated for Oscar and won Golden Globe) - even the most blood-thirsty Hollywood monster pales in comparison to her evil mind. A flim to be seen again and again. ” - Ioannis111
Being There (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby

8.51/9 (17th viewing)

"US President: Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?
Chance: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.
US President: In the garden.
Chance: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.
US President: Spring and summer.
Chance: Yes.
US President: Then fall and winter.
Chance: Yes.
Benjamin Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we're upset by the seasons of our economy.
Chance: Yes! There will be growth in the spring!
Benjamin Rand: Hmm!
Chance: Hmm!
US President: Hm. Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that this is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I've heard in a very, very long time. I admire your good, solid sense. That's precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill."

A masterpiece. Sellers' legendary performance and Hal Ashby's magisterial direction make this movie a memorable one. It shows us how a stupid person can look and sound profound in a political context, a context that dies for "refreshing" ideas, even if these are empty of meaning. It also makes apparent the lightness of human existence, that life does not really require much thought and energy. This is a hilarious movie, but also a milestone of American cinema. ” - Ioannis111
The Wave (1981 Short Film)
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An experiment in an American High School where students learn how easy it is to be seduced by the same social forces which led to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Based on a true story. (44 mins.)
Director: Alex Grasshoff

8.25/10 (5th viewing)

"Strength through Disclipine, Strength through Community, Strength through Action!" (the motto of the Wave)

"Fascism isn't something those other people did, it's right here in all of us."

Scary! A teacher's 'experimental' answer to his students' question: "How could the [non-Nazi] Germans do nothing as millions of innocent humand beings were being murdered? How could they claim they weren't involved?" One of the best TV movies about politics ever made. ” - Ioannis111
Malcolm X (1992)
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Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee

8.15/10 (15th viewing)

"Brothers and sisters, I am here to tell you that I charge the white man. I charge the white man with being the greatest murderer on earth. I charge the white man with being the greatest kidnapper on earth. There is no place in this world that this man can go and say he created peace and harmony. Everywhere he's gone he's created havoc. Everywhere he's gone he's created destruction. So I charge him. I charge him with being the greatest kidnapper on this earth! I charge him with being the greatest murderer on this earth! I charge him with being the greatest robber and enslaver on this earth! I charge the white man with being the greatest swine-eater on this earth. The greatest drunkard on this earth! He can't deny the charges! You can't deny the charges! We're the living proof of those charges! You and I are the proof. You're not an American, you are the victim of America. You didn't have a choice coming over here. He didn't say, 'black man, black woman, come on over and help me build America'. He said, 'get down in the bottom of that boat and I'm taking you over there to help me build America'. Being born here does not make you an American. I am not an American, you are not an American. You are one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of America. You and I, we've never seen any democracy. We didn't see any democracy on the cotton fields of Georgia, wasn't no democracy down there. We didn't see any democracy. We didn't see any democracy on the streets of Harlem or on the streets of Brooklyn or on the streets of Detroit or Chicago. Ain't no democracy down there. No, we've never seem democracy! All we've seen is hypocrisy! We don't see any American Dream. We've experienced only the American Nightmare!" (Malcolm X)

Overly long, but exciting biopic. Denzel Washington's performance is undoubtedly the best of his career. He successfully brings forth the contradictions in Malcolm X's ideology, his genuine agony about the situation of black people in America and the humane character of his personality. The documentary scenes embedded in the film do not disrupt its narrative, but enforce it instead. Some of the pop elements we encounter in the movie - clearly a personal choice of director Spike Lee - could be avoided and some of the songs chosen do not fit it entirely. The greatest virtue of the film is its giving plenty of cinematic space to spirituality, the ideas that generated and maintained Malcolm X's actions. Indeed, the two most enjoyable parts of the movie are (a) the first rebirth of Malcolm while being in prison through the teachings of Elaija Mohammed and (b) his second rebirth during and after his visit to Mecca and the other holy places. This is a demanding movie and requires multiple viewings, but at the end of the day is - hands down - a monumental achievement in the history of cinema. ” - Ioannis111
The Last Emperor (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)

8.13/10 (2nd viewing) ” - Ioannis111
In the Name of the Father (1993)
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A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan

8.10/10 (7th viewing) ” - Ioannis111
V for Vendetta (2005)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue

7.53/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Conformist (1970)
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A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (113 mins.)

7.51/10 (2nd viewing)

"Imagine a great dungeon in the shape of a cave. Inside, men who have lived there since childhood, all chained, and forced to face the back of the cave. Behind them, far away, the light from a fire flickers. Between the fire and the prisoners, imagine a low wall, similar to that little stage on which a puppeteer shows his puppets. [...] Now try and imagine some other men passing behind that little wall bearing statues made of wood and stone. The statues are higher than that wall. [The prisoners] see only the shadows the fire makes on the back of the cavern that faces them. Shadows. The reflections of things. Like what's happening to you people now in Italy. Say those prisoners were at liberty and could speak out. Mightn't they call the shadows they see reality, not visions? Yes, they would mistake for reality the shadows of reality."

Visually stunning, hypnotic film about fascism. The story is not as deep as one may have expected and there is some shallow acting, but there are moments of intellectual epiphany (such as the reference to Plato's Myth of the Cave in the Republic). The reason to see this film again and again is its aesthetics, from the photography to the score to the direction to the eroticism of the female protagonists. Thus, it has indeed been correctly stated that "Il Conformista" can be understood both as a study in politics and as a study in beauty. In fact, it may be the case that Bertolucci wanted to suggest some deeper, underlying connection between these two elements of human existence. ” - Ioannis111
The Parallax View (1974)
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An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines. (102 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ 7.30/10 (1st viewing)

Not for everyone, "systematic", movie. It all makes sense at the end. Clever script and haunting atmosphere. You'll continue thinking about it days after you have seen it. ” - Ioannis111
Seven Days in May (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (118 mins.)
“ 7.29/10 (3rd viewing)

"He's not the enemy. Scott, the Joint Chiefs, even the very emotional, very illogical lunatic fringe, they're not the enemy. The enemy is an age. A nuclear age. It happens to have killed man's faith in his ability to influence what happens to him. And out of this comes a sickness. A sickness of frustration. A feeling of impotence, helplessness, weakness. And from this, this desperation, we look for a champion in red, white and blue. Every now and then a man on a white horse rides by and we appoint him to be our personal god for the duration. For some men it was a senator McCarthy. For others it was a General Walker. Now it's a General Scott."

Solid, perfectly ensembled (Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam) account of an attempted junta in the USA in the age of Cold War. Full of suspense, great score and very thoughtful. Black and white. See it! It will blow your mind! ” - Ioannis111
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
“ 7.26/10 (2nd viewing)

The true face of socialism in full disclosure. Brilliant movie. Excellent acting by Ulrich Mühe and Sebastian Koch (not perfect by Martina Gedeck). Won Oscar (best foreign language film). It raises significant questions concerning the implementation of communist/socialist theory. Individuality appears as the enemy of a superbly organized government whose highest aim is "to know everything". It makes us think about the possibility of a "proper" communist state - could that become a reality after all the failures? What would then be the value of communist theory? Would it be only an ideological whim - or maybe only a power of opposition? This is a film that not even for a moment bores the reader. Excellent structure, excellent direction, excellent story, excellent depiction of a historical period and of certain "world". Highly recommended - it might be placed in the Top 10 in the future. ” - Ioannis111
George Wallace (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Following Alabama governor George Wallace through segregation, presidential elections, an assassination attempt and personal trauma. (178 mins.)
“ 7,17/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Confession (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed... (139 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ 7.16/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Cry Freedom (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko. (157 mins.)
“ 7.15/10 (3rd viewing)

"JUDGE: But why do you use a phrase like 'black is beautiful'?
BIKO: Because black is commonly associated with negatives - the black market, the black sheep of the family, anything which is supposed to be bad.
JUDGE: Then why do you use the word? Why call yourselves black? I mean, you people are more brown than black.
BIKO: Why do you call yourselves white? You people are more pink than white.
JUDGE (smiling): Precisely..."

I think the most fitting attribute for this movie is ... "solid." It tells us two stories in one go, the story of the last days of Steve Biko, the legendary black South African civil rights activist, and the story of Donald Woods, the white South African journalist who risked his life and the life of his family in order to tell the story of Biko to the wider world. The film is divided by Biko's funeral. What comes before is dominated by Denzel Washington's amazing performance in the role of Steve Biko, and the involving depiction of the atmosphere of fear and oppression that characterized South Africa at that time. What comes after the funeral is more of an action movie, the telling of the adventure Woods has in his attempt to escape from the banning the South African regime imposed upon him and reach England, where he would be able to publish the real story of Biko's life and work. This is a solid, enjoyable, and thoughtful movie. Highly recommended. ” - Ioannis111
Frost/Nixon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ 7.11/10 (3rd viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)
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A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west. (133 mins.)
Director: Yves Simoneau
“ 7.10/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Nixon (1995)
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A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame. (192 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ 7.09/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Milk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ 7.09/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
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Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces. (127 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
“ 7.09/10 (2nd viewing)

"The old for her
The new that made me think
On Ireland dearly
While soft the wind
Blew down the glen
And shook the golden barley
Twas hard the woeful words to frame
To break the ties that bound us
But harder still to bear the shame
Of foreign chains around us
And so I said the mountain glen
I'll seek at morning early
While soft the wind blew down the glen
And shook the golden barley."

An excellent film about the brutality of the English in Ireland and how their evil destroyed the harmony of the Irish family and community. It is indeed beyond our comprehension why the English imperialists thought they had the right to behave in such a way to other people (Irish, Indian, Cypriot, etc.). A highly recommended film, especially to the English journalists, such as Simon Heffer, Dominic Lawson and Michael Gove, who buried the film as a political propaganda and accused director Ken Loach as a traitor! Excellent depiction of the circumstances that gave rise to the formation of I.R.A. A sad and brutal film. ” - Ioannis111
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ 7.07/10 (4th viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Tin Drum (1979)
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out. (142 mins.)
“ 7.07/10 (3rd viewing)

Oskar: "I prefer to see myself as one of the audience...and let my modest artistry blossom in secret!"
Bebra: "My dear Oskar. Believe a more experienced colleague...Our sort must never be the audience. We must perform, determine the action..., otherwise the others will run us. And the others will come. They will occupy the fairground, with torchlight processions, grandstands, and there they'll preach our downfall."

Extraordinary film, unique cinematic experience. (But by no means a flawless film.) It builds slowly from a satyrical non-political beginning to the terrifying essence of Nazi Germany. The protagonist, Oskar Matzerath, a boy that stopped growing when he was three, is the pariah of the system, the unfitting observer of an irrational behaviour, a behaviour governed by the pompous, up-lifting rhetoric of the Nazi Generals. Constantly comical - it generates genuine laughter (the proud parade that degenerates into a vals dance is of particular mention). But there are also horrifying moments, both in literal contexts (e.g. we see a man getting sea eels from a dead horse's head and then preparing a meal out of them) and in psychological/historical ones (e.g. we witness the gradual social alienation of Poles and Jews and the burning of their properties by the Nazis). Based on a book by the Nobel prizer Gunter Grass.

WINS: Oscar (best foreign language film), Japanese academy (best foreign language film), Blue Ribbon (best foreign language film), Cannes (Palm d'Or), Bodil Awards (best European film) ” - Ioannis111
The Pelican Brief (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. (141 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ 6.95/10 (9th viewing)

Scary, intelligent, well-directed and brilliantly acted "green" political thriller. A hugely underrated film, which engages the viewer from beginning to end. Highly recommended. ” - Ioannis111
Dave (1993)
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To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place. (110 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ 6.94/10 (4th viewing)


"REED: Dave, have you ever driven through a red light? You know...on an empty road when there's nobody around and you know it's safe?
DAVE: I'm not sure. I might have.
REED: Well, let's say your mother is in the car and you have to get her to the hospital. You'd do it then for sure, wouldn't you?
DAVE: Yes, I guess I would.
REED: Now, let's say the whole country is in the car. The entire United States of America.
DAVE: In the car?
REED: In the car.
DAVE: I see what you mean.
REED: Dave, the country is sick ...
ALEXANDER: ... and you're going to get it to the hospital."

Really funny political comedy. Nominated for Oscar. Highly recommended. ” - Ioannis111
Fail-Safe (1964)
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American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ 6.94/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ 6.69/10 (2nd viewing)

"'The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.' No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that Congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one, and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We walk not in fear, one or another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to associate, to speak and to defend the causes that were for the moment unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the results. We proclaim ourselves, indeed as we are, the defenders of freedom wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. The actions of the junior senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn't create this situation of fear, he merely exploited it, and rather successfully. Cassius was right. 'The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.'"

Black-and-white depiction of the collision between the CBS journalist Edward Murrow and U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy. Nominated for six Oscars. Excellent Jazz score. Documentary footage. Not a thrilling film, but a serious account of the "paranoia" of a certain age, the age of McCarthyism. Excellent acting and direction. Somewhat propagandistic, though (leftist propaganda), but the film does capture successfully a moment in time. Nice portrait of Murrow, the ethical, humanist, hard-working journalist. Not recommended for group viewing. Not recommended for repeated viewings. ” - Ioannis111
Z (1969)
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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. (127 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ 6.65/10 (1st viewing)

"Any resemblance to actual events, to persons living or dead, is not the result of chance. It is DELIBERATE."

Peculiar brave film, filled with grey, blue and brown colours, reminiscent of greek movies of the same period. Greek music on the background (by Theodorakis, who wrote the music from house arrest in Greece - it was smuggled out to be placed on the film). Excellent cast (Papas, Montand, Trintignant). It tells the real-life story of the assassination of Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis in May 1963 - but without ever mentioning his name. Clearly the film is meant to criticise the fascist leadership of the Greek Junta, who exercised considerable violence against all "reactionaries" (including pacifist politicians such as "Z"). It is not a flawless film - somewhat theatrical at times (referring to both the setting and the acting) and unbalanced with respect to the union of all its elements (music, action, memory flashes). But it is a film that stays with you for months after you've seen it - and this says a lot about its quality. The violence of fascism is deeply felt by the viewer - and the atmosphere of hatred against political reaction couldn't be more haunting. This is a hymn to political freedom and a relentless critique of the hypocrisy and corruption of politicians of any place and age. Based on a book with the same title by prominent Greek author Vasilis Vasilikos. The film was banned in Greece for many years.

OSCAR WINS (2): best film editing, best foreign language film.
OSCAR NOMINATIONS (3): best director, best picture, best screenplay based on another medium
OTHER WINS: BAFTA (Theodorakis), Cannes (best actor for Trintignant, Jury Prize for Gavras), Golden Globe (best foreign language film), New York Film Critics Circle Award (best director, best film) ” - Ioannis111
Under Fire (1983)
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Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979. (128 mins.)
“ 6.60/10 (2nd viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Constant Gardener (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. (129 mins.)
“ 6.60/10 (3rd viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Salvador (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980. (122 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ 5.90/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
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A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ 5.85/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Candidate (1972)
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Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment. (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ 5.84/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
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A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s. (150 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
“ 5.84/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
State of Play (2009)
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When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend. (127 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
“ 5.81/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Enemy of the State (1998)
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A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime. (132 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ 5.80/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Ipcress File (1965)
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In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists. (109 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ 5.51/10 (5th viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Interpreter (2005)
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Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot. (128 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ 5.50/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The American President (1995)
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Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. President and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception", and sparks fly anyway. (114 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ 5.49/10 (1st viewig)

"President Andrew Shepherd: You have concerns?
Sydney Ellen Wade: Yes. Not many. A few. One. I have one concern.
President Andrew Shepherd: This wouldn't have to do with the fact that one of us is president?"

Typical "American president" movie, full of cliches, but also quite enjoyable. A family movie. Well-known actors: Douglas, Sheen, Fox, Bening, Dreyfuss. A more appropriate title: "The American President's Girlfriend". Easily forgotten, but brainless attention guaranteed. Oscar nominated for its music (unbelievable!). ” - Ioannis111
Bobby (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same. (117 mins.)
Director: Emilio Estevez
“ 5.47/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Best Man (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The two front runners for their party's presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the former President's endorsement. (102 mins.)
“ 5.42/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Wag the Dog (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. (97 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ 5.21/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ 5.20/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war? (135 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ 5.10/10 (1st viewing) ” - Ioannis111
Bulworth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture. (108 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
“ 3,7/10 (1st viewing)

Bad, bad movie... ” - Ioannis111
The Third Generation (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c... (111 mins.)
“ 0,25/10 (1st viewing)

The worst political movie ever? Most probably... ” - Ioannis111
Gandhi (1982)
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
Missing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him. (122 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
JFK (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
On Expenses (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Story describing journalist Heather Brooke's attempts to make British MP's disclose their expenses, under the Freedom of Information Act.
Thirteen Days (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization and a fictionalized account of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. (145 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
1900 (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The epic tale of a class struggle in 20th Century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides. (317 mins.)
Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II. (130 mins.)
The Ghost Writer (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised. (96 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
Mother Night (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war. (114 mins.)
Director: Keith Gordon
Mississippi Burning (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India. (155 mins.)
The Lion in Winter (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. (134 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose. (120 mins.)
Director: Marc Rothemund
Absolute Power (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President. (121 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
The Wave (2008)
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A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. (107 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
John Preston is a British Agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the "special relationship" between the two countries. (119 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
The Whistle Blower (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems impenetrable... (100 mins.)
Director: Simon Langton
Munich (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. (164 mins.)
In the Line of Fire (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president. (128 mins.)
The Crying Game (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world. (112 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
Patriot Games (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When C.I.A. Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an I.R.A. assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge. (117 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's. (123 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Interview with the Assassin (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Almost forty years after the John F. Kennedy assassination, an ex-Marine named Walter Ohlinger has come forward with a startling claim. (88 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
Hidden Agenda (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend... (108 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
Man Hunt (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman. (105 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
Syriana (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. (128 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Traffic (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
No Way Out (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. (114 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
Reds (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
The Contender (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for US Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to de-rail her confirmation. (126 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
The Siege (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The secret U.S. abduction of a suspected terrorist, leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York City, that lead to the declaration of martial-law. (116 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
Advise & Consent (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well. (139 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
Secret Honor (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
Elizabeth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
All the King's Men (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
Path to War (2002 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the mid-1960s, President Johnson and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam. (165 mins.)
The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers... (123 mins.)
The Holcroft Covenant (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The son of a German General becomes part of a mysterious conspiracy to gain hidden Nazi funds. (112 mins.)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
Truman (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. (135 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
Power (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country... (111 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Michael Collins (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War. (133 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The unclear and complicated twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano. (123 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
Hands Over the City (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal. (101 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
The Mattei Affair (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company... (116 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
Illustrious Corpses (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A detective (inspector Rogas) is assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges... (120 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
Dimenticare Palermo (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Carmine Bonavia wins election as the mayor of New York on a promise to legalize drugs. After the election... (100 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
Land and Freedom (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers. (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
Bloody Sunday (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
The Killing Fields (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé