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1. House of Cards (2013– )

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama

9.0
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A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara

Votes: 313,966

2. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

8.8
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Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 44,390

3. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 198,091 | Gross: $182.20M

4. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 506,032 | Gross: $138.80M

5. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.0
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72 Metascore

A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 113,889 | Gross: $70.41M

6. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 74,343

7. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 64,139 | Gross: $48.17M

8. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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65 Metascore

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 65,889 | Gross: $34.60M

9. W. (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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56 Metascore

A chronicle of the life and presidency of George W. Bush.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks

Votes: 41,021 | Gross: $25.52M

10. The American President (1995)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox

Votes: 43,162 | Gross: $65.00M

11. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 85,608 | Gross: $56.44M

12. Borgen (2010– )

TV-14 | 58 min | Drama

8.5
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A political drama about a prime minister's rise to power, and how power changes a prime minister.

Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Emil Poulsen, Freja Riemann

Votes: 11,190

13. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Drama

7.7
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80 Metascore

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 88,839 | Gross: $18.59M

14. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 84,235 | Gross: $31.50M

15. All the King's Men (2006)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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37 Metascore

Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 20,795 | Gross: $7.22M

16. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

6.7
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 8,560 | Gross: $13.05M

17. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 77,738

18. Nixon (1995)

R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris

Votes: 24,069 | Gross: $13.56M

19. The Contender (2000)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater

Votes: 20,483 | Gross: $17.80M

20. The Candidate (1972)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter

Votes: 7,335

21. Battle in Seattle (2007)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

6.7
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54 Metascore

Activists arrive in Seattle, Washington en masse to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization. Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators successfully stop the WTO meetings.

Director: Stuart Townsend | Stars: André Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Isaach De Bankolé, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 12,795 | Gross: $0.22M

22. An American Affair (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

6.2
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31 Metascore

In 1963, during the swirl of glamour and intrigue that turned President John F. Kennedy's Washington into Camelot, a lonely 13-year-old Catholic school boy comes of age.

Director: William Olsson | Stars: Gretchen Mol, James Rebhorn, Cameron Bright, Mark Pellegrino

Votes: 1,707

23. Commander in Chief (2005–2006)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

6.8
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MacKenzie Allen becomes the first woman American president after she ascends to the job following the death of president Teddy Bridges.

Stars: Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix, Kyle Secor

Votes: 2,988

24. All the King's Men (1949)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek

Votes: 9,832

25. No God, No Master (2013)

PG-13 | 94 min | Crime, Drama, History

5.9
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48 Metascore

When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (Strathairn) is ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Green | Stars: David Strathairn, Ray Wise, Sam Witwer, Alessandro Mario

Votes: 587 | Gross: $0.01M

26. The Pallisers (1974 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama

8.3
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Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced Marriage of Susan Hampshire's character, Glencora, the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of ... See full summary »

Stars: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Barbara Murray, Moray Watson

Votes: 299

27. Secret State (2012 TV Mini-Series)

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Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ralph Ineson, Charles Dance, Jamie Sives

Votes: 1,514

28. The Front (1976)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy

Votes: 6,458

29. Truman (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore

Votes: 1,884

30. Masters of Science Fiction (2007 TV Mini-Series)

42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A series adapting science-fiction stories by well-known authors into 60 minute episodes, introduced by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Stories filmed included those of science fiction ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Jason Diablo, James Cromwell, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 1,858

31. Sivaji (2007)

188 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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Corrupt police and politicians target a computer engineer for trying to better the lives of less privileged citizens.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Suman, Vivek

Votes: 10,130

32. Salt of the Earth (1954)

94 min | Drama, History

7.5
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Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,117

33. I as in Icarus (1979)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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After the recently re-elected President of a fictitious state has been assassinated, one of the members of the investigation committee refuses to sign the final report and is given the task... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Yves Montand, Michel Albertini, Roland Amstutz, Jean-Pierre Bagot

Votes: 2,395

34. Eleanor and Franklin (1976– )

203 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

8.2
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The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, from early youth to his election as President of the United States, as told from Eleanor's point of view.

Stars: David Huffman, Mackenzie Phillips, Lilia Skala, Ed Flanders

Votes: 260

35. Eskapo (1995)

114 min | Drama, Thriller, Action

7.5
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Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Richard Gomez, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao

Votes: 31

36. Hanna K. (1983)

R | 111 min | Drama

6.7
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An Israeli lawyer is defending a Palestinian charged by The Military Court System in the Israeli-Occupied Territories. It's a tough case because of a strong political background.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, Gabriel Byrne, Mohammad Bakri

Votes: 435

37. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977 TV Mini-Series)

750 min | Drama

8.2
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The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men he surrounds himself with in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.

Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

Votes: 140

38. The President's Last Bang (2005)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.0
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68 Metascore

A look at the life of President Park Chung-hee and the events leading up to his assassination.

Director: Sang-soo Im | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Yun-shik Baek, Jae-ho Song, Eung-soo Kim

Votes: 1,083 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Trade Routes (2007)

101 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Trade Routes A political thriller exploring the ineptitude of U.S. Intelligence and cynicism of the global "democracy business." Set against an Eastern European election, multiple story ... See full summary »

Director: James X. Loftus | Stars: William Hope, Teodora Duhovnikova, Milena Mihaylova, Dessi Morales

Votes: 88

40. Syota ng bayan (2001)

105 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Syota ng Bayan is Tanya Marquez (Priscilla Almeda), a starlet who quits showbiz and goes back to her hometown. Upon knowing that a cement factory is causing a lot of havoc in the ... See full summary »

Director: Romy Suzara | Stars: Priscilla Almeda, Tonton Gutierrez, Eddie Garcia, Camille Roxas

Votes: 19

41. One Man's War (1991 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

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Based on true events: a Paraguayan doctor and his family seek justice for his son, who was tortured to death by the dictatorial regime of Alfredo Stroessner.

Director: Sergio Toledo | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Norma Aleandro, Fernanda Torres, Leonardo García Vale

Votes: 189

42. Povstalecká história (1984– )

480 min | Drama, History, War

5.2
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Stars: Stefan Kvietik, Emília Vásáryová, Ivona Krajcovicová, Július Vasek

Votes: 12

43. Short Working Day (1981 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama

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Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Tadeusz Bartosik, Zbigniew Bielski, Leon Charewicz, Barbara Dziekan

Votes: 180

44. Kronprinsessan (2006 TV Mini-Series)

232 min | Drama

6.5
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Right before Christmas Charlotte Ekeblad (Rapaport) is given an offer she hardly can refuse, to become a minister in the Swedish Parliament. As minister of environment she is put in a ... See full summary »

Stars: Lars Hemingstam, Alexandra Rapaport, Ulf Friberg, Kenneth Milldoff

Votes: 147

45. Die Frau vom Checkpoint Charlie (2007 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

6.0
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Based on a true story, Miguel Alexandre's two-part drama focuses on a East German woman and the fight for her children. Spring 1982: Sara Bender, living with her daughters Silvia and Sabine... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Alexandre | Stars: Veronica Ferres, Peter Kremer, Filip Peeters, Maria Ehrich

Votes: 236

46. Days of Betrayal (1973)

227 min | Drama, History, War

5.1
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This feature film based on the events of 1938 is a chronicle of the futile efforts of the Czechoslovak president Edvard Benes (Jirí Pleskot), politicians and ordinary citizens, to save the ... See full summary »

Director: Otakar Vávra | Stars: Jirí Pleskot, Bohus Pastorek, Gunnar Möller, Jaroslav Radimecky

Votes: 37

47. Just Another Day in the Homeland (2004)

78 min | Documentary

7.6
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John Maringouin's strange and hallucinatory portrait of America during the first days of the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Director: John Maringouin

Votes: 5

48. Little Revenge (1986)

95 min | Drama

6.5
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A 12-year-old boy is asked to write an essay about what his family does at night.

Director: Olegario Barrera | Stars: Héctor Campobello, Héctor Javier Coello, Pedro Durán, Elisa Escámez

Votes: 31

49. Addio, piccola mia (1979)

123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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Last years in the Life of german Dramatican Georg Büchner

Director: Lothar Warneke | Stars: Hilmar Eichhorn, Ute Lubosch, Christine Schorn, Michael Gwisdek

Votes: 10

50. Roky prelomu (1989 TV Mini-Series)

412 min | Drama

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Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Jirí Pleskot, Karel Semerád, Vladimír Brabec