Most Popular "Political Thriller" Titles
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1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with another super soldier, the black widow, to battle a new threat from old history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
2. The Ides of March (2011)
R | 101 min | Drama
An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
3. White House Down (2013)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
4. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
R | 119 min | Action, Thriller
Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
5. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
6. Body of Lies (2008)
R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.
7. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.
9. Traffic (2000)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is an addict.
10. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
11. Valkyrie (2008)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Thriller, War
A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.
12. The Jackal (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
An imprisoned IRA sniper is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.
13. All the President's Men (1976)
R | 138 min | Drama, History, Mystery
Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.
16. Enemy of the State (1998)
R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
17. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
In 1984, the USSR'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?
18. The Siege (1998)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law.
20. Syriana (2005)
R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller
A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.
21. The Ghost (2010)
PG-13 | 128 min | Mystery, Thriller
A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.
22. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.
23. Air Force One (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.
24. State of Play (2009)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Mystery
When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.
25. The Sum of All Fears (2002)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.
26. The Constant Gardener (2005)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.
27. Page Eight (2011 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the... See full summary »
28. Mississippi Burning (1988)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
29. Seven Days in May (1964)
Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.
31. Fair Game (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.
33. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Crime, Drama
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
34. Patriot Games (1992)
R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.
35. The Crying Game (1992)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world.
38. Executive Decision (1996)
R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.
39. Z (1969)
M | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History
Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.
40. The Interpreter (2005)
PG-13 | 128 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
41. In the Line of Fire (1993)
R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.
42. The Peacemaker (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Thriller
A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they're used by terrorists.
43. The General's Daughter (1999)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.
44. Notorious (1946)
Approved | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?
45. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Approved | 126 min | Mystery, Thriller
A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.
46. Nixon (1995)
R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
48. Thirteen Days (2000)
PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A dramatization of President Kennedy's administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962.
49. Conspiracy Theory (1997)
R | 135 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.