Face-Off: 'All the President's Men' vs. 'The Post'

by rubyfruit76 | created - 25 Jan 2018 | updated - 09 Feb 2018 | Public

Both films depict true stories about the newspaper, The Washington Post, publishing evidence about the U.S. government committing serious abuses of power. Both movies are set in Washington D.C. in the early 1970's, include the character of editor Ben Bradlee, reveal President Nixon's corruption and the journalists' courage, and illustrate the importance of the press and its independence. Which of these Oscar-nominated political thrillers do you think is the better dramatization of democracy, threats to it, and its protectors?

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1. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

"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: 95,827 | Gross: $70.60M

'All the President's Men' follows the young Woodward and Bernstein as they investigate and ultimately uncover the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's impeachment and resignation.

2. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 118,077 | Gross: $81.90M

'The Post' follows iconic editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Katherine Graham as they defy the Nixon Administration and a court order to publish the Pentagon Papers, a top secret government study about the Vietnam War.

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