The Big Game

by siemoncverhagen | created - 26 May 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

“The fate of the world depends on the outcome of this game.”

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1. The New Statesman (1987–1994)

70 min | Comedy

The ultra right-wing Alan B'Stard, the most selfish, greedy, dishonest, sadistic and sociopathic Conservative MP of them all, plots to achieve his meglomaniacal ambitions.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Terence Alexander

Votes: 2,046

2. The War Room (1993)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, History

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Votes: 3,517 | Gross: $0.90M

3. House of Cards (1990)

TV-14 | 226 min | Drama

The schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious British politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson, Alphonsia Emmanuel

Votes: 12,392

4. To Play the King (1993)

218 min | Drama

Francis Urquhart, the unscrupulous but cunning Conservative Prime Minister, has his survival threatened by a liberal monarch and an upcoming General Election.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Kitty Aldridge, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 3,696

5. The Final Cut (1995)

206 min | Drama

Francis Urquhart is too experienced a politician not to know that everything must end, even his long career as British prime minister. In order to secure his retirement and establish ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher, Paul Freeman, Isla Blair

Votes: 3,129

6. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,826 | Gross: $4.20M

7. The Unknown Known (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

69 Metascore

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris

Votes: 3,625 | Gross: $0.28M

8. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 17,681

9. In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Harry Hadden-Paton

Votes: 51,275 | Gross: $2.38M

10. Veep (2012–2019)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Former Senator Selina Meyer finds that being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she hoped and everything that everyone ever warned her about.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott

Votes: 38,182

11. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

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.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 95,607

12. Vox Populi (2008)

100 min | Comedy

Vox Populi is a black comedy about an experienced politician suffering from a midlife crisis. When he comes into contact with the common-man's logic of his new in-laws, this has a ... See full summary »

Director: Eddy Terstall | Stars: Tom Jansen, Johnny de Mol, Esmarel Gasman, Tara Elders

Votes: 540

13. Borgen (2010–2013)

TV-14 | 58 min | Drama

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: 15,132

14. The Borgias (2011–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Peter Sullivan

Votes: 45,404

15. De onderkoning: strijd om de grondwet (2014)

51 min | Drama

Prince Willem and Dutch noble Van Hoogendorp, who grew up as brothers, struggle to write the first constitution that will liberate the Netherlands of the French occupation. They disagree on... See full summary »

Director: Ramón Gieling | Stars: Rob Das, Laurens de Groot, Lukas Dijkema, David Eeles

Votes: 5

16. De fractie (2015–2016)

Drama

Political drama series about the fraction of the VPN, a free-spirited progressive party that stands for openness in politics. Each episode is in line with the topicality of the week of broadcast.

Stars: Joris Smit, Sandra Mattie, Han Kerckhoffs, Tijn Docter

Votes: 85

17. Wolf Hall (2015)

360 min | Biography, Drama, History

After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger.

Stars: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 8,361

18. All the Way (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Frank Langella

Votes: 11,892

19. The Chinese Mayor (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Drama, News

DATONG follows the life and work of a controversial Chinese Communist Mayor GENG YANBO to tell the story about how he takes a radical reform to demolish 140,000 households and relocate half... See full summary »

Director: Hao Zhou | Stars: Li Fu, Ma Suying, Geng Yangbo, Song Yuhua

Votes: 444

20. Bitter Lake (2015)

136 min | Documentary

An experimental documentary that explores Saudi Arabia's relationship with the U.S. and the role this has played in the war in Afghanistan.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: George Bush, George W. Bush, Joanne Herring, Hamid Karzai

Votes: 2,320

21. Inside Obama's White House (2016– )

Documentary

Through unique access to the President, his inner circle and his political rivals this four-part series tells the story of how Barack Obama tried to reshape the United States and the cost to himself, his party and the nation.

Stars: Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Frank Sesno

Votes: 202

22. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 179,271

25. The Century of the Self (2002– )

235 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Ann Bernays, Robert Reich, Alfred Pritz

Votes: 4,291

26. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 97,343 | Gross: $18.59M

27. Race for the White House (2016– )

Documentary, Drama, History

Notable US Presidential election races throughout American history are examined.

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Paul Begala, Todd Blood, Pat Buchanan

Votes: 392

28. Please Vote for Me (2007)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

Democracy in China exists, that is, in a primary school in Wuhan where a grade 3 class can vote who they want as class monitor.

Director: Weijun Chen | Stars: Cheng Cheng, Luo Lei, Xu Xiaofei

Votes: 1,242

29. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 9,079 | Gross: $1.61M

30. The French Minister (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy

65 Metascore

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Bruno Raffaelli

Votes: 2,933 | Gross: $0.00M

31. HyperNormalisation (2016)

166 min | Documentary

Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Adam Curtis, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Victor Gotbaum

Votes: 4,067

32. Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A documentary exploring the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump adviser, Roger Stone, who helped create the real estate mogul's political career.

Directors: Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme | Stars: Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Jeffrey Toobin

Votes: 5,441

33. Emmanuel Macron: les coulisses d'une victoire (2017 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary

Objective footage witnessing the sudden political ascent of Emmanuel Macron, who survived a bruising campaign to become the youngest president in French history.

Director: Yann L'Hénoret | Stars: Emmanuel Macron, Pierre Arditi, François Bayrou, Stéphane Bern

Votes: 428

34. Darkest Hour (2017)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 138,533 | Gross: $56.44M

35. The Reagan Show (2017)

TV-PG | 74 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Made up entirely of archival news and White House footage, this documentary captures the pageantry, absurdity, and mastery of the made-for-TV politics of Ronald Reagan.

Directors: Sierra Pettengill, Pacho Velez | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush

Votes: 257

36. De achtste dag (2018)

92 min | Documentary

The financial crisis of 2008 was a turning point during which the complexity of our financial system manifested itself. It was a web we had spun for over for more than thirty years, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Yan Ting Yuen, Robert Kosters | Stars: Jan Peter Balkenende, Wouter Bos, Mervyn King, Yves Leterme

Votes: 66

37. The Final Year (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Ben Rhodes, Samantha Power, John Kerry, Susan Rice

Votes: 2,152 | Gross: $0.19M

38. The Fourth Estate (2018)

TV-MA | 243 min | Documentary, History

A look at how The New York Times covered President Trump's controversial first year in office.

Stars: Dean Baquet, Elisabeth Bumiller, Maggie Haberman, Jeremy Peters

Votes: 634

39. Putin's Witnesses (2018)

102 min | Documentary

A rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vitaliy Manskiy, Boris Yeltsin

Votes: 490

40. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 8,232

41. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 8,232

42. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 10,865

43. Advise & Consent (1962)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller

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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 5,880

44. The Campaign (2012)

R | 85 min | Comedy

50 Metascore

An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott

Votes: 119,129 | Gross: $86.91M

45. Our Brand Is Crisis (2005)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A documentary on American political campaign marketing tactics and their consequences.

Director: Rachel Boynton | Stars: Mauricio Balcazar, James Carville, Tad Devine, Stanley Greenberg

Votes: 526 | Gross: $0.17M

46. Blackadder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 32,681

47. The Gatekeepers (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh | Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri

Votes: 5,230 | Gross: $2.42M



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