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Best Political Movies

  • Charlie Wilson's War

    Charlie Wilson's War (R, 2007)

    Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty
    Charlie Wilson was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with ... read morestrippers and cocaine. His "Good Time Charlie" exterior, however, masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog, and in the early 1980s the underdog was Afghanistan-which had just been brutally invaded by the Russians. Charlie's longtime friend and patron and sometime lover was Joanne Herring, one of the wealthiest women in Texas and a virulent anti-communist. Believing the American response to the Russian invasion was anemic at best, she prods Charlie into doing more for the Mujahideen (Afghan freedom fighters). Charlie's partner in this uphill endeavor is CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos, a blue-collar operative in a company of Ivy League blue bloods. Together, the three of them-Charlie, Joanne and Gust-travel the world to form unlikely alliances among the Pakistanis, Israelis, Egyptians, arms dealers, law makers and a belly dancer.Their success was remarkable. Funding for covert operations against the Soviets went from $5 million to $1 billion annually. The Red Army retreated out of Afghanistan. When asked how a group of peasants was able to deliver such a decisive blow to the army of a superpower, Pakistani President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq responded simply, "Charlie did it."
  • Lions for Lambs

    Lions for Lambs (R, 2007)

    Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peņa, Andrew Garfield
    Two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian and Ernest, follow the inspiration of thei... read morer idealistic professor, Dr. Malley, and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. In California, an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student, who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving, is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist that may affect Arian and Ernest's fates. As arguments, memories and bullets fly, the three stories are woven ever more tightly together, revealing how each of these Americans has a profound impact on each other and the world.
    • fb1165931541
      fb1165931541: A deep movie with political issues. This movie should hit home with todays teens and young adults.
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • fb1581273575
      fb1581273575: Great political movie...slow start but very intriguing...makes you feel like there's more you should be do
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb64800464
      fb64800464: . As a Derek Luke fan, I viewed the movie with no intention of the political debates in mind. Tom Cruise who advocates for America as righteousness displays a hunger
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta (R, 2006)

    Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt
    Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Brita... read morein in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi
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      fb100000226427623: . The complex political atmosphere of the original book is replaced with the popular joke of the era: George W. Bu
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • fb100001072229238
      fb100001072229238: Brilliant and original. Political action movie that makes you think.
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • fb747215219
      fb747215219: Another graphic novel conversion, this time from Alan Moore, creator of 'Watchmen', 'From Hell' and
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
  • Syriana

    Syriana (R, 2005)

    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
    From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the... read more Persian Gulf, a political thriller with multiple storylines that weave together showing the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince. A corporate lawyer faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
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      fb100004413791635: it pays off as you see multiple story lines come together providing an explosive finish and superb political paranoia
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
    • gpageau1
      gpageau1: I don't usually care for political thrillers, but this was good. George Clooney has come a long way since "The Facts of Life.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • SIDmeister
      SIDmeister: Dark, gritty and very brutal film with fine acting and a stron political message
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Frost/Nixon

    Frost/Nixon (R, 2008)

    Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones
    Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard adapts playwright Peter Morgan's West End hit for the silver screen... read more with this feature focusing on the 1977 television interviews between journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). At the time Nixon sat down with Frost to discuss the sordid details that ultimately derailed his presidency, it had been three years since the former commander in chief had been forced out of office. The Watergate scandal was still fresh in everyone's minds, and Nixon had remained notoriously tight-lipped until he agreed to sit down with Frost. Nixon was certain that he could hold his own opposite the up-and-coming British broadcaster, and even Frost's own people weren't quite sure their boss was ready for such a high-profile interview. When the interview ultimately got under way and each man eschewed the typical posturing in favor of the simple truth, fans and critics on both sides were stunned by what they witnessed. Instead of Nixon stonewalling the interviewer as expected, or Frost lobbing softballs as the truth-seekers feared, what emerged was an unguardedly honest exchange between a man who had lost everything and another with everything to gain. In this film, viewers are treated to not only a recreation of that landmark interview, but a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles that led up to it as well. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Brian Grazer team to produce a film adapted for the screen by original play author Morgan (The Queen and The Last King of Scotland). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb8204114
      fb8204114: Sidesteps political diatribe for a more human and universal take on the disgraced President who manages to gai
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
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      fb624306841: . As his political career firmly comes to a close in the mans mind at the end of the film, it's clear that he
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • Loth18
      Loth18: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, The Davinci Code) has crafted a tightly woven and wickedly intriguing political thriller, one that thrillsand chills the entire time. A magnificent re-creation of the Da
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • The Kingdom

    The Kingdom (R, 2007)

    Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven
    In the aftermath of a deadly attack on American forces in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, diplomats are slow t... read moreo act, but meanwhile, FBI special agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) assembles a secret team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators to enter the city and find the criminal behind what has quickly become an international incident. The crew, however, finds their attempt to capture the perpetrators stalled by bureaucracy and their presence unwelcome. Desperate to gain the trust they need to accomplish their mission in just five days, the team enlists the aid of a Saudi Arabian police officer (Ashraf Barhoum), but as the agents infiltrate the dark and complex world of the Saudi crime scene, they find that the perpetrator's next target may be them. Directed by Peter Berg, The Kingdom also stars Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, and Jason Bateman. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
    • whitewomble
      whitewomble: Interesting movie, good to see the political side of a movie still entertain. Don't worry the action still plays a great part.
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • fb699076386
      fb699076386: Interesting political thriller that slow burns through to the finale at which point it turns into 20 minutes of
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
    • dashj2
      dashj2: Taut, stylish and intense, 'The Kingdom' goes from police procedural, to political thriller, to truly exhilarating action movie during the course of its two-hour runtime. Di
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • The Constant Gardener

    The Constant Gardener (R, 2005)

    Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite
    When a British diplomat's wife -- a socially-conscious lawyer -- turns up dead in Kenya, he sets out... read more to find the truth surrounding her murder. In the process, he finds out that his wife had been compiling data against a multinational drug company that uses helpless Africans as guinea pigs to test a tuberculosis remedy with unfortunately fatal side effects. Therefore, those who may have had the most reason to silence her are closer to home than he ever imagined.
    • uberbeard
      uberbeard: . A wonderful film, even if it feels a little overly political to become poetic.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb1324036275
      fb1324036275: . It points out important political issues notably in Kenya and is well made with solid performances.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • lewiskendell
      lewiskendell: .

      The Constant Gardner is a thought-provoking political/conspiracy-thriller that hits the right notes and becomes more and more involving as it go
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Swing Vote

    Swing Vote (PG-13, 2008)

    Kevin Costner, Madeline Carroll, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper
    When the mischievous antics of a precocious 12-year-old girl result in the outcome of the United Sta... read moretes presidential election hinging on the vote of her apathetic, likable loser of a father, the man who thought that life had long since passed him by is reluctantly thrust into the national spotlight in this political-themed comedy starring Kevin Costner. Bud Johnson (Costner) is your typical American -- a simple man and loving father who never would have thought he had the power to change the world. Though when election day finally arrives and Bud prepares to cast his ballot, his overachieving daughter Molly proves to be the catalyst for a stunning series of events that place the fate of the free world in the hands of a man more comfortable slinging cases of beer -- her father. The two candidates are portrayed by Dennis Hopper and Kelsey Grammer, with Nathan Lane and Stanley Tucci as their campaign managers. George Lopez also stars as a local TV-station manager who has to deal with the political factions as they set up camp in the small town. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb848165243: convinced as the president up for re election as did an ever prolific Dennis Hopper portraying his political rival with set goals, with ex Star Trek Nana Visitor as his supporting wife. Naturally, t
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb1305120577
      fb1305120577: Pretty good political satire. I like how it starts, and it does poke much fun at the political parties. It gets
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • danm5150
      danm5150: Pretty good political satire. I like how it starts, and it does poke much fun at the political parties. It gets
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Rendition

    Rendition (R, 2007)

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard, Omar Metwally
    The director of the Academy Award-winning 2006 crime drama Tsotsi returns to the helm with this tale... read more of a Middle East CIA operative who begins to have doubts about his latest assignment after witnessing the interrogation of a suspected suicide bomber by secret police. When Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) mysteriously vanishes on a routine flight from South Africa to Washington, his wife, Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), embarks on a frantic international search for her missing husband. At the same time, a CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives at a clandestine detention facility outside of United States. As the interrogation of El-Ibrahimi gets under way, the CIA analyst is profoundly shaken by the unorthodox methods used by the man's captors, and quickly begins to reevaluate his assignment. Peter Sarsgaard, Meryl Streep, and Alan Arkin co-star in this topical political thriller penned by Kelley Sane and produced by Steve Golin. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
  • Invictus

    Invictus (PG-13, 2009)

    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern
    The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of Sout... read moreh Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
    • madmatt7
      madmatt7: Not quite a political drama, and not quite a rugby movie. Somewhere in between.
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
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      fb1008742212: .
      Essentially, the problem with Invictus is that it attempts to be a strong political movie and a powerful sports drama, but Clint Eastwood fails to find a valid balance to mak
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
    • fb694595997
      fb694595997: Morgan Freeman is fantastic in what is ultimately just your typical cliched sports drama, but the political aspect makes the story more engrossing and feel more original.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago