Top Political Movies (part 1)

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  1. The Manchurian Candidate

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

The Manchurian Candidate is a classic political movie of the film noir genre. It tells the story of a brainwashed U.S. soldier who unwittingly turns into a presidential assassin. This movie hits on the explosive Cold War-era topics: McCarthyism, Espionage, and conspiracy. One year after the release of this film, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Sinatra pulled it from theaters and successfully kept it under wraps for over 20 years.

 

  1. The Candidate

Starring: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle

In the movie The Candidate, Redford plays the role of a young California lawyer that is talked into running against a respected incumbent when the professional political consultants insist that he can run on his principles of power-to-the-people. However, when the campaign gets progressed, the party manipulation interferes with his ideas. George McGovern and Hubert H. Humphrey – real-life politicians – appear briefly in cameos.

  1. A Perfect Candidate

Documentary

As the filmmakers of A Perfect Candidate follow the unsuccessful bid of Oliver North to unseat Democratic Sen, it takes a behind-the-scenes look at a Senate campaign. The classic scenes include a debate in which Oliver North was in an attempt to defend his past, claiming to be the most investigated person in the world.

  1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Starring: Jimmy Stewart

Nancy Gabriner – ABCNEWS resident film buff – says that Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is “the movie that made us love politics.” It is a classic tale of a naive senator exposing corruption in Washington. Jimmy Stewart stars as a country boy who is appointed to finish the term of a dead senator by the powers who assumed that he wouldn’t disturb their corrupt schemes.

  1. Dave

Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver

The aides of White House replace a comatose president with a stand-in, a guy having an uncanny resemblance to the real commander-in-chief. However, no one counts on the replacement which has become more popular than the actual president.