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10 great political films

  • Published at 03:47 pm August 26th, 2021
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From documentaries covering awe-inspiring election campaigns to satires poking fun at the powerful, to tragedies lamenting the greatest political crises of our time, here are ten great political dramas in no particular order --


 Game Change

Based on the book of the same name, the film follows Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, played by Julianne Moore, who becomes Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 Presidential election.

 


Syriana

A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved in and affected by it. The cast features George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Pete and others.

 


Knock Down the House

Four exceptional women -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cory Bush, Amy Vilela and Paula Jean Swearengin -- mount grassroots campaigns against powerful incumbents in Knock Down the House, an inspiring look at the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power. 



Official Secrets 

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

 


In the Loop

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

 


The Lives of Others

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.

 


The Ghost Writer

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

 


The Constant Gardener

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

 


Wag the Dog

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

 


The Battle of Algiers

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

 

 

The Death of Stalin 

Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly thirty years, Soviet dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.

 

Newton

A government clerk on election duty in the conflict ridden jungle of Central India tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

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