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The Best Political Films Ever Made

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Political movies can approach the notion of politics and government from numerous perspectives, and with many wildly divergent purposes. Some of the earliest and best-remembered films were essentially propaganda tools being used by a political party or ideological group, hoping that the new media of cinema could be useful in helping to persuade or mollify the masses. (In some cases, as with the Nazi documentary "Triumph of the Will" or Sergei Eisenstein's massively influential "Battleship Potemkin," they were undeniable successful, at least initially.)

Political films can also serve the opposite purpose, encouraging people to distrust or even fear their government, or attacking an individual politician or political movement specifically. The paranoia thrillers of the 1970s, for example, reflected America's distrust in its own leaders following the Watergate and other corruption scandals. More recently, George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck" told a true story about journalist Edward R. Murrow facing off against Joseph McCarthy, but as a way of discussing political issues that remained relevant even upon its release in 2005.

Many Americans' understanding of complex political situations, both in their homeland and in other countries, as well, comes from watching popular films. For example, the satirical take on the politics of war in "Wag the Dog," the insights into Greek politics provided by Costa-Gavras "Z" or the look at Bolivian elections in the documentary "Our Brand is Crisis."

This list includes notable and significant political movies from throughout cinema history from all different styles and genres. It is VoteRanked and Open, so be sure to vote up your favorites, vote down the movies you don't think belong on the list and add any other suggestions you have at the bottom of the page.

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  1. 93
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  5. 139
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    The Argentine

    2008 More
    37
  7. 127
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    Our Brand Is Crisis

    2006 More
    35
  8. 96
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    1964 More
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    In the Loop

    2009 More
    42
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    1962 More
    97
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    Chinatown

    1974 More
    58
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971 More
    72
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    1996 More
    36
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    Carlos

    2010 More
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    Cry Freedom

    1987 More
    57
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    The Ghost Writer

    2010 More
    49
  21. 115
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    1988 More
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    1983 More
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    Munich

    2005 More
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  25. 56
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    Syriana

    2005 More
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    The Falcon and the Snowman

    1985 More
    60
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    Frost/Nixon

    2008 More
    67
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    All the President's Men

    1976 More
    100
  31. 111
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    2000 More
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  34. 129
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    1964 More
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    Harlan County, USA

    1976 More
    49
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    1975 More
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    1991 More
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    1960 More
    58
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    The Iron Lady

    2011 More
    62
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    Argo

    2012 More
    48
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  44. 103
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    1982 More
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  45. 65
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    1985 More
    51
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    Battleship Potemkin

    1925 More
    62
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  47. 131
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    2007 More
    34
  48. 29
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  50. 6
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    Gandhi

    1982 More
    86
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