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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. 20
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971 More
    72
  2. 112
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    1957 More
    36
  3. 104
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    1996 More
    36
  4. 115
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    1997 More
    36
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  5. 93
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    1997 More
    39
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  6. 117
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    1969 More
    36
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  7. 21
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    ranked low on reranks
    All the King's Men

    1950 More
    72
  8. 1
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    most listed &ranked low on reranks
    All the President's Men

    1976 More
    100
  9. 87
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    Amazing Grace

    2006 More
    43
  10. 16
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    American History X

    1998 More
    76
  11. 97
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    2006 More
    38
  12. 96
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    2007 More
    38
  13. 74
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    Argo

    2012 More
    48
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  14. 68
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    Bananas

    1971 More
    50
  15. 42
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    Battleship Potemkin

    1925 More
    62
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  16. 13
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    1979 More
    76
  17. 38
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    1992 More
    62
  18. 69
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    Bobby

    2006 More
    49
  19. 77
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    Bowling for Columbine

    2002 More
    47
  20. 14
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    1995 More
    76
  21. 65
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    1985 More
    51
  22. 106
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    1998 More
    36
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  23. 133
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    Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential

    34
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  24. 64
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    Carlos

    2010 More
    53
  25. 35
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    2007 More
    63
  26. 48
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    ranked high on reranks
    Chinatown

    1974 More
    58
  27. 84
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    Citizen Ruth

    1996 More
    44
  28. 108
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    1994 More
    36
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  29. 120
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    2001 More
    36
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  30. 128
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    often listed
    Control Room

    2004 More
    35
  31. 55
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    Cry Freedom

    1987 More
    57
  32. 32
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    1993 More
    64
  33. 116
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    1994 More
    36
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  34. 81
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    Dick

    1999 More
    44
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    1964 More
    98
  36. 76
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    Duck Soup

    1933 More
    47
  37. 57
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    Election

    1999 More
    56
  38. 82
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    1987 More
    44
  39. 114
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    2005 More
    36
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    1964 More
    44
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  41. 85
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fair Game

    2010 More
    43
  42. 27
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Frost/Nixon

    2008 More
    67
  43. 6
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    often listed
    Gandhi

    1982 More
    86
  44. 94
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    1974 More
    38
  45. 19
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    2005 More
    73
  46. 45
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    Good bye, Lenin!

    2003 More
    59
  47. 36
    Up 44
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    1983 More
    63
  48. 72
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    Harlan County, USA

    1976 More
    49
    added by: stubb
  49. 105
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    1988 More
    36
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  50. 79
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    ranked low on reranks
    Hoffa

    1992 More
    45
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