The Best Political Films Ever Made Films
Ultimate List
16  reranks 6,659 votes 414 voters 26,786 views more info

The Best Political Films Ever Made

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.

Check out more lists like this awesome collection of political thrillers, slave movies that will make you question the justice of history, and the top napoleon movies ever made
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 16 ReRanks
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 28
    Up 27
    Down 11
    2007 More
    63
  2. 49
    Up 57
    Down 42
    1995 More
    53
  3. 6
    Up 54
    Down 9
    1961 More
    84
  4. 126
    Up 4
    Down 7
    1927 More
    28
    added by: stubb
  5. 37
    Up 27
    Down 21
    2011 More
    58
  6. 123
    Up 4
    Down 5
    2010 More
    30
    added by: sebbzor
  7. 103
    Up 8
    Down 8
    1996 More
    33
  8. 88
    Up 34
    Down 40
    2006 More
    38
  9. 119
    Up 6
    Down 7
    2005 More
    30
    added by: stubb
  10. 85
    Up 17
    Down 26
    1996 More
    39
  11. 56
    Up 42
    Down 26
    1999 More
    50
  12. 122
    Up 5
    Down 6
    2005 More
    30
    added by: sebbzor
  13. 100
    Up 13
    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    Air Force One

    1997 More
    34
    added by: wiabux
  14. 38
    Up 20
    Down 21
    2009 More
    58
  15. 131
    Up 3
    Down 6
    2008 More
    28
    added by: sebbzor
  16. 128
    Up 4
    Down 7
    1994 More
    28
    added by: stubb
  17. 127
    Up 4
    Down 7
    1969 More
    28
    added by: stubb
  18. 78
    Up 13
    Down 7
    1933 More
    43
  19. 129
    Up 1
    Down 3
    2008 More
    28
    added by: HereshSniper
  20. 46
    Up 12
    Down 16

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Good bye, Lenin!

    2003 More
    53
  21. 94
    Up 14
    Down 4

    ranked low on reranks
    The Killing Fields

    1984 More
    36
    added by: stubb
  22. 120
    Up 5
    Down 9
    1957 More
    30
  23. 75
    Up 11
    Down 7
    1985 More
    43
  24. 30
    Up 61
    Down 26
    1964 More
    60
  25. 7
    Up 116
    Down 36
    1940 More
    83
  26. 11
    Up 52
    Down 16
    1988 More
    81
  27. 73
    Up 14
    Down 12
    2012 More
    44
    added by: Abbey Grantham
  28. 65
    Up 33
    Down 18
    1969 More
    47
  29. 57
    Up 27
    Down 19
    1993 More
    50
  30. 61
    Up 25
    Down 18
    2010 More
    49
  31. 135
    Up 3
    Down 7
    2002 More
    27
    added by: sebbzor
  32. 115
    Up 8
    Down 8
    1988 More
    31
    added by: stubb
  33. 77
    Up 12
    Down 10
    1992 More
    43
  34. 9
    Up 113
    Down 44
    1997 More
    83
  35. 16
    Up 50
    Down 19
    1998 More
    72
  36. 15
    Up 30
    Down 15

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Three Days of the Condor

    1975 More
    73
  37. 112
    Up 6
    Down 6
    2000 More
    32
    added by: wiabux
  38. 35
    Up 51
    Down 31
    1983 More
    59
  39. 105
    Up 9
    Down 9
    1982 More
    33
  40. 97
    Up 10
    Down 6
    1994 More
    35
    added by: wiabux
  41. 106
    Up 9
    Down 9
    1992 More
    33
    added by: wiabux
  42. 10
    Up 90
    Down 57
    2008 More
    82
  43. 121
    Up 5
    Down 9
    2011 More
    30
    added by: wiabux
  44. 50
    Up 50
    Down 34
    1998 More
    53
  45. 68
    Up 15
    Down 13
    2006 More
    46
  46. 51
    Up 7
    Down 11

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hunger

    2008 More
    52
  47. 89
    Up 6
    Down 10
    2006 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  48. 69
    Up 14
    Down 4
    2005 More
    45
  49. 60
    Up 12
    Down 11
    2006 More
    49
  50. 80
    Up 8
    Down 5
    1966 More
    43
    added by: stubb
  51. 137 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 136

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists