The Best Political Thriller Movies Films

The Best Political Thriller Movies

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List Criteria: Vote for your personal favorite political thriller films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best political thriller movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. To see which of your favorites are currently streaming along with other great dramas, check out The Best Dramas on Amazon Prime and the The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant

This political thriller movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of political thriller films also contains political thriller movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This political thriller films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best political thriller movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This political thriller movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. What's your favorite item on this list? Upvote it and a few more you like to see your opinions impact the order.

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These are the top films in the political thriller genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the political thriller genre in it. Be it the motifs of the political thriller genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

These are definitely all of the political thrillers out there, including some of the worst and best recent political thrillers and some are a great example of a good American political thriller. Though political thrillers are often about America, there are a few fun foreign political thrillers on here too.  

List includes choices like Category 7: The End of the World and The Deal so that if you care about this subject, you can vote on at least one thing. If we missed any political thriller movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous political thriller movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about political thriller movie lists.
 
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the political thriller movies. List includes photos and political thriller movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

These movies, like The Odessa File and The Little Drummer Girl include images when available.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these political thriller movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good political thriller movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest political thriller movies, here is the full political thriller movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Plenty of well-known directors have been associated with Political thriller films, including Steven Spielberg and Roman Polanski.

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    The Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck

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    Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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    The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

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    State of Play is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe

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    The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Salvador is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    James Woods, Jim Belushi, Cynthia Gibb

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    Seven Days in May is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

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    Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster

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    Syriana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

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    Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand

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    The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden

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    V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

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    The Parallax View is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn

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    The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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    The Ghost Writer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling

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    Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    The Constant Gardener is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy

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    Z is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Jacques Perrin

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    Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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    Thirteen Days is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten

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    Munich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    The Ipcress File is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson

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    Notorious is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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    In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo

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    Michael Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman

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    The Baader Meinhof Complex is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Nadja Uhl

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    Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris

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    The Interpreter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener

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    Shooter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Rhona Mitra

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    The Odessa File is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Jon Voight, Derek Jacobi, Maximilian Schell

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    The International is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Ben Whishaw

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    Foreign Correspondent is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea

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    Missing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron

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    Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright

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    Blow Out is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

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    The Boys from Brazil is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Steve Guttenberg

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    Gorky Park is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy

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    Our Man in Havana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Maureen O'Hara, Alec Guinness, Burl Ives

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    Funeral in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Michael Caine, Marthe Keller, Oskar Homolka

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    Valkyrie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard

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    The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber

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    The Kremlin Letter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Orson Welles, Max von Sydow, George Sanders

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    A Dry White Season is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland

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    Vantage Point is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid

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    Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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    Red Corner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford

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    Four Days in September is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Thriller Movies

    Alan Arkin, Fisher Stevens, Fernanda Montenegro

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