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

    Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck

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    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

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    Three Days of the Condor

    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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    State of Play

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe

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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

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    Syriana

    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet

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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand

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    Clear and Present Danger

    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    The Day of the Jackal

    Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden

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    The Pelican Brief

    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

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    The Parallax View

    Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn

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    Spy Game

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling

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    Salvador

    James Woods, Jim Belushi, Cynthia Gibb

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    Seven Days in May

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    Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster

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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Jacques Perrin

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    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    The Constant Gardener

    Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy

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    The Ghost Writer

    Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall

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    Thirteen Days

    Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten

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    The Ipcress File

    Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson

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    Fail Safe

    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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    Shooter

    Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Rhona Mitra

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    The Baader Meinhof Complex

    Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Nadja Uhl

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    In the Line of Fire

    Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo

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    Michael Collins

    Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman

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    Notorious

    Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Interpreter

    Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener

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    The Odessa File

    Jon Voight, Derek Jacobi, Maximilian Schell

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    Absolute Power

    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris

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    Missing

    Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron

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    The Boys from Brazil

    Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Steve Guttenberg

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    Foreign Correspondent

    Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea

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    The International

    Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Ben Whishaw

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    Gorky Park

    William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy

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    Valkyrie

    Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard

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    Our Man in Havana

    Maureen O'Hara, Alec Guinness, Burl Ives

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    Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright

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    Blow Out

    John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

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    Funeral in Berlin

    Michael Caine, Marthe Keller, Oskar Homolka

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    The Sum of All Fears

    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber

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    A Dry White Season

    Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland

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    Vantage Point

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid

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    Four Days in September

    Alan Arkin, Fisher Stevens, Fernanda Montenegro

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    Red Corner

    Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford

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    The Kremlin Letter

    Orson Welles, Max von Sydow, George Sanders

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    The Assignment

    Ben Kingsley, Donald Sutherland, Aidan Quinn

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