Politics The Best Biopics About Real Politicians  

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List Rules Political biopics. Vote up the best biopics about politicians and political figures.

There are many biopics that look at the lives of politicians and other political figures. But what are the best political biopic movies? This list includes titles such as All the President’s Men, The King’s Speech, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Queen. The films on this list have been ranked by men and women as the best political biopics.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. It is for this reason we often feel an emotional connection to films. Politics affects our lives in a variety of ways, so it is natural that filmmakers are drawn to stories about the lives of those who run the world.

Political biopics have told the story of Queen Elizabeth, John Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and George Patton and with a peek into the lives of these individuals, we can hopefully understand their motives, and thus their politics, all that much better. These movies vary in their genre but they are all equally fascinating.

Vote up the greatest political biopic movies ever made below or add one you think is great that isn't already on the list.

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All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford Woodward and Bernstein All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl ...more

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JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon Kennedy JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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The Queen Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell Queen Elizabeth The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen ...more

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Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen mahatma gandhi Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United ...more

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Milk James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin Harvey Milk Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more

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The King's Speech Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce  King George VI The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an ...more

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Primary Colors John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher Bill Clinton Primary Colors is a 1998 drama film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a roman à clef about Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, which originally had ...more

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Downfall Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann Adolf Hitler Downfall is a 2004 German war film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, depicting the final ten days of Adolf Hitler's reign over Nazi Germany in 1945. The film is written and produced by Bernd ...more

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Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela Malcolm X Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, the film stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as ...more

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Frost/Nixon Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen Richard Nixon Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the ...more

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The Last King of Scotland Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of the same name, adapted by screenwriters Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock, and directed by Kevin ...more

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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees George S. Patton Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was ...more

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The Iron Lady Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen Margaret Thatcher The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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Nixon Anthony Hopkins, James Woods, Ed Harris Richard Nixon Nixon is a 1995 American biographical film directed by Oliver Stone for Cinergi Pictures that tells the story of the political and personal life of United States President Richard Nixon, played ...more

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Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks Charlie Wilson Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch ...more

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Elizabeth Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen Elizabeth I of England Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush, ...more

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Invictus Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood t Nelson Mandel "From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar ...more

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The Ides of March George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Ryan Gosling Howard Dean The Ides of March is a 2011 American political drama film directed by George Clooney from a screenplay written by Clooney, along with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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Cry Freedom Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Julian Glover Steve Biko Cry Freedom is a 1987 British drama film directed by Richard Attenborough, set in the late 1970s, during the apartheid era of South Africa. The screenplay was written by John Briley based on a ...more

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Mandela Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard, Julian Glover Nelson Mandela Mandela is a 1987 HBO television film directed by Philip Saville. The film stars Danny Glover as Nelson Mandela and Alfre Woodard as his wife Winnie.

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W Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton, Josh Brolin George W. Bush W. is a 2008 American biographical drama film loosely based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush. It was produced and directed by Oliver Stone, written by Stanley Weiser, and stars Josh ...more

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The Last Emperor Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Vivian Wu  Pu Yi The Last Emperor is a 1987 biographical film about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo ...more

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Lumumba Eriq Ebouaney, Maka Kotto, Alex Descas Raoul Peck's award-winning LUMUMBA is a gripping epic that dramatizes for the first time the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patrice Lumumba.

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Hyde Park on Hudson Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park on Hudson is a 2012 British biographical historical comedy-drama film directed by Roger Michell. The film stars Bill Murray and Laura Linney as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Margaret ...more

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Marie Antoinette Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Rose Byrne Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette is a 2006 historical drama film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is based on the life of the Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution. It won the Academy ...more

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Queen Margot Jeanne Moreau, Louis de Funès, Daniel Ceccaldi Queen Margot La Reine Margot is a 1954 French drama film directed by Jean Dréville, scripted by Abel Gance from the novel of the same name by Alexandre Dumas. It stars Jeanne Moreau and Louis de ...more

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Napoléon Antonin Artaud, Albert Dieudonné, Gina Manès Napoleon Napoléon is a 1927 epic silent French film directed by Abel Gance that tells the story of Napoleon's early years. On screen, the title is Napoléon vu par Abel Gance, meaning ...more

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Juarez Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Muni King Maximillion Van Hapsburg Juarez is a 1939 American historical drama film directed by William Dieterle. The screenplay by Aeneas MacKenzie, John Huston, and Wolfgang Reinhardt is based on the novel The Phantom Crown by ...more

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Evita Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Billie Piper Eva Peron Evita is a 1996 American musical drama film based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of the same name about Eva Perón. Directed by Alan Parker and written by Parker and Oliver ...more

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Ivan the Terrible Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman  Ivan IV Ivan the Terrible is a two-part historical epic film about Ivan IV of Russia commissioned by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, who admired and identified himself with Ivan, to be written and ...more