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This list contains information on the best political drama movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best political drama films come in many forms. Some good political dramas take place in the White House while other good political drama movies are set all around the world. Many of the best political drama movies have won awards.

What films will you find on this top political drama movies list? Frost/Nixon has to be near the top. This Ron Howard film examined the Watergate scandal through a series of interviews with David Frost (played by Michael Sheen) and Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). The 2008 movie was nominated for a total of five Academy Awards. All the President's Men is another good political drama.

Daniel Day Lewis disappeared into the role of the 16
th President of the United States when he played the title character in Lincoln. Other good political drama movies featured on this list include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, JFK, and The Queen.

Do you have a favorite political drama movie? Vote the best films up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon 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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Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Frost/Nixon Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen 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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Milk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Milk James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin 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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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford 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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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about one man's effect on American politics. It was directed by Frank Capra ...more

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Wag the Dog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Wag the Dog Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman Wag the Dog is a 1997 black comedy film produced and directed by Barry Levinson. The screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet was loosely adapted from Larry Beinhart's novel American Hero. ...more

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The Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The Butler Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong. Loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest ...more

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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The Queen Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell 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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Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks 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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In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
In the Line of Fire Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich. Written by Jeff Maguire, the film is about a ...more

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Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more

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Nixon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Nixon Anthony Hopkins, James Woods, Ed Harris 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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All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
All the King's Men Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Jude Law All the King's Men is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren. It was directed by Steven Zaillian, who also produced and ...more

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The American President is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The American President Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. ...more

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The Ghost Writer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The Ghost Writer Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall The Ghost Writer is 2010 thriller film written by Robert Harris and Roman Polanski and directed by Roman Polanski.

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
V for Vendetta Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more

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Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Hoffa Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by David Mamet, based on the life of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Jack Nicholson plays Hoffa, and ...more

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The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The Ides of March George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Ryan Gosling 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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Thirteen Days is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Thirteen Days Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten Thirteen Days is a 2000 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson dramatising the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seen from the perspective of the US political ...more

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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Across the Line is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Across the Line Adrienne Barbeau, Brian Bloom, J. C. Quinn Across the Line is a 2000 American drama film directed by Martin Spottl and starring Brad Johnson and Sigal Erez. Johnson plays a small-town Texas sheriff who falls for an illegal immigrant who ...more

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The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The Good Shepherd Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and De Niro, with an extensive supporting cast. De Niro also produced it with ...more

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Bulworth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Bulworth Halle Berry, Sarah Silverman, Warren Beatty Bulworth is a 1998 American political comedy film co-written, co-produced, directed by, and starring Warren Beatty. It co-stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, ...more

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True Colors is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
True Colors John Cusack, James Spader, Mandy Patinkin True Colors is an American drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Herbert Ross. The cast included John Cusack, James Spader and Richard Widmark in his final movie role.

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Recount is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Recount Kevin Spacey, Al Gore, John Hurt Recount is a 2008 television film about the 2000 United States presidential election. The political drama was written by Danny Strong, directed by Jay Roach, and produced by Michael Haussman. It ...more

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Ada is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Ada Dean Martin, Susan Hayward, Martin Balsam Ada is a 1961 American political drama film made by Avon Productions and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Lawrence Weingarten, with a screenplay ...more

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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong Untitled International Thriller is a 2012 thriller film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

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Edge of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Edge of Darkness Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Denis O'Hare Edge of Darkness is a 2010 crime thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and also produced by Michael Wearing, starring Mel Gibson. It was based on the 1985 BBC television series Edge of ...more

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Truman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Truman Gary Sinise, Tony Goldwyn, Željko Ivanek Truman is a 1995 HBO movie based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Truman. Starring Gary Sinise as Harry S. Truman, the film centers on Truman's rise to the presidency from ...more

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The Package is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The Package Tommy Lee Jones, Gene Hackman, Pam Grier The Package is 1989 Action, Crime, Drama film written by John Bishop and directed by Andrew Davis.

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Traffic Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a ...more

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Rosewater is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Rosewater Rosewater is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Jon Stewart, based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. It recounts Bahari's 2009 imprisonment ...more

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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Bridge of Spies Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

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W is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
W Twiggy, Michael Conrad, Dirk Benedict W is a 1974 suspense film directed by Richard Quine and produced by Mel Ferrer. It stars Twiggy, Dirk Benedict and Michael Witney. Within 24 hours, three near-death accidents have occurred. At ...more

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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Syriana George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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Fair Game is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Fair Game Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell Fair Game is a 2010 biographical spy drama film directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It is based on Valerie Plame's memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by ...more

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Game Change is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Game Change Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris Game Change is a 2012 American HBO political drama film based on events of the 2008 United States presidential election campaign, directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, based on the ...more

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Miss Sloane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Miss Sloane Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Miss Sloane is a 2016 French-American political thriller film directed by John Madden. In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought ...more

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Medium Cool is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Medium Cool Peter Boyle, Robert Forster, Peter Bonerz Medium Cool is a 1969 American drama film written and directed by Haskell Wexler and starring Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill and Harold Blankenship. It takes place in ...more

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Beyond Borders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Beyond Borders Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen, Teri Polo Beyond Borders is a 2003 romantic-drama film about aid workers, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen. The original music score was composed by James Horner. ...more

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The Unbearable Lightness of Be... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Stellan Skarsgård The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a 1988 American film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera, published in 1984. Director Philip Kaufman and screenplay writer Jean-Claude ...more

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Parkland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Parkland Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton Parkland is a 2013 American historical drama film that recounts the chaotic events that occurred following John F. Kennedy's assassination. The film is written and directed by Peter Landesman, ...more

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LBJ is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
LBJ Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman LBJ is a 2017 American political drama film directed by Rob Reiner. The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Woody Harrelson) from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

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State of Play is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
State of Play Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe State of Play is a 2009 political thriller film. It is an adaptation of the six-part British television serial of the same name which first aired on BBC One in 2003. The plot of the six-hour ...more

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Nothing but the Truth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Nothing but the Truth Kate Beckinsale, Angela Bassett, Vera Farmiga Nothing but the Truth is a 2008 American drama film written and directed by Rod Lurie. According to comments made by Lurie in The Truth Hurts, a bonus feature on the DVD release, his inspiration ...more

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WUSA is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
WUSA Paul Newman, Cloris Leachman, Anthony Perkins WUSA is a 1970 American drama film, directed by Stuart Rosenberg. It was written by Robert Stone, based on his novel A Hall of Mirrors. The story involves a radio station in New Orleans with the ...more

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Bordertown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Bordertown Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen, Antonio Banderas Bordertown is a 2006 American drama motion picture, written and directed by Gregory Nava and executive produced by David Bergstein, Cary Epstein, Barbara Martinez-Jitner, and Tracee ...more

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Bobby is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Bobby Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone Bobby is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, and starring an ensemble cast. The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the hours leading up to the June 5, 1968 ...more