Drama Movies The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked  

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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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The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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JFK is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Thirteen Days is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Miss Sloane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by ...more

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Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The American President is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Wag the Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Ghost Writer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Recount is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Munich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. During the Cold War, lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is entrusted with negotiating the release of ...more

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Game Change is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Truman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Nixon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Candidate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Peter Boyle The Candidate is a 1972 American satirical comedy-drama film starring Robert Redford and Peter Boyle, and directed by Michael Ritchie. The screenplay, which examines the various facets and ...more

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The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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True Colors is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Fair Game is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Across the Line is listed (or ranked) 32 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 Contender is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater The Contender is a 2000 political drama film written and directed by Rod Lurie. It stars Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Christian Slater. The film focuses on a fictional United States ...more

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State of Play is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Package is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Parkland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Milk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Bulworth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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LBJ is listed (or ranked) 40 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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The Unbearable Lightness of Be... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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WUSA is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Rosewater is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Ada is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more

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Lord of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke This film is a 2005 film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol and co-produced by and starring Nicolas Cage. It was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, with the DVD ...more

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W is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Edge of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Front Runner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, Kaitlyn Dever The Front Runner is a 2018 American biographical dark comedy film directed by Jason Reitman, based on the 2014 book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai. American ...more

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Medium Cool is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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