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The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked

Updated June 19, 2020 1.3k votes 195 voters 13.4k views61 items

List RulesVote up your favorite dramas about politics and politicians.

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, then check out our list of the best political movies.

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    All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    All the President's Men

    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1976

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ghost Writer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The Ghost Writer

    Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor

    Released2010

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    The Ghost Writer is 2010 thriller film written by Robert Harris and Roman Polanski and... more on Wikipedia
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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Thirteen Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Thirteen Days

    Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood

    Released2000

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    Thirteen Days is a 2000 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson... more on Wikipedia
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    Game Change is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Game Change

    Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson

    Released2012

    Directed byJay Roach

    Game Change is a 2012 American HBO political drama film based on events of the 2008 United... more on Wikipedia
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    V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2005

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The Ides of March

    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2011

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    The Ides of March is a 2011 American political drama film directed by George Clooney from a... more on Wikipedia
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    All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    All the King's Men

    Kate Winslet, Sean Penn

    Released2006

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    All the King's Men is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the... more on Wikipedia
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    The American President is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The American President

    Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox

    Released1995

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner... more on Wikipedia
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    The Contender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The Contender

    Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges

    Released2000

    Directed byRod Lurie

    The Contender is a 2000 political drama film written and directed by Rod Lurie. It stars Gary... more on Wikipedia
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    James Stewart, Claude Rains

    Released1939

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James... more on Wikipedia
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    Miss Sloane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Miss Sloane

    Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong

    Directed byJohn Madden

    Miss Sloane is a 2016 French-American political thriller film directed by John Madden. In the... more on Wikipedia
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    Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Bridge of Spies

    Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance

    Released2015

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg.... more on Wikipedia
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    Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Frost/Nixon

    Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

    Released2008

    Directed byRon Howard

    Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Truman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Truman

    Gary Sinise, Tony Goldwyn

    Released1995

    Directed byFrank Pierson

    Truman is a 1995 HBO movie based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Truman.... more on Wikipedia
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    Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Hoffa

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1992

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It... more on Wikipedia
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    In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    In the Line of Fire

    Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich

    Released1993

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Recount is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Recount

    Kevin Spacey, Al Gore

    Released2008

    Directed byJay Roach

    Recount is a 2008 television film about the 2000 United States presidential election. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Queen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The Queen

    Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen

    Released2006

    Directed byStephen Frears

    The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's... more on Wikipedia
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    The Butler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The Butler

    Mariah Carey, Robin Williams

    Released2013

    Directed byLee Daniels

    The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John... more on Wikipedia
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    Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true... more on Wikipedia
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    Wag the Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Wag the Dog

    Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Wag the Dog is a 1997 black comedy film produced and directed by Barry Levinson. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Across the Line is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies, Ranked
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    Across the Line

    Adrienne Barbeau, Brian Bloom

    Released2000

    Directed byMartin Spottl

    Across the Line is a 2000 American drama film directed by Martin Spottl and starring Brad... more on Wikipedia
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