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The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix  

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Do you like your dramas with a dash of politics? These are the best political drama movies on Netflix Instant, taking you from closed door meetings in Washington DC to the corridors of power in Apartheid-era South Africa. This list of Netflix political dramas covers both the lives of famous politicians as well as the profound effects governmental actions have on ordinary people all over the world.

At least one of these political drama movies streaming on Netflix does both. Inspired by a true story, Lee Daniels' The Butler stars Forest Whitaker as a White House butler who witnessed history during his 34 years serving in the Oval Office. Across the pond, meanwhile, Meryl Streep plays former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the political biopic The Iron Lady.

Those are modern examples, but the best political dramas on Netflix also include classics like Young Mr. Lincoln, one of the finest and most insightful films about Abraham Lincoln ever made.

Your votes determine just which film is on top of this list of Netflix political drama movies, so vote up the best dramas about politics and downvote the ones that are worse than civics class. If we missed any great streaming political dramas, add them, and if you're a political scientist, rerank this Netflix list to create your own authoritative version.
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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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The Runner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda
The Runner is a 2015 American political drama film directed by Austin Stark. In the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an idealistic politician (Nicolas ...more
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The Resistance Banker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
The Resistance Banker
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Milada is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Milada Klára Issová, Hanna Schygulla, Karel Dobrý
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Chappaquiddick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms
Chappaquiddick is a 2017 American drama film directed by John Curran. In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) in Chappaquiddick drives his car into the water, killing his passenger (Kate ...more
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Mitt is a 2014 documentary and biographical family-drama film written and directed by Greg Whiteley.
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Barry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Barry
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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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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese
Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in a West ...more
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Kill Ratio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Kill Ratio
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The Most Hated Woman in Americ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Melissa Leo, Peter Fonda, Sally Kirkland
The Most Hated Woman in America is a 2017 American biopic film directed by Tommy O'Haver. The story of Madalyn Murray O'Hair (Melissa Leo), an atheist activist whose efforts led to a Supreme ...more
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The Angel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Marwan Kenzari, Toby Kebbell, Sasson Gabai
The Angel is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Ariel Vromen, based on the nonfiction book by Uri Bar-Joseph. The true story of Ashraf Marwan (Marwan Kenzari), who was President ...more
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Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid
Vantage Point is a 2008 thriller film. It is directed by Pete Travis and stars Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver. The release date is set at February ...more
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Sarajevo Hans Thimig, Luise Ullrich, Ewald Balser
Sarajevo is a 1955 Austrian historical film directed by Fritz Kortner and starring Luise Ullrich, Ewald Balser and Franz Stoss. The film portrays the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of ...more
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War Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
War Machine Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes
War Machine is a 2017 American satirical war film directed by David Michôd, based on the nonfiction book The Operators by Michael Hastings. An idiosyncratic general (Brad Pitt) confronts ...more
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Steel Rain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Jung Woo-sung, Kwak Do-won, Kim Kap-soo
Steel Rain is a 2017 South Korean action thriller film directed by Yang Woo-suk, based on his 2011 webtoon. A former agent from the North Korean intelligence (Jung Woo-sung) and a senior member ...more