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The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix

Updated April 20, 2020 171 votes 280 voters 46.1k views19 items

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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    Chappaquiddick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Chappaquiddick

    Jason Clarke, Kate Mara

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Curran

    Chappaquiddick is a 2017 American drama film directed by John Curran. In 1969, Senator Ted... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Mitt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Milk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Milk

    James Franco, Sean Penn

    Released2008

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Milada is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Milada

    Klára Issová, Hanna Schygulla

    Directed byDavid Mrnka

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    The Runner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    The Runner

    Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen

    Released2015

    Directed byAustin Stark

    The Runner is a 2015 American political drama film directed by Austin Stark. In the aftermath... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Barry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Barry

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    The Most Hated Woman in Americ is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    The Most Hated Woman in America

    Melissa Leo, Peter Fonda

    Released2017

    Directed byTommy O'Haver

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    Vantage Point is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Vantage Point

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2008

    Directed byPete Travis

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    Sarajevo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Sarajevo

    Hans Thimig, Luise Ullrich

    Released1955

    Directed byFritz Kortner

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    Kill the Messenger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Kill the Messenger

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jeremy Renner

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Cuesta

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    Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Beasts of No Nation

    Idris Elba, Abraham Attah

    Released2015

    Directed byCary Fukunaga

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    War Machine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    War Machine

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid Michôd

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    The Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    The Angel

    Marwan Kenzari, Toby Kebbell

    Released2018

    Directed byAriel Vromen

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    Steel Rain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Steel Rain

    Jung Woo-sung, Kwak Do-won

    Released2017

    Directed byYang Woo-suk

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    Sergio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Sergio

    Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas

    Released2020

    Directed byGreg Barker

    Sergio is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Greg Barker. Top UN diplomat,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Last Thing He Wanted is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    The Last Thing He Wanted

    Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck

    Released2020

    Directed byDee Rees

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    The Resistance Banker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    The Resistance Banker

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    Kill Ratio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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    Kill Ratio

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