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The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix 

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Updated February 21, 2020 407 votes 250 voters 38k views 18 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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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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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Milada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Milada Klára Issová, Hanna Schygulla, Karel Dobrý

Directed by: David Mrnka

The Runner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda

Released: 2015

Directed by: Austin Stark

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
Barry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2008

Directed by: Pete Travis

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

Released: 1955

Directed by: Fritz Kortner

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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Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jeremy Renner, Paz Vega

Released: 2014

Directed by: Michael Cuesta

Kill the Messenger is a 2014 American crime thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Peter Landesman. It is based on the book of the same name by Nick Schou and the book Dark ...more
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Greg Whiteley

Mitt is a 2014 documentary and biographical family-drama film written and directed by Greg Whiteley.
Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese

Released: 2015

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

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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War Machine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
War Machine Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes

Released: 2017

Directed by: David Michôd

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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The Most Hated Woman in ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Melissa Leo, Peter Fonda, Sally Kirkland

Released: 2017

Directed by: Tommy O'Haver

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
Chappaquiddick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Curran

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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The Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Marwan Kenzari, Toby Kebbell, Sasson Gabai

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ariel Vromen

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
Steel Rain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Jung Woo-sung, Kwak Do-won, Kim Kap-soo

Released: 2017

Directed by: Yang Woo-suk

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
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Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2020

Directed by: Dee Rees

The Last Thing He Wanted is a 2020 British-American political thriller film directed by Dee Rees, based on the book of the same name by Joan Didion. A veteran D.C. journalist (Anne Hathaway) ...more
The Resistance Banker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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Kill Ratio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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