Entertainment 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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Chappaquiddick is listed (or ranked) 1 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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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) 4 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 Angel is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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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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Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton, Josh Brolin
W. is a 2008 American biographical drama film loosely based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush. It was produced and directed by Oliver Stone, written by Stanley Weiser, and stars Josh ...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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Nominated for an Academy Award, this film chronicles the hard-fought campaign for mayor of Newark, New Jersey by Cory Booker, a young community activist and City Council member, against a ...more
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Barry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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Milada is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
Milada Klára Issová, Hanna Schygulla, Karel Dobrý
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The Most Hated Woman in Americ... is listed (or ranked) 13 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 Journey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama Movies On Netflix
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Two bitter political rivals -- Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness -- share a ride to the airport in this reimagining of the 2006 St. Andrews Agreement.

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