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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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The Iron Lady Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Cold War espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same ...more

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A Royal Affair Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Harriet Walter A Royal Affair is a 2012 romantic drama film written by Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg and directed by Nikolaj Arcel.

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Casino Jack Kevin Spacey, Kelly Preston, Rachelle Lefevre Casino Jack is a 2010 action thriller comedy film starring Kevin Spacey and directed by George Hickenlooper. The film focuses on the career of Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack ...more

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Coriolanus Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes Coriolanus is a 2011 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes in his directorial debut.

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Black Friday Zakir Hussain, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap Black Friday is a 2004 Indian crime film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap based on Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay ...more

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Bloody Sunday James Nesbitt, Gerard McSorley, Tim Pigott-Smith Bloody Sunday is a 2002 film about the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland. Although produced by Granada Television as a TV film, it premiered at the Sundance ...more

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 Irish war drama film directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Written by long-time Loach collaborator ...more

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The Butler Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong. Loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest ...more

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Rosewater Rosewater is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Jon Stewart, based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. It recounts Bahari's 2009 imprisonment ...more

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Young Mr. Lincoln Henry Fonda, Ward Bond, Donald Meek Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President Abraham Lincoln, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda. Ford and producer Darryl F. Zanuck ...more

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The Quiet American Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija The Quiet American is a 2002 film adaptation of Graham Greene's bestselling novel of the same name. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and starred Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai ...more

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a 2012 thriller film written by Mohsin Hamid, Ami Boghani and William Wheeler and directed by Mira Nair.

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The Long Walk Home Whoopi Goldberg, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen The Long Walk Home is a 1990 film starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, and directed by Richard Pearce. Set in Alabama, it is based on a screenplay about the Montgomery Bus Boycott by John ...more

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Omar Waleed Zuaiter, Tarik Kopty, Samer Bisharat Omar is a 2013 Palestinian drama film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. It was shown at ...more

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The Dancer Upstairs John Malkovich, Javier Bardem, Laura Morante The Dancer Upstairs is a 2002 Spanish-American crime thriller film directed by John Malkovich and starring Javier Bardem, Juan Diego Botto and Laura Morante. The film is an adaptation of the ...more

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Final Solution Langley Kirkwood, John Kani, Marius Weyers Final Solution is a 2001 film set in South Africa based on the real-life of Gerrit Wolfaardt, with themes of morality, tolerance, and forgiveness. Written and directed by Cristóbal ...more

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Two Lives Liv Ullmann, Rainer Bock, Juliane Köhler Two Lives is a 2012 German drama film written and directed by Georg Maas, and starring Juliane Kohler, with Liv Ullmann. Set in Norway and Germany, it is loosely based on an unpublished novel by ...more

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Barbara Nina Hoss, Rainer Bock, Jasna Fritzi Bauer Barbara is a 2012 German drama film directed by Christian Petzold. The film competed at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012, where Petzold won the Silver Bear for Best ...more

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Shadow Dancer Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough Shadow Dancer is a 2012 thriller film written by Tom Bradby and directed by James Marsh.

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When I Saw You Saleh Bakri, Ruba Blal, Ruba Shamshoum When I Saw You is a 2012 Palestinian drama film directed by Annemarie Jacir. The film was selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, and ...more

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Knife Fight Jennifer Morrison, Julie Bowen, Jamie Chung Knife Fight is an American political thriller film. It stars Rob Lowe, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jamie Chung, Richard Schiff, Amanda Crew, and Julie Bowen. It is directed by Bill Guttentag and ...more

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Battle for Haditha Yasmine Hanani, Elliot Ruiz, Nick Shakoour Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Iraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of their most popular officer. Enraged by this loss, his young Marine buddies carry out a brutal retaliation. Their violent ...more

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Cry, the Beloved Country James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Charles S. Dutton Cry, the Beloved Country is a 1995 film directed by Darrell Roodt, based on the novel Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton. It stars James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.

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Zaytoun Stephen Dorff, Alice Taglioni, Ashraf Barhom Zaytoun is a 2012 Israeli adventure thriller film directed by Eran Riklis and produced by Academy Award-winning producer Gareth Unwin and Fred Ritzenberg. It premiered in September 2012 at the ...more

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Haute Cuisine Arly Jover, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot Haute Cuisine is a 2012 biographical, comedy film written by Etienne Comar and Christian Vincent and directed by Christian Vincent.

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Of Love and Shadows Jennifer Connelly, Antonio Banderas, Stefania Sandrelli Of Love and Shadows is a 1994 drama film written by Donald Freed and directed by Betty Kaplan.

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Satyagraha: Democracy Under Fire Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan Satyagraha is a 2013 Indian Hindi political drama film directed by Prakash Jha starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai, Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar, Amrita ...more

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Night Train to Lisbon Christopher Lee, Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent Night Train to Lisbon is a 2013 drama film directed by Bille August and starring Jeremy Irons. Based on the novel Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier and written by Greg Latter and Ulrich ...more

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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Alex Sander, Seu Jorge, Wagner Moura Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is a 2010 crime, drama and thriller film written by Bráulio Mantovani, José Padilha and Rodrigo Pimentel, and directed by José Padilha.

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Russian Ark Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sokurov, Sergei Dontsov Arca Russa é um filme de 2002 dirigido por Aleksandr Sokurov.

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Interview with the Assassin Christel Khalil, Lillias White, Raymond J. Barry Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Interview with the Assassin is a 2002 drama/pseudo-documentary starring Raymond J. Barry and Dylan Haggerty.

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The Last Sentence Pernilla August, Ulla Skoog, Jesper Christensen The Last Sentence is a Swedish film from 2012, directed by Jan Troell and starring Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August, Björn Granath and Ulla Skoog. It is set between 1933 and 1945, and ...more