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Do you have a favorite political movie?

Asked by AstroChuck (37438points) June 6th, 2008 from iPhone

My favorite is Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

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jlelandg's avatar

I have two. Election and Wag the Dog.
Election has so many angles and examples of political posturing in High School that I get something new from it every time. In High School I would have loved to explore the “f**k and have a hot tub” when I was running for class president.-No such luck for Mr. Panda.

And I really loved Wag the Dog, I mean you’ve got Hoffman and De Niro trying to take focus away from an affair by making a fake war (in a Slick Willie politico expert kinda way) and the other Willie (Nelson) to write the war ballad.

Trustinglife's avatar

Just for fun… I enjoyed “Head of State,” where Chris Rock runs for president and his speeches are not only political, they’re funny. His campaign slogan: “That Ain’t Right!”

shockvalue's avatar

I just watched “Recount”... it made me so sad. I kept feeling like they could make it, just one last hurdle! .. and then I remembered how it all actually turned out. and I started getting mad like it was 2000 all over again. Really well done though.

kevbo's avatar

Idiocracy isn’t the best quality movie, but it is fantastic for anyone who fears the rising tyranny of the lowest common denominator.

breedmitch's avatar

All the President’s Men

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Manufacturing Consent
Loose Change Final Cut
The Future of Foods
Century of the Self
OutFOXed

sndfreQ's avatar

You may also find some good responses here (the search function is great!):

http://www.fluther.com/disc/5189/good-political-thrillers-from-the-1970s-or-other-good-70s-movies/

scamp's avatar

@jlelandg I liked Wag The Dog too.

willbrawn's avatar

mr smith goes to Washington.

Allie's avatar

I like Dick.

Yeah, I know what you were thinking.

scamp's avatar

O-O Allie!! ha ha!!

Bri_L's avatar

Dave
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

ambos's avatar

All the President’s Men

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

How could I forget. Network. That movie was made in the 70’s but couldn’t be any more relevant for what is going on today. I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!!!

AstroChuck's avatar

Good one. Network is timeless.

shrubbery's avatar

V for Vendetta

Allie's avatar

Nice one shrubbery. That’s an awesome movie!

shrubbery's avatar

No problem, I love it, it’s one of my favourite movies overall not just political.

Allie's avatar

Mine too.

VanBantam's avatar

Several people have mentioned All The President’s Men. I must I really like the pace of the story.

Another political movie that I like is Syriana. I like how it’s the sort of movie that you’re not suppose to get the first time through. Also Syriana doesn’t pretend to be able to sum the entirety of issue of oil.

ambos's avatar

I agree, VanBatman. It really suprised me how cohesive Syriana was when trying to tackle how oil affects everyone.

Also, I would like to add the following movies (all of which take place with a heated political climate as a backdrop):

American History X
Doctor Zhivago
Schindler’s List

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