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Top 10 Political Movies

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There are both modern and golden classics in this retrospective of movies about US politics. Choose several for your favorite political junkie!

Air Force One (1997)

Harrison Ford, Glenn Close and Gary Oldman; Director Wolfgang Petersen
Presidential airplane hijicked by Russians; female vice president negotiates with the terrorists. Requires "suspension of disbelief" to accept special effects; action/thriller.
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The American President (1995)

Michael Douglas, Annette Bening and Richard Dreyfuss as well as Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox in supporting roles; Director Rob Reiner
Widower president falls for smart, environmental lobbyist. Republican antagonist makes political hay with "family values" rhetoric; romantic comedy.
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All the President's Men (1976)

Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Jason Robards; Director Alan J. Pakula
A cinematic examination of how the Watergate break-in led to the downfall of the Nixon administration; glorified journalists (Woodward and Bernstein) as white knights; journalism thriller. Based on the novel of the same name.
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Born Yesterday (1950, 1993)

Original: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden; Director George Cukor
Remake: Fred Thompson and Melanie Griffith; Director Luis Mandoki
Junkyard tycoon brings ex-showgirl mistress with him to DC; political Pygmalian.
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The Candidate (1972)

Robert Redford and Peter Boyle; Director Michael Ritchie
Insight into the power of television and how it transformed American politics; first-time candidate and political idealist runs for the Senate. Oscar-winning screenplay.
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Dave (1993)

Kevin Klein and Sigourney Weaver; Director Ivan Reitman
Presidential double takes on new meaning when President Bill Mitchell falls into a coma.
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Dr. Strangelove (1963)

or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Slim Pickens; Director Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers portrays the three main characters who have the power to avert a nuclear tragedy triggered by US Air Force General Jack Ripper's decision to bomb the USSR. Cold War classic.
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Manchurian Candidate (1962, 2004)

Original: Frank Sinatra and Angela Landsbury; Director John Frankenheimer
Remake: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep; Director Jonathan Demme
Original: based on the novel by Richard Condon; a Medal of Honor veteran of North Korea is brainwashed and the movie unfolds as he tries to make sense of nightmares/memories. An Oscar nomination for Angela Landsbury. Remake: Fast-forward to the Gulf War; add corporate war profiteering and electronic voting to the mix.
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Jean Arthur and Jimmy Stewart; Director Frank Capra
Idealistic appointee to US Senate discovers the power of corruption and scandal.
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Wag the Dog (1998)

Dustin Hoffman, Robert de Niro; Director Barry Levinson
Political satire was released with amazing timing. Premise: President diverts attention from sexual controversy by going to war, Hollywood style.
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