There are both modern and golden classics in this retrospective of movies about US politics. Choose several for your favorite political junkie!
Presidential airplane hijicked by Russians; female vice president negotiates with the terrorists. Requires "suspension of disbelief" to accept special effects; action/thriller.
Widower president falls for smart, environmental lobbyist. Republican antagonist makes political hay with "family values" rhetoric; romantic comedy.
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.
Remake: Fred Thompson and Melanie Griffith; Director Luis Mandoki
Junkyard tycoon brings ex-showgirl mistress with him to DC; political Pygmalian.
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.
Presidential double takes on new meaning when President Bill Mitchell falls into a coma.
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.
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.
Idealistic appointee to US Senate discovers the power of corruption and scandal.
Political satire was released with amazing timing. Premise: President diverts attention from sexual controversy by going to war, Hollywood style.