The best political movies ever

April 5, 2013

To honor the legendary movie critic Roger Ebert, who died Thursday at 70, we thought we would re-publish our reader-generated list of the best political movies of all time. It's below. We'd love to revise and extend this list so if you have additions put them in the comments section. This post originally ran in March 2010.

Following our list of the best political books -- fiction and non fiction -- there was a demand from Fixistas to put together a similar list of the best political movies.

We asked for your suggestions -- and you, as always, responded.


Tim Robbins as "Bob Roberts".

The two leading vote-getters were "The Candidate", the 1972 film starring Robert Redford and 1992's "Bob Roberts" with Tim Robbins in the lead role. (We are partial to the latter film due to all of the hilarious Bob Dylan's references contained therein.)

Among documentaries "Street Fight", which detailed the epic 2002 Newark mayoral race between Sharpe James and Cory Booker was the clear favorite.

The full list, which was culled from emails, tweets and comments from the Fix community, is below. What did we miss? Add any missing movies in the comments section below.

The Fix's Best Political Movies List
Absolute Power
Advise and Consent
All the King's Men
All the President's Men
The American President
Being There
The Best Man
Blaze
Bob Roberts
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
Bulworth
The Candidate
Charlie Wilson's War
The Contender
Dave
The Distinguished Gentleman
Dr. Strangelove
Duck Soup
Election
Frost/Nixon
In the Loop
Journeys with George
The Man who Shot Liberty Valance
The Manchurian Candidate
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
My Fellow Americans
Nashville
Nixon
O Brother, Where Art Thou
Our Brand Is Crisis
A Perfect Candidate
Power
Primary Colors
Recount
Seven Days in May
State of the Union
Street Fight
Taking on the Kennedys
Thirteen Days
Thank you for Smoking
True Colors
Truman
Vote for Me
Wag the Dog
The War Room

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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