DemDaily: The Top 50 Political Movies of All Time

December 15, 2023

 'Tis the season for watching movies!

This prompts our listing of what, by general consensus of multiple publications, writers, editors, expert observers and my friends, are the top 50 political movies of all time.

Filmmakers have long used politics as a form of political expression -- whether addressed directly or just themed -- making it challenging to limit the scope to those that are "best" versus "most significant," or simply most enjoyable.

While what entails a "political" movie is difficult to define to the agreement of all, we can all agree that the genre has provided us with some of the most inspiring and entertaining movies over the last century.

Political cinema, in the narrow sense of the term, are films that portray current or historical events or social conditions through a partisan perspective in order to inform or to agitate the spectator.

The Top 50
In the interest of peace, we are listing the movies in chronological order rather than by popularity. Enjoy!

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941)
All the King's Men (1949)
High Noon (1953)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Primary (1960)
Advise and Consent (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Seven Days in May (1964)
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
The Candidate (1972)
Three Days of The Condor (1975)
All the President's Men (1976)
Being There (1979)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
JFK (1991)
Malcolm X (1992)
Dave (1993)
The American President (1995)
Nixon (1995)
Lone Star (1996)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Bulworth (1998)

On everyone's list: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, All The President's Men, The Manchurian Candidate, The Candidate, The American President, Wag The Dog, Election, Bulworth, Primary Colors

Primary Colors (1998)
Election (1999)
The Contender (2000)
Thirteen Days (2000)
The Fog of War (2003)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
The Lives of Others (2006)
Bobby (2006)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Milk (2008)
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Recount (2008)
In The Loop (2009)
The Ides of March (2011)
Lincoln (2012)
Game Change (2012)
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Selma (2014)
Miss Sloane (2016)
The Post (2017)
On The Basis of Sex (2018)
Vice (2018)
Don't Look Up (2021)
Oppenheimer (2023)

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