by Tamera Lynn Kraft
What better way to get away from the new coverage about the election than to curl up in front of the TV and watch these movies about politics and presidents. Although this election cycle, truth is stranger than fiction.
10. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.
9. The Best Man (1964)
Starring: Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson
The two front runners for their party’s Presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the ex-President’s endorsement.
8. The Last Hurrah (1958)
Starring: Spencer Tracey, Jefferey Hunter
Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as mayor of a U.S. town for the last time.
7. All the President’s Men (1976)
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Ward
This movie is about the two reporters who brought down corruption in the White House during Watergate. It’s sad that reporters aren’t this honorable now.
6. Dave (1993)
Starring Kevin Kline
When the president has a stroke a goes into a coma, a regular guy is hired to impersonate him without anyone’s knowledge. The guy, Dave, becomes a better president than the real president because he puts the country ahead of himself.
5. A Man Called Peter (1955)
Starring Richard Todd and Jean Peters
True Story of Peter Marshall who became pastor of “the church of presidents” and Chaplin of the US Senate. Let’s just say he wasn’t politically correct.
4. 1776 (1772)
Starring William Daniels
A musical about the founding of our nation. The main characters are John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, and the politics involved in declaring Independence. Most of it is funny, but be prepared to have a lump in your throat at the end.
3. The President’s Analyst (1967)
Starring James Coburn
This movie is hilarious in the 1960s campy style.
2. Lincoln (2012)
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field
This movie isn’t a classic yet, but I included it because it will be. This is the story of the politics involved in passing the 13th Amendment to make slavery forever illegal in America.
1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Starring: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains
When it comes to political movies, this one is far above the rest. One lone senator being bullied and slander by political bosses stands against corruption and graft even if it costs him everything. A must see.
Here’s one of the most poignant scenes from the movie.