Top 10 Classic Movies about Politics

old film projector and movie objectsby 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.

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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

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