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6 Best Political Movies

The last thing many people want to think about when movie watching is politics, but in the best political movies some plot details might eerily reflect real life. Other political comedies are funny enough that watching them still feels like escapism.

We may watch political movies during an election year to learn more about candidates, during off years to learn about the political system or use them to educate our children or students.

Whether they are political thriller movies

Here are 5 recent political movies you’ll want to check out.

Long Shot (2019)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Actors)
  • Jonathan Levine (Director) - Dan Sterling (Writer) - Charlize Theron (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Long Shot

New to the Box and Redbox on Demand, this one is more of a political rom‐com. It stars Charlize Theron as a career politician who decides to run for president, and Seth Rogen as an anti‐establishment childhood friend she hires to be her speech writer.

Clearly, it’s an “opposites attract” type of situation, with an overarching theme about staying true to — and standing up for — yourself. I’ll admit I went into this one a bit cynical, but I ended up really, really enjoying it. Watch Long Shot on Redbox

The Campaign (2012)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis (Actors)
  • Jay Roach (Director) - Chris Henchy (Writer) - Will Ferrell (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Campaign

Two of the most hilarious comedians alive — Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis — go head‐to‐head as rivals both running for the same Congressional seat in North Carolina.

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Their escalating tactics derail each other’s campaign, supported by various shady characters played by Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Dylan McDermott, and Jason Sudeikis (on top of countless real‐life cameos), make this one a must‐see. Watch The Campaign on Redbox 

Dave (1993)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella (Actors)
  • Ivan Reitman (Director) - Gary Ross (Writer) - Lauren Shuler Donner (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Dave

The sweetest film on this list by far, Dave tells the story of a presidential impersonator (Kevin Kline) who actually ends up taking over the country’s reins when the real president suffers a stroke and falls into a coma. What might happen when a truly good, everyday American goes up against the political machine? Watch Dave on Redbox 

Idiocracy
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard (Actors)
  • Mike Judge (Director) - Mike Judge (Writer) - Mike Judge (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Idiocracy

In this searing 2006 Mike Judge comedy that is starting to hit a little too close to home, Luke Wilson plays an Army librarian who enters into a state of suspended animation alongside the prostitute Rita (Maya Rudolph) as part of an experiment.

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When they finally wake up in the year 2505, they realize that humanity has gotten progressively dumber over the centuries, to the point where no one knows how to keep plants alive, reality TV rules, and people are named after products. Watch Idiocracy on Redbox 

Wag The Dog
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche (Actors)
  • Barry Levinson (Director) - Hilary Henkin (Writer) - Jane Rosenthal (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Wag the Dog

This 1997 black comedy brings Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro together as a Hollywood producer and a Washington spin doctor who elaborately make up an entire war in Albania in order to distract the public from a presidential sex scandal. Watch Wag the Dog on Redbox

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If your political appetite has been whet, check out these:

What themes can you expect in political movies?

  • Suspense – There may be a plot involving mystery that slowly unfolds as the characters’ traits are revealed and we get to know them better.
  • Humor – Even the most serious characters should be able to laugh at themselves.
  • Romance – Is there forbidden love? Does a relationship get in the way of the political climb?
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What’s your favorite political movie?

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