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10 Best Election Day Movies

Regardless of your political views or feelings about 2020’s unexpected pandemic election season, we can all agree that Hollywood has produced some unforgettable imagery of our American experiment.  Why not take a break from TV news, Twitter, and Facebook and relax and prepare for what is sure to be an interesting day by watching some of the best election-themed/related films of all time?

Election Day Movies

Election
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein (Actors)

Election (1999)

Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) is Tracy Flick, a straight “A” go-getter who’s determined to be president of Carver High’s student body. But when popular teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick, The Producers) observes the zealous political locomotive that is Tracy, he decides to derail her obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate (Chris Klein, American Pie) – with disastrous results! Here’s a smart, witty, and hilarious jab at high school politics helmed by award-winning director Alexander Payne (Sideways).

The War Room
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel (Actors)

The War Room (1993)

For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, renowned cinema verité filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker captured the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton’s crack team of consultants–especially James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, who became media stars in their own right.
 
Head of State
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker (Actors)

Head of State (2003)

When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign a Washington, D.C. alderman (Chris Rock) is unexpectedly picked as his replacement.

The Campaign (2012)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis (Actors)

“The Campaign” (2012)

Comedy superstars Will Ferrell (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Due Date) face off as rival Southern politicians in a small South Carolina.
 
Swing Vote
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer (Actors)

“Swing Vote” (2008)

In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man’s vote.

Game Change
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris (Actors)

“Game Change” (2012)

The 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin is seen from the perspective of a beleaguered strategist.
 
Napoleon Dynamite
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell (Actors)

“Napoleon Dynamite” (2004)

Uber-nerd Napoleon Dynamite decides to manage the class president campaign of his buddy Pedro – but can this eccentric geek ever find happiness? A cult classic comedy. A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.
The Ides Of March
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Actors)

The Ides of March (2011)

During a brutal presidential primary season, an idealistic campaign staffer (Ryan Gosling) discovers a secret that could alter the race for his candidate (George Clooney). George Clooney stars in this sharp, cynical inside-baseball drama about an idealistic young press spokesman (Ryan Gosling) whose faith in his boss, a charismatic governor with his eye on the White House (Clooney), is shattered after learning that while his mentor talks the talk, he doesn’t always walk the walk. The Ides of March is based on a play by Beau Willimon (who also produced the American version of House of Cards). It is titled after the date of Julius Caesar’s assassination. It was also the day when the ancient Romans paid off all their debts. It’s easy to see why Clooney chose this title for his picture, with all of the backstabbing and score-settling on display.
Weiner
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Anthony Weiner (Actor)

“Weiner” 2013

Sexts, lies & Carlos Danger. Get an inside peek at one of the biggest political scandals ever: Anthony Weiner’s wild “comeback” mayoral run. Winner, Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
 
All The King's Men
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Jude Law (Actors)

All the King’s Men (2006)

Sean Penn and Jude Law head an all-star cast in this riveting story of a humble man’s rise to power and the influence of political corruption that would eventually cause his downfall.

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