All the King's Men (1949). Broderick Crawford
is the Huey Long-like figure who dominates the political scene, in this filmed version of
the Robert Penn Warren novel.
All the President's Men (1976). Robert
Redford and Dustin Hoffmann dust off the image of American journalism; based on the book
by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
Bulworth (1998). Warren Beatty as a US
Senator who makes arrangements to have himself assassinated, then thinks better of the
The Candidate (1972). Robert Redford is the
dark horse Senatorial candidate who "tells it like it is."
Citizen Kane (1941). This film has been
called the best American film ever made. Based loosely on the life of William Randolph
Hearst, it stars Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead and other members of the
Day of the Jackal (1973). This thriller is
long but the action and suspense never let up as Edward Fox plays a hired assassin on the
trail of Charles de Gaulle.
Duck Soup (1933). Groucho Marx, as Rufus T.
Firefly, becomes dictator of Freedonia and declares war on Sylvania.
The Farmer's Daughter (1947). Loretta Young
as a young Swedish woman who runs for political office against the man she loves. Later a
A Lion is in the Streets (1953). James Cagney
stars as a Huey Long-like figure who aims to dominate the state's politics. Based on the
novel by Adria Locke Langley.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Frank
Sinatra and Laurence Harvey are first-rate in this story about a "sleeper"
assassin loose in the United States.
Medium Cool (1969). A TV cameraman finds
himself at the center of the violence surrounding the Democratic National Convention in
The Mouse That Roared (1959). Leonard
Wibberley's novel makes a successful satire of U.S. foreign policy in this farce about a
very small country that declares war on Washington in order to lose.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Frank
Capra's political fantasy about a profoundly unpolitical man appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Later a TV series (1962).
The Parallax View (1974). Warren Beatty is a
hack reporter who uncovers an assassination plot.
The Pentagon Wars (TVM 1998). This HBO movie
targets the political corruption and coverups accompanying the development of a
widely-touted and wildly expensive new military vehicle.
Storyville (1997). A young New Orleans
politician becomes embroiled in a murder case.
The Sun Shines Bright (1953). Small town
Romanoff and Juliet (1961). Peter Ustinov as
the ruler of a small European country plays Cupid for an American girl and Soviet boy.
White Lie (TVM 1991). Gregory Hines returns
to his father's home town to uncover the truth about his death.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).
Sigourney Weaver stars in this tale set during the Indonesian Revolution of 1965.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). Henry Fonda
personifies the legendary President during his law practice years.
Z (1969). Costa-Gavras directed this
grandfather of all political assassination films.
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