Political Movies

Looking for a way to get your kids interested in the political process? These movies should do the trick. From dramas that rely on suspense, humor, and romance to behind-the-scenes documentaries, they all bring politics and government right into your living room. They might even spark a conversation on civic engagement, news literacy, and elections. No matter your political beliefs, if your kids dream of being leaders, they'll love these engaging films. And if they're ready to learn more about the political system, try our list of Government Apps, Games, and Websites, along with our Young Voter's Guide to Social Media and the News.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

age 8+

Classic pits Jimmy Stewart against government corruption.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1939)
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1776

age 10+

Engaging historical musical has some bawdy humor, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1972)
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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

age 10+

Rockers reveal Jimmy Carter was cool in campaign docu.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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A Ripple of Hope

age 10+

Unforgettable docu about RFK speech post-MLK assassination.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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Young Mr. Lincoln

age 10+

Outstanding, inspirational story of Honest Abe's early days.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1939)
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All In: The Fight for Democracy

age 11+

Powerful docu about the need to protect voters' rights.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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All the King's Men (1949)

age 12+

Details the rise and fall of a Southern politician.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Citizen Kane

age 12+

Classic should be required for any movie lover.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1941)
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Dave

age 12+

Uplifting political comedy combines romance and satire.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1993)
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Gandhi

age 12+

Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Knock Down the House

age 12+

Outstanding docu about underdog congressional hopefuls.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Time for Ilhan

age 12+

Docu follows Somali American's first political campaign.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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All the President's Men

age 13+

Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1976)
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The American President

age 13+

Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1995)
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Dark Money

age 13+

Excellent political docu has infrequent profanity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Good Night, and Good Luck

age 13+

Compelling political drama won't engage most kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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The Iron Lady

age 13+

Streep is riveting in well-acted but underwhelming biopic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Lincoln

age 13+

Outstanding drama about revered leader's political genius.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Malcolm X

age 13+

Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1992)
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The Manchurian Candidate

age 13+

Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1962)
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