Political Movies

Looking for a way to get your kids interested in the political process? These movies should do the trick. Whether they rely on suspense, humor, or romance, all of them make politics and government seem awfully entertaining. They might even spark a conversation on civic engagement, news literacy, and elections. No matter your political beliefs, if your kids dream of becoming president, 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.

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1776 Movie Poster Image
Engaging historical musical has some bawdy humor, language.
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(Release Year: 1972)
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Young Mr. Lincoln Movie Poster Image
Outstanding, inspirational story of Honest Abe's early days.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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Dave Movie Poster Image
Uplifting political comedy combines romance and satire.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Gandhi Movie Poster Image
Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Knock Down the House Movie Poster Image
Outstanding docu about underdog congressional hopefuls.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Time for Ilhan Movie Poster Image
Docu follows Somali American's first political campaign.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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All the President's Men Movie Poster Image
Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story.
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(Release Year: 1976)
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The American President Movie Poster Image
Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Good Night, and Good Luck Movie Poster Image
Compelling political drama won't engage most kids.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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The Iron Lady Movie Poster Image
Streep is riveting in well-acted but underwhelming biopic.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Lincoln Movie Poster Image
Outstanding drama about revered leader's political genius.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Dick Movie Poster Image
Funny, scatalogical movie about President Nixon.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Frost/Nixon Movie Poster Image
Talky, play-based political drama sheds light on history.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Thirteen Days Movie Poster Image
Superb film about Cuban missile crisis, best for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Show Me a Hero Movie Poster Image
Political drama deals in weighty themes, serious issues.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Slay the Dragon Movie Poster Image
Gerrymandering documentary is vital viewing for voters.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Too Big to Fail Movie Poster Image
Complex account of 2008 economic collapse; lots of language.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Bombshell Movie Poster Image
Mature sexual misconduct drama brings headlines to life.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Nixon Movie Poster Image
Dense psychodrama of much-disliked U.S. president.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
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Vice Movie Poster Image
Irreverent, mature biopic about VP Dick Cheney.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Election Movie Poster Image
Dark '90s high school comedy has lots of sex, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Fahrenheit 11/9 Movie Poster Image
Moore's subjective, serious docu is cautionary, urgent.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Oath Movie Poster Image
Dark comedy about political divide has violence, language.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Wag the Dog Movie Poster Image
Entertaining, creepily resonant political comedy.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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The Campaign Movie Poster Image
Comedic superstars aim their raunchy satire at politics.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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