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 Movie Poster Image
Classic pits Jimmy Stewart against government corruption.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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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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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President Movie Poster Image
Rockers reveal Jimmy Carter was cool in campaign docu.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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A Ripple of Hope Movie Poster Image
Unforgettable docu about RFK speech post-MLK assassination.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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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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All In: The Fight for Democracy Movie Poster Image
Powerful docu about the need to protect voters' rights.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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All the King's Men (1949) Movie Poster Image
Details the rise and fall of a Southern politician.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Citizen Kane Movie Poster Image
Classic should be required for any movie lover.
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(Release Year: 1941)
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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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Dark Money Movie Poster Image
Excellent political docu has infrequent profanity.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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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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Malcolm X Movie Poster Image
Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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The Manchurian Candidate Movie Poster Image
Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Selma Movie Poster Image
Outstanding drama about MLK's fight for equal rights.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Stars and Strife Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful documentary on division in U.S.; some cursing.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase the Dream Movie Poster Image
Black, South Asian woman makes history with White House win.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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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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Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Movie Poster Image
Black-comedy Kubrick classic has violence, dark themes.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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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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The Times of Harvey Milk Movie Poster Image
Thought-provoking look at a charismatic politician’s life.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Get Me Roger Stone Movie Poster Image
Life of Republican politico; language, sex, drug references.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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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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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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How to Fix a Primary Movie Poster Image
Timely docu on an upstart election; some language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Nixon Movie Poster Image
Dense psychodrama of much-disliked U.S. president.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Vice Movie Poster Image
Irreverent, mature biopic about VP Dick Cheney.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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13th Movie Poster Image
Searing docu decries racial bias; intense violence, cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Contender Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, enjoyable film for older teens.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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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 Ides of March Movie Poster Image
Smart, cynical thriller deals in political excesses.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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In the Loop Movie Poster Image
Hilarious political satire has very strong language.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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JFK Movie Poster Image
JFK
Politician makes case for JFK murder as conspiracy.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Movie Poster Image
Sleek remake is more violent than original.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Milk Movie Poster Image
Memorable, mature biopic brings a movement to life.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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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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Bulworth Movie Poster Image
Smug but fun political satire for adults only.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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