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Best Political Movies Ever Made (Washington Post)

"John Sayles — perhaps the greatest American political filmmaker of his or any generation — once wrote in Mother Jones that movies as disparate as "Rambo" and "Adventures in Babysitting" could be described as political, because "they served only to maintain the status quo, strengthen stereotyping, and push people apart." He makes an excellent point: A political film can be great — or at least jarringly effective — even though it's not political on purpose.
A few movies like that are on this list. But there's also the usual collection of thrillers, biopics, satires and straight-ahead dramas. Many are fact-based, set amid the imposing edifices and featureless bureaucracies of Washington. Others are more speculative and metaphorical, taking viewers to the Texas border or an Omaha high school to explore the vagaries of power as they play out within communities and individual relationships."
(image from the WP article, made by Stephen Bliss)
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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All the President's Men (1976)
All the President's Men (1976)
3
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
4
Primary (1960)
Primary (1960)
5
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
6
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
7
The Lives of Others (2006)
The Lives of Others (2006)
8
Mean Girls (2004)
Mean Girls (2004)
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9
Born Yesterday (1950)
Born Yesterday (1950)
10
Lone Star (1996)
Lone Star (1996)
11
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
12
Wag the Dog (1997)
Wag the Dog (1997)
13
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
14
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
15
Malcolm X (1992)
Malcolm X (1992)
16
Election (1999)
Election (1999)
17
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
18
Thirteen Days (2000)
Thirteen Days (2000)
19
Bulworth (1998)
Bulworth (1998)
20
The Fog of War (2003)
The Fog of War (2003)
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21
Selma (2014)
Selma (2014)
22
The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles (2004)
23
Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
24
Being There (1979)
Being There (1979)
25
Born in Flames (1983)
Born in Flames (1983)
26
The Contender (2000)
The Contender (2000)
27
High Noon (1952)
High Noon (1952)
28
I Am Cuba (1964)
I Am Cuba (1964)
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29
Triumph of the Will (1935)
Triumph of the Will (1935)
30
Milk (2008)
Milk (2008)
31
In the Loop (2009)
In the Loop (2009)
32
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
33
Chicago 10 (2007)
Chicago 10 (2007)
34
The Queen (2006)
The Queen (2006)
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