Ten of the Best Political Movies

3 Nov

I am not very happy about the trend of the election on Tuesday (thought Oregon dodge much of it). If you want to escape the current political climate, here are a few movies that are good enough to cure any political hangover.

The Contender (Rod Lurie 2000) What’s it about: The first female vice-president nominee. Great Quote:  “The people of this nation can stomach quite a bit. But the one thing they can’t stomach is the image of a vice president with a mouthful of cock.” Kermit Newman

Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins 1992) What’s it about: The political manipulation of a tea-partylike candidate. Great Quote:  Don’t smoke crack. It’s a ghetto drug. ” Bob Roberts

In The Loop (Armando Iannucci 2009) What’s it about: A satirical look at the run up to the Iraq war. Great Quote:  “Y’know, I’ve come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I’ll sort that out. You are a boring F, star, star, CUNT!” Malcolm Tucker

Dave (Ivan Reitman 1993) What’s it about: An idealistic nobody who looks like the president is brought in to the White House when the president has a stroke. Great Quote:  “I don’t want to tell some eight-year-old kid he’s gotta sleep in the street because we want people to feel better about their *car*. Do *you* want to tell them that? Dave

Duck Soup (Leo McCarey 1933) What’s it about: A screwball look at war and the nonsense of national conflict. Great Quote: “You’re a brave man. Go and break through the lines. And remember, while you’re out there risking your life and limb through shot and shell, we’ll be in be in here thinking what a sucker you are.” Rufus T. Firefly

Manchurian Candidate (John Frankheimer 1962) What’s it about: Moody political assassination thriller. Great Quote:  “It’s a terrible thing to hate your mother. But I didn’t always hate her. When I was a child, I only kind of disliked her.” Raymond Shaw

All the President’s Men (Alan Pakula 1976) What’s it about: The unraveling of crime of the Nixon presidency. Great Quote: “Follow the money.” Deep Throat

Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman 2005) What’s it about: A marketing star for the cigarette companies does battle with US senators. Great Quote: “Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk. Everyone has a talent.” Nick Naylor

The Candidate (Michael Ritchie 1972) What’s it about: A candidate that begins idealistic but slowly becomes more and more like his opponent. Great Quote:  “What do we do now?” Bill McKay

Brewster’s Millions (Walter Hill 1985) What’s it about: A minor league baseball pitcher must spend $30 million in 30 days. He runs for senate. Great Quote:  “What are you gonna vote…None of the above!” Monty Brewster


One Response to “Ten of the Best Political Movies”

  1. Beth November 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    I so loved “Thank You for Smoking” and “In the Loop”!!

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