11.01.2012

Election Movies

With Election Day less than a week away, you might be spending the weekend wrapped up in the news to help you make a decision. But if you already know who’s getting your vote, you could just sit back, relax, and be entertained by an election movie. I love them! (If you haven't realized by now, I'm kind of a nerd). Here are my picks for the best election movies.
 
DRAMA
 
 
An ambitious young staffer (Ryan Gosling) gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail for a presidential candidate (George Clooney). Inspired by the real-life experiences of an aide who worked on Howard Dean's failed 2004 run.
 

Capt. Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) and Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) are taken captive during the Persian Gulf War and brainwashed so that they're programmed to rebel once they return home. Ten years later, as Shaw's mother (Meryl Streep) is busy helping her son in his bid for the presidency, Marco recalls the brainwashing.
 

Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is a California lawyer urged to run against the seemingly unbeatable Republican incumbent in a senatorial race. McKay is a well-meaning innocent, but as support widens for his open platform, the sellout begins.


A thinly veiled take on Bill Clinton's campaign for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination with a sterling cast (John Travolta, Emma Thompson and Kathy Bates) and a brilliant screenplay.

COMEDY
 
 
 
Sen. Jay Bulworth (Warren Beatty), reduced by years of compromise and scheming, hires a hit man to put him out of his misery. Kicking off an election campaign with nothing to lose, takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters. When he gets clarity and respect he tries to call off his assassination.

The Campaign

In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.
 
 
When the president is caught in a sex scandal less than two weeks before the election, White House spinmaster Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) creates a phony war with the help of Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to distract the electorate.


It's Election Day and the eyes of the nation have fallen on one beer-swigging couch potato (Kevin Costner), who is able to single-handedly choose the next president. Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez and Dennis Hopper also star.

I also recommend these documentaries if you're looking to gain a little knowledge instead of just being entertained: The War Room, The Fog of War, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, and Swing State.

 
Are you a political nerd like me? What is your favorite election movie?

10 comments:

Christianna said...

I just can't get into movies like this. I've tried, but I guess I'm just not a fan. Though I guess "Chasing Liberty" kinda counts as a presidential movie, right?

Rachel said...

I need to watch The Ides of March!

MiMi said...

I've never seen a baby that could take a punch like that!

Jessica Renee said...

I love politics but for some reasons I just can't get into election movies! If anything it has to be something dumb like The Campaign. haha

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

I fell asleep during Ides of March...because I was super tired, but I want to watch it!! And I am dying to see The Campaign with Braff and Farrell!! I never saw Bulworth, but the Ghetto Suoperstar song was a hit for me hahah

Misty said...

I've only seen one of these, The Ides of March. I feel like I've seen another election movie though, but can't remember what it is right now.

Holly said...

I haven't seen The Ides of March in forever! I'm check Netflix now!

My favorite election movie, that isn't really a true election movie is 'Election' w/Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick.

It makes me LOL just thinking about the part where she finds out that she won and she is doing her happy dance in the hallway. I always tell my sister that it reminds me of her when she gets her way. Ha!

Leanna Vera said...

I can't believe I didn't think about watching political movies to gear up for the election...it's such a good idea! I really want to see The Campaign. I'm going to see if I can Red Box it this weekend.

Karen Peterson said...

The Ides of March is SO good!

I'm totally a political junkie. But it's rare I find a political movie I actually enjoy.

SMD said...

We are definitely a political household, we're actually housing out of state campaign workers right now.

I am a huge huge fan of Election for a non-national election movie.

I also liked The Manchurian Candidate and Wag the Dog.