As a nod to this year’s general election I’ve compiled a list of the 10 greatest political movies. Do you agree with the list below? Which movies would make your top 10?
10. Enemy of the State (1998)
An honest lawyer becomes the target of a corrupt politician when he unintentionally receives key evidence to a horrific politically motivated crime.
9. All the President’s Men (1976)
Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the most shocking story in American political history. They unearth details of the Watergate scandal that lead to President Nixon’s resignation.
8. The Ghost Writer (2010)
A talented ghost writer lands the opportunity of a lifetime when he’s hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister. But his life is put at risk when he uncovers political secrets about his employer. In the end he has to decide how much the truth is worth.
7. The Candidate (1979)
Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. But unlike his opponents he has absolutely no experience. With no hope of winning McKay decides to tweak the system
6. The Iron Lady (2011)
One of the most notorious British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher recalls her rise to power, and the enemies she made along the way. Whatever your stance on Maggie, this is a movie that will cause you to shed a tear.
5. Milk (2008)
Milk tells the inspiring biographical story of the American gay activist, Harvey Milk. He becomes California’s first openly gay elected official when he wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors. As Harvey gains more political experience he discovers how to cut deals with his opponents which leads to his downfall.
4. Lincoln (2012)
During the Civil War America’s 16th President must go to battle with his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate slaves. His endeavour becomes a race against time as peace could come at any moment and the opportunity to outlaw slavery will be lost.
3. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
In the midst of the Gulf War soldiers are kidnapped and then brainwashed to carry out unimaginable acts. Infiltrating the Manchurian Global Corporation to uncover the truth isn’t going to be easy with the powerful allies they have behind them.
2. The Ides of March (2011)
A political aid for the new Presidential candidate gets an insight into the dirty world of politics during the campaign trail. He is forced to choose between his virtue or victory.
1. Frost/Nixon (2008)
An enthralling retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. Watch as the duo go to battle, each with their own thoughts on what’s best for the American public.
Make sure you make your voice heard on 7th May 2015 and vote.
“Stand up and be counted or sit down and be ignored. But it’s your choice because that’s democracy.” Philomena Cunk
By Ruth Walker