Dramas, thrillers and biopics about political issues
Wag the Dog (1997)
A epic movie in history of cinema. Must watch for PR people, by the way. The film shows harsh sarcasm of whole system by which the modern world is organized. It is set against the backdrop of a White House sex scandal. In order to distract public attention from the stumbling president.
The Ides of March (2011)
George Clooney’s fourth directorial effort in the political thriller genre. It tells the story of Mike Morris’s campaign for the Democratic presidential. His running mate is deeply convinced that his boss is more deserving of the office than anyone else, but big politics is full of intrigue and foul play.
The Iron Lady (2011)
A biographical film about the life of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher telling the story of an iron lady from the moment she became interested in politics. The film won Meryl Streep her third Oscar.
Primary Colors (1998)
A fictional political drama about Jack Stanton’s 1992 presidential run against the Democratic candidates. The film shows all the behind-the-scenes political intrigue, blackmail with videotapes, an illegitimate child, cocaine use, police arrests, and so on. But everything obvious and unquestionable may turn out to be a lie.
The film chronicles the backstory and process of Nixon’s famous interviews by British journalist David Frost, in the latter of which Nixon admitted his guilt in the Watergate scandal. The leading roles in the drama were played by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, who previously played roles in productions of London and Broadway theatres.
J. Edgar (2011)
A film by cult director Clint Eastwood about the life of the famous head of the FBI. John Edgar Hoover’s lifelong rise to become the most powerful man in America. A unique case. A unique man. And at the same time the most ordinary, with many complexes, fears, illusions, but not afraid to make momentous decisions at the right time to protect his country.
The Ghost Writer 2010
Roman Polanski’s political thriller is an adaptation of Robert Harris’s novel. It was voted one of the best films of 2010. Cold New England and cold calculating politics come together in this film.
House of cards
The popular American TV series starring Kevin Spacey cannot be left out of this list. According to the plot, ambitious Democratic congressman Frank Underwood, in exchange for the promise to make him US Secretary of State, helps Garrett Walker become President of the United States. After the election, however, the promised position is still a promise. Infuriated by the betrayal, Frank and his wife will go to any lengths to get revenge on the newly minted president.
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