10 Election Day Movie Recommendations

It's Election Day!  Get out and vote!  And then sit back and watch a movie as we wait for them to declare who our President will be.  Here are some suggestions for films that will get you into the mood to do your civic duty, or at least entertain you enough so you can put your cynicism and apathy aside for a little while.

All the President's Men - Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford star as Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in a time when journalists were heroes and wielded the power of truth to topple a corrupt presidency. Truth is stranger than fiction, as an informer nicknamed Deep Throat delivers clues that will unravel the secrets of the Watergate scandal.

The American President - Michael Douglas is widowed U.S. President Andrew Shepherd who falls in love with a lobbyist played by Annette Bening. The movie had a great cast that include Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, and others.

Bob Roberts - Tim Robbins is the lead in this tale of a reporter trying to stop a crooked election.

The Candidate - Robert Redford stars in another classic as Bill McKay, an anti-establishment darkhorse Senate contender.

Dave - Kevin Kline plays a kind-hearted lookalike who has to step in the shoes of a comatose President. The all-star cast also features Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley, Charles Grodin, Faith Prince, Laura Linney, and Bonnie Hunt.

Election - Reese Witherspoon stars in arguably her greatest role in this school election comedy that also features Matthew Broderick and Chris Klein.

The Manchurian Candidate - Check out the 1962 original first starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and the excellent Angela Lansbury. Then hunt down the 2004 remake with Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - This Frank Capra classic will inspire you to believe that there are good people out there with good intentions who can serve as our elected officials.  Too bad Jimmy Stewart's character Jefferson Smith is purely fictional.

Primary Colors - John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, and Kathy Bates star in a not-so-subtle fictional account of Bill Clinton's race for the presidency.

Wag the Dog - A public relations spin doctor and a Hollywood producer create a fake war to save a President caught in a sex scandal.  Starring Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin, Kirsten Dunst, William H. Macy, and Woody Harrelson. Satire never seemed so plausible!

What election/politics themed flick do you recommend?

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