When you think about the successful storytelling of TV shows like Survivor, Succession, and Bridgerton, what do they have in common? One fan of the genre calls it “political,” This describes the mind games, alliances, rumors, deception, power plays, and blindfolding that accompany these stories.
Looking for the best movies with similar dynamics, they visited movie suggestion forums for recommendations. Here are 15 of the best movies that depict politics in its various forms.
1. Wag the Dog (1997)
in Wag the Dog, spin doctors and Hollywood producers work together to create a fictional war to divert public attention from a presidential scandal. Through a web of deception, manipulation, and media control, they orchestrate complex political pretenses to sway public opinion and maintain their grip on power.
2. Circle (2015)
circle It presents a unique perspective on political issues while unfolding as a psychological thriller. A group of strangers are trapped in a mysterious room where they are forced to vote and eliminate one person at a time.
As alliances form, secrets are revealed, and power relationships shift, the characters engage in tense battles of persuasion and manipulation to outwit their enemies and survive.
3. Thirteen Days (2000)
13 days A detailed account of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a fascinating depiction of the intense political negotiations and strategic maneuvering behind closed doors.
As the world teeters on the brink of nuclear war, President John F. Kennedy and his advisers juggle a delicate balance of diplomacy, military pressure, and covert operations to avert disaster.
4. The Departed (2006)
Set in the wild underworld of Boston, deceased It tells a complex story of loyalty, betrayal, and power struggles between the police and the Irish mob.
The film, in which an undercover cop and a crime mole try to figure out each other’s identities, is a masterful depiction of a complicated cat-and-mouse game, showing the dangerous political maneuvering on both sides of the law.
5. Moneyball (2011)
Based on a true story money ball Dive into the world of professional baseball as a forward-thinking general manager challenges traditional team-building conventions. He challenges the established order through statistical analysis and strategic decision-making, and uses “Moneyball” tactics to revolutionize the game.
The film focuses on the power dynamics and resistance faced by those who dare to challenge the status quo.
6. March Ideas (2011)
Ides of March Explore the dark underbelly of political campaigns as a young press secretary for a presidential candidate becomes entangled in a web of manipulation, deception, and moral compromise. Loyalties are tested, secrets are revealed, and strategic alliances are formed and broken in the pursuit of victory.
This film exposes the ruthless politics that can occur in the pursuit of power.
7. O brother, where are you? (2000)
Set during the Great Depression, O brother, where are you? The story follows three escaped convicts on a journey to find hidden treasure. Along the way, they meet various politicians and become involved in humorous situations that satirize the political climate of the time.
The film captures the essence of politics in an upbeat tone, with clever wordplay, comical intrigue, and colorful characters.
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
my big fat greek wedding While it may be a romantic comedy on the surface, it also explores the complex dynamics of a large, close-knit Greek family.
As the protagonist navigates cultural clashes, familial expectations, and the pursuit of love, the film depicts the political conflicts within a family as different personalities and generations vie for influence and control.
9. Lincoln (2012)
Set during the last months of President Abraham Lincoln’s life, lincoln Explore the political intrigue and fierce battles faced by the 16th President of the United States. As Lincoln was striving to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, he encountered resistance, maneuvering, and strategic negotiation in the political landscape.
lincoln It depicts the intense political maneuvering that occurs as the film navigates the complexities of the Civil War, lobbying, and the personal sacrifices needed to secure the votes needed to pass an amendment.
10. Mean Girls (2004)
At first glance, it looks like a youth comedy, but mean girls This is an incredibly intelligent exploration of the social and political dynamics of high school cliques. When a new girl infiltrates a popular girl group, she discovers a complex web of power struggles, intrigue, and manipulation.
Through sharp wit and relatable scenarios, the film exposes the art of political maneuvering among teenagers and highlights the strategies employed to gain popularity and dominance.
11. Candidate (1972)
The Candidate portrays an idealistic lawyer who participates as an underdog in a high-stakes political race. As the campaign progresses, he is gradually drawn into the world of political strategy, undermining his principles of winning votes and securing power.
The film sheds light on the behind-the-scenes political activities involved in political campaigns and shows the transformation of candidates in the face of the harsh realities of the political climate.
12. Knives Out (2019)
Knives Out It presents a clever and suspenseful murder mystery with family intrigue and greed at its core. The film explores the complex dynamics within a family, full of shifting alliances, secrets, and power struggles, as a titular detective investigates the death of a wealthy family patriarch.
With sharp dialogue and unexpected twists, the film depicts the political gamesmanship between families competing for a share in an inheritance.
13. Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Thank you for smoking is a satirical film about a big tobacco industry spokesperson trying to make it seem like it’s still cool to smoke, but at the same time trying to remain a good role model for his son.
14. In the Loop (2009)
Another political satire is inside the loop. The movie imagines a case where the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom want to go to war with each other, but whether or not he can prevent an all-out war between the two major political powers is up to the members of his cabinet. It depends on
15. All the Money in the World (2017)
all the money in the world The film tells the story of when 16-year-old John Paul Getty III is kidnapped and his family desperately tries to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay a ransom to free the teenager. Inspired by a true story.
Jamie Marshall is a writer from the Philadelphia suburbs, but has spent the last few years living abroad in Australia. She considers herself a bit of a movie buff who is well versed in horror and her clever science fiction work. When she’s not watching movies or writing, she’s probably posting political memes, cooking vegan meals, or being active. She covers entertainment news and reviews movies and TV for Wealth of Geeks. You can also listen to her deep insights on socio-political issues in Evie Magazine, Katie Couric Media, Her Campus, and on Popcorned Planet where she discusses hot-button issues such as due process in the current social climate. You can also watch performances by