political movies

Amazon prime is an excellent platform to watch movies. In fact, the platform is gradually taking the world of online streaming by the storm. 

Prime has a vast library with different genres of movies, cartoons, or anime. So, making a decision on the film to watch can be difficult. Yet, if you have constrained your selection to political movies, we can help you further minimize your pick to the best movies available on Prime.

 Below is our list. 

JFK (1991)

Director: Oliver Stone

Producer: Oliver Stone

Awards: Academy Awards for Best Cinematography

Starring: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Laurie Metcalf, Tommy Lee James, Gary Oldman

JFK is an American political thriller film that examines the events leading to the assassination of United States 35th President- John F. Kennedy. It also highlights the opposition of attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) by the government when he wanted to uncover the mystery behind the murder. Jim filed charges against Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) – a New Orleans businessman, and Clay was found guilty by the Warren Commission.

The film was adapted from two books- “The plot that killed Kennedy” by Jim Marrs and “On the Trail of the Assassins” by Zachary Sklar. It became the sixth highest-grossing movie of 1991. More so, JFK got nominations for eight Academy Awards, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Cinematography. 

The American president (1995)

Director: Rob Reiner

Producer: Rob Reiner

Awards: Golden Globes Award for Best Director

Starring: Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening, David Paymer, and Michael J. Fox

The American President is a romantic comedy-drama movie centered on a fictional widowed, democratic president- Andrew Shephard (Michael Douglas). Andrew, while running for re-election, fell in love with Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette). Sydney was an environmental lobbyist who was hired to persuade the president to pass a bill to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The movie captures how both of them overcame defying odds and challenges together.

The film ranked 75 on AFI’s list of American Greatest Love Stories. It was nominated for the Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Screenplay at the 1995 Academy Awards. Also, it got Michael Douglas nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy and Annette Bening- Best Actress in a Comedy.  Lastly, Rob Reiner was nominated for Best Director.

Vice

Director: Adam McKay

Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner Will Ferrell

Awards: Golden Globes Award for Best Actor- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Tyler Perry, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, and Alison Pill

Vice is an American biographical drama of US president George Bush and his Vice President, Dick Cheney. Vice, as the name implies, focuses on the then vice president- Dick and his excellent reforms in reshaping the country and the world. 

The movie captures the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the repudiate invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. It also recounts the Plame affair, endorsement of the unitary executive theory, and the accidental shooting of Harry Whittington. 

Vice was nominated for several awards and won many. Precisely, it had six nominations at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. In that night, Christian Bale won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. It had eight nominations at the 91st Academy Awards and won the Best Make-Up and Hairstyling.

The Front Runner (2018)

Director: Jason Reitman

Producers: Helen Estabrook, Jason Reitman, and Aaron L. Gilbert

Awards: None

Starring: Hugh Jackman, J. K. Simmons, Michael O’Brien Vera Farmiga, and Alfred Molina

The Front Runner focuses on a former senator of the Colorado- Gary Hart, who became the front-runner of the 1987 US presidential election under the Democrat party. Although he lost the 1988 nomination to Vice President, his determination, intelligence and idealism made him popular in the 1987 election and was seemingly on a straight road to becoming president.

Hart felt so sincere that at some point in his campaign, he challenged the press to follow him around even on weekends when he is not campaigning. Well, that became his biggest mistake, and everything came crashing down after photos suggesting an affair with a journalist, Donna Rice, was published. 

Well, Hart failed to convince anyone and was forced to drop the campaign.  

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Director: Philip Noyce

Producer: Mace Neufeld and Robert Rehme

Awards: None

Starring: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones, and Anne Archer

Clear and Present Danger is an American spy thriller movie centered on the murder of the American’s president friend. Agent Jack Ryan (Ford) became the acting deputy director of the CIA and was in charge of the murder case. He discovered that they were links between the victim and a Colombian drug dealer. However, they were more links to the murder and illegal appropriation of the victim’s fund by the government. Ryan then seeks to uncover the case and expose everyone involved.

The movie was adapted from the novel “Clear and Present Danger” by Tom Clancy. It earned over $200 million at the box office even without winning an award. 

Bobby (2006)

Director: Emilio Estevez

Producer: Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Emilio Estevez, and Nick Cannon

Awards: None

Starring: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones, and Anne Archer

Bobby is an American drama film that recounts the hours leading up to the assassination of US senator Robert F. Kennedy in the Ambassador Hotel. The also movie captures the life of the twenty-two people in the hotel at that time, whose lives never remained the same. 

Intermittently, the movie recounts the actual footage and broadcast made by Robert F. Kennedy. The screenplay’s goal was to capture and recreate the life and legacy of the US senator and give a simple narrative of his beliefs.

The Dictator (2012)

Director: Larry Charles

Producers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, Anthony Hines, David Mandel, Scott Rudin, Jedd Schaffer, and Todd Schulman 

Awards: None

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, and Ben Kingsley

The dictator is a political satire comedy film focused General Aladeen, a dictator in a fictional oil-booming country called the Republic of Wadiya. 

The movie was inspired by characters like Muammar Gaddafi, Idi Amin, Mobutu Sese Seko, Kim Jong-il, and Saparmurat Niyazov. However, every tyrannical decision made by Aladeen was pictured in a light and funny note. 

Overall, this movie is a great pick if your checklist for movies is fun-filled with a political twist.


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