Air Force One (1997)
Harrison Ford, Glenn Close and Gary Oldman; Director Wolfgang Petersen
Presidential airplane hijicked by Russians; female vice president negotiates with the terrorists. Requires "suspension of disbelief" to accept special effects; action/thriller.
The American President (1995)
Michael Douglas, Annette Bening and Richard Dreyfuss Widower president falls for smart, environmental lobbyist. Republican antagonist makes political hay with "family values" rhetoric; romantic comedy.
All the President's Men (1976)
Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Jason Robards--A cinematic examination of how the Watergate break-in led to the downfall of the Nixon administration; glorified journalists (Woodward and Bernstein) as white knights; journalism thriller.
Born Yesterday (1950, 1993)
Original: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden; Director George Cukor .Junkyard tycoon brings ex-showgirl mistress with him to DC; political Pygmalian.
The Candidate (1972)
Robert Redford and Peter Boyle;
Insight into the power of television and how it transformed American politics; first-time candidate and political idealist runs for the Senate. Oscar-winning screenplay.
Kevin Klein and Sigourney Weaver; Director Ivan Reitman
Presidential double takes on new meaning when President Bill Mitchell falls into a coma.
Dr. Strangelove (1963)
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Slim Pickens.Peter Sellers portrays the three main characters who have the power to avert a nuclear tragedy triggered by US Air Force General Jack Ripper's decision to bomb the USSR. Cold War classic.
Manchurian Candidate (1962, 2004)
Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep.
A Medal of Honor veteran of North Korea is brainwashed and the movie unfolds as he tries to make sense of nightmares/memories.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Jean Arthur and Jimmy Stewart; Director Frank Capra
Idealistic appointee to US Senate discovers the power of corruption and scandal.
Wag the Dog (1998)
Dustin Hoffman, Robert de Niro; Director Barry Levinson
Political satire was released with amazing timing. Premise: President diverts attention from sexual controversy by going to war, Hollywood style