The 20 best election movies
With election day nearing it seems the current state of the presidential race is progressing in a way Hollywood could not do justice. In preparation for what should be an eventful day, why not prime oneself by checking out some of the top election-themed/related films of all time.
Here’s a look at some of our favorites.
“The Manchurian Candidate” (1962)
Frank Sinatra stars in this cold war, psychological thriller that was also remade (starring Denzel Washington) in 2004. His character’s control of Robert Shaw (Laurence Harvey), a brainwashed former war hero who eventually is set up to assassinate a presidential candidate, showcases a couple of strong acting performances. There’s plenty of intrigue and twists in both versions of the film, but the original is still the one to seek out.
“The Best Man” (1964)
Former secretary of state William Russell (Henry Fonda) and United States senator Joe Cantwell (Cliff Robertson) star in this 1960s’ political drama with a screenplay written by Gore Vidal. The two are vying for the presidential nomination of their political party, and, of course, both go to interesting and somewhat questionable lengths to be victorious.
“Medium Cool” (1969)
John Cassellis (Robert Forster) is a hardened television cameraman who is covering the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. While on the job, Cassellis takes a liking to a single mom (Verna Bloom) and also befriends her son. With the volatile convention as a backdrop, Cassellis lets his guard down while giving into feelings he wasn’t aware he possessed.