MRQE Ranks: The Best of Political Cinema

The Best of Political Cinema

Political theater has a long history of playing out well on the big screen. And so, with The Ides of March making its theatrical run, we rank up the best and worst of political cinema.
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  MRQE Metric
Citizen Kane (1941) - MRQE Metric: 95 Rate it! 95
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - MRQE Metric: 92 Rate it! 92
All the President's Men (1976) - MRQE Metric: 90 Rate it! 90
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - MRQE Metric: 88 Rate it! 88
Duck Soup (1933) - MRQE Metric: 86 Rate it! 86
Blow Out (1981) - MRQE Metric: 85 Rate it! 85
Nashville (1975) - MRQE Metric: 84 Rate it! 84
JFK (1991) - MRQE Metric: 82 Rate it! 82
Frost/Nixon (2008) - MRQE Metric: 81 Rate it! 81
In the Loop (2009) - MRQE Metric: 81 Rate it! 81
Z (1969) - MRQE Metric: 80 Rate it! 80
Milk (2008/I) - MRQE Metric: 80 Rate it! 80
Munich (2005) - MRQE Metric: 80 Rate it! 80
Reds (1981) - MRQE Metric: 80 Rate it! 80
Brazil (1985) - MRQE Metric: 79 Rate it! 79
Gandhi (1982) - MRQE Metric: 79 Rate it! 79
Election (1999) - MRQE Metric: 78 Rate it! 78
The Ghost Writer (2010) - MRQE Metric: 77 Rate it! 77
Thirteen Days (2000) - MRQE Metric: 77 Rate it! 77
No Way Out (1987) - MRQE Metric: 76 Rate it! 76
Nixon (1995) - MRQE Metric: 75 Rate it! 75
The Constant Gardener (2005) - MRQE Metric: 75 Rate it! 75
The American President (1995) - MRQE Metric: 75 Rate it! 75
Thank You for Smoking (2005) - MRQE Metric: 74 Rate it! 74
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) - MRQE Metric: 73 Rate it! 73
V for Vendetta (2005) - MRQE Metric: 73 Rate it! 73
Wag the Dog (1997) - MRQE Metric: 73 Rate it! 73
The Ides of March (2011) - MRQE Metric: 73 Rate it! 73
The Dead Zone (1983) - MRQE Metric: 72 Rate it! 72
Primary Colors (1998) - MRQE Metric: 72 Rate it! 72
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) - MRQE Metric: 71 Rate it! 71
Syriana (2005) - MRQE Metric: 71 Rate it! 71
Air Force One (1997) - MRQE Metric: 71 Rate it! 71
Three Days of the Condor (1975) - MRQE Metric: 70 Rate it! 70
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) - MRQE Metric: 70 Rate it! 70
The Contender (2000) - MRQE Metric: 70 Rate it! 70
In the Line of Fire (1993) - MRQE Metric: 69 Rate it! 69
Enemy of the State (1998) - MRQE Metric: 69 Rate it! 69
State of Play (2009) - MRQE Metric: 68 Rate it! 68
Fair Game (2010/I) - MRQE Metric: 68 Rate it! 68
Dave (1993) - MRQE Metric: 66 Rate it! 66
Bulworth (1998) - MRQE Metric: 66 Rate it! 66
The Interpreter (2005) - MRQE Metric: 66 Rate it! 66
City Hall (1996) - MRQE Metric: 66 Rate it! 66
Valkyrie (2008) - MRQE Metric: 65 Rate it! 65
All the King's Men (1949) - MRQE Metric: 63 Rate it! 63
Dick (1999) - MRQE Metric: 62 Rate it! 62
Patriot Games (1992) - MRQE Metric: 61 Rate it! 61
Absolute Power (1997) - MRQE Metric: 60 Rate it! 60
Proof of Life (2000) - MRQE Metric: 60 Rate it! 60
W. (2008/I) - MRQE Metric: 58 Rate it! 58
My Fellow Americans (1996) - MRQE Metric: 55 Rate it! 55
Lions for Lambs (2007) - MRQE Metric: 52 Rate it! 52
The Pelican Brief (1993) - MRQE Metric: 50 Rate it! 50
The Parallax View (1974) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
The Day of the Jackal (1973) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
Seven Days in May (1964) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
Fail-Safe (1964) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
Canadian Bacon (1995) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
Bob Roberts (1992) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
A Perfect Candidate (1996) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
Advise & Consent (1962) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
State of the Union (1948) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!
The Candidate (1972) - MRQE Metric: Rate it!