8 Awesome Election Movies

November 4, 2012 By:
8 Awesome Election Movies

With the Presidential election just a few days away, 1) have you registered to vote yet? If you haven’t, well, you missed the deadline, so sorry and 2) Have you watched enough election themed movies yet to prepare yourself?

We’ve rounded up all the “election themed” movies of yesteryear. If election-movie-marathons is your thing, here’s your Netflix guide, otherwise breeze through this story to remember when John Travolta kind of played Bill Clinton in a movie. 

Bulworth – 1998 classic, Warren Beatty plays a suicidal politician who falls in love with Halle Berry, because who can resist catwoman’s charms? Also remember that terrible ‘90s song “Ghetto Superstar” featuring Mya? Yeah, this movie made that song popular.

Primary Colors – In 1999, John Travolta and Emma Thompson play husband and wife (I know, weird casting) in this film loosely based on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Ides of March – George Clooney for president! No seriously, this 2011 flick directed by and starring George Clooney convinced me that he should just run for actual president. This is a great movie, mostly because I think Ryan Gosling is shirtless in it.

Head Of State – A broad comedy starring Chris Rock as president. Whhhhaaaaat! – Said in a Chris Rock voice, this 2003 flick was the last decent movie Rock made. Did we mention that Bernie Mac plays his running mate? Whaaaaaat!

The Adjustment Bureau – This 2011 film is a pseudo-election movie. Matt Damon plays a politician on the verge of winning a seat in the U.S. when he falls in love with Emily Blunt because she’s snarky. Then he changes around his fate because this is a sci-fi futuristic film and ruins his reputation in politics, I think, actually, I fell asleep halfway through this snooze fest. Will someone tell me who wins?

Man of the Year – In 2006, Robin Williams plays a comedian who accidentally becomes president? Would be funny if Stephen Colbert didn’t try to do this in real-life!

Swing Vote – This bizarre 2008 movie about a glitch in the voting process means that the presidential election comes down to one man’s vote. That man being Kevin Costner. Basically both presidential nominees try to win him over and in doing so, Kevin grows closer to his daughter. Wait, what?

Election – Hey, this 1999 movie has “Election” in the title so it’s got to be about politics, right? Kind of. This movie is about high-school elections and also served as Reese Witherspoon’s breakout role. Matthew Broderick is genius in this film, highly recommend.

The Manchurian Candidate – The 2004 film based on the 1962 film of the same name based on the book of the same name is about the son of a prominent U.S. political family who is brainwashed into working as an assassin for communists. There was also a bizarre incest storyline between mother and son, but forget that, this film is actually the highest grossing “election movie” ever.