Category:American political drama films
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The following 118 pages are in this category, out of 118 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Across the Line (2000 film) – Across the Line is a 2000 American drama film directed by Martin Spottl and starring Brad Johnson and Sigal Erez. Johnson plays a small-town Texas sheriff who falls for an immigrant who witnessed a murder on the Mexican border. While not a political film, Across the Line portrays illegal immigrants in a generally positive light and dramatizes their motivations. Some critics praised the film for its intensity, authenticity, and integrity. Independently financed and produced, Across the Line was distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment, across the Line at the Internet Movie Database Across the Line at AllMovie Official website
2. Ada (film) – Ada is a 1961 American political drama film made by Avon Productions and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Lawrence Weingarten, with a screenplay by Arthur Sheekman, the musical score was by Bronislau Kaper and the cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. The art direction was by Edward Carfagno and George W. Davis, the film stars Susan Hayward and Dean Martin along with Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ralph Meeker, and Martin Balsam. Bo Gillis is a good old boy from a Southern state who is a candidate for governor there. He ends up elected after his opponents wife is revealed to have a dark secret, shortly before the election, Bo goes to a nightclub where he is introduced to Ada Dallas, a working girl. They share a similar upbringing and Bo feels an immediate bond and they elope, much to the chagrin of the candidates speechwriter, Steve, and the cynical Sylvester, who wants the marriage annulled. The Gillises resist and begin life as the states first couple, soon the governor finds that he is little more than a stooge, blindly signing whatever document Sylvester puts before him. His childhood friend Ronnie is dismissed as lieutenant governor for speaking out, Sylvester requests help from Ada in controlling her husband, but the states ambitious First Lady demands something quite outrageous in return — to be named the new lieutenant governor. He wanted Ada to be his refuge from dirty politics, not a part of it and he continues to oppose Sylvesters methods, which leads to a bomb being placed in the governors car. In the hospital, Bo tells Ada that he believes her to be a conspirator in his attack and insults her, Ada is sworn in as acting governor. Quickly, though, she goes to work against Sylvester, promoting her husbands ideas for honest government, Bo speaks up on his wifes behalf. Sylvester is ruined, and Bo and Ada walk away from the Capitol side by side
3. Advise & Consent – Advise & Consent is a 1962 American neo noir motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Allen Drury, published in 1959. The movie was adapted for the screen by Wendell Mayes and was directed by Otto Preminger, the title derives from the United States Constitutions Article II, Sec.2, cl. The President of the United States nominates Robert A. Leffingwell as Secretary of State, Leffingwells nomination is controversial within the United States Senate which, using its advice and consent powers, must either approve or reject the appointment. Both the Presidents party, the majority, and the minority are divided, demagogic peace advocate Fred Van Ackerman of Wyoming is especially supportive. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee appoints a subcommittee, chaired by majority member Brigham Anderson of Utah, the young and devoted family man is undecided on Leffingwell. Cooley dramatically introduces a witness, Herbert Gelman. The minor Treasury clerk testifies that he was briefly in a Communist cell with Leffingwell, Leffingwell denies the charge and effectively questions Gelmans credibility, but later tells the President that he had committed perjury and that Gelman was essentially correct. He asks the President to withdraw his nomination, but he refuses, Cooley identifies another member of the cell, senior Treasury official Hardiman Fletcher. He forces him to confess to Anderson, who tells Munson, despite personal lobbying by the President, the subcommittee chairman insists that the White House withdraw the nomination due to Leffingwells perjury or he will subpoena Fletcher to testify. The President angrily refuses but the majority leader admits that the White House will soon have to nominate another candidate, Anderson delays his committees report on Leffingwell but the President sends Fletcher out of the country, angering the senator. A worried Anderson visits a fellow Army veteran, Ray Shaff, Shaff admits that he sold evidence of a past homosexual relationship between the two. Hudson, Andersons friend Smith, and others attempt to counsel the troubled chairman but, unable to reconcile his duty and his secret, the President denies to Munson and Hudson knowing about the blackmail. He tells the majority leader that he is dying and that Leffingwells confirmation is vital, Munson criticizes Cooley for opposing the nominee but not exposing Fletcher, forcing Anderson to bear the pressure alone. Andersons death, nonetheless, permits the subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Committee to proceed with the nomination, both report favorably to the full Senate. In the Senate Chamber Cooley apologizes for his vindictiveness, while he will vote against Leffingwell and his alien voice, the senator will not ask others to follow. Munson, moved by Cooleys action, cites the tragic circumstances surrounding the confirmation, although the majority leader will vote for Leffingwell, he will permit a conscience vote from others. Hudsons quorum call and the majority leaders refusal to yield the floor prevent Van Ackerman from speaking until Munson asks for the Yeas and Nays, the majority leader tells the senator that were it not for the Andersons privacy the Senate would censure and expel him. Van Ackerman angrily leaves the chamber before the vote, munsons side is slightly ahead until Smith unexpectedly votes against Leffingwell, and the majority leader prepares for the Vice President to break the tie in the nominees favor
4. All the King's Men (1949 film) – All the Kings Men is a 1949 American film noir drama film set in a political setting directed by Robert Rossen and based on the Robert Penn Warren novel of the same name. The triple Oscar-winning production features Broderick Crawford in the role of the ambitious and sometimes ruthless politician, the story of the rise of politician Willie Stark from a rural county seat to the governors mansion is depicted in the film. He goes into politics, railing against the corruptly run county government, Stark teaches himself law, and as a lawyer, continues to fight the local establishment, championing the local people and gaining popularity. He eventually rises to become a candidate for governor, narrowly losing his first race, along the way he loses his innocence and becomes as corrupt as the politicians he once fought against. When his son becomes paralyzed following a driving accident that kills a female passenger, Starks world starts to unravel. The story has a series of relationships. All is seen through the eyes of the journalist, Jack Burden, Starks campaign assistant, Sadie is clearly in love with Stark and wants him to leave his wife, Lucy. Meanwhile, Stark philanders and gets involved with women, taking Jacks own girlfriend, Anne Stanton. When Starks reputation is brought into disrepute by Judge Stanton, he seeks to blacken the judges name, when Jack finds evidence of the judges possible wrongdoing, a quarter century earlier, he hides it from Stark. Anne gives the evidence to Stark, who uses it against her uncle, Anne seems to forgive Stark, but her brother, the surgeon who helped save Starks sons life after the car crash, cannot. The doctor eventually assassinates Stark after Stark wins an impeachment investigation, the doctor in turn is shot down by Sugar Boy, Starks fawning assistant. Lucy Stark Katharine Warren as Mrs. Crawford, who took the role, won the 1949 Academy Award for Best Actor, beating out Wayne. The film was shot at locations in California using local residents. The old San Joaquin County courthouse in Stockton, built in 1898, paul Tatara, a film reviewer for CNN, describes the film as one of those pictures that was saved in the editing. Al Clark did the original cut but had trouble putting all the footage that Robert Rossen had shot into a coherent narrative, Robert Parrish was brought onboard by Rossen and Columbia Studios head, Harry Cohn, to see what he could do. Since Rossen had a time cutting anything he shot, after several weeks of tinkering and cutting. Cohn was prepared to release it in this version after one more preview, then, when youre finished, well run the picture and see what weve got. When Parrish was done with what Rossen had suggested, they were left with a 109-minute movie that was more compelling to watch
5. All the King's Men (2006 film) – All the Kings Men is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren. It was directed by Steven Zaillian, who produced and scripted. The story is about the life of Willie Stark, a character resembling Louisiana governor Huey Long. He was elected as a US Senator and assassinated in 1935, the film co-stars Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley. All the Kings Men had previously adapted into a Best Picture-winning film by writer-director Robert Rossen in 1949. Louisiana newspaper reporter Jack Burden takes a personal interest in Willie Stark, circumstances develop that result in Starks being urged to run for governor by a local political leader, Tiny Duffy. Jack has been raised around politics and he is the former lover of Anne Stanton, whose father was once governor. Jack was raised by his godfather Judge Irwin, an honorable man, in time, Jack and political strategist Sadie Burke reveal to Stark that he is a dupe in the governors race, expected to split the vote, spout the party line and lose. Stark vows not to be fooled again and he defies Duffy publicly and begins to give speeches with straightforward talk that the public appreciates. He becomes governor in the election, using any means necessary. Duffy now works for him as lieutenant governor and he also has a silent, menacing driver and bodyguard called Sugar Boy. Finally, he recruits Jack to work for him as an adviser, Judge Irwin disapproves, seeing Stark as an opportunist. Anne Stanton seems to agree and so does her brother, Dr. Adam Stanton, Willie Stark is a persuasive man and knows how to get his way. He intends to build a new hospital and convinces Dr. Stanton. He also begins an affair with Anne Stanton, provoking Sadies jealousy, criticized publicly by Judge Irwin and embroiled in increasing political controversy, Stark demands that Jack dig up dirt on the judge to be used against him. Jack insists that no such dirt exists, but he uncovers evidence that, many years ago, following this revelation, the judge commits suicide, and Jack suffers great guilt, added to by discovering that Judge Irwin was actually his biological father. Stark embraces various corruption necessary to consolidate his power, using patronage, told that the hospital is a fraudulent front project to enable the governor to rob the state and frame him, Dr. Stanton becomes incensed when he learns of Starks relationship with his sister. He waits at the capitol and assassinates Stark, and is shot
6. All the President's Men (film) – All the Presidents Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The film stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, respectively, All the Presidents Men is the third installment of what informally came to be known as Pakulas paranoia trilogy. The other two films in the trilogy are Klute and The Parallax View, in 2010, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. On June 17,1972, a security guard at the Watergate complex finds a door kept unlocked with tape and he calls the police, who find and arrest five burglars in the Democratic National Committee headquarters within the complex. The next morning, The Washington Post assigns new reporter Bob Woodward to the courthouse to cover the story. Woodward learns that the five men, four Cuban-Americans from Miami and James W. McCord, at the arraignment, McCord identifies himself in court as having recently left the Central Intelligence Agency and the others also have CIA ties. Woodward connects the burglars to E. Howard Hunt, an employee of the CIA. Carl Bernstein, another Post reporter, is assigned to cover the Watergate story with Woodward, the two are reluctant partners, but work well together. Executive editor Benjamin Bradlee believes their work is incomplete, however and he encourages them to continue to gather information. Woodward contacts Deep Throat, a government official, an anonymous source he has used in the past. Communicating through copies of The New York Times and a balcony flowerpot, Deep Throat speaks in riddles and metaphors about the Watergate break-in, but advises Woodward to follow the money. Over the next few weeks, Woodward and Bernstein connect the five burglars to thousands of dollars in diverted campaign contributions to Nixons Committee to Re-elect the President, bradlees demand for thoroughness forces the reporters to obtain other sources to confirm the Haldeman connection. When the White House issues a non-denial denial of the Posts above-the-fold story, at the subtle climax, Woodward again meets secretly with Deep Throat, who finally reveals that the Watergate break-in and cover-up was indeed masterminded by Haldeman. When Woodward and Bernstein relay this to Bradlee, he urges the reporters to continue despite the risk, a montage of Watergate-related teletype headlines from the following years is shown, ending with Nixons resignation and the inauguration of Vice President Gerald Ford on August 9,1974. Unlike the book, the film itself covers only the first seven months of the Watergate scandal, the film introduced the catchphrase follow the money, which did not appear in the book or any documentation of Watergate. Robert Redford bought the rights to Woodward and Bernsteins book in 1974 for $450,000 with the notion to adapt it into a film with a budget of $5 million. Ben Bradlee realized that the film was going to be made regardless of whether he approved of it or not, the executive editor of the Washington Post hoped that the film would show newspapers strive very hard for responsibility. William Goldman was hired by Redford to write the script in 1974 and he has said Bob Woodward was extremely helpful to him but Carl Bernstein was not, and that his crucial decision as to structure was to throw away the second half of the book
7. An American Affair – The film was produced in 2008, written by Alex Metcalf, directed by William Olsson and produced by Kevin Leydon. Its soundtrack was created by Dustin OHalloran, the assassination plan was influenced by a Cuban national in which America was having a revolutionary threat from Fidel Castro. Catherine kept a diary which entries were about the secrets of the President and this diary was secretly stolen from Catherine by Adam Stafford when she fell asleep. The contents of this diary was the caused of her murder done by the CIA, the Catherine Caswell character and the events not involving the wholly fictional Adam Stafford are based on Mary Pinchot Meyer. The Unsolved Murder of JFKs Georgetown Mistress, an American Affair at the Internet Movie Database
8. The American President – The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, composer Marc Shaiman was nominated for the Original Musical or Comedy Score Oscar for The American President. The American Film Institute ranked The American President No.75 on its list of Americas Greatest Love Stories, popular Democratic President Andrew Shepherd is preparing to run for re-election. The President and his staff, led by Chief of Staff, macInerney, attempt to consolidate the administrations 63% approval rating by passing a moderate crime control bill. However, support for the bill in both parties is tepid, conservatives do not want it, and liberals think it is too weak. If it passes, however, Shepherds re-election is presumed by his staff to be a shoo-in, and Shepherd resolves to announce the bill, during their first meeting, Shepherd and Wade are immediately intrigued by each other. At this meeting, Shepherd strikes a deal with Wade, if she can secure 24 votes for the bill by the date of the State of the Union. Whatever his personal feelings toward Wade, he expresses this to his staff and he believes Wade will not be able to get enough votes to meet her side of the deal, thus releasing Shepherd from responsibility if the bill fails to pass. Later that evening, in a series of calls, Shepherd invites Wade to the state dinner. During the State dinner and subsequent occasions, the fall in love. Eventually, Wade does manage to get votes to meet her part of the deal. This results in disaster for Wade as she is fired from her lobbyist job for failing to achieve her objectives. She visits the White House to break up with Shepherd and says that she has a job possibility in Hartford and he tells her politics is making choices, his number-one has always been the crime control bill, and that he does not want to lose her over this. She congratulates him on getting the leverage to pass a bill that in no way will help fight crime. She concludes, Mr. President, you have bigger problems than losing me—youve just lost my vote, on the morning that he is to deliver his State of the Union Address, and after an argument with A. J. Shepherd makes a appearance in the White House press room and rebuts Rumsons attacks on Wades past and his own values. In his speech he even promises gun control, in an attempt at root-and-branch solving of Americas problems and his passionate and erudite defense of those things in which he believes, in contrast to his earlier passive behavior, galvanizes the press and his staff. Shepherd declares he is going over to her house and Im not leaving until I get her back, the couple are reconciled and the President, accompanied by Wade, leaves to give his State of the Union Address
9. Beau James – Beau James is a 1957 film based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Gene Fowler. The movie stars Bob Hope in a dramatic role as Jimmy Walker. In 1925, New Yorks governor, Al Smith, persuades state senator James J. Jimmy Walker that the Democratic Party needs him to run for mayor of New York City. A concern on Jimmys part is his estrangement from wife Allie, under the guidance of Chris Nolan, his political mentor, Jimmy wins the election in a landslide. He later learns, though, that Allie has no intention of renewing their relationship and she is simply satisfied to be the great citys first lady. A drunken Jimmy is found on a bench by Betty Compton. She scolds him for his behavior upon learning Jimmy is the mayor, and he uses his political connections to help find her a job. Such favors and graft become a point in 1929s reelection campaign. Jimmy also goes bankrupt due to the stock crash. Still popular with the public, Jimmy is reelected and he tries to bring Betty to his victory party, but it is against his colleagues wishes. Tired of being hidden, Betty attempts suicide and she is hustled out of the country by Chris and impulsively marries a man who has been courting her. The charges against Jimmy lead fellow Democrats to believe he could hurt Franklin D. Roosevelts presidential hopes for 1932, Jimmy admits to having accepted bribes and favors, claiming all successful politicians do. Spectators at a Yankee Stadium baseball game boo him for the first time, Jimmy offers his resignation as mayor in a speech from the field. He decides to leave New York, whereupon Betty, after a divorce, intends to join him. Bob Hope as James J. Beau James also marked his film for Paramount Pictures. American prints of film are narrated by Walter Winchell, in Britain. One of the most memorable lines is when Walker is asked at a game about a personal conduct scandal and replies, My comment. The film includes unbilled appearances by Jimmy Durante and Jack Benny as themselves, list of American films of 1957 Beau James at the Internet Movie Database Beau James at AllMovie
10. The Best Man (1964 film) – The Best Man is a 1964 political drama film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner with a screenplay by Gore Vidal based on his play of the same title. Starring Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, and Lee Tracy, the details the seamy political maneuverings behind the nomination of a presidential candidate. The supporting cast features Edie Adams, Margaret Leighton, Ann Sothern, Shelley Berman, Gene Raymond, Lee Tracy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this, his final film. William Russell and Joe Cantwell are the two leading candidates for the nomination of an unspecified political party. A sexual indiscretion has alienated his wife Alice, in addition, he has a past nervous breakdown to live down. Cantwell portrays himself as a populist man of the people, Cantwell is a ruthless opportunist, willing to go to any lengths to get the nomination. Neither man can stand the other, neither believes his rival qualified to be President and they clash at the nominating convention in Los Angeles and lobby for the crucial support of dying former President Art Hockstader. The pragmatic Hockstader prefers Russell, but worries about his indecision and principles, he despises Cantwell, Hockstader decides to publicly support Cantwell but the candidate blunders badly. When the two speak privately, Cantwell attacks Russell with illegally obtained psychological reports, Cantwell has mistakenly assumed that Hockstader was for the more liberal man. The former president tells Cantwell that he doesnt mind a bastard, cantwells attractive, ambitious wife actively campaigns, while Russells pretends for the time being that everything is fine with their marriage. The candidates go to the convention trying to outmaneuver the other, Russell appealing on principles, one of Russells aides digs up Sheldon Bascomb, who served in the military with Cantwell and is willing to link him to homosexual activity while stationed in Alaska during World War II. Hockstader and Russells closest advisors press Russell to grab the opportunity, in a memorable line, Hockstader says that he doesnt care if Cantwell has had carnal knowledge with a McCormick reaper but still thinks the dirt should be used against him. After the first ballot, Russell arranges to meet Cantwell privately but when Bascomb is confronted face-to-face by Cantwell, Russell threatens to use the allegation anyway, but Cantwell knows Russell does not have the stomach for tactics that dirty. As the rounds of balloting continue, it becomes obvious neither man has enough votes, Cantwell offers Russell second spot on his ticket but Russell shocks him by throwing his support behind the low-profile Merwin. It puts an end to both their chances but unites the party around an electable candidate, Henry Fonda as William Russell, a former Secretary of State Cliff Robertson as Joe Cantwell, a sitting U. S. T. Tracy was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award but lost to Peter Ustinov in Topkapi, faulk was a Texas-based radio personality who was blacklisted during the 1950s and won a lawsuit that helped restore his reputation. Kevin McCarthy was a cousin of Eugene McCarthy, who became a contender in 1968. Bosley Crowthers review of the film in The New York Times cited William R. Ebersol in the role of Governor John Merwin as one of those who stand out in a cast that is notable for its authenticity and it was Ebersols only film and he does not speak