Screen politics rules, and you can bet your vote on that

With the ongoing general elections and the drama surrounding it, we let you in on the 10 political movies and TV shows that will give you a taste of the chaos and deception about to unfold.

Wag the Dog (1997)

A dark comedy, Wag the Dog narrates the tale of a presidential sex scandal. The story dwells into how a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer construct a fake war with Albania, to diverge the public’s attention from the scandal.

All the President’s Men (1976)

When the Executive Editor of the Washington Post assigns reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to cover the Watergate story, they go all out. However, when the Editor feels that the story is incomplete, the two set out on a quest to understand the nitty-gritties of the Watergate scandal, eventually leading to President Nixon’s resignation.

The West Wing (1999 – 2006)

This American television series was on air from 1999 to 2006 on NBC. It dealt with the West Wing of the White House where the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff are located. Most episodes of the series follow how President Bartlet and his team tackle political situations.

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

Based on a true story, Charlie Wilson’s War talks about a US Congressman by the same name. This Mike Nichols biographical-drama focuses on how Charlie Wilson launched ‘Operation Cyclone’ in collaboration with a CIA operative to help rebels in Afghanistan in their war against the Soviets.

House of Cards (2013 – present)

Synopsis: After being passed over for appointment as the Secretary of State, Frank Underwood decides to take revenge on those who deceived him. Going under cover as a helpful lieutenant to the president and his agenda, Frank’s end goal is to ultimately gain power. The show, which premiered in 2013 on Netflix, is an adaptation of a BBC miniseries by the same name.

Ides of March (2011)

Directed by George Clooney, Ides of March establishes itself as a political thriller. The story revolves around a Junior Campaign Manager as he learns all about politics during his stint working on promotion techniques for the Governor of Pennsylvania and Democratic presidential candidate.

Scandal (2012 – present)

Synopsis: When Olivia Pope, Communications Director at the White House leaves her job to start her own crisis management firm, all hell breaks loose. She realizes that she just cannot let go of her past and the time she invested at the White House.

State of Play (2009)

A political thriller, State of play is an adaptation of the British television show. This gripping thriller sees an investigative journalist looking into the murder of the lead researcher of a Congressman, and the reporter’s old friend.

Frost / Nixon (2008)

As the name suggests the story highlights the epic interview between British talk-show host David Frost and former President Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal.

Veep (2012 – present)

The story showcases the journey of a former Senator who goes on to become the Vice-President of the United States. While settling into her role in the White House, she realizes that the ‘job’ is little like what she expected!


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