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Top 13 Political Comedy Movies


The best political comedy movies and funny political movies available on DVD.

See Also: 2010 Political Gift Guide

1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. But of course, "there's no fighting in the war room." One of the 100 best movies of all time, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott.
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2. Wag the Dog (1997)

A spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. A film for the Clinton era if ever there was one, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. Nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
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3. Election (1999)

An obnoxious overachiever running for student body president is opposed by an unlikely candidate egged on by a vindictive teacher. Mathew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon star in this brilliant satirical comedy, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
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4. Thank You For Smoking (2006)

Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, spins on behalf of the embattled tobacco industry while trying to remain a role model for his 12-year-old son. A biting political satire and one of the best political films in recent years.
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5. The American President (1995)

A widowed, Clintonesque president and a lobbyist fall in love -- to the unrelenting delight of the media and his right-wing detractors. A romantic comedy starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, and Martin Sheen, and written by "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin, reportedly while he was high on crack.
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6. Primary Colors (1998)

Based on the controversial best-selling novel by Anonymous (Joe Klein), this fictionalization of Bill Clinton's first bid for the Democratic presidential nomination provides an illuminating, insightful, and frequently hilarious look at the harsh realities of presidential politics. John Travolta, starring as click southern governor Jack Stanton, pulls off a dead-on Clinton impersonation.
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7. SiCKO (2007)

Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore sets out to investigate the U.S. healthcare system in this brilliant documentary film that is at turns hilarious, infuriating, and heartbreaking.
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8. Religulous (2008)

Comedian and TV host Bill Maher takes a pilgrimage across the globe in a mind-opening journey into the ultimate taboo: questioning religion.

9. Bulworth (1998)

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician organizes his own assassination and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters. Warren Beatty stars in this wickedly funny and thought-provoking comedy.
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10. Dave (1993)

A presidential look-alike finds himself in the Oval Office "filling in" for the president who has fallen ill. Lacking the political savvy of the real president, "Dave" proceeds to govern the country with a refreshingly straight-forward approach. Starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.
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