Sometimes the only way to escape the never-ending news cycle of the 2016 election is with a politically inclined movie. From Primary Colors to Game Change, check out 11 election movies to see in the final days before November 8, ahead.
Reese Witherspoon is in the race of her life as Tracy Enid Flick in 1999’s Election. The actress plays a high school junior vying for the high-stakes position of student council president.
Primary Colors (1998)
John Travolta and Emma Thompson are the Governor and First Lady of Arkansas in 1998’s Primary Colors, eyeing the White House as Travolta’s Jack Stanton campaigns to become the next Democratic President.
All the King’s Men (1949)
Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, Joanne Dru, and John Derek teamed up for 1949’s All the King’s Men, telling the story of politician Willie Stark as he chases power.
Game Change (2012)
Based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s 2010 book of the same name, Game Change dissects the events of the 2008 Presidential Election with Julianne Moore and Ed Harris playing Sarah Palin and John McCain, respectively.
The Candidate (1972)
Robert Redford courted viewers’ votes with 1972’s The Candidate, playing long shot California senatorial candidate Bill McKay.
Sundance darling Weiner made its debut in 2016, following disgraced politician Anthony Weiner as he campaigned for New York City Mayor.
Bob Roberts (1992)
Tim Robbins directed, wrote, and starred in 1992’s Bob Roberts, bringing the title conservative politician to the big screen on a campaign for U.S. Senate.
Two years after Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, the documentary Mitt was released, following the politician in the aftermath of his 2008 attempt and his decision to run again in 2012.
Warren Beatty is Senator Jay Billington Bulworth in 1998’s Bulworth, a Democrat attempting to keep his political seat.
Ides of March (2011)
Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and Marisa Tomei star in 2011’s Ides of March, telling the story behind the presidential campaign of a Pennsylvanian Governor named Mike Morris.
The War Room (1993)
The year after Bill Clinton won the 1992 Presidential Election, the documentary The War Room hit theaters, following James Carville and George Stephanopoulos in the months of the campaign.