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Top Political Films (#1-100)

The Internet Movie Database has "Politics" as one of the keywords describing the films below.

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz 3
2 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles 4
3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean 16
4 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese 17
5 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski 18
6 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming 21
7 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick 23
8 The Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei M. Eisenstein 96
9 Nashville 1975 Robert Altman 108
10 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott 133
11 The Battle of Algiers 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo 145
12 Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly 146
13 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler 157
14 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman 162
15 Cabaret 1972 Bob Fosse 164
16 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler 166
17 Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky 175
18 The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan 177
19 The Manchurian Candidate 1962 John Frankenheimer 179
20 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson 204
21 The Conformist 1970 Bernardo Bertolucci 205
22 Withnail & I 1987 Bruce Robinson 213
23 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 John Ford 226
24 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa 235
25 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra 244
26 Akira 1988 Katsuhiro Ôtomo 261
27 The Leopard 1963 Luchino Visconti 265
28 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 1972 Luis Buñuel 267
29 The Lives of Others 2006 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck 293
30 All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula 312
31 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 317
32 Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater 329
33 Napoléon 1927 Abel Gance 338
34 Y tu mamá también 2001 Alfonso Cuarón 373
35 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough 405
36 Election 1999 Alexander Payne 421
37 Umberto D. 1952 Vittorio De Sica 435
38 Hidden 2005 Michael Haneke 466
39 Ghost in the Shell 1995 Mamoru Oshii 475
40 JFK 1991 Oliver Stone 478
41 Ace in the Hole 1951 Billy Wilder 486
42 Naked 1993 Mike Leigh 488
43 Ivan the Terrible 1945 Sergei M. Eisenstein 489
44 Being There 1979 Hal Ashby 510
45 Ashes and Diamonds 1958 Andrzej Wajda 513
46 Z 1969 Costa-Gavras 544
47 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel 557
48 Bowling for Columbine 2002 Michael Moore 560
49 Closely Watched Trains 1966 Jirí Menzel 570
50 American History X 1998 Tony Kaye 600
51 The Sorrow and the Pity 1969 Marcel Ophüls 609
52 Starship Troopers 1997 Paul Verhoeven 616
53 Malcolm X 1992 Spike Lee 618
54 Farewell My Concubine 1993 Kaige Chen 625
55 Beau travail 1999 Claire Denis 627
56 L'Eclisse 1962 Michelangelo Antonioni 640
57 The Remains of the Day 1993 James Ivory 649
58 A Man for All Seasons 1966 Fred Zinnemann 667
59 The Tin Drum 1979 Volker Schlöndorff 712
60 Three Kings 1999 David O. Russell 722
61 Love Actually 2003 Richard Curtis 726
62 The Insider 1999 Michael Mann 764
63 Giant 1956 George Stevens 765
64 The Scarlet Empress 1934 Josef von Sternberg 773
65 Persepolis 2007 Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi 820
66 My Beautiful Laundrette 1985 Stephen Frears 832
67 My Own Private Idaho 1991 Gus Van Sant 838
68 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 John Ford 857
69 Werckmeister Harmonies 2000 Béla Tarr 861
70 Underground 1995 Emir Kusturica 871
71 The Passenger 1975 Michelangelo Antonioni 873
72 I Am Cuba 1964 Mikheil Kalatozishvili 893
73 Slacker 1991 Richard Linklater 896
74 Serpico 1973 Sidney Lumet 900
75 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara 2003 Errol Morris 911
76 Black Hawk Down 2001 Ridley Scott 916
77 300 2006 Zack Snyder 926
78 A Face in the Crowd 1957 Elia Kazan 950
79 The Barbarian Invasions 2003 Denys Arcand 965
80 Traffic 2000 Steven Soderbergh 1009
81 Muriel's Wedding 1994 P.J. Hogan 1041
82 Born Yesterday 1950 George Cukor 1056
83 The Dead 1987 John Huston 1060
84 Elizabeth 1998 Shekhar Kapur 1088
85 The Parallax View 1974 Alan J. Pakula 1117
86 Ali 2001 Michael Mann 1139
87 The Times of Harvey Milk 1984 Rob Epstein 1148
88 Fury 1936 Fritz Lang 1161
89 Hearts and Minds 1974 Peter Davis 1189
90 Team America: World Police 2004 Trey Parker 1200
91 Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Oliver Stone 1207
92 V for Vendetta 2005 James McTeigue 1233
93 Milk 2008 Gus Van Sant 1242
94 The Ice Storm 1997 Ang Lee 1244
95 The Man in the White Suit 1951 Alexander Mackendrick 1254
96 Orlando 1992 Sally Potter 1278
97 Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 Michael Moore 1294
98 The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 Philip Kaufman 1307
99 All the King's Men 1949 Robert Rossen 1336
100 The Best of Youth 2003 Marco Tullio Giordana 1358
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