With real-life politics seemingly a never-ending source for a hotbed a scandals, it only makes sense for Hollywood to bring to the screen a few of their own, both based on true events and fictional. Everything from sex, drugs and rock & roll are covered and have found home in just about every genre. Have you seen them all? Here’s 5 political scandal movies you need to see.
After the death President Andrew Shepherd's (Michael Douglas) wife, the already embattled leader makes even bigger waves when he decides to start dating environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening). Aside from sexual targeting, she is also discovered to have participated in a flag-burning event and this leads to some harsh attacks from the president's enemies. A charming and yet dramatic film that hits all the right marks, this makes for some great entertainment about truth and love.
State of Play (2009)
When two college roommates grow up to be a top investigative journalist (Russell Crowe) and an influential congressman (Ben Affleck), it's just a matter of time before their paths cross again but in all the wrong ways. When the congressman's mistress turns up murdered, it starts one scandal that unearths an even larger one. A well-acted and tense journalistic and political film, this flew under the radar but is worth a look.
Primary Colors (1998)
Often said to be a political satire of the Bill Clinton campaign of the nineties, this humorous story follows candidate Jack Stanton (John Travolta) and his highly-supportive but agenda-driven wife Susan (Emma Thompson) as they deal with a sex scandal that would seem to topple his efforts and has his top aid questioning his purpose. Sharp, witty, and a must-see. One of Travolta's best.
The Contender (2000)
When current President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) must choose a new vice president, he makes a surprising choice in nominating Ohio senator Laine Hanson (Joan Allen), who seems a perfect fit at first, until some political enemies dig up controversial images of the woman in some very compromising positions. Will she back down and give up the fight? A sensational political drama with outstanding performances, this is one great movie.
All The President's Men (1976)
The grand-daddy of all political scandal films, this one is a landmark achievement and one of the best movies ever made, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman portraying real-life Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who together, work to uncover the Watergate break-in and discover a trail that leads all the way to the White House. Read more about in our in-depth analysis here.