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Top 12 Political Comedy Movies
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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.

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.

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.

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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Michael Moore examines what happened in the United States after Sept. 11, the Bush administration's financial ties to Saudi Arabia and the bin Laden family, and why the United States has become a target for hatred and terrorism. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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.

10. Bob Roberts (1992)

A corrupt rightwing folksinger runs a crooked election campaign while only one independent muckraking reporter is trying to stop him. Tim Robbins, in his directorial debut, stars as the consummate politician of the 1990s: lots of fluff and not much substance.

11. 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.

12. Dick (1999)

Two girls wander away from their tour group while visiting the White House and stumble upon one of President Nixon's infamous top-secret document shredding sessions. It's not long before the ditzy duo become entangled in Nixon's dirty tricks. A very funny "Wag the Dog"-meets-"Clueless" political send-up, starring Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams.

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  -Top 12 Political Comedy Movies lame54  May-25-09 02:51 PM   #0 
  - War, Inc.?. . .I like that better than "Dick"  annabanana   May-25-09 02:58 PM   #1 
  - Catch 22 should be in there somewhere  lame54   May-25-09 02:59 PM   #2 
  - 9 to 5, Executive Action, Slaughterhouse Five.  EFerrari   May-25-09 03:03 PM   #3 
  - GOP propaganda. Only in a GOPer's "mind" are 2 docs considered comedies.  ColbertWatcher   May-25-09 03:06 PM   #4 
  - Gentleman's Agreement.  EFerrari   May-25-09 03:20 PM   #5 
  - The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)  malaise   May-25-09 03:25 PM   #6 
  - That was the first one I thought of.  flvegan   May-25-09 04:55 PM   #22 
     - I firmly believe that all first year Pol Sci. students  malaise   May-25-09 06:04 PM   #31 
  - Manchurian Candidate is in the top 3.  RUMMYisFROSTED   May-25-09 03:32 PM   #7 
  - 'Manchurian Candidate' is hardly a comedy. Not even close.  TahitiNut   May-25-09 03:40 PM   #8 
     - i would argue that it has some dark comedic/satirical subtleties  Blue_Tires   May-26-09 12:01 AM   #47 
     - Brain fart.  RUMMYisFROSTED   May-26-09 08:29 AM   #54 
  - "Head of State" (2003) with Chris Rock has its moments.  Toucano   May-25-09 03:41 PM   #9 
  - Ahh..Bob Roberts is one of my favorites.  muffin1   May-25-09 03:42 PM   #10 
  - Bob Roberts  malletgirl02   May-25-09 06:22 PM   #36 
  - Ooh, really?  muffin1   May-26-09 08:21 AM   #53 
     - great great movie - Andy Griffith rocks  lame54   May-26-09 09:45 AM   #55 
  - Bob Roberts is one of the very few that offers truth and really packs a punch!  Echo In Light   May-26-09 10:13 AM   #66 
  - Sorry, I would have added "Welcome to Mooseport"  Ready4Change   May-25-09 03:42 PM   #11 
  - speaking of under-rated...  lame54   May-25-09 04:04 PM   #15 
  - interesting  melm00se   May-25-09 03:42 PM   #12 
  - To Kill a Mockingbird is a comedy?  dsc   May-25-09 04:09 PM   #16 
     - It's not a comedy  malletgirl02   May-25-09 05:30 PM   #27 
  - The Candidate  no_hypocrisy   May-25-09 04:02 PM   #13 
  - Absolutely. Why isn't The Candidate on this list?  stanwyck   May-25-09 07:07 PM   #41 
  - Idiocracy should be up there.  The Gunslinger   May-25-09 04:03 PM   #14 
  - Comes on on Comedy Central at 6 tonight  underpants   May-25-09 04:11 PM   #17 
  - I came here to add it. I see I didn't have to!  ColbertWatcher   May-25-09 04:19 PM   #18 
  - yep  havocmom   May-26-09 09:55 AM   #61 
  - They consider documentaries "comedies"  Horse with no Name   May-25-09 04:22 PM   #19 
  - Reality isn't ever humorous?  Toucano   May-25-09 11:44 PM   #43 
  - You may very well say that.  canetoad   May-25-09 04:23 PM   #20 
  - My Fellow Americans  ashling   May-25-09 04:51 PM   #21 
  - James Garner and Jack Lemmon as two ex presidents who hate each other's guts..  Fumesucker   May-25-09 05:01 PM   #23 
  - You beat me to it. I really enjoyed that movie. nm  Morning Dew   May-26-09 10:12 AM   #65 
  - I'd like to see "W." on that list, and maybe "Body of Lies." "Dave" and "Dick"? Really? NT  Mike 03   May-25-09 05:05 PM   #24 
  - "Body of Lies" is a comedy?  JackRiddler   May-25-09 05:16 PM   #26 
     - I know it sounds odd, but I do think "Body of Lies" is a black comedy.  Mike 03   May-25-09 05:51 PM   #28 
        - I could stand to watch it again.  JackRiddler   May-25-09 05:53 PM   #29 
           - Thank you. It is a good Ridley Scott film. Not his best, not his worst, and made very quickly.  Mike 03   May-25-09 05:57 PM   #30 
  - 1, 2, 4 and 10 are not (that) embarrassing to the list-maker. Rest is degrees of crap...  JackRiddler   May-25-09 05:14 PM   #25 
  - Great Post! I agree, and you are right to include NETWORK as a political  Mike 03   May-25-09 06:07 PM   #33 
  - Network is one of my favs...  Blue_Tires   May-26-09 12:13 AM   #48 
     - Well, I wouldn't pigeonhole "political" just to cover politicians...  JackRiddler   May-26-09 12:15 AM   #51 
  - Not all of these are comedies  LeftishBrit   May-25-09 06:07 PM   #32 
  - Ruling Class  malletgirl02   May-25-09 06:13 PM   #34 
  - "A Foreign Affair"  JackRiddler   May-25-09 06:18 PM   #35 
  - "Being There"  JackRiddler   May-25-09 06:25 PM   #37 
  - They Live  ThoughtCriminal   May-25-09 06:28 PM   #38 
  - Yes!  JackRiddler   May-26-09 12:14 AM   #50 
  - " I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum"  Echo In Light   May-26-09 09:52 AM   #58 
  - No "Duck Soup"?  NoPasaran   May-25-09 06:55 PM   #39 
  - Darling all I can offer you is a Rufus over your head.  gmudem   May-25-09 07:04 PM   #40 
  - "I'd like to take up the tax."  surrealAmerican   May-25-09 07:49 PM   #42 
  - Margaret Dumont is great, but what are the other guys doing?  JPZenger   May-26-09 09:51 AM   #57 
  - The exit strategy for the invasion of Sylvania  Jeff In Milwaukee   May-26-09 07:22 PM   #75 
     - "Remember, we're fighting for this woman's honor"  NoPasaran   May-26-09 09:11 PM   #76 
        - or this one...  Jeff In Milwaukee   May-28-09 06:10 PM   #85 
  - #1: Dr.Stranglelove, followed distantly by Who The Fuck Cares.  BlooInBloo   May-25-09 11:48 PM   #44 
  - I agree  malletgirl02   May-26-09 06:35 PM   #73 
  - "The Great Dictator" belongs on this list.  Toucano   May-25-09 11:51 PM   #45 
  - Mein Fhrer! I can walk! nt  t0dd   May-25-09 11:51 PM   #46 
  - where is "Brazil?"  Blue_Tires   May-26-09 12:14 AM   #49 
  - A fine choice!  JackRiddler   May-26-09 12:16 AM   #52 
  - overrated  lame54   May-26-09 09:48 AM   #56 
     - no way. nt  t0dd   May-26-09 09:55 AM   #62 
  - Network - although not a comedy, per se  Echo In Light   May-26-09 09:52 AM   #59 
  - Where is "Bullworth"?  marmar   May-26-09 09:54 AM   #60 
  - Bulworth is # 9  lame54   May-26-09 10:17 AM   #68 
  - Add "Man of the Year" Robin Williams! Funny, but also some scarily familiar parts like  FailureToCommunicate   May-26-09 10:09 AM   #63 
  - The problem with most American political "comedies" is that they reinforce many un-truths  Echo In Light   May-26-09 10:12 AM   #64 
  - The President's Analyst  PufPuf23   May-26-09 10:17 AM   #67 
  - Doctor Strangelove, Bob Robers, and Election and two from the Brits  Lydia Leftcoast   May-26-09 10:38 AM   #69 
  - I agree on these - hadn't mentioned 'Yes Minister' as it's a TV series rather than film..  LeftishBrit   May-26-09 06:18 PM   #70 
  - MASH?  aikoaiko   May-26-09 06:20 PM   #71 
  - Was there anybody over 25 in the room when they made those picks?  rucky   May-26-09 06:26 PM   #72 
  - Obviously not, or they would have included  Lydia Leftcoast   May-26-09 07:14 PM   #74 
     - Are those comedies? or comedic?  aikoaiko   May-26-09 10:32 PM   #77 
        - I inadvertently responded to myself and was thrilled to see a reply in "My DU"  aikoaiko   May-26-09 10:33 PM   #78 
        - Yes, to different degrees  Lydia Leftcoast   May-26-09 10:36 PM   #80 
  - I don't know why American President or Dave is on the list.  aikoaiko   May-26-09 10:35 PM   #79 
  - Why do reviewers insist that M. Moore's films are "comedies"?  Canuckistanian   May-26-09 10:43 PM   #81 
  - his movies make me laugh...  lame54   May-27-09 07:40 AM   #83 
  - "Dick" is MUCH better than "The American President"  Bucky   May-26-09 10:46 PM   #82 
  - Oldie but great.... The Mouse That Roared.  OmmmSweetOmmm   May-27-09 07:46 AM   #84 

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