Screenboy Jesse Wente's Top Ten Election Movies

Jesse Wente

In honour of our national trip to the polls, Q's screenboy Jesse Wente has assembled his picks for...

BEST ELECTION MOVIES EVER


1/ The War Room - amazingly revealing documentary about Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign - no candidate would let this happen now


2/ Election - Alexander Payne's hilarious and insightful comedy about a high school election, Reese Witherspoon at her finest


3/ Election - same name, very different movie - Hong Kong legend Johnnie To's remarkable gangster epic about the election of a new Triad Chairman - the Hong Kong "Godfather"


4/ Nashville - Robert Altman's sprawling masterpiece features an election as its backdrop even though we never actually see the candidate


5/ Bob Roberts - Tim Robbins stars in this overwhelmingly cynical portrait of American politics and media manipulation


6/ Napoleon Dynamite - Vote Pedro! - just don't wear one of those t-shirts - that's so 2005


7/ The Candidate - Michael Ritchie's amazing and hilarious look at political idealism and its corruption - Robert Redford is fabulous as an idealist lawyer who runs for office not expecting to win, and then does


8/ Street Fight - captivating documentary about the 2002 mayoral election in Newark New Jersey


9/ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington/Billy Jack Goes to Washington - can't leave off Capra's classic, but have to include Tom Laughlin's laughable and totally awesome remake - it's got politics and kung fu!


10/ Bulworth - Warren Beatty plays a disillusioned Senator running for reelection who puts a hit out himself and starts actually telling the truth - sarcastic and cynical, but surprisingly insightful


Don't forget: Primary Colors, The Contender, Dave, Wag the Dog

Add your favourite election movie to the list.

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