Best Political Comedy Movies of All Time

The best political comedy movies and funny political movies available on DVD.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Religulous (2008)

Comedian and TV host Bill Maher takes a pilgrimage across the globe in a mind-opening journey into the ultimate taboo: questioning religion.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.