10 TV shows, films to tide you over US elections

As Americans get ready to decide between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we bring you some fascinating movies and TV series based on US politics and elections.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2016 8:03 pm

 

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American Presidential elections are watched all over the world with a keen interest. The fight for being the most powerful person gets as delicious as the time nears the election day. Finally, November 8, election day, is here. As Americans get ready to decide between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we bring you some fascinating movies and TV series based on US politics and elections.

House of Cards

If you think that 2016 presidential election campaign were ugly, you should watch House of Cards. The barometer of ugliness goes a notch higher in this Netflix show. A ruthless Kevin Spacey (Frank Underwood) and his equally scheming wife Robin Wright (Claire Underwood) team up and conspire to get inside the Oval office.

Their hard work and sleepless nights go into maneuvering political opponents. Each and every character from different strata of state has portrayed the role with utmost honesty. Even campaign manager is such a personality that pales the mystery of Hillary Clinton’s close aide Huma Abedin. Then, of course, there is a battle between different ideologies weaved so beautifully that you end up loving Kevin Spacey for his selfishness and want him to be the next President.

Other pleasures of watching this show is a free virtual tour of White House. No, another show has shown minor details of fine luxuries and aesthetics of life inside White House.

 

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Lincoln: Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, the film is a historical drama based on the life of United States President Abraham Lincoln. The story narrates Lincoln’s struggle to emancipate slaves during the Civil War. Lincoln tries to achieve a constitutional amendment which will ban slavery in the US.

 

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All the President’s Men: Film is based on how two political reporters played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency in 1973 and exposed the Watergate scandal. A minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters seems ordinary at first but later snowballs into one of the biggest political scandals of our times.

 

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Veep: Veep is a political satire and starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Created by Armando Iannucci, Veep was an adaptation of a British sitcom, The Thick of It. Senator Selina Meyer has agreed to serve as Vice President of the United States. The story shows Meyer and her staff attempting to fulfill their jobs and endeavoring to leave a legacy without succumbing to political games.

 

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Scandal: This ABC’s TV series has many story plots that are similar to that of the election campaign. Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, a political crisis fixer. Olivia starts her own her own crisis management firm. She and her staff work hard to solve problems for their clients including the President.

 

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The West Wing: This highly critically acclaimed series created by Aaron Sorkin ran from 1999-2006. The show won three Golden Globe Awards and 26 Emmy Awards. The show depicts the personal and professional lives of presidential advisers as they try to run the country, working through countless scandals, threats, and political scuffles.

 

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Bulworth: A 1998 political comedy, Bulworth was co-written, co-produced, directed by and starring Warren Beatty. The film also co-stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, and Isaiah Washington. In order to get out of financial ruin, Senator Jay Bulworth presents a contract on his own life to collect an insurance policy for his family. During the process, he goes through a journey of political and spiritual renewal.

 

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Ides of March: Starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, Ides of March is a 2011 American political drama. The screenplay was written by Clooney, along with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. A young staffer gets a job as a campaigner for a new presidential candidate and learns the ways of politics.

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Primary Colors: The film is based on the novel, Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics. The novel is based on Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign in 1992. Jack Stanton is running for US president who must deal with a sex scandal during elections.

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Election: This 1999 film is a black comedy-drama directed and written by Alexander Payne. The story is about a high school election where a student wants to become school president at any cost. Though this is not directly based on US presidential elections, the story has many plots that resemble that of US political campaign. The film also shows how a teacher’s personal life becomes complicated after his involvement with the election.