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Some of Hollywood's best takes on politics

Drama, comedy, biopic, history, and satire - filmmakers have taken many approaches to the portrayal of public affairs

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This 1968 file image shows American actress Katharine Hepburn, right, as she plays the part of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine with co-star Peter O'Toole as King Henry II of England, in the film The Lion In Winter.


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Robert Redford in Three Days of The Condor (1975).

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Sean Penn in All the King's Men.

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Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon and James Woods as H.R. Haldeman in Nixon (1995).

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Michael Douglas stars as a widowed President who falls in love with Annette Bening, an environmental lobbyist, in the Castle Rock film, The American President (1995).


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Jimmy Stewart in the Frank Capra classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).


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A scene from Election (1999), a Paramount Pictures production, starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick.

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Laurence Harvey as the brainwashed assassin Raymond Shaw in John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962).

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Burt Lancaster as General James Mattoon Scott and Kirk Douglas as Colonel Jiggs Casey in John Frankenheimer’s Seven Days in May (1964).

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Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro in Barry Levinson’s Wag the Dog (1997).

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Tim Robbins in Bob Roberts (1992).

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George C. Scott as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964).

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Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jack Warden and Martin Balsam in Alan J. Pakula’s All The President’s Men (1976).


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