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Top 10 Political Comedy Movies

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Trent Lee.

Humor can be found in politics too! Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for Top 10 Political Comedy Movies. For this list, we're choosing feature films that have the intention of being funny and making you laugh about politics, politicians and topics related to these. Politics blend with comedy seamlessly in these movies to make some of the funniest films we have ever seen.

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Script written by Trent Lee.

Top 10 Political Comedy Movies


Humor can be found in politics too! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for Top 10 Political Comedy Movies.

For this list, we’re choosing feature films that have the intention of being funny and making you laugh about politics, politicians and topics related to these.

#10: “In the Loop” (2009)

When bumbling British minister Simon Foster makes off-the-cuff remarks about war in the Middle East, he finds himself backpedaling his position in the media. However, both the British PM and U.S. President unofficially want a war on the heels of an important UN Council vote, which makes Foster a pawn between both pro- and anti-war coalitions. Reminiscent of “The Office”’s dry docu-comedy humor, “In the Loop” is an inner look inside the war machines of nations and the trickeries of how political sleight of hand is done.

#9: “Primary Colors” (1998)

This not so subtle tongue-in-cheek drama based on a roman à clef of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign casts John Travolta as the president with the wandering eye. “Primary Colors” shows the trail’s colorful characters, including an overly ambitious and blind-eye Hillary Clinton-like character (named Susan and played by Emma Thompson) as well as a foul-mouth adviser (Billy Bob Thornton), as they manoeuver through a landmine political sex scandal. Released in 1998, the political comedy could not have coincided more perfectly with Clinton’s most notorious affair, the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, news of which first emerged earlier that same year.

#8: “The American President” (1995)

In this romantic feel-good comedy, widowed bachelor and Democratic President Andrew Shepherd is fairly new to the dating scene and awkwardly asks a political activist, of all people, out to a state dinner. But as his preparation for re-election and their relationship complicate things, which will triumph in the end; politics or love? There is no Cosmo’s Guide to going out on a first date at the White House and there definitely isn’t one for helping you out if your date is the President of the United States! So this depiction of a universal problem in the shoes of someone in an extraordinary position results in a comedy that is sure to fly first class in Air-Force One!

#7: “Dave” (1993)

In a country where anybody can become President, anybody just did. That’s what happens in this film when average Joe, Dave Kovic, is asked to impersonate the President after the real one falls into a deep coma and the Vice-President goes gaga. Apparently, nobody notices when politicians go crazy but they do notice when they fall asleep on the job. Not only does Dave save the day and the President’s marriage, but America too! It’s a modern day story of “The Prince and the Pauper” in which the power of the ordinary accomplishes the extraordinary!

#6: “Dick” (1999)

It was America’s worst political scandal, leading to the downfall of a President… so hey, let’s dick around with it! After two ditzy blondes, played by then-rising stars Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time, a subsequent tour of the White House results in their becoming President Nixon’s dog-walkers. The movie even reimagines the two as being behind the real-life Deep Throat informant. A hilarious performance-driven comedy with legends Will Ferrell and Dave Foley, the film is sure to leave you laughing next time Ol’ Dick is mentioned in your American history class.

#5: “Thank You for Smoking” (2005)

When Vermont Senator Finistirre starts pushing for a bill essentially calling for the branding of tobacco as poison before the U.S. Senate committee, it’s up to Big Tobacco spin-lobbyist, Nick Naylor to fight for America’s right to smoke. Smart and satirical, this comedy will surely light up your day. It also sheds light on the inner machinations and smokescreens of both politicians and lobbyists by showcasing how each group crafts their own fictional narrative for the public to stick it in their pipes and smoke.

#4: “Bulworth” (1998)

What would happen if politicians always told the truth? The whole truth and nuthin’ but uncensored truth; you’d have an hour and forty-something minutes of a hip-hop open mic slam on racial political incorrectness and suicide hosted by Warren Betty! When a Democratic Senator realizes he has nothing to lose during his bid for re-election, he puts a hit out on himself so that his daughter will still inherit his millions. And then he begins to say what’s truly on his mind. This take-no hostages satire pokes fun at everything from the economy to Hollywood’s film industry via a one-man tirade.

#3: “Wag the Dog” (1997)

When the President of the United States gets caught with his pants down after hitting on an underage girl shortly before re-election, it’s up to spin-doctor, Conrad Brean to concoct a mass public distraction away from the political sex scandal. He does this with the help of Hollywood producer Stanley Motss and PR adviser Winifred Ames. Their solution? Pretend there’s a war going on with Albania. As the charade develops, lines between what’s driving reality, politics and the media, blur. “Wag the Dog” shows how when it comes to facts, fiction and funnies, Hollywood and Washington aren’t too far apart.

#2: “The Great Dictator” (1940)

In this slapstick screwball political comedy, Charlie Chaplin went after Hitler before America did with a hilarious outcome. In his first speaking role, Chaplin shows off his talent for German doubletalk. A farce from start to end, Chaplin plays both the poor Jewish barber and Aryan genocidal dictator Adenoid Hynkel, the former trying to avoid the latter’s persecution. In this truly fearless comedy, Chaplin pokes fun at the ridiculous logic of the Nazi regime and its Axis partners, even as Hitler was marching into France, proving indeed that satire is the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are some honorable mentions:
- “Bananas” (1971)
- “The Campaign” (2012)
- “The Dictator” (2012)
- “Duck Soup” (1933)

#1: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)

When a mad general ignites a path that triggers the doomsday device, politicians and generals scramble to avert nuclear holocaust. Meanwhile, a B-52 bomber, determined in its mission, is to drop the bomb first on the Soviets. “Dr. Strangelove” blows up the Cold War theory that mutually assured destruction in a bipolar system offsets global annihilation. Peter Sellers delivers an explosive performance in not one, but three main roles. Considered the “Citizen Kane” of political satire, “Dr. Strangelove” is Stanley Kubrick’s bombshell masterpiece.

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