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The Best Political Conspiracy Films Of All-Time

“What are the best movies about Political Conspiracies?” We looked at 97 of the top Political Conspiracy films and ranked them so we could answer that very question!

The top 17 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Political Conspiracy” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 50+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 17 Best Political Conspiracy Movies



17 .) Conspiracy Theory’ (1997)

	Conspiracy Theory' (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandango
  • Joblo

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.



16 .) Marathon Man

	Marathon Man

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • IFC

A graduate student and obsessive runner in New York is drawn into a mysterious plot involving his brother, a member of the secretive Division.



15 .) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

	Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinelinx
  • Ranker

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.



14 .) No Way Out (1987)

	No Way Out (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Den Of Geek
  • IFC

Navy Lt. Tom Farrell meets a young woman, Susan Atwell , and they share a passionate fling. Farrell then finds out that his superior, Defense Secretary David Brice, is also romantically involved with Atwell. When the young woman turns up dead, Farrell is put in charge of the murder investigation. He begins to uncover shocking clues about the case, but when details of his encounter with Susan surface, he becomes a suspect as well.



13 .) They Live

	They Live

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Joblo

Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.



12 .) Wag the Dog (1997)

	Wag the Dog (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandango
  • Ranker

During the final weeks of a presidential race, the President is accused of sexual misconduct. To distract the public until the election, the President’s adviser hires a Hollywood producer to help him stage a fake war.



11 .) Winter Kills (1979)

	Winter Kills (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Den Of Geek
  • io9

19 years after President Timothy Keegan was assassinated, his brother Nick discovers a dying man claiming to have been the gunman. While trying to avoid his wealthy and domineering father’s attempts to control his actions, Nick follows the clues that have been handed to him. As he progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the real trails from the dead ends, and increasing dangerous as unknown parties try to stop Nick from uncovering the truth.



10 .) Z (1969)

	Z (1969)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinelinx
  • Den Of Geek

Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises troubling questions. Though it’s too late to save Z’s life, a postmortem examination suggests that the ruling party was behind his death. As the facts leak out, those who tell the truth pay the price for their honesty.



9 .) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

	Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fandango
  • IFC
  • Joblo

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America is living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.



8 .) Seven Days In May (1964)

	Seven Days In May (1964)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Den Of Geek
  • Fandango
  • Thought Co

A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.



7 .) The Conversation (1974)

	The Conversation (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • io9
  • Thought Co

Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client’s brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco’s Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.



6 .) JFK (1991)

	JFK (1991)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Fandango
  • Joblo
  • Ranker

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there’s more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.



5 .) The X-Files (1998)

	The X-Files (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Fandango
  • Joblo
  • The Guardian

Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI’s X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.



4 .) The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

	The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinelinx
  • Fandango
  • Joblo
  • Ranker
  • Thought Co

Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco, finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and soon races to uncover a terrible plot.



3 .) All the President’s Men (1976)

	All the President's Men (1976)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Cinelinx
  • Fandango
  • IFC
  • io9
  • Joblo
  • Ranker
  • Thought Co

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself.



2 .) The Parallax View (1974)

	The Parallax View (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Cinelinx
  • Den Of Geek
  • Fandango
  • IFC
  • io9
  • Joblo
  • Thought Co

An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator’s assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.



1 .) Three Days of the Condor (1975)

	Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Cinelinx
  • Fandango
  • IFC
  • io9
  • Joblo
  • Ranker
  • Thought Co

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.




The 50+ Additional Best Political Conspiracy Movies



# Movies Lists
18 A Clockwork Orange Ranker
19 A Very British Coup (1988) The Guardian
20 All the King’s Men Ranker
21 American History X Ranker
22 BALIBO: Mad Man
23 Being There Ranker
24 Blow Out IFC
25 Braveheart Ranker
26 Breach (2007) Den Of Geek
27 Capricorn One’ (1978) Fandango
28 Charlie Wilson’s War Ranker
29 CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER: Mad Man
30 Cutter’s Way (1981) io9
31 Deterrence (1999) Den Of Geek
32 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Ranker
33 Edge of Darkness (1985) The Guardian
34 Edward S. Herman Mad Man
35 ENDGAME: Mad Man
36 Enemy of the State’ (1998) Fandango
37 Executive Action (1973) io9
38 Fail Safe (1964) Den Of Geek
39 Frost/Nixon Ranker
40 Gandhi Ranker
41 Good Guys Wear Black (1978) io9
42 Gorky Park (1983) Den Of Geek
43 Hotel Rwanda Ranker
44 Illustrious Corpses/Cadaveri Eccellenti (1976) Den Of Geek
45 In the Line of Fire (1993) Cinelinx
46 IN THE LOOP: Mad Man
47 In the Name of the Father Ranker
48 Judgment at Nuremberg Ranker
49 Klute AMC
50 Lawrence of Arabia Ranker
51 MANUFACTURING CONSENT: Mad Man
52 Michael Clayton AMC
53 Milk Ranker
54 Minority Report IFC
55 Mississippi Burning Ranker
56 Notorious (1948) Cinelinx
57 POWER AND TERROR – NOAM CHOMSKY: Mad Man
58 PRISONERS OF WAR: Mad Man
59 Rendition (2007) Den Of Geek
60 Rubicon (2010) The Guardian
61 Schindler’s List Ranker
62 Shadow Dancer (2012) Den Of Geek
63 SPOTLIGHT Joblo
64 State of Play (2003) The Guardian
65 TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE: Mad Man
66 Telefon (1977) io9
67 The Amateur (1981) Den Of Geek
68 The Anderson Tapes Thought Co
69 The Andromeda Strain Thought Co
70 The Bourne Series IFC
71 The China Syndrome Thought Co
72 THE COMPANY YOU KEEP: Mad Man
73 The Day of the Jackal (1973) Cinelinx
74 The Debt/Ha-Hov (2007) Den Of Geek
75 The Devil’s Double (2011) Den Of Geek
76 The Domino Principle (1977) io9
77 THE GATEKEEPERS: Mad Man
78 The Ghost Writer (2010) Den Of Geek
79 The Great Dictator Ranker
80 The Insider AMC
81 The Package (1989) Den Of Geek
82 The Prisoner (1967 – 1968) The Guardian
83 The Queen Ranker
84 The Recruit (2003) Den Of Geek
85 THE SHOOTER: Mad Man
86 The Shooter/Skytten (2013) Den Of Geek
87 The Siege (1998) Den Of Geek
88 THE SILENT WAR: Mad Man
89 THE WAR ROOM: Mad Man
90 The Wave/Die Welle (2008) Den Of Geek
91 THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND: Mad Man
92 The Whistleblower (2010) Den Of Geek
93 Traitor (2008) Den Of Geek
94 Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977) Den Of Geek
95 Unthinkable (2010) Den Of Geek
96 V for Vendetta Ranker
97 Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Cinelinx


11 Best Political Conspiracy Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
AMC Blogs – The Top Ten Conspiracy Movies Will Have You Thinking They
Cinelinx Ten Best Political Thrillers
Den Of Geek 25 Underrated Political Thrillers
Fandango 12 Great Government Conspiracies on Film
IFC 10 Paranoid Conspiracy Thrillers Worth Investigating
io9 10 Most Essential 1970s Conspiracy Thrillers
Joblo Top 10 Movies About Conspiracy Theories
Mad Man The 16 Political Thrillers You Need To See
Ranker The Best Political Films Ever Made
The Guardian Six to watch: conspiracy thrillers
Thought Co Paranoid Thrillers – Great Conspiracy Thriller Movies

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