10 Best Political Thrillers Based On True Stories

10

JFK (1991) 

Jim Carrison, the New Orleans district attorney who oversaw the probe into the potential for a conspiracy involving President John F. Kennedy's killing, is portrayed by Kevin Costner.  

9

Frost/Nixon (2008) 

President Richard Nixon's tenure and departure rank among the most well-known scandals to emerge from Washington in history.  

8

All The President’s Men (1976) 

Given how recently Watergate occurred, All The President's Men remains relevant even if it was released many years ago.  

7

Argo (2012) 

Argo, a movie directed and starring Ben Affleck, is about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979.  

6

Nuremberg (2000) 

Nuremberg is a two-part miniseries that can be viewed as a movie but isn't really a movie.   

5

Vice (2018) 

In Vice, Christian Bale plays the notorious Dick Cheney, a great complement to the many real-life characters Bale has portrayed.  

4

No (2012) 

No, directed by renowned actor Gael García Bernal and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, is too frequently overlooked in the political thriller genre.  

3

Zero Dark Thirty (2012) 

Parts of the true story were altered in Zero Dark Thirty, but this didn't lessen the narrative's overall impact.   

2

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) 

George Clooney plays the part of Fred W. Friendly in the film Good Night, and Good Luck in addition to being the director.  

1

Lumumba (2000) 

Lumumba, directed by the remarkable Raoul Peck, who is most renowned for the movie I Am Not Your Negro, is a terrifying movie.