Political corruption movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant political corruption movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, interesting, suspense and talky films and TV shows about / with political corruption, corruption, state affairs, dishonesty, betrayal, politics, greed, conspiracy, murder and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as political corruption: The Bank Job (2008), House of Cards (2013), V for Vendetta (2005), All the King's Men (2006), The Campaign (2012), JFK (1991), Nixon (1995), Power (1986), Mile 22 (2018), The Pelican Brief (1993).

List of political corruption movies

The Bank Job (2008)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Terry is a small-time car dealer trying to leave his shady past behind and start a family. Martine is a beautiful model from Terry's old neighbourhood who knows that Terry is no angel. When Martine proposes a foolproof plan to rob a bank, Terry ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank robbery, heist, political corruption, extortion, crime, blackmail, murder, mafia, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971
Place: england, london, bahamas, europe, caribbean ...
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House of Cards (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning politician, and his wife Claire who will stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of ...
Style: serious, cynical, clever, captivating, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manipulations, political intrigue, politics, state affairs, political corruption, blind ambition, lobbyist, intrigue, white house, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, u.s. capitol building, washington d.c.
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V for Vendetta (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he ...
Style: futuristic, captivating, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: revolution, fighting the system, mysterious character, vengeance, rebellion, vigilantism, future dystopia, freedom, society, life is a bitch, disguise, political corruption ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: england, london, europe, britain, big ben london
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All the King's Men (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of an idealist's rise to power in the world of Louisiana politics and the corruption that leads to his ultimate downfall. Based on the1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Robert Penn Warren.
Style: serious, captivating, emotional, realistic, intense ...
Plot: politics, blackmail, mistress, political corruption, manipulation, journalist, scandal, governor, state affairs, rise to the top, fighting the system, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans, new jersey
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The Campaign (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Two rival politicians compete to win an election to represent their small North Carolina congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
Style: humorous, satirical, absurd, witty, ironic ...
Plot: politics, farce, congressman, election campaign, political corruption, uninhibited rivalry, parody, campaign, ambition, media, rivalry, debate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
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JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: president, political conspiracy, assassination, investigation, kennedy assassination, cia, fighting the system, political corruption, government, evidence, legal investigation, district attorney ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new orleans, cuba, vietnam, washington d.c., texas
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Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, government, political corruption, rise and fall, vietnam war, historical figure, usa president, campaign, presidential election, life is a bitch, ambition, political conspiracy ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: washington d.c., china, california, texas
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Power (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the ...
Style: cynical, talky, serious, clever, realistic
Plot: political corruption, politics, head of state, journalism, legal action, manipulations, rise to the top, uncover truth, idealism, media satire, political intrigue, campaign ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
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Mile 22 (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A CIA field officer and an Indonesian police officer are forced to work together in confronting political corruption. An informant must be moved twenty-two miles to safety.
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: top secret, black ops, martial arts, political corruption, secret agent, danger, machismo, terrorist, gunfight, betrayal, surveillance, terrorist group ...
Time: 2010s
Place: southeast asia
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The Pelican Brief (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, crime, supreme court, state affairs, professor, political corruption, murder, fighting the system, investigation, fbi, amateur detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., new orleans
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American Hustle (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
Style: tense, intense, suspense, cynical, clever ...
Plot: fbi, cons and scams, partners in crime, political corruption, mayor, criminal heroes, partners, organized crime, manipulation, romancing partners, working undercover, romantic triangle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city new jersey
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Ashes of Paradise (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A judge falls from the roof of the Federal Courthouse. A woman is murdered. Between them and the three sons of the judge there is a connection that will be investigated by a woman judge who is determined to discover the truth.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: murder, political corruption, politics, suicide, multiple perspectives, suspicion, judge, revenge, intrigue, crime, legal investigation, sibling relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america
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Brigada (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 750 min.
Story: Brigada, also known as Law of the Lawless, is a Russian 15-episode crime mini-series that debuted in 2002. It became very popular, but received mixed reviews due to accusations in aestheticization of violence. The miniseries follows the story of ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: mafia, gang, criminal heroes, buddies, crimes, russian, crime, gangsters, organized crime, murder, characters in danger, political corruption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA, China, Kenya
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: diplomat, corruption, aids, murder, investigation, uncover truth, death, political corruption, cover up, fighting the system, politician, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, kenya, sudan, england, europe ...
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State of Play (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 57 min.
Story: A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
Style: realistic, tense, twists and turns, serious, suspense ...
Plot: murder, journalist, conspiracy, journalism, politics, corruption, cover up, political corruption, political thriller, manipulations, crime, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
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The Ides of March (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where 'victory' is relative.
Style: talky, realistic, tense, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, campaign, election, presidential campaign, intern, loyalty, political corruption, ambition, state affairs, morality, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
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Icon (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: A former US Operative, who lived in Russia in his earlier years and had been married there with a child, comes out of retirement to face down a former enemy, now running as a candidate for President in modern Russia. Working with a Russian ...
Style: suspense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, espionage, terrorism, fighting the system, special agents, race against time, uncover truth, government agency, secret agents, chases and races, danger, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Red Corner (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.
Style: suspenseful, serious, talky, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, frame up, legal action, death penalty, justice, false accusation, fighting the system, political corruption, dishonesty, state affairs, male protagonist, murder investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
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Kiss of Death (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con living in Astoria in the New York City borough of Queens, trying to stay clean and raising a family with his wife Bev. But when his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, betrayal, gangsters, murder, master criminal, partners against crime, vengeance, against the odds, law enforcement, redemption, political corruption, mafia ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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Bullet to Beijing (1995)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Russia, Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When long-time British agent Harry Palmer loses his job because the Cold War is over, he's promptly approached by a Russian bossman, Alex. In St. Petersburg Alex tells Harry of his plan for Russia's future, which is threatened because a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, cynical
Audience: boys' night
Plot: intrigue, secret agents, kgb, espionage, political conspiracy, betrayal, danger, state affairs, bio weapon, working undercover, dishonesty, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, asia, europe, korea, beijing china ...
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Tycoon: A New Russian (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest man in Russia, having sacrificed his friends to get to the ...
Style: serious, cynical, clever, biting, realistic ...
Plot: rise to the top, betrayal, political corruption, fighting the system, politics, crimes, dishonesty, society, assassination, crime, blind ambition, rise and fall ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
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Il Divo (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The narration spans the period since the seventh election of Andreotti as Prime Minister of Italy in 1992, until the trial in which he was accused of collusion with the Mafia.
Style: disturbing, serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: mafia, political corruption, politics, murder, photographer, blackmail, head of state, crime, diva, crimes, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, year 1993, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, sicily, soviet union ...
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All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: politics, investigation, journalism, newspaper, political corruption, journalist, president, newspaper man, political conspiracy, political intrigue, white house, republican ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
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Fair Game (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Wife and mother Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: cia, political conspiracy, newspaper, fighting the system, family in crisis, state affairs, politician, crumbling marriage, journalism, price of justice, dishonesty, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1993, year 2003, year 1995 ...
Place: usa, iraq, africa, langley virginia, cleveland ohio ...
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Absolute Power (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder in which the President of The United States is involved occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run yet may hold evidence that could convict the President. A political thriller ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: secret service, corruption, political corruption, neo noir, secret service agent, white house, rape, assassination, crime, one last job, painting, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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City Hall (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: talky, tense, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, corruption, political corruption, police, idealism, mayor, drug dealer, urban, uncover truth, undercover, presidential election, war on drugs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new orleans ...
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Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Space Pirate Captain Harlock and his fearless crew face off against the space invaders who seek to conquer the planet Earth.
Style: futuristic, epic, exciting, tense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: pirate, space travel, spacecraft, outer space, battles, space wars, escapades, rebelliousness, rebellion, rivalry, idealism, hopes ...
Time: future
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
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A Good Man in Africa (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Morgan Leafy is a secretary to the British High Commissioner to an Africa nation. Leafy is a man that makes himself useful to his boss, the snobbish Arthur Fanshawe, who has no clue about what's going on around him, but who wants to use his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, realistic, satirical ...
Plot: political corruption, golf, infidelity, politics, cons and scams, political intrigue, nothing goes right, dishonesty, society, state affairs, ego clash, rebelliousness ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, london
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Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, investigation, violence, political corruption, vengeance, corruption, homicide detective, death of daughter, corporate crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
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The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A new Soviet nuclear missile sub (a Boomer) heading out on her maiden voyage that is being tracked by a Los Angeles class American submarine suddenly goes silent and "disappears". This focuses the attention of both U.S. Intelligence and ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, submarine, navy, underwater, cia, politics, spy, defection, against the rules, political intrigue, russian, nuclear threat ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, russia, soviet union, atlantic ocean, iceland ...
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