Political thriller movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant political thriller movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense and twists and turns films and TV shows about / with political thriller, politics, murder, betrayal, espionage, assassination, dishonesty, state affairs, conspiracy and paranoia plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as political thriller: The Manchurian Candidate (1962), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Bourne Identity (2002), Scandal (2012), Snowden (2016), Medici: Masters of Florence (2016), The Sentinel (2006), The Bureau (2015), State Affairs (2009), Murder at 1600 (1997).

List of political thriller movies

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, political thriller, cold war, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, nightmare, nervous breakdown, suicide, senator, strangulation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, korea, usa, washington d.c., madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: political thriller, political conspiracy, gulf war, conspiracy, sniper, brainwashing, senator, mind control, hypnosis, assassination, state affairs, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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The Bourne Identity (2002)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Czech Republic, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him ...
Style: intense, exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, secret agents, escape, political thriller, tough heroes, on the run, assassin, black ops, one against many, cia, amnesia, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, barcelona, langley virginia, hamburg germany ...
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Scandal (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Everyone has secrets and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope and her team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for ...
Style: serious, stylized, clever, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: workplace situations, lawyer, president, white house, political thriller, politician, teamwork, media, relationship vs career, democrat, senator, politics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, clever, tense ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, whistleblower, political thriller, national security, media, surveillance, moral dilemma, cia, idealism, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, year 2015, year 2013 ...
Place: usa, japan, russia, pakistan, geneva switzerland ...
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Medici: Masters of Florence (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of the Medici family of Florence, their ascent from simple merchants to power brokers sparking an economic and cultural revolution. Along the way, they also accrue a long list of powerful enemies.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, suspense, realistic, enigmatic
Plot: aristocracy, political thriller, wealth, politics, bank, rise to power, secret, ambition, political unrest, banker, betrayal, dead father ...
Time: renaissance, 15th century, 1400s
Place: florence italy, florence, venice, italy, tuscany
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The Sentinel (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A secret service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the president. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a relentless FBI agent.
Style: suspenseful, rough, suspense, intense, twists and turns ...
Plot: frame up, political thriller, secret service, investigation, on the run, blackmail, double agent, assassination attempt, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, special agents, fighting the system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Bureau (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Within the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), a department called the Office Of Legends (BDL) forms and remote pilot the most important agents of the French intelligence services: Clandestine. Immersion in hostile country, their ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: undercover agent, spy, secret service, terrorism, espionage, investigation, danger, characters in danger, secret identity, political thriller, mission, national security ...
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State Affairs (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A plane explodes above the Gulf of Guinea. An escort girl is murdered in a Parisian park. Thousands of miles separate these two events, and yet Nora Chahyd, believes there's a connection between them, much to his superiors chagrin. As Nora ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: political thriller, law enforcement, deadly, undercover, investigation, betrayal, dishonesty, politics, police detective, hitman, political corruption, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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Murder at 1600 (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: secret service, investigation, murder, politics, political thriller, conspiracy, crimes, crime, white house, state affairs, deadly, love affair ...
Time: 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa, asia, korea, north korea
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King's Game (2004)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Starting a new job as a political journalist at a leading newspaper, Ulrik Torp witnesses a brutal struggle for power in the Midparty's ranks -- a struggle that coincides with the charismatic party leader's involvement in a near fatal car ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious, political
Plot: politics, political thriller, politician, journalist, conspiracy, parliament, dishonesty, state affairs, campaign, political scandal, death, head of state ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen, europe, copenhagen denmark
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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: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, political thriller, cover up, white house, wiretap ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states
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State of Play (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 312 min.
TV show
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: twists and turns, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, journalist, journalism, politics, corruption, cover up, conspiracy, political thriller, political corruption, manipulation, crimes, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
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Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Style: tense, exciting, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: cia, fighting the system, manhunt, espionage, uncover truth, life turned upside down, who to trust, conspiracy, political conspiracy, off the grid, state affairs, political thriller ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, middle east, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
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The Post (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
Style: based on true events, thought provoking, exciting, factual, disturbing ...
Plot: cover up, journalism, vietnam war, political thriller, expose, politics, lie, truth, journalist, wartime, newspaper story, newspaper article ...
Time: 70s, year 1965, 20th century, year 1949, year 1971 ...
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, usa
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Viper Club (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: ER nurse Helen Sterling struggles to free her grown son, a journalist captured by terrorists in the Middle East. After hitting walls with the FBI and State agencies, she discovers a clandestine community of journalists, advocates, and ...
Style: brutal, political, realistic, emotional, tense
Plot: political thriller, mother, war crime, mother love, fighting the system, against the odds, human spirit, captivity, life & death, military, stranded, loss of son ...
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Kodi (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A young politician finds himself in a position where he has to contest against his girlfriend, who is ambitious. Circumstances force his look-alike twin to also get involved in this political battle.
Plot: political thriller, politics, betrayal, murder, violence, police, election, chase, professor, politician, student, protest ...
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37 Days (2014)
Genre: History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of what happened in the few weeks immediately preceding World War I.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: world war one, historical character, politics, head of state, assassination, state affairs, society, political unrest, negotiation, political thriller, diplomacy, summer ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: england, europe, france, germany
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Condor (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Young CIA analyst Joe Turner has his idealism tested when he learns that the CIA has been using an algorithm he developed to spy on American citizens, leading the organization to a terrorist plot that threatens the lives of millions. Inspired by ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, government conspiracy, murder, investigation, political thriller, danger, crimes, dialogue, twists & turns, weapons, fight scenes, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, psychotronic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, super soldier, superhuman powers, mission, shield, soldier, adventure, hand to hand combat, hi-tech, patriotism, protector ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa, new jersey
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Steel Rain (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A former agent from the North Korean intelligence and a senior member of the South Korean security services conduct a secret mission to prevent the breakout of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense
Plot: spy, political thriller, nuclear war, sting operation, society, danger, rivalry, politics, crimes, u.s. army, coup d'etat, nuclear ...
Time: 21st century
Place: north korea, south korea, east asia, seoul, korea
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?nos (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovakia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Creation of the Slovak republic in 1993 and first years of its existence are marked with mafia connected to the highest places of the new government. True story about the hijacking of the son of the first president of the Slovak republic.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, kidnapping, political thriller, true crime, kidnapped, intrigue, politician, european history, male nudity, male objectification, nudity (full frontal - brief), butt naked ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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The Mole (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Poland, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Pawel, a Polish man in his early 30s, makes a living with his father Zygmunt importing second-hand clothing from the North of France to Southern Poland. On his way back from one of regular "business trips", Pawel is shocked to discover his ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mole, trial, uncover truth, haunted by the past, working class, solidarity, family relations, labor union, society, life is a bitch, father son relationship, political thriller ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, poland, europe
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Confess (2005)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 89 min.
Story: political thriller that charts the exploits of disillusioned ex-hacker Terell Lessor. A return to New York, coupled with a humiliating attempt at getting a new job, serves as the catalyst for him to take action against those who slighted him in the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, secret agents, prodigy, undercover, dishonesty, rivalry, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, vengeance, campaign, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Enemy of the State (1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Hotshot Washington lawyer, Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.
Style: tense, clever, exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surveillance, uncover truth, fighting the system, conspiracy, manhunt, satellite, wiretap, intelligence, mexican standoff, privacy, secret hideout, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., usa, baltimore
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The Red Captain (2016)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall; six months before the split of Czechoslovakia. Despite all warnings, a young homicide detective sets on investigating a convoluted case that involves Catholic clerical elite and high-ranked agents of ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, suspense, political
Plot: investigation, police detective, political thriller, police officer, husband wife relationship, murder mystery, secret, fight, chase, violence, foot chase, evidence ...
Time: year 1992, 1990s, 90s
Place: central europe
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The President (2012)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Philippines
Duration: 162 min.
Story: The film begins with his capture by Philippine and US forces under Frederick Funston's command in 1901, then flashes back to 1886, when an old woman gives Aguinaldo and his childhood friend Candido Tirona cryptic prophecies. Ten years later, ...
Style: suspense, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: freedom fighter, conspiracy, president, assassination, friendship, treason, rebellion, election, political thriller, husband wife relationship, secret organization, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century
Place: the philippines
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State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: political conspiracy, murder, politics, gunfight, journalism, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, assassin, politician, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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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: clever, serious, cynical, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: rise to the top, betrayal, fighting the system, society, crimes, political corruption, dishonesty, politics, rise and fall, state affairs, blind ambition, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
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Green Zone (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France, Spain, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, rough, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, cia, pow, swat team, army, soldier, gulf war, patriotism, deception, military, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003
Place: iraq, middle east, israel
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