Special Report

The 25 Best Political Comedies in Movie History

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25. Don’t Look Up (2021)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (518,855 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 78% (100 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 55% (294 reviews)
> Directed by: Adam McKay

Director Adam McKay’s smash satire delivers a not-so-subtle metaphor about the imminent threat of environmental catastrophe. Standing in for climate change is a looming comet, which promises to destroy the planet and all mankind. Can two astronomers (Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio) penetrate America’s distracted culture and corrupt political landscape before it’s too late?

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24. God Bless America (2011)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (68,918 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 68% (36,900 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 66% (114 reviews)
> Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait

Comedian turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait serves up this scathing satire about America’s unique brand of cultural stupidity. It finds a terminally-ill man (Joel Murray) and teenage girl (Tara Lynne Barr) taking out the country’s most ignorant offenders, such as reality TV stars and racists.

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23. Primary Colors (1998)
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (28,358 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 64% (19,975 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 81% (79 reviews)
> Directed by: Mike Nichols

This political comedy adapts a best-selling book of the same name and stars John Travolta as Bill Clint…ahem…Governor Jack Stanton. In the midst of his presidential campaign, the smooth-talking politician grapples with various personalities and a looming sex scandal.

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22. Bulworth (1998)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (25,594 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 68% (20,624 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 76% (67 reviews)
> Directed by: Warren Beatty

While flawed in terms of execution, Warren Beatty’s send-up of modern politics feels more prescient now than ever before. He directs and stars as Jay Bulworth, a disillusioned senator who decides to be completely honest with American voters.

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21. Long Shot (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (103,692 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 74% (5,056 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 81% (301 reviews)
> Directed by: Jonathan Levine

This underseen rom-com with satirical elements has no shortage of defenders, making it something of a cult classic. As the unlikely boyfriend to a presidential candidate (Charlize Theron), speechwriter Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is thrust into a world that’s well above his pay grade.

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