We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 political movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Milk (2008) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
Milk covers Harvey Milk’s final 8 years relocating to San Francisco and becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in the U.S. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in the political process or overcoming adversity.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, James Franco
9. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde (2003) 38% at Rotten Tomatoes
Initially panned by critics, the story of a naive blonde in politics is suddenly relevant over a decade later. Sugary sweet Witherspoon nails it with this sequel to the hilarious Legally Blonde. Who knew Elle Woods was so prophetic and ahead of her time?
Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Coolidge, Regina King
8. W. (2008) 59% at Rotten Tomatoes
However you feel about George W Bush, he’s one of the most enigmatic leaders of our time. A good ol’ Texan boy who rose from the oil fields to calming (and stigmatizing) our nation post-9/11 is brought to life by Brolin and the rest of the cast.
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Richard Dreyfuss
7. Babel (2006) 69% at Rotten Tomatoes
Intertwining stories of people around the world crosses borders and highlights the difficulty of travelling in today’s climate. Whichever side of the political fence you’re on, we all experience the effects of decisions made by those in power. Babel is a reminder of that.
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Rinko Kikuchi
6. Team America: World Police (2004) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
Another comedy way ahead of its time from the creators of South Park. Team America is as relevant today as it was over a decade ago. Because it already used puppets, it aged well too. America – Fuck yeah!
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller
5. Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Though set in the 1950s, this black and white period drama from Clooney says a lot about today’s political climate. the black list, the House Un-American Activities Committee, threats against Communists, it’s a window into where we’re quickly headed.
Director: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, David Strathairn.
4. Idiocracy (2006) 76% at Rotten Tomatoes
The creator of Beavis and Butthead understands more about where society is headed than anyone. This distopian future isn’t much different than where we are today. It’s not long before we have a professional wrestler stepping up the smack talk on Trump.s
Director: Mike Judge
Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shephard
3. State of Play (2009) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes
An up-and-coming congressman’s research assistant is brutally murdered, and all hell breaks loose. State of Play is an interesting take on the chaos that is the political industry. A solid cast and great writing overcomes the somewhat overplayed premise.
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck
2. V for Vendetta (2005) 73% at Rotten Tomatoes
Based in an alternate Britain with a corrupt totalitarian government in charge, a vigilante named V rises up to topple the regime. Then a bunch of activists used the masks to protest Scientology, hackers took the logo for online anonymity, and life imitated art.
Director: James McTeigue
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, John Hurt
1. An Inconvenient Truth (2006) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Only Al Gore could successfully make a documentary on the planet interesting, and this public service announcement is a great one. Of course, there are still plenty enough people in this country who don’t believe global warming exists, this global political documentary is a reminder there are still good people in the world.
Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Starring: Al Gore