Political movies everyone should see — in glorious black and white

Published: Thursday, May 8 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Reportedly based on the life of Louisiana governor Huey Long, who also served as the state's senator until his assassination in 1935, "All the King's Men" is a dark examination of political power and corruption."

The New York Times' Bosley Crowther, who reviewed the film at the time of its release, lauded the film for gathering "a frightening comprehension of the potential of demagoguery in this land.

"It catches the dim but dreadful aspect of ignorance and greed," Crowther continued, "when played upon by theatrics, eloquence and bluff."
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Salt Lake City, UT

The Grapes of Wrath

You Can't Take it With You

Arsenic and Old Lace


West Jordan, UT

Let's not forget 1984 & Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid!

St Louis, MO

Ah, the eagerly-anticipated 73rd Anniversary of Citizen Kane! I forget . . what do you call that one? We're in between septuagennial (platinum) and dodranscentennial (diamond). I wouldn't want to embarass myself by tossing the wrong term into the inevitable water-cooler convos.

They left out oft-overlooked "Ace in the Hole," one of the most biting bits of social satire in American film. It's not quite as absurd as "Dr. Strangelove," but it's every bit as dark, and feels uncomortably close to the mark given the methods and messages of today's media.

If we're not sticking to black and white, "Network," "Brazil" and "JFK" would all have to make the list.

Salt Lake City, UT

There are lots of more recent (color era) "must see" political movies, but since we are limiting ourselves to black and white . . .

Advise and Consent (1962)

The Best Man (1964)

The Last Hurrah (1958)

Genola, UT

12 Angry Men

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

Duck Soup, Mr. Smith goes to Washington and All the Kings men are my favorite films off this list. I've seen most of these. Haven't seen Birth of a nation but I can always see the remake of it called Django Unchained.

Woods Cross, UT

They forgot High Noon (1952) with Gary Cooper, which is essentially a civics lesson within a Western gun fight. Good stuff.

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

Seven Days in May is a good movie, but the book is oh so much better. As for Doctor Strangelove, I tried to watch it and just couldn't make it through it. It was about as boring a movie as I have ever attempted to watch. Please use it to fall asleep with and nothing more.

Cleveland , OH

Manchurian Candidate.

Saw it with the rerelease in '88.

I have never been able to watch Angela Lansbury in anything since without seeing Eleanor Shaw.

JB Fletcher became the most sinister figure on television.

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