The American elections are without a doubt one of the greatest shows on earth. It’s full of emotion, intrigue and conflict. And those are perfect ingredients for the big and small screen.
Hollywood has produced several great movies and series you can watch to immerse yourself completely into the election season. So grab some popcorn and a coke and lets get political!
The West Wing
This is the classic Aaron Sorkin series about president Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) a Democrat from New Hampshire and the administration that he runs. This series captured the imagination of countless viewers when it aired between 1999 and 2006.
The series focusses on the senior staff running the country during the terms of the president. The cast is made up of stars like Alan Alda, John Spencer and Bradley Whitford so you are in for a great time.
If you really want to geek out, then you should listen to The West Wing Weekly podcast. This recent podcast looks back at the series episode by episode with some of the cast.
Imagine being on the losing side of a presidential election. It happened to Mitt Romney in 2012. Barack Obama handily defeated the Republican candidate from Utah. However, as much of this might seem water under the bridge, the movie sheds light on the process of an election and the human side of a politician. This documentary followed Romney for 6 years prior to the election. It gives you a unique view into what it means to be a politician and what it means to lose.
HBO has done a couple of great movies about the presidential elections. Recount shows you the inside of both the Republican and Democratic campaigns during the 2000 Florida recount.
If you are too young to remember: due to voting irregularities and an extremely close race in Florida, Al Gore and George W. Bush ended up in a protracted legal fight over who won the electoral votes of Florida. Both men could be president and needed the win. You can read up on it here, but you can also just watch the movie.
This movie isn’t a nail-biter, you know the outcome already. But the all-star cast sure knows how to make it entertaining.
Remember Sarah Palin? She might be the first sign of the coming of the Trump age. Nowadays we don’t hear that much from the former governor of the state of Alaska, but her selection as a vice-presidential candidate by John McCain changed politics up to this day. As with Recount, the all-star cast including Ed Harris portrays the 2008 Republican campaign impressively.