Top Political Dramas movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Blood Diamond on DVD Blood Diamond
Synopsis
In war-ravaged Sierra Leone, diamond smuggler Danny Archer learns that a local fisherman has stumbled upon a gigantic gem, and he offers to reunite the man with his family in exchange for the diamond.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers, Arnold Vosloo, Antony Coleman, Benu Mabhena, Anointing Lukola, David Harewood, Basil Wallace, Jimi Mistry, Michael Sheen, Marius Weyers, Stephen Collins, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Director
Director
Edward Zwick
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Crime Dramas, Political Dramas, Action Thrillers, Social Issue Dramas
Rent State of Play on DVD State of Play
Synopsis
When his mistress is found dead, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) tries desperately to protect his name and career. As journalists Cal (Russell Crowe) and Della (Rachel McAdams) investigate further, they uncover an intricate web of lies that stretches to the highest levels of power. Based on the critically acclaimed BBC miniseries, this intriguing political thriller co-stars Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn and Jason Bateman.
Cast
Cast
Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Michael Berresse, Harry Lennix
Director
Director
Kevin MacDonald
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Mystery, Political Dramas
Rent Babel on DVD Babel
Synopsis
When an American couple vacationing in Morocco falls victim to a random act of violence, a series of events unfolds across four countries that demonstrates both the necessity and impossibility of human communication.
Cast
Cast
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barraza, Kôji Yakusho, Said Tarchani, Boubker Ait El Caid, Elle Fanning, Mohamed Akhzam
Director
Director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Political Dramas
Rent Charlie Wilson's War on DVD Charlie Wilson's War
Synopsis
Texas congressman Charlie Wilson sets a series of earth-shaking events in motion when he conspires with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in an Oscar-nominated role) to aid Afghan mujahideen rebels in their fight against the Soviet Red Army.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Emily Blunt, Om Puri, Ken Stott, John Slattery, Denis O'Hare
Director
Director
Mike Nichols
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Hotel Rwanda on DVD Hotel Rwanda
Synopsis
Amid the holocaust of internecine tribal fighting in Rwanda that sees the savage butchering of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, one ordinary hotel manager musters the courage to save more than 1,000 helpless refugees.
Cast
Cast
Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte, Desmond Dube, David O'Hara, Cara Seymour, Fana Mokoena, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tony Kgoroge, Mosa Kaiser, Mathabo Pieterson, Ofentse Modiselle
Director
Director
Terry George
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Inspirational Stories, United Kingdom
Rent The Queen on DVD The Queen
Synopsis
After Princess Diana's shocking death, Queen Elizabeth II and the newly elected Tony Blair try to manage Diana's loss on a personal level while reacting to public demand that the princess be memorialized in a manner beyond standard protocol.
Cast
Cast
Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Helen McCrory, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms, Mark Bazeley
Director
Director
Stephen Frears
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, United Kingdom
Rent The Last King of Scotland on DVD The Last King of Scotland
Synopsis
During a medical mission in the 1970s, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan impresses Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and becomes the dictator's personal physician. Garrigan enjoys the perks of his new position, until he becomes aware of Amin's inhumanity.
Cast
Cast
Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington
Director
Director
Kevin MacDonald
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Syriana on DVD Syriana
Synopsis
America is at the beck and call of the Middle East when it comes to the oil industry, and all its players -- Washington, sheiks, oil companies, field workers -- intersect with each other in this political thriller.
Cast
Cast
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Alexander Siddig, Mazhar Munir
Director
Director
Stephen Gaghan
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Espionage Thrillers, Political Dramas
Rent The Good Shepherd on DVD The Good Shepherd
Synopsis
This partially fact-based drama examines the early history of the CIA through the eyes of upstanding, sharp-minded agent Edward Wilson, who finds the job starting to erode his ideals, filling him with distrust and destroying his personal life.
Cast
Cast
Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, Keir Dullea, Joe Pesci, Lee Pace, Michael Gambon, Timothy Hutton, John Turturro, Jason Patric, Gabriel Macht, William Hurt
Director
Director
Robert De Niro
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Espionage Thrillers, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent The Constant Gardener on DVD The Constant Gardener
Synopsis
Justin Quayle, a member of the British High Commission based in Africa, launches a quest for the truth and begins his own international investigation when his wife is murdered. But he uncovers a conspiracy more dangerous than he could have imagined.
Cast
Cast
Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston, Daniele Harford, Packson Ngugi, Damaris Itenyo Agweyu, Bernard Otieno Oduor, Bill Nighy, Keith Pearson
Director
Director
Fernando Meirelles
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Mystery, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
Rent Milk on DVD Milk
Synopsis
Sean Penn stars in this biopic about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with Mayor George Moscone by disgruntled city supervisor Dan White in 1978.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross, Brandon Boyce, Carol Ruth Silver, Stephen Spinella, Lucas Grabeel, Howard Rosenman, Kelvin Yu, Jeff Koons, Mark Martinez, Lynn McRee
Director
Director
Gus Van Sant
Genres
Genres
Drama, LGBT, Biographies, Political Dramas, LGBT Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers, Gay, Period Pieces
Rent Good Night, and Good Luck on DVD Good Night, and Good Luck
Synopsis
George Clooney's Oscar-nominated docudrama pits veteran television newsman Edward R. Murrow against a determined Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his single-minded crusade to quell the threat of communism in America.
Cast
Cast
David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella, Tate Donovan, Alex Borstein, Ray Wise, Robert John Burke
Director
Director
George Clooney
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Showbiz Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Argo on DVD Argo
Synopsis
When Iranian militants seize the American embassy in 1979, six Americans slip into the Canadian embassy for protection, prompting the CIA to concoct an elaborate plot to rescue them by pretending that they're filmmakers rather than diplomats.
Cast
Cast
Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Keith Szarabajka, Bob Gunton, Richard Kind, Taylor Schilling, Adrienne Barbeau
Director
Director
Ben Affleck
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Suspense, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Lincoln on DVD Lincoln
Synopsis
Director Steven Spielberg takes on the towering legacy of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his stewardship of the Union during the Civil War years. The biographical saga also reveals the conflicts within Lincoln's cabinet regarding the war and abolition.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Jared Harris, Joseph Cross, Tim Blake Nelson, David Oyelowo, Bruce McGill
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Sentinel on DVD The Sentinel
Synopsis
When a government agent is murdered in the nation's capital, all evidence points to Secret Service agent Pete Garrison as the prime suspect. Convinced the setup is part of a plan to infiltrate the White House, Garrison works to prove his innocence.
Cast
Cast
Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger, Eva Longoria, David Rasche, Raoul Bhaneja, Simon Reynolds, Martin Donovan
Director
Director
Clark Johnson
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Political Dramas
Rent Rendition on DVD Rendition
Synopsis
Suspected of terrorism, an Egyptian-born man "vanishes" and is taken to a secret prison. His wife desperately tries to uncover his whereabouts, as well as his true intentions, while a CIA analyst objects to the interrogation practices being used.
Cast
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard, Omar Metwally, Igal Naor, Hadar Ratzon, J.K. Simmons, Moa Khouas, Zineb Oukach, Bob Gunton
Director
Director
Gavin Hood
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Political Dramas, Mystery
Rent Frost/Nixon on DVD Frost/Nixon
Synopsis
Ron Howard directs this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Peter Morgan's popular Broadway play, a drama centering on a series of revelatory television interviews between British talk show host David Frost and former President Richard Nixon. Frank Langella reprises his Tony Award-winning stage role as Nixon with a stellar cast that includes Michael Sheen, Toby Jones, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt.
Cast
Cast
Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Max Elliott Slade
Director
Director
Ron Howard
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent The Ides of March on DVD The Ides of March
Synopsis
Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where "victory" is relative. The film is inspired by the real-life experiences of an aide who worked on Howard Dean's failed 2004 run.
Cast
Cast
Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Mantell
Director
Director
George Clooney
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Political Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent The Iron Lady on DVD The Iron Lady
Synopsis
Meryl Streep provides a subtle and nuanced portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, whose political career and determination changed the rules that had limited women's opportunities for leadership.
Cast
Cast
Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Roach, Harry Lloyd, Olivia Colman, Iain Glen, Victoria Bewick, Nicholas Farrell, John Sessions, Anthony Head, David Westhead, Julian Wadham, Richard E. Grant, Angus Wright, Roger Allam, Michael Pennington, Susan Brown, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Director
Director
Phyllida Lloyd
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent W. on DVD W.
Synopsis
Featuring an all-star cast, director Oliver Stone's satiric retrospective chronicles the life and political career of George W. Bush, from his troubles as a young adult through his governorship of Texas and all the way to the Oval Office.
Cast
Cast
Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Scott Glenn, Toby Jones, Stacy Keach, Bruce McGill, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks, Dennis Boutsikaris, Wes Chatham, Jesse Bradford
Director
Director
Oliver Stone
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent John Adams on DVD John Adams
Synopsis
Paul Giamatti shines in the title role of this epic Emmy and Golden Globe winner that recounts the life of founding father John Adams as revolutionary leader, America's first ambassador to England, the first vice president and the second president. The iconic cast of characters includes Abigail Adams (Laura Linney), George Washington (David Morse), Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane) and Benjamin Franklin (Tom Wilkinson).
Cast
Cast
Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, David Morse, Sarah Polley, Rufus Sewell, Justin Theroux, Tom Wilkinson, Danny Huston, Stephen Dillane, Clancy O'Connor
Director
Director
Tom Hooper
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Political Dramas, TV Miniseries, HBO
Rent American Hustle on DVD American Hustle
Synopsis
This fictionalization of the "Abscam" scandal of the early 1980s follows con man Irving Rosenfeld and his lover, Sydney Prosser, as they help an eccentric FBI agent expose corruption among several members of Congress in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Cast
Cast
Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Michael Peña, Shea Whigham, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Röhm, Paul Herman, Saïd Taghmaoui, Matthew Russell, Thomas Matthews, Adrian Martinez, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Camp
Director
Director
David O. Russell
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Indie Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Political Dramas
Rent Amazing Grace on DVD Amazing Grace
Synopsis
Based on actual events, this historical drama tells the story of William Wilberforce, an 18th-century English politician who launched an aggressive campaign to abolish British slavery, despite staunch opposition.
Cast
Cast
Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rufus Sewell, Youssou N'Dour, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Nicholas Farrell
Director
Director
Michael Apted
Genres
Genres
Drama, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Social Issue Dramas, Political Dramas, United Kingdom, Romance
Rent A Mighty Heart on DVD A Mighty Heart
Synopsis
While in Pakistan researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid in 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is suddenly kidnapped, prompting his pregnant wife to launch a desperate search to find him in this riveting drama.
Cast
Cast
Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan, Jillian Armenante, Denis O'Hare, Archie Panjabi, San Banarje, Azfar Ali
Director
Director
Michael Winterbottom
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Political Dramas
Rent Gangs of New York on DVD Gangs of New York
Synopsis
Amid the savage Irish and Italian rivalry that dominated New York City in the mid-1800s, young Amsterdam Vallon hunts down his father's hateful murderer, Bill "the Butcher" Cutting. Along the way, Vallon falls for a streetwise pickpocket.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Lewis, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan, Alec McCowen, David Hemmings, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Cara Seymour
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Political Dramas, Epics, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Fair Game on DVD Fair Game
Synopsis
After her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, writes op-ed columns accusing the Bush administration of misleading the public to justify invading Iraq, Valerie Plame Wilson's status as a covert CIA agent is leaked by administration officials.
Cast
Cast
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Bruce McGill, Michael Kelly, Ty Burrell, Noah Emmerich, David Andrews, Sam Shepard, Tim Griffin, Jessica Hecht
Director
Director
Doug Liman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Political Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent J. Edgar on DVD J. Edgar
Synopsis
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this riveting biopic as J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime FBI director as notorious for his overzealous methods of law enforcement as for the rumors regarding his cross-dressing and close relationship with protégé Clyde Tolson.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Stephen Root, Zach Grenier, Jeffrey Donovan, Denis O'Hare
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent The Young Victoria on DVD The Young Victoria
Synopsis
Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch's larger-than-life reign.
Cast
Cast
Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter, Jeanette Hain, Julian Glover
Director
Director
Jean-Marc Vallee
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, Period Pieces
Rent Lee Daniels' The Butler on DVD Lee Daniels' The Butler
Synopsis
Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker delivers a powerful performance as Cecil Gaines, who served as the White House butler under eight presidents. His three decades of service unfold against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history.
Cast
Cast
Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Clarence Williams III
Director
Director
Lee Daniels
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on DVD Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Synopsis
This gripping thriller about Cold War espionage follows an English spy as he returns to MI-6 under a cloud of suspicion. In the years since he was sacked by the agency, some suspect that he's become an operative for the Soviet Union.
Cast
Cast
Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Kathy Burke, Stephen Graham
Director
Director
Tomas Alfredson
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Espionage Thrillers, Mystery, Political Thrillers, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
Rent Nothing But the Truth on DVD Nothing But the Truth
Synopsis
Journalist Rachel Armstrong turns Washington on its ear when she outs a casual acquaintance as a CIA agent. The government's formidable prosecutor sends Rachel to jail for contempt, where she discovers the true impact of her decision.
Cast
Cast
Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Noah Wyle, Floyd Abrams, Preston Bailey
Director
Director
Rod Lurie
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Political Thrillers
Rent Swing Vote on DVD Swing Vote
Synopsis
On Election Day, the eyes of the nation fall on a beer-swigging couch potato named Bud Johnson, who -- through a quirk of fate -- finds himself in the position of being able to single-handedly choose the next American president.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Costner, Madeline Carroll, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez, Judge Reinhold, Charles Esten
Director
Director
Joshua Michael Stern
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Political Comedies, Political Dramas
Rent Charlotte Gray on DVD Charlotte Gray
Synopsis
A Scottish woman searching for her missing pilot boyfriend during World War II must choose between finding her lost love and taking a stand when she meets a local farmer and his son, a leader in the resistance who's harboring two Jewish children.
Cast
Cast
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon, John Pierce Jones, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Robert Hands, Hugh Ross, Michael Fitzgerald, Rupert Penry-Jones
Director
Director
Gillian Armstrong
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Traffic on DVD Traffic
Synopsis
Interlacing three disturbing snapshots of America's drug war, this Oscar-winning saga follows a U.S. drug czar who learns his daughter's an addict, a Mexican cop caught in a corrupt system and a housewife forced to take over the family drug business.
Cast
Cast
Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Luis Guzmán, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Steven Bauer, Benjamin Bratt, James Brolin, Erika Christensen, Clifton Collins Jr., Miguel Ferrer, Albert Finney, Topher Grace, Amy Irving
Director
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Political Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Blockbusters
Rent Gandhi on DVD Gandhi
Synopsis
This awe-inspiring biopic about Mahatma Gandhi -- the diminutive lawyer who stood up against British rule in India and became an international symbol of nonviolence and understanding -- brilliantly underscores the difference one person can make.
Cast
Cast
Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson, Athol Fugard, Günther Maria Halmer, Saeed Jaffrey, Geraldine James, Alyque Padamsee, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Rohini Hattangadi, Daniel Day-Lewis, John Ratzenberger, Richard Griffiths
Director
Director
Richard Attenborough
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Epics, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Classic Dramas, Period Pieces, Blockbusters, United Kingdom
Rent The Insider on DVD The Insider
Synopsis
When a TV producer coaxes a researcher to speak about his former employer's knowledge of tobacco's dangers, the corporations try to silence them in this Oscar-nominated drama based on a true story.
Cast
Cast
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Bruce McGill, Gina Gershon, Michael Gambon, Rip Torn
Director
Director
Michael Mann
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Biographies, Political Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent All the King's Men on DVD All the King's Men
Synopsis
Sean Penn stars as corrupt Southern politician Willie Stark -- a charismatic man who wins the populist vote but, behind closed doors, is as underhanded as those he smeared -- in this remake of an Oscar-winning 1949 film of the same name. Ex-reporter Jack Burden (Jude Law) unwittingly helps Stark gain political power, but it's just a matter of time before the governor's crooked dealings are exposed.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Hopkins, Jackie Earle Haley, Kathy Baker, Talia Balsam
Director
Director
Steven Zaillian
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Glory on DVD Glory
Synopsis
Loosely based on the letters of Union commander Col. Robert G. Shaw, this Academy Award-winning drama follows the first group of African-Americans to serve in combat during the Civil War -- and shows how they helped turn the tide of the war.
Cast
Cast
Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Donovan Leitch, JD Cullum, Alan North
Director
Director
Edward Zwick
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, Epics, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Casino Jack on DVD Casino Jack
Synopsis
No stranger to wealth and power, slick lobbyist Jack Abramoff lands deep in a political corruption scandal after bilking millions from Indian tribes. Greed and vanity catch up to the charismatic Abramoff in the form of the mob, the media and the law.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz, Rachelle Lefevre, Ruth Marshall, Graham Greene, Hannah Endicott-Douglas, John Robinson, Jason Weinberg, Spencer Garrett
Director
Director
George Hickenlooper
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Catch a Fire on DVD Catch a Fire
Synopsis
Apolitical until the apartheid-era South African government brutalizes him and his wife, oil refinery worker Patrick Chamusso turns terrorist. Changed by his experience, Chamusso volunteers to be a one-man wrecking crew against his ex-employer.
Cast
Cast
Derek Luke, Tim Robbins, Bonnie Mbuli, Mncedisi Shabangu, Tumisho Masha, Sithembiso Khumalo, Terry Pheto, Michele Burgers, Mpho Lovinga, Robert Hobbs
Director
Director
Phillip Noyce
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas, Political Thrillers
Rent House of Cards on DVD House of Cards
Synopsis
Ruthless politician Francis Underwood and his ambitious wife Claire will stop at nothing to conquer Washington D.C. in this dark political drama, winner of four Emmy Awards, including Best Director, and two Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Actress.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Constance Zimmer, Sebastian Arcelus, Nathan Darrow, Sandrine Holt, Michel Gill, Elizabeth Norment, Mahershala Ali, Reg E. Cathey
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, Political Dramas, TV War & Politics, TV Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Netflix
Rent Promised Land on DVD Promised Land
Synopsis
Taking advantage of hard economic times, two salespeople for a natural gas company come to a small town to buy drilling rights from the residents. To their surprise, a local schoolteacher mobilizes a campaign aimed at blocking the company's plans.
Cast
Cast
Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver, Terry Kinney, Hal Holbrook
Director
Director
Gus Van Sant
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent The Company You Keep on DVD The Company You Keep
Synopsis
Robert Redford stars as Jim Grant, a lawyer and single dad who has to go on the lam after a reporter identifies him as a long-sought U.S. terrorist. As the journalist locates more of Grant's old contacts, his guilt begins to appear less certain.
Cast
Cast
Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon
Director
Director
Robert Redford
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Fast Food Nation on DVD Fast Food Nation
Synopsis
This fictional tale critiques the junk-food juggernaut that's arguably responsible for America's alarming obesity rates, centering on a CEO of a fast-food chain who follows beef's journey from the corrals to the slaughterhouses -- and your stomach.
Cast
Cast
Greg Kinnear, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, Wilmer Valderrama, Ashley Johnson, Luis Guzmán
Director
Director
Richard Linklater
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent All the President's Men on DVD All the President's Men
Synopsis
The film that launched a thousand journalism school students, All the President's Men chronicles how the work of reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) contributed to the public downfall of President Richard M. Nixon. The duo connected a Washington, D.C., hotel break-in with a Nixon "dirty tricks" team assigned to discredit Democratic rivals, launching a series of tense events that forced Nixon to resign.
Cast
Cast
Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Hal Holbrook, Martin Balsam, Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter, Ned Beatty, Stephen Collins, Penny Fuller, Robert Walden
Director
Director
Alan J. Pakula
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Political Thrillers, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent Belle on DVD Belle
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This period drama based on fact traces the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a biracial girl born in 1761 to a British admiral father and an African mother. Raised by her great-uncle, Dido finds her place in society despite her mixed ethnicity.
Cast
Cast
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, Sarah Gadon, Matthew Goode, Sam Reid
Director
Director
Amma Asante
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Indie Dramas, United Kingdom, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent The Quiet American on DVD The Quiet American
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Based on the novel by Graham Greene, this murder mystery centers on a love triangle set against the French Indochina War in 1952 Vietnam -- a world suffused with opium, intrigue and betrayal. A British reporter, Fowler (Michael Caine, in an Oscar-nominated performance), falls in love with a young Vietnamese woman, Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen), and is dismayed when an American (Brendan Fraser) also begins vying for her attention.
Cast
Cast
Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Rade Serbedzija, Tzi Ma, Robert Stanton, Quang Hai, Holmes Osborne
Director
Director
Phillip Noyce
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Political Thrillers, Political Dramas, Espionage Thrillers, Military & War Dramas, Mystery, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Thirteen Days on DVD Thirteen Days
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When a nuclear missile presence escalates in Cuba, the world's fate hangs by a thread as President John F. Kennedy tries to curb the threat with help from his aides, military brass and his brother Bobby, the U.S. attorney general.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp, Dylan Baker, Michael Fairman, Henry Strozier, Charles Esten, Alan Francis, Lucinda Jenney, Bill Smitrovich
Director
Director
Roger Donaldson
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Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent The Battle of Algiers on DVD The Battle of Algiers
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Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, this film vividly re-creates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in 1957. The violence soon escalates on both sides in this war drama that remains relevant.
Cast
Cast
Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader
Director
Director
Gillo Pontecorvo
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Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Political Dramas, Africa, French Language
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Based on reporter Kim Barker's memoirs about her experiences covering the Afghanistan war, this satirical look at a hopelessly confused conflict also chronicles the obstacles encountered by female journalists in a rigidly conservative region.
Cast
Cast
Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Abbott, Sheila Vand, Stephen Peacocke, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Charles
Director
Director
Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Military & War Dramas, Political Dramas
Rent Of Gods and Men on DVD Of Gods and Men
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A group of French Trappist monks making their home in the Algerian mountains have ample reason to believe they're in danger. But their assumption that there can be common ground between Islam and Christianity leads them to remain at the monastery.
Cast
Cast
Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loïc Pichon, Xavier Maly, Jean-Marie Frin, Abdelhafid Metalsi
Director
Director
Xavier Beauvois
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Political Dramas, Religious & Spiritual Dramas, French Language, France
Rent The Manchurian Candidate on DVD The Manchurian Candidate
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Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is a Korean War hero with a lethal secret: He's been brainwashed by the communist Chinese. With one phone call, the Reds can transform Shaw into a deadly assassin -- unless fellow veteran Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can stop them first. Some thrillers remain as suspenseful -- and timely -- as when they were first released, and this classic from director John Frankenheimer is one of the best.
Cast
Cast
Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver
Director
Director
John Frankenheimer
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Political Dramas, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Pillars of the Earth on DVD The Pillars of the Earth
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Political conflict, grand passions and epic ambition fuel this Golden Globe-nominated miniseries that centers on the struggles of a pious prior and a master builder devoted to the construction of a cathedral in 12th-century England.
Cast
Cast
Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell, Sarah Parish, Natalia Wörner, David Oakes, Tony Curran, Sam Claflin, Anatole Taubman, Liam Garrigan, Götz Otto, Jody Halse, David Bark-Jones, Alison Pill, Donald Sutherland
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Political Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on the Book, Starz, Period Pieces
Rent Caligula on DVD Caligula
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Malcolm McDowell portrays the infamous emperor who wielded godlike power over ancient Rome while at the same time sleeping with his sister (Teresa Ann Savoy). Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole and John Gielgud co-star in this film produced by <i>Penthouse Magazine</i> editor Bob Guccione and written by Gore Vidal. Warning: This unrated edition contains explicit sex, nudity and violence as well as disturbing imagery.
Cast
Cast
Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, John Steiner, Guido Mannari, Paolo Bonacelli, Leopoldo Trieste, Giancarlo Badessi, Mirella D'Angelo, Anneka Di Lorenzo, Lori Wagner, Adriana Asti, Patrick Allen
Director
Director
Tinto Brass
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Genres
Drama, Steamy Romance, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Political Dramas, Epics
Rent Elizabeth I on DVD Elizabeth I
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Emmy winner Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth I in this miniseries that explores the effect of the monarch's public role on her private life. Unable to wed the man she loves, Elizabeth later sets her sights on the earl's stepson.
Cast
Cast
Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren, Hugh Dancy, Toby Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Simon Woods, Patrick Malahide, Barbara Flynn, Jeremie Covillault, Diana Kent, Geoffrey Streatfield, John McEnery, Martin Savage
Director
Director
Tom Hooper
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Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Biographies, Political Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, British TV, United Kingdom, Period Pieces
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In this quasi-documentary -- which won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film -- director Ari Folman uses vivid animation to depict his struggle to unlock suppressed memories from his Israeli army service during the 1982 Lebanon War.
Cast
Cast
Ari Folman, Ori Sivan, Ronny Dayag, Shmuel Frenkel, Zahava Solomon, Ron Ben-Yishai, Dror Harazi, Mickey Leon, Yehezkel Lazarov
Director
Director
Ari Folman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Animation for Grown-ups, Military Documentaries, Military & War Dramas, Historical Documentaries, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Hebrew Language, Israel
Rent In the Name of the Father on DVD In the Name of the Father
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Nominated for seven Oscars in 1993, this biopic features the dramatic prowess of Daniel Day-Lewis as the Irishman Gerry Conlon, who was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for an IRA terrorist attack that killed four people. As if a forced confession weren't enough injustice, the police work to implicate Conlon's father (Pete Postlethwaite) in the same crime. Emma Thompson plays the lawyer who worked for years to uncover the truth.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Pete Postlethwaite, Philip King, Nye Heron, Anthony Brophy, Frankie McCafferty, Paul Warriner
Director
Director
Jim Sheridan
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Courtroom Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, United Kingdom
Rent Crossing Over on DVD Crossing Over
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This thoughtful drama weaves together several stories as it examines immigration in Los Angeles, providing a harrowing look at border crossing, document fraud, asylum seekers, naturalization, counterterrorism and the clash of cultures in America.
Cast
Cast
Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis, Alice Braga, Alice Eve, Summer Bishil, Jacqueline Obradors, Justin Chon, Jaysha Patel, Merik Tadros
Director
Director
Wayne Kramer
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
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A dark chapter of U.S. history comes to light in this epic saga (which earned an Emmy Award for Best Made-for-Television Movie) of the U.S. government's deliberate extermination of the American Indians. Beginning after the Sioux victory at Little Big Horn, the film traces the stories of three men: a Sioux doctor (Adam Beach), a lobbying senator (Aidan Quinn) and the Lakota hero Sitting Bull (August Schellenberg).
Cast
Cast
Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Anna Paquin, Wes Studi, Fred Dalton Thompson, J.K. Simmons, Eric Schweig, Colm Feore
Director
Director
Yves Simoneau
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Political Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies, HBO, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Atlas Shrugged: Part I on DVD Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Synopsis
Ayn Rand's controversial bestseller is the basis for this potent drama about Dagny Taggart, a fiercely independent railroad tycoon determined to use innovative technology and enterprising partners to revive her business, no matter the personal cost.
Cast
Cast
Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Edi Gathegi, Jsu Garcia, Graham Beckel, Jon Polito, Patrick Fischler, Rebecca Wisocky, Michael Lerner
Director
Director
Paul Johansson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sci-Fi Dramas, Political Dramas, Mystery, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Iron Jawed Angels on DVD Iron Jawed Angels
Synopsis
From 1912 to 1920, a group of fiery young suffragettes led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) band together to wheedle the United States into adapting a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Along the way, they incur the wrath of President Woodrow Wilson (Bob Gunton) and anger other suffragette leaders (Anjelica Huston and Lois Smith). Directed by Katja von Garnier.
Cast
Cast
Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond, Anjelica Huston, Patrick Dempsey, Bob Gunton, Lois Smith
Director
Director
Katja von Garnier
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Political Dramas, Indie Dramas, HBO, 20th Century Period Pieces, Inspirational Stories, Faith & Spirituality, Faith & Spirituality Feature Films
Rent Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on DVD Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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When idealistic junior senator Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) arrives in Washington, D.C., he's full of plans and dazzled by his surroundings -- qualities he retains despite widespread corruption among his cynical colleagues. Jean Arthur puts in a sharp performance as Smith's streetwise secretary, who helps him navigate his way through Congress, in this Academy Award-winning classic from director Frank Capra.
Cast
Cast
James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, H.B. Warner, Harry Carey Sr.
Director
Director
Frank Capra
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Political Dramas
Rent The Lion in Winter on DVD The Lion in Winter
Synopsis
In this stylish costume drama, England's King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and his dysfunctional family gather on Christmas Eve to decide who will inherit the throne. What ensues is a bitter battle of wills that strains every family bond of love and trust. Henry fancies youngest son John (Nigel Terry), but his iron-willed spouse (Katharine Hepburn) thinks the crown should go to eldest son Richard the Lionhearted (Anthony Hopkins, in his film debut).
Cast
Cast
Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Nigel Terry, Timothy Dalton, Jane Merrow, Nigel Stock, Kenneth Ives, O.Z. Whitehead, Fran Stafford, Ella More, Kenneth Griffith, Henry Woolf, Karol Hagar, Mark Griffith
Director
Director
Anthony Harvey
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent Goya's Ghosts on DVD Goya's Ghosts
Synopsis
Painter Francisco Goya is targeted by the Spanish Inquisition when he paints young Inés, whom the church views as a heretic. Years later, Inés asks Goya to help her find the daughter she bore while imprisoned.
Cast
Cast
Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid, José Luis Gómez, Michael Lonsdale, Blanca Portillo, Mabel Rivera, Unax Ugalde, Fernando Tielve, David Calder, Frank Baker, Ramón Langa, Manuel de Blas, Andrés Lima
Director
Director
Milos Forman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Painting, Art & Design, Period Pieces
Rent Five Minutes of Heaven on DVD Five Minutes of Heaven
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From acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel and starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, Five Minutes of Heaven is a story inspired by two extraordinary lives, which explores the challenges of coming to terms with Northern Ireland's troubled past.
Cast
Cast
Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca, Richard Dormer, Mark David, Kevin O'Neill, Juliet Crawford, Niamh Cusack, Gerry Doherty, Paul Garret, Katy Gleadhill, Jonathan Harden
Director
Director
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Crime Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent The Unbearable Lightness of Being on DVD The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Synopsis
In this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Milan Kundera's acclaimed novel, womanizing Czech doctor Tomas rethinks his decadent ways in the light of harsh new political realities after Soviet tanks rumble through Prague in 1968.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint, Erland Josephson, Pavel Landovsky, Donald Moffat, Daniel Olbrychski, Stellan Skarsgård, Tomasz Borkowy
Director
Director
Philip Kaufman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent The Killing Fields on DVD The Killing Fields
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Sam Waterston portrays Sydney Schanberg, the New York Times journalist who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the civil war in Cambodia. Aided by his translator, Dith Pran, Schanberg shines a light on the tragedy and madness of the bloody conflict.
Cast
Cast
Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands, Craig T. Nelson, Spalding Gray
Director
Director
Roland Joffé
Genres
Genres
Drama, United Kingdom, Political Dramas, Foreign Regions
Rent Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on DVD Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Synopsis
Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela in this in-depth biopic that portrays the groundbreaking South African leader from his rural childhood through his long imprisonment to his election as the country's first black president.
Cast
Cast
Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz, Terry Pheto
Director
Director
Justin Chadwick
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Parkland on DVD Parkland
Synopsis
Based on Vincent Bugliosi's book, this powerful drama takes place in the Dallas hospital where John F. Kennedy was brought after being shot on Nov. 22, 1963. Intertwining stories follow doctors, FBI agents, an unwitting cameraman and many others.
Cast
Cast
Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Strong
Director
Director
Peter Landesman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Out of the Ashes on DVD Out of the Ashes
Synopsis
Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who survives Auschwitz. Decades later, she applies for U.S. citizenship when she becomes accused of colluding with the Nazis. As Perl struggles to explain the circumstances, her judge and jury are three INS investigators (Bruce Davison, Richard Crenna and Beau Bridges) who must decide her fate.
Cast
Cast
Christine Lahti, Beau Bridges, Richard Crenna, Bruce Davison, Jonathan Cake, Jolyon Baker, Jessica Beitchman, Oliver Cotton, Michelle Fine, Zoie Palmer, Maria Ricossa
Director
Director
Joseph Sargent
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Military & War Dramas, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Made-for-TV Movies, Showtime, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent The Lost City on DVD The Lost City
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Those seeking a scorching time in Havana know they should head for the club run by impresario Fico Fellove (Andy Garcia). But the party's over when political strife overtakes Cuban life, the Batista government falls, and Fidel Castro installs a Marxist regime. Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray co-star in this sweeping drama that finds Fico -- unable to make a go of it in his beloved country -- leaving for New York City to start anew.
Cast
Cast
Andy Garcia, Dustin Hoffman, Tomás Milián, Bill Murray, Jsu Garcia, Ines Sastre, Enrique Murciano, Nestor Carbonell, Victor Rivers, Steven Bauer
Director
Director
Andy Garcia
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas
Rent Lady Jane on DVD Lady Jane
Synopsis
For nine politically charged days in 1553, Protestant noblewoman Lady Jane Grey rules England against her will. But when Princess Mary, the daughter of King Henry VIII, assumes the throne, Jane and her husband are imprisoned and sentenced to die.
Cast
Cast
Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern, Jill Bennett, Jane Lapotaire, Sara Kestelman, Patrick Stewart, Warren Saire, Joss Ackland, Ian Hogg, Lee Montague, Richard Vernon, Richard Johnson
Director
Director
Trevor Nunn
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent The Devil's Double on DVD The Devil's Double
Synopsis
Dominic Cooper stars as Uday Hussein -- Saddam Hussein's depraved, decadent elder son -- and as Latif Yahia, the army lieutenant forcibly drafted to be his body double, in this drama based on Yahia's autobiographical novel.
Cast
Cast
Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast, Mimoun Oaïssa, Khalid Laith, Dar Salim, Nasser Memarzia, Mem Ferda, Pano Masti, Akin Gazi
Director
Director
Lee Tamahori
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Political Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Our Brand Is Crisis on DVD Our Brand Is Crisis
Synopsis
After leaving the bruising world of Washington, D.C. politics, expert campaign consultant Jane Bodine finds herself lured back into the fray when she agrees to help a reviled Bolivian president hang on to his job in the next election.
Cast
Cast
Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gómez Berríos
Director
Director
David Gordon Green
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Political Dramas
Rent JFK: Special Edition on DVD JFK: Special Edition
Synopsis
Oliver Stone's fascinating film about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy -- one of America's most enigmatic and mythical political figures -- is even more dramatic thanks to the extra footage included in this special edition. When Kennedy is killed while visiting Dallas, a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) takes the fall. But was he acting alone, or was he part of a larger conspiracy?
Cast
Cast
Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Beata Pozniak, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sissy Spacek, Brian Doyle-Murray, Gary Grubbs, Wayne Knight, Jo Anderson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Sally Kirkland, Ed Asner, Jack Lemmon, Joe Pesci, Walter Matthau
Director
Director
Oliver Stone
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Courtroom Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Anne of the Thousand Days on DVD Anne of the Thousand Days
Synopsis
When King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) decides to divorce his first wife, Katherine of Aragon (Irene Papas), and marry the beautiful Anne Boleyn (Genevi&#232;ve Bujold), he ignites religious and political drama that stretches from London all the way to Rome. This acclaimed film (which won an Oscar for Costume Design) focuses on the woman at the center of the affair to tell the story of one of the most dramatic chapters in English royal history.
Cast
Cast
Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle, John Colicos, Michael Hordern, Katharine Blake, Peter Jeffrey, Joseph O'Conor
Director
Director
Charles Jarrott
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Romantic Dramas, Political Dramas, United Kingdom, Period Pieces
Rent Princess Kaiulani on DVD Princess Kaiulani
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Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Kaiulani, a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American businessmen.
Cast
Cast
Q'Orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Shaun Evans, Jimmy Yuill, Julian Glover, Tamzin Merchant, Catherine Steadman, Kainoa Kilcher
Director
Director
Marc Forby
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent Atlas Shrugged: Part II on DVD Atlas Shrugged: Part II
Synopsis
The second installment of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy finds the world's economy in dire straits, prompting corporate protagonist Dagny Taggart to search for a solution amid the rubble of a long-abandoned factory.
Cast
Cast
Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, D.B. Sweeney, Paul McCrane, John Rubinstein, Robert Picardo, Ray Wise, Diedrich Bader
Director
Director
John Putch
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sci-Fi Dramas, Political Dramas, Mystery, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Recount on DVD Recount
Synopsis
This Emmy-winning made-for-TV movie chronicles the extraordinary behind-the-scenes drama that unfolded in the weeks following the highly controversial 2000 election -- a presidential race that further split an already divided America. With the nation's leadership in the balance, the battle between George W. Bush and Al Gore comes down to a hotly contested vote count in Florida. Kevin Spacey and Laura Dern (in a Golden Globe-winning role) star.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Denis Leary, George W. Bush, Al Gore, Ed Begley Jr., John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Bob Balaban, Jayne Atkinson, Bruce Altman, Eve Gordon, Marcia Jean Kurtz
Director
Director
Jay Roach
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, HBO, Made-for-TV Movies
Rent Race on DVD Race
Synopsis
While Hitler saw the 1936 Berlin Olympics as an opportunity to demonstrate Aryan supremacy, one African-American man -- Jesse Owens -- shattered that dream with a display of athleticism that resulted in four gold medals. This film tells his story.
Cast
Cast
Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Carice van Houten
Director
Director
Stephen Hopkins
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, African-American Dramas, Sports Dramas
Rent The Company on DVD The Company
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Inspired by the book by Robert Littell, this historical miniseries follows rookie CIA agent Jack McCauliffe (Chris O'Donnell) as he trains under the watchful eye of mentor Harvey Torriti (Alfred Molina), aka the Sorcerer, during the Cold War. Meanwhile, fellow agent James Angleton (Michael Keaton), aka Mother, is driven to a near-breakdown by the hunt for a mole in the agency. Alessandro Nivola and Natascha McElhone co-star.
Cast
Cast
Chris O'Donnell, Alfred Molina, Michael Keaton, Ted Atherton, Alessandro Nivola, Rory Cochrane, Tom Hollander, Ulrich Thomsen, Erika Marozsan, Natascha McElhone
Director
Director
Mikael Salomon
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Espionage Thrillers, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces, TV Miniseries
Rent The Last Emperor on DVD The Last Emperor
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Recounting the last years of China's Ching Dynasty through flashbacks and flash-forwards, this Oscar-winning epic charts the life of Pu Yi (John Lone) -- who ascended the throne at age 3 -- from coddled aristocrat to enlightened insurgent to ordinary citizen. Co-starring Peter O'Toole as Pu Yi's Scottish tutor and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, the lavish drama collected nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Cast
Cast
John Lone, Peter O'Toole, Victor Wong, Ying Ruocheng, Joan Chen, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Vivian Wu, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jade Go, Fumihiko Ikeda, Richard Vuu, Tsou Tijger
Director
Director
Bernardo Bertolucci
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, Political Dramas, Epics, China, Period Pieces
Rent The Assassination of Richard Nixon on DVD The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Synopsis
Set in 1974, this arresting psychological drama based on real-life events centers on Samuel Bicke (Sean Penn), an antisocial, unstable salesman who parlays his delusions of grandeur into a plot to assassinate President Richard Nixon. As his life begins to disintegrate, Bicke decides to take extreme measures to achieve his warped version of the American Dream. The supporting cast includes Don Cheadle, Naomi Watts and Mykelti Williamson.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Brad Henke, Michael Wincott, Mykelti Williamson, April Grace, Lily Knight, Jared Dorrance, Jenna Milton, Mariah Massa
Director
Director
Niels Mueller
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Psychological Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent My Name is Khan on DVD My Name is Khan
Synopsis
Rizvan Khan, a Muslim man with Asperger syndrome, lives happily with his wife, Mandira, in San Francisco until a tragedy drives her away after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now he's on a quest to recapture the heart of the woman he loves.
Cast
Cast
Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Katie A. Keane, Kenton Duty, Benny Nieves, Christopher B. Duncan, Jimmy Shergill, Sonya Jehan, Parvin Dabas, Arjun Mathur
Director
Director
Karan Johar
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Romantic Dramas, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Hindi Language, Bollywood, India
Rent The Color of Freedom on DVD The Color of Freedom
Synopsis
As Nelson Mandela seeks freedom from his imprisonment under South Africa's system of apartheid, his white guard gradually begins to renounce his militant racism, thanks to his unlikely but powerful relationship with the political prisoner.
Cast
Cast
Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster, Shiloh Henderson, Tyrone Keogh, Megan Smith, Jessica Manuel, Faith Ndukwana
Director
Director
Bille August
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Malcolm X on DVD Malcolm X
Synopsis
Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated drama illuminates the life of black nationalist Malcolm X (Denzel Washington), following him from his early days in prison to his conversion to Islam, marriage to Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) and discovery of Elijah Mohammad's (Al Freeman Jr.) Nation of Islam writings. When Malcolm turns his back on the Nation of Islam (following a pilgrimage to Mecca), he becomes a murder target.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Spike Lee, Albert Hall, Delroy Lindo, Al Freeman Jr., Ossie Davis, Michael Imperioli, Giancarlo Esposito
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Game Change on DVD Game Change
Synopsis
Based on the best-selling nonfiction book, this political drama follows the historic 2008 presidential race with a focus on the sometimes contentious relationship between Republican nominee John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin.
Cast
Cast
Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Peter MacNicol, Jamey Sheridan, Sarah Paulson, Ron Livingston, David Barry Gray, Larry Sullivan, Mikal Evans
Director
Director
Jay Roach
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, Made-for-TV Movies
Rent A Royal Affair on DVD A Royal Affair
Synopsis
In 18th-century Denmark, the unstable King Christian VII neglects his young queen, Mathilde, who falls in love with his German physician, Struensee, an intellectual whose advocation of reform transforms the country but brings about his own downfall.
Cast
Cast
Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Thomas W. Gabrielsson, Cyron Melville, Bent Mejding, Harriet Walter, Laura Bro
Director
Director
Nikolaj Arcel
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Romance, Danish Language, Scandinavia
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Synopsis
Neil Jordan directed this powerful biopic about the rise and fall of Michael Collins (Liam Neeson), the charismatic leader of Ireland's fight for independence. Collins and his companions de Valera (Alan Rickman), Broy (Stephen Rea), Boland (Aidan Quinn) and Kitty Kiernan (Julia Roberts) used guerilla warfare to attack the British. The eventual treaty was seen by many as a weak compromise, and Collins was branded a traitor to the Irish cause.
Cast
Cast
Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn, Alan Rickman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ian Hart, Gary Whelan
Director
Director
Neil Jordan
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, United Kingdom, Political Dramas, Political Thrillers, Foreign Regions
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Synopsis
On January 20, 1942, at the height of the World War II, 15 government officials and SS Commanders attended a conference on the outskirts of Berlin. It was a simple meeting, which -- by the end -- would decide the fate of 6 million lives. This BBC movie is based on the only surviving record of that meeting, which would stand as the blueprint for Hitler's final solution. Kenneth Branagh won an Emmy for his performance as Reinhard Heydrich.
Cast
Cast
Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci
Director
Director
Frank Pierson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
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Synopsis
In segregated 1970s South Africa, black nationalist Steven Biko (Denzel Washington) and white newspaper editor Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) are unlikely friends with a common goal -- ending apartheid -- in this true story based on Woods's books <i>Biko</i> and <i>Asking for Trouble</i>. When Biko's beliefs lead him to prison and a deadly fate, Woods rallies to expose the injustice. Director Richard Attenborough's film earned Washington his first Oscar nod.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Penelope Wilton, Kevin McNally, Josette Simon, Kate Hardie
Director
Director
Richard Attenborough
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Biographies, Political Dramas, Tearjerkers
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Synopsis
When literary genius Ernest Hemingway met pioneering war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, the sparks flew -- and continued to fly during their fiery roller coaster marriage as they hobnobbed with the literary and Hollywood elite of their time.
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Cast
Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, David Strathairn, Rodrigo Santoro, Molly Parker, Parker Posey, Tony Shalhoub, Mark Pellegrino, Jeffrey Jones, Peter Coyote, Joan Chen, Santiago Cabrera, Robert Duvall
Director
Director
Philip Kaufman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Romantic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Political Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies
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Synopsis
Winston Churchill is widely recognized as the man who led England in the fight to save Europe from the Nazi threat. What's less widely known is that the prominent politician and energizing speaker was battling his own personal demons at the time. Albert Finney stars as the defiant Churchill, who had to pull himself up from a low point to lead his compatriots. This made-for-cable feature remakes the 1974 version starring Richard Burton.
Cast
Cast
Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Derek Jacobi, Lena Headey, Ronnie Barker, Celia Imrie, Hugh Bonneville, Gottfried John, Dolly Wells, Edward Hardwicke, Tom Hiddleston
Director
Director
Richard Loncraine
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, HBO, Made-for-TV Movies, 20th Century Period Pieces
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Synopsis
This Academy Award-winning film by Stanley Kramer stars Spencer Tracy as American judge Dan Haywood, who's chosen to guide a 1948 tribunal that's trying Germans suspected of engaging in atrocities during World War II. Against the backdrop of the Cold War, Haywood must obtain justice in a case with raised stakes and mixed emotions. Maximilian Schell co-stars in an Oscar-lauded performance as defense counsel for the Nazi prisoners.
Cast
Cast
Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Maximilian Schell, Montgomery Clift, William Shatner, Edward Binns, Kenneth MacKenna
Director
Director
Stanley Kramer
Genres
Genres
Classics, Courtroom Dramas, Classic Dramas, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
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Synopsis
This Oscar-winning epic follows American communist journalist John Reed, his lover Louise Bryant and their allies after the Bolshevik Revolution. Swept up in the tide of change, they take their message to the U.S. labor force in the early 1900s.
Cast
Cast
Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, M. Emmet Walsh, Gene Hackman, Ian Wolfe, Bessie Love, Macintyre Dixon, Pat Starr, Max Wright, John Ratzenberger
Director
Director
Warren Beatty
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Political Dramas, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Nashville on DVD Nashville
Synopsis
Countless characters -- from a bored housewife to a pompously patriotic country singer -- get caught up in a political rally that takes over Nashville in director Robert Altman's sprawling satirical masterpiece about politics and country music.
Cast
Cast
David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Timothy Brown, Keith Carradine, Géraldine Chaplin, Robert DoQui, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield, Henry Gibson, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris, David Hayward, Michael Murphy, Allan F. Nicholls, Dave Peel, Cristina Raines, Bert Remsen, Lily Tomlin, Gwen Welles, Keenan Wynn
Director
Director
Robert Altman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Political Dramas, Showbiz Dramas
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