Election Season! 25 Films about Politics—Selected by Boys State's Steven Garza

In the run-up to the 2020 US election, Boys State star Steven Garza curates 25 narrative feature films about democracy under threat and politics at play at the highest levels—and recalls exclusively for Letterboxd the experience of being in one of the year’s break-out documentary hits.

Note from Steven, October 2020:
“I started college in the fall of 2019. I maintained a B+ average, but ended up getting one C grade. Davis Guggenheim, the respected documentarian, asked me which class that C was for. I had to admit—at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Boys State, no less—that it was in my film class. He laughed and thought that was the greatest thing ever.

“January seems a lifetime ago, before…

  • The Great Dictator

    1

  • Z

    2

  • A Face in the Crowd

    3

  • All the President's Men

    4

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    5

  • Being There

    6

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    7

  • Duck Soup

    8

  • In the Loop

    9

  • 1987: When the Day Comes

    10

  • Selma

    11

  • Election

    12

  • No

    13

  • Born Yesterday

    14

  • The Death of Stalin

    15

  • Milk

    16

  • The Best Man

    17

  • Good Night, and Good Luck.

    18

  • The Candidate

    19

  • Lincoln

    20

  • The President

    21

  • Dick

    22

  • The Glorias

    23

  • The Distinguished Gentleman

    24

  • Head of State

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