6 movies about presidential elections

Here's an escape that doesn't remove you from your civic duty

Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick in 1999's "Election" (YouTube)
Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick in 1999's "Election" (YouTube)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After nearly 2 years of campaigning, candidates winnowed, insults thrown, facts checked, lies exposed, twists, turns and language that gave this election an R-rating, it’s all over but the shouting. (No idea when that will end.)

Voters will choose a new President of the United States on Tuesday. You may want to watch something else before the votes come in, so these movies will give you an escape without totally removing you from your civic duty.

In one of her earlier roles, Reese Witherspoon broke out as an overzealous teen running for class president. Matthew Broderick and Chris Kline also starred.

Harrison Ford plays President James Marshall in the action-adventure, in which a terrorist team hijacks the president’s plane. But Marshall, a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, calls upon his military training to save the day. Memorable line: “Get off my plane.”

Ryan Gosling is a junior campaign manager for George Clooney’s Democratic presidential candidate in Ides of March.

This is a remake of a 1962 film starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury. In this version, Denzel Washington stars as a Gulf War veteran, while Liev Schreiber plays a war hero turned vice presidential candidate who may be the unwitting pawn in a global conglomerate’s plot to take over the White House via brainwashing.

James Stewart brings wide-eyed idealism to the role of Jefferson Smith in this Frank Capra Oscar-winner. In the end, idealism wins.

Robert Redford is a left-leaning lawyer who runs for the US Senate against an entrenched incumbent. Against all odds, he wins. Memorable line after he wins: “Now what?”

The Hollywood Reporter contributed to the list of movies