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10 election-themed movies to watch on Primary Election Day

Jonna Miller
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Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche and Robert DeNiro star in "Wag the Dog."

Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. Were you first line at 7 a.m. or will you cast your ballot after work?

Whenever you make it to the polls … pat yourself on the back for exercising your right to vote. Reward yourself with some popcorn and a movie fit for celebrating the democratic process.

Here are 10 election-themed films — comedies, drama and satire with IMDb summaries— to consider:

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2004)

Vote for Pedro! A listless and alienated teenager (Jon Heder) decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.


THE CANDIDATE (1972)

Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.


ELECTION (1999)

A high school teacher’s (Matthew Broderick) personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever (Reese Witherspoon) determined to become student body president.


WAG THE DOG (1997)

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro and Anne Heche.


MY FELLOW AMERICANS (1996)

Two former U.S. Presidents (Jack Lemmon and James Garner), hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.


THE CAMPAIGN (2012)

An incumbent Representative (Will Ferrell) embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer (Zach Galifianakis) funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.


THE PURGE ELECTION YEAR (2016)

Former Police Sergeant Barnes (Frank Grillo) becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.


MILK (2008)

The story of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.


HEAD OF STATE (2003)

When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, Washington, D.C., alderman Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is unexpectedly picked as his replacement.


FRONT RUNNER (2018)

In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart’s (Hugh Jackman) presidential campaign is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair.

Jonna Miller is a Tribune-Review features editor. You can contact Jonna at 724-850-1270, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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