Government Movies About War

Wednesday, August 10 by Shawn Lealos

Government movies about war take the battles into the Pentagon and White House and spend more time analyzing the reasons for the war instead of the results of the battles. These movies show the mechanisms of the war machine without bothering too much with the up close casualties that result from the wars.

  1. “Dr. Strangelove”Stanley Kubrick creates this hilarious government movie about war that sets up an all out nuclear war between the U.S. and Soviet Union during the Cold War. The original attack was a mistake, with a deranged General ordering the strike and the politicians in the war room unable to figure out how to stop it.
  2. “War, Inc.”John Cusack stars in this government movie about war playing a government employed hitman. The movie is a satirical look at the politicians, in this case the Vice President, ordering clandestine assassinations in order to fulfill the government’s missions abroad.
  3. “Wag the Dog” – This comedy government movie about war features a spin doctor who sets up an elaborate hoax to help the presidential candidate. With a sex scandal brewing with the president, the spin doctor invents a fictional war to distract the nation from the real problems at hand.
  4. “Fahrenheit 9/11”Michael Moore directs this documentary government movie about war, questioning America’s role played in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Despite the controversy that the film raised, it still won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and is one of the highest grossing documentaries ever made.
  5. “Green Zone”Matt Damon stars in this government movie about war. While many movies on this list take place in the war rooms, this one takes place in the field but feature an Army officer begin to question the U.S. government’s accusation there are WMDs in Iraq. He then becomes a wanted man as fellow military men start gunning for him.
  6. “Lions for Lambs”Robert Redford directs this movie about a group of soldiers in Afghanistan, a U.S. Senator, a professor and a reporter. This government movie about war focuses on the politicians sending soldiers on missions to die in what might be nothing more than distractive ploys.
  7. “Syriana” – This government movie about war stars George Clooney as a CIA operative sent to the Middle East to assassinate a Prince but then turning on him when the word gets out on their plans. The movie also deals with the oil controversy involved in the war.
  8. “The Manchurian Candidate” – This government movie about war deals with Sleeper Cells hypnotized during Operation Desert Storm. Live Schreiber and Denzel Washington star as two men tasked with putting one of them into the presidential chair for a devious corporation.
  9. “Charlie Wilson’s War” – This government movie about war is based on the real life of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson. Wilson, a lazy congressmen who doesn’t really care about anything, discovers atrocities in Afghanistan and helps lead U.S. forces in to save the country.
  10. “Thirteen Days” – This government movie about war is based on the efforts of John Kennedy and his advisors to deal with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The U.S. and Soviet Union were on the brink of war and this movie traces how that was averted.  
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