3 Watergate Movies Nixon Doesn?t Want You To See

Friday, May 3 by John Coon

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	Many U.S. <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/presidents/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Presidents</a> turned out to be corrupt men who made power grabs like they were ordering a burger and fries. The Watergate scandal is the first time these White House sins were so obvious on such a wide scale. There are three Watergate movies Nixon doesn't want you to see (if he were alive) because they open a window on just how much he abused the power of his office. These three movies stand out in illuminating what Richard M. Nixon really was about as president.</p>
	<strong>1. "All the President's Men" (1976)</strong></p>
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This classic political thriller followed the Watergate scandal from the perspective of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein–the Washington Post reporters who broke the story. It details how they carefully unraveled the story from initial break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters to uncovering the extent of corruption through anonymous sources such as “Deep Throat.” This movie remains the gold standard on the scandal that enveloped Nixon.


2. "Nixon" (1995)

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Anthony Hopkins seems an odd choice to play Nixon. For one, he has a Welsh accent. For another, he evokes flashback images of Hannibal Lecter in virtually every role. But Hopkins teamed with Oliver Stone to unravel the enigma behind Nixon and what forced him from power. Hopkins creates a man who becomes a prisoner of his own need to control everything. He elicits confusion and anger at every turn as Nixon's attempts to consolidate power and dig him a hole from which he can't escape.


3. "Frost/Nixon" (2008)

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Frank Langella hits all the right notes in this look behind the famous TV interview of Nixon, after his resignation, by British journalist David Frost. He perfectly captures all of the contradictions that defined Nixon's personality. From his arrogance to his insecurity, viewers get to see what made Nixon fall from grace the way he fell. The chess match of wits between Frost and Nixon makes for high drama–both in real life and on the big screen–as he tries to get the former president to admit to his crimes. 

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