Here are three movies on Netflix (as of date of publishing) that you can watch tonight or this weekend if you’re really into political thrillers.
Bridge of Spies
Set at the height of the Cold War, Bridge of Spies tells the (mostly) true story of a prisoner swap on the border between the then-divided East Germany and West Germany. Tom Hanks stars as an attorney tasked with defending the Soviet agent who comes to be brokered in the swap.
Charlie Wilson’s War
Tom Hanks plays Charlie Wilson in this witty film about a hard-partying Congressman who somehow finds himself leading the charge to involve the United States government in the Soviet-Afghan War. Part comedy, part drama, part thriller, and all political, this one is worth checking out.
The Ides of March
For all of the great political thrillers out there, there are surprisingly few that focus on the greatest public display of politics in democracy: an election. The Ides of March is the exception to the rule. It sets up a compelling web of secrets and election-season intrigue and then hands the keys to George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, and the other members of its star-studded cast.