Many of you have already binged through the second season of Netflix’s House Of Cards and are already feeling the pangs of withdrawal. However, all hope for political drama on Netflix streaming is not lost, as there are plenty of quality choices to beat the House Of Cards’ blues.
To help UPROXX readers cope with the reality that HOC season three is a long way off on the horizon, here are seven political Netflix offerings worth checking out.
Hoffa 3.6 stars out of 479,478 ratings.
Written by playwright David Mamet and directed by Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson stars in the biopic of labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa and his rise to power. While the film received its fair share of criticism from the press for not living up to Nicholson’s tremendous transformation into Jimmy Hoffa, the movie has a strong supporting cast and paints Hoffa as a complex and angry character. Rotten Tomatoes 61, IMDB 6.6
The Boys From Brazil 3.6 stars out of 235,536 ratings.
One of the best movies from the later part of both Gregory Peck’s and Laurence Olivier’s career, The Boys From Brazil is an incredibly menacing film based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The plot centers around a Jewish Nazi hunter who receives word of an Auschwitz doctor living in Paraguay, and then discovers that a plan is underway to revitalize the Third Reich through clones. Rotten Tomatoes 67, IMDB 7.0
The Last Emperor 3.9 stars out of 849,232 ratings.
Based on the life of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, the final ruler of the Chinese Ching Dynasty, it was the first movie authorized by the Chinese government that allowed filming in Bejing’s Forbidden City. The biopic pulled in a whopping nine Academy Awards including “Best Picture” and follows the child emperor’s life from 1908 through 1967. Rotten Tomatoes 89, IMDB 7.8
House Of Cards (BBC version) 4 stars out of 157,655 ratings.
If you can’t get enough of Francis Underwood’s ruthless climb to power, the BBC version should help to satisfy any political drama cravings. Filmed as a three-part miniseries, the story plays much the same as the American version with its protagonist Francis Urquhart vying for the Prime Minister seat after the resigning of Margaret Thatcher. And just like the Kevin Spacey version, there’s a young reporter who could likely be his ultimate downfall. IMDB 8.9
The West Wing 4.2 stars out of 961,841 ratings.
One of NBC’s best series ever, the White House drama won 26 Emmy’s over it’s seven year run. Although the show did slip a bit after Aaron Sorkin’s departure at the end of season four, it has the honor of the #10 spot on the list of “101 Best Written TV Series” by the Writers Guild of America. All seven seasons are currently available for streaming. IMDB 8.8
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story 3.8 stars out of 51,762 ratings.
A powerful weapon for the political right in the 1980s, Lee Atwater was Chairman of the GOP and helped swing American politics to the right. Liberals hated him and Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush loved him. This documentary looks at interviews from Atwater’s friends and enemies and examines his tactics for bringing the Republican party to power in the 1980s and early 1990s. IMDB 7.6
No End in Sight 3.8 stars out of 368,587 ratings.
No End In Sight offers a look at the Bush Administration’s reasoning for the occupation of Iraq. The film consists of interviews with 35 people including Colin Powell’s former chief of staff and Samantha Power, current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The documentary received highly favorable reviews and landed on the “Top 10 Best Films of 2007″ list for a number of respected critics. IMDB 8.3