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The Best Political Movies and TV Shows on TCM

Finding a good Political movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Political movies and TV shows of all time streaming on TCM.

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1. Giant

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7.6/10
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80/100
Released: 1956Rated: G
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Ball of Fire

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7.8/10
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76/100
Released: 1941
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss O’Shea, a nightclub singer, who’s on top of all the slang—and, it just so happens, needs a place to stay.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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3. Meet John Doe

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7.7/10
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74/100
Released: 1941
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it's worth, until the made-up "John Doe" philosophy starts a whole political movement.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Epix & 3 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & TCM) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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4. Xala

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6.7/10
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60/100
Released: 1975
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the government. One official, Aboucader Beye, known by the title "El Hadji," takes advantage of some of that money to marry his third wife, to the sorrow and chagrin of his first two wives and the resentment of his nationalist daughter. But he discovers on his wedding night that he has been struck with a "xala," a curse of impotence. El Hadji goes to comic lengths to find the cause and remove the xala, resulting in a scathing satirical ending.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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5. Ice Station Zebra

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6.6/10
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59/100
Released: 1968Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A top-secret Soviet spy satellite -- using stolen Western technology -- malfunctions and then goes into a descent that lands it near an isolated Arctic research encampment called Ice Station Zebra, belonging to the British, which starts sending out distress signals before falling silent. The atomic submarine Tigerfish, commanded by Cmdr. James Ferraday (Rock Hudson), is dispatched to save them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. Crime of Passion

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6.5/10
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56/100
Released: 1956
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill, but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $5.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).