1970s Political Drama Movies

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| 2h 36min | Drama, History, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 326 votes)

The perversion behind imperial Rome, the epic story of Rome's mad Emporer. All the details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed right here: His unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, his fiendishly inventive means of disposing those who would oppose him, and more.

The Conformist(1971)

1h 48min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 282 votes)

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

All the President's Men(1976)

| 2h 18min | Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 775 votes)

During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Nixon to resign from his post.

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion(1970)

1h 51min | Drama, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 325 votes)

Rome, Italy. After committing a heinous crime, a senior police officer exposes evidence incriminating him because his moral commitment prevents him from circumventing the law and the social order it protects.

A Special Day(1977)

| 1h 46min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 279 votes)

In Rome, fascist supporter Emanuele attends a parade commemorating Adolf Hitler's historic meeting with Italian leader Benito Mussolini, leaving his apolitical wife, Antonietta, to tend to household duties. Antonietta encounters a man, Gabriele, who appears surprisingly nonplussed by the political event. Over the course of the day, the two forge a close friendship that will forever change their perceptions of life, love and politics.

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles(1976)

| 3h 22min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 123 votes)

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores and takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. Slowly, her ritualized daily routines begin to fall apart.

Norma Rae(1979)

| 1h 50min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 66 votes)

Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the difficult, and possibly dangerous, struggle to unionize her factory.

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum(1975)

| 1h 44min | Drama, Crime
3.5/5 (with 40 votes)

After a chance encounter with a wanted man, a woman is harassed by the police and press until she takes violent action.

The Travelling Players(1975)

3h 44min | Drama, War, History
3.7/5 (with 29 votes)

This expansive Greek drama follows a troupe of theater actors as they perform around their country during World War II. While the production that they put on is entitled "Golfo the Shepherdess," the thespians end up echoing scenes from classic Greek tales in their own lives, as Elektra plots revenge on her mother for the death of her father, and seeks help from her brother, Orestes, a young anti-fascist rebel.

The Working Class Goes to Heaven(1971)

2h 5min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 149 votes)

A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. The accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups.

The Assassination of Trotsky(1972)

1h 43min | Drama, History, Thriller
2.5/5 (with 15 votes)

A Stalinist assassin tracks exiled revolutionary Leon Trotsky to Mexico in 1940.

Man of Marble(1977)

2h 45min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 31 votes)

Man of Marble is a Polish film about a student making a film about a bricklayer who was once idolized. She interviews people who knew him and finds old footage that lead to an unfolding mystery that causes her producer to cancel the project.

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The Seduction of Joe Tynan(1979)

| 1h 48min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 12 votes)

Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life.

Tout Va Bien(1972)

1h 35min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 23 votes)

A strike at a French sausage factory contributes to the estrangement of a married filmmaker and his reporter wife.


1h 55min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 9 votes)

Rheinhardt, a cynical drifter, gets a job as an announcer for right-wing radio station WUSA in New Orleans. Rheinhardt is content to parrot WUSA's reactionary editorial stance on the air, even if he doesn't agree with it. Rheinhardt finds his cynical detachment challenged by a lady friend, Geraldine, and by Rainey, a neighbour and troubled idealist who becomes aware of WUSA's sinister, hidden purpose. And when events start spinning out of control, even Rheinhardt finds he must take a stand.


2h 13min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

J.K. is a hotel Manager in a scenic location in India. One day he gallantly comes to the rescue of a drunk daughter, Aarti, of a politician, and chooses to be discrete about it. When she recovers, she and he fall in love; get married in a small marriage ceremony, have a daughter, and thereafter differences arise to such an extent that they decide to separate. Years pass J.K. and Aarti meet again when she is an established politician, both are still attracted to each other, but she does not want her name to be tarnished and stigmatized as a "separated" woman.

Directed by Gulzar - With Sanjeev Kumar, Roma Dasgupta

The Herd(1979)

2h 9min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 13 votes)

Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family decides to sell its sheep - a most precious commodity - in far away Ankara. During their long train ride, bribes must be paid to petty officials, sheep are stolen or die in the packed, airless wagons, and the sick wife of one of the family's sons becomes deathly ill.

C.I.A. Secret Story(1975)

1h 45min | Horror, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Faccia di spia tries to tell the story of the CIA and other government intelligence agencies with lots of re-creations and dramatizations and points out some of the more brutal aspects of the intelligence community from around the world. Wars are started, all facets of everyday life are controlled, innocent people are tortured needlessly and subjected to extreme violence.


1h 49min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 8 votes)

A fact-based account of ordinary citizens who found themselves arrested and imprisoned without charge for weeks during the October Crisis in 1970 Quebec.

Death of a President(1977)

2h 24min | History, Drama
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

After Poland won freedom from of its long overlordship by Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, it took a further four years for its National Assembly to elect Gabriel Narutowicz as its first president. Narutowicz was a professor who until his election had been living in Switzerland. Those were chaotic times, and shortly after his election, he was assassinated by right-wing fanatics. This epic Polish film chronicles the circumstances of Narutowicz's election and assassination.

The Centaurs(1978)

2h 20min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The story takes place in an unnamed Latin Country.

Billy Jack Goes to Washington(1977)

2h 35min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

After a senator suddenly dies after completing (and sealing) an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining senator and the state governor must decide on a person who will play along with their shady deals and not cause any problems. They decide on Billy Jack, currently sitting in prison after being sent to jail at the end of his previous film, as they don't expect him to be capable of much, and they think he will attract young voters to the party.

Directed by Tom Laughlin - With Tom Laughlin

The Revolutionary(1970)

| 1h 40min | Drama
2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

"A", a member of a student protest organization, becomes disenchanted by his group's inability to effect real change. Emboldened to pursue more radical methods by the older, experienced leftist organizer Despard, "A" unwittingly becomes party to a labor strike that turns violent. Ultimately held responsible by the authorities for the fracas, "A" allies himself with terrorist Leonard, who intends to avenge those jailed in the protest.

Directed by Paul Williams - With Jon Voight, Seymour Cassel, Robert Duvall

Two Solitudes(1978)

1h 57min

The story of the problems caused by what became known as the Conscripton Crisis in 1917 Canada, which threatened to divide the country.

Days of Betrayal(1973)

3h 47min | History, Drama
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

This feature film based on the events of 1938 is a chronicle of the futile efforts of the Czechoslovak president Edvard Benes (Jirí Pleskot), politicians and ordinary citizens, to save the independence and the territorial integrity of the state from the advance of Hitler's Germany. On the 29th of March 1938 the leader of the Sudeten Germans Henlein (Werner Ehrlicher) has a meeting with Hitler (Gunnar Möller). Hitler orders him to intensify pressure on the Czechoslovak government. On the 24th of April in Carlsbad, the Sudetendeutsche Partei (Sudeten German Party) decides upon eight demands that are unacceptable to the Czechoslovak President, since they would ultimately lead to the break-up of the Republic. Benes still shows a certain willingness to negotiate, and Henlein resents this. The Germans are determined to make further negotiations impossible through incidents and violence.

The Last Hurrah(1977)

1h 45min | Drama, TV Movie

The longtime head of a powerful political machine is determined to win a fourth election and stay in power, despite challenges to his regime by young, dissatisfied opponents, and his worries that his age and his ill health may have an effect on the election's outcome.

Lady of the House(1978)

1h 40min | Drama, TV Movie

A dramatization of the life of Sally Stanford, who operated a bordello in the northern California town of Sausalito, and eventually went on to be elected mayor of the town.

The Mine(1978)

1h 30min | Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 5 votes)

When work accidents in a coal mine start to result in death, İlyas warns his colleagues working in the mine. It starts to collect signatures for the necessary measures to be taken, but the necessary solidarity among the workers cannot be established. A tent theater that comes to the region further complicates things.

Year One(1974)

1h 55min | History
1.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Rossellini’s biopic of the postwar Christian Democrat leader, Alcide De Gaspari, who was responsible for keeping the Communists out of power in the years that followed the fall of fascism.

Number One(1973)

1h 35min | Crime
3.4/5 (with 1 vote)

This raw Italian political melodrama investigates the underbelly of Rome in the early '70s, exposing drugs, crime, and sexual scandals.

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