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12 elect-ifying films for the campaign season

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A governor's son (Robert Redford) runs for the senate against an unbeatable incumbent in "The Candidate."

A Democratic presidential candidate (director George Clooney), left, finagles an endorsement from an influential senator (Jeffrey Wright) in "Ides of March."

Scoutmaster Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) makes a common man pitch before Congress in Frank Capra's 1939 classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

The conniving mother (Angela Lansbury) of a Korean War veteran (Laurence Harvey) seeks to influence American politics in "The Manchurian Candidate."

Two presidential nominees (Cliff Robertson and Henry Fonda) hit below the belt when campaigning in "The Best Man."

Democratic Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), left, meets his Republican challenger Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) in "The Campaign."

Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner) becomes an instant celebrity when a presidential election boils down to him in "Swing Vote."

"The Best Man" offers a tale of back-stabbing presidential contenders.

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You're in luck, election junkies, because Hollywood has produced some humdingers when it comes to election movies. They come in all varieties: comedies, parodies, serious dramas and documentaries. Here are 12 suggestions on how to feed your election obsession. You won't find "Black Sheep" (David Spade tries to keep idiot Chris Farley from blowing his father's election). We have standards.
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    • A governor’s son (Robert Redford) runs for the senate against an unbeatable incumbent in “The Candidate.”
    • A Democratic presidential candidate (director George Clooney), left, finagles an endorsement from an influential senator (Jeffrey Wright) in “Ides of March.”
    • Scoutmaster Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) makes a common man pitch before Congress in Frank Capra's 1939 classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
    • The conniving mother (Angela Lansbury) of a Korean War veteran (Laurence Harvey) seeks to influence American politics in “The Manchurian Candidate.”
    • Two presidential nominees (Cliff Robertson and Henry Fonda) hit below the belt when campaigning in "The Best Man."
    • Democratic Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), left, meets his Republican challenger Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) in “The Campaign.”
    • Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner) becomes an instant celebrity when a presidential election boils down to him in "Swing Vote."
    • “The Best Man” offers a tale of back-stabbing presidential contenders.
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