To coincide with the release of 'Vantage Point,' we highlight five great movies about presidential conspiracy plots.
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)Skip to next paragraph
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This brainy blend of paranoia and presidential politics, starring Laurence Harvey and Frank Sinatra (l.) is still fresh and startling more than 40 years later. Speaking of age, Angela Lansbury – as perhaps the most evil mother in all of film – was only two years older than the actor playing her adult son. Don't bother with the inferior 2004 Denzel Washington version.
ADVISE AND CONSENT (1962)
When the president nominates a new secretary of State, skeletons – and a married senator – come tumbling out of closets. The film, which stars Henry Fonda, is a bit dated today, especially a famously horrific gay-bar scene. But it was groundbreaking and boasts nice performances. Unlike the others on this list, it didn't get any Oscar nominations.
SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964)
This forgotten cold-war relic stars Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas as military brass on the opposite sides of a military takeover plot. While a bit talky and preachy – trademarks of screenwriter Rod "Twilight Zone" Serling – it has some nice moments.
Arm yourself with plenty of skepticism and easy access to the fast-forward button for this one. Long and reality challenged, this infamous assassination exposé still manages to captivate.