Robert Redford in "The Candidate" (recommended by Gwen Ifill).

Your election entertainment playlist

Journalists and commentators, including Gwen Ifill and Pat Buchanan, nominate their favorite campaign-related fare

Emma Mustich
January 16, 2012 10:00PM (UTC)

Tired of long, less-than-zippy Republican debates? Struggling to stay awake for primary results? As the political season gets underway -- but before the general election begins in earnest -- it may be time to tap into the rich and varied canon of campaign-themed books, movies and television.

We asked a group of journalists, pundits, historians and politicians -- people whose commentary you're likely to read, see and hear over the coming months -- to nominate their favorite election-based entertainment. From black-and-white classics to "Primary Colors," from cartoons to "Citizen Kane," there's something on this list for everyone (even the staunch realist [see slide 8]) who's ever felt the slightest thrill on election night. Of course, it's not an exhaustive account; we hope you'll enrich it by naming your personal favorites in the comments below.


Emma Mustich

Emma Mustich is a Salon contributor. Follow her on Twitter: @emustich.

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