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The 1960s were the golden age of political thrillers. These five movies prove it

The 1960s were the golden age of political thrillers. These five movies prove it

The presidential campaign just ending may give credence to the notion that truth is stranger than fiction, but that probably won’t put a dent in Hollywood’s fascination with the political thriller. 

The genre has been a staple of moviemaking at least since “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) and is certain to remain a staple into the distant future — the built-in drama of an electoral campaign is just too irresistible.

Yet thanks to the efforts of the people at Turner Classic Movies, we can state definitively that one era stands above all the rest in its contribution to the field. The 1960s gave us at least five enduring classics, a...

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