It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a more timely, accurate and hilarious rendition of the perils and possibilities of American politics than The Great McGinty, a delightful Preston Sturges tongue-in-cheek effort from 1940.
Often classified as a satire, at this point in our democratic evolution, it may be more of a cautionary tale for those interested enough to learn from the past.
Sturges had written a number of successful scripts, but he agreed to sell the story to Paramount for just $10 (such a deal!) with the understanding that he be allowed to direct. Pretty savvy negotiating and it wound up netting him an Academy Award the following year for Best Original Screenplay.