Hopefully as you read this, you have already performed your civic duty and made your way to your local polling station for that great exercise in democracy: voting.

It's easy to be cynical about politics, but today is the big day, and the fate of the country is in your hands. Although in the interests of transparency, I should probably tell you that I am a card-carrying Canadian, so I'm with you in spirit if not in citizenship. Our countries may be very different when it comes to our politics, but I know enough about the world to know that what happens tonight affects not only America, but the rest of the world as well, which is pretty heavy, right? Because as the great Sandy Bates once said, "I'm for total honest democracy. I also believe the American system can work." (you'll just have to imagine the 'rim shot')

But there isn't much to do other than wait and see, and since we've got a few hours to kill before the results are in, why not pop in a movie? You don't have to spend your evening staring at 'the big board'; you can get your political fix from the silver screen -- because at least when it comes to bad politicians in the movies, we know it's going to be over in two hours. If only we could say the same for the real world.

But back to the movies; after the jump are five political classics you should watch instead of tonight's election results ...
All the President's Men Movie Poster
All the President's Men
Based on 13 critics

Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl... Read More

Primary Colors Movie Poster
Primary Colors
Based on 30 critics

In this adaptation of the best-selling roman à clef about Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the White House,... Read More

Election Movie Poster
Based on 33 critics

Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), a well-liked high school government teacher, can't help but notice... Read More

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