Long-Weekend Viewing: Films About Manipulative Political Masterminds for ‘House of Cards’ Fans

If you’ve already binge-watched all of Netflix’s addictive new original series, House of Cards, it’s understandable that you’d be thirsting for more. After all, an antihero like House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) — who has every right to be furious about not being handed the position of Secretary of State after all his years backing the newly elected president — is insanely fun to watch as he dismantles the US political system, one sly move at a time. If you prefer a calculating politician to your average superhero, here is a selection of films (and one miniseries) you have to see.

The original House of Cards

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. This four-part 1990 series from the BBC is what started it all. Ian Richardson earned international fame for his role as Francis Urquhart, who decides to take matters into his own hands and claw his way into the role of prime minister. Like Frank Underwood, who is able to hide his sinister nature behind stereotypes that Southern men are “slow with their words, but quick on their feet,” Francis, at first glance, seems like a polite, kindhearted old man, making his deceptions all the more fascinating to watch.