Is Hillary Clinton a driven feminist devoted to public service—or a Machiavellian politician bent on enriching herself? Both narratives have been at war almost since Hillary Clinton burst onto the national scene when her husband Bill Clinton became president in 1992.
A wide range of books, movies, essays and other media have been devoted to revealing the “real” Hillary Clinton, but as Hillary Clinton has become the Democratic nominee, Republican adversaries have tried to tap into the deep-seated distaste many American voters seem to harbor for Clinton, producing a deluge of anti-Clinton media. The top three non-fiction books on The New York Times bestseller list are devoted to exposing Hillary Clinton’s purported misdeeds; a YouTube video, “Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes straight,” has more than 10 million views.
At the same time, Clinton’s avid supporters have produced their own media, celebrating Hillary Clinton as a feminist icon who has dealt with way too much sexism.
With Clinton closer to the presidency than any other woman in U.S. history, it’s worth asking: Who is the real Hillary?
Here’s a look at some of the most high-profile movies featuring Clinton—including documentaries and fictionalized versions of her—and how they portrayed the former Secretary of State, as well as how the films were received by critics and the American public.