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The Best Movies About Presidents

Updated September 15, 2020 6.4k votes 1.0k voters 81.3k views42 items

List RulesOnly films about US presidents. Vote up the best presidential movies.

The highest-ranking American is the President of the United States. We absolutely love hearing stories from behind the scenes about events based on what happened in the White House and get a thrill out of the controversies involving the government. Other President movies are about fictional occurances like having the President get kidnapped or the movies are about the President's daughter. It makes perfect sense that so many thrillers and action movies involve stories about our greatest Presidents and the Oval Office in one way or another. What are the best movies about presidents? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorite presidential films rank!

The movies on this list have been ranked as the best that tell a presidential story, whether the film focuses on a heroic aspect of a presidency or President, discusses the assassination of a President, or takes a completely fictional approach to the White House. There are many different stories that have been told in film about the office of the president plus, many great actors have played the president, and this list has the best of the best.

This list has the best movies about Presidents including, Independence Day, Nixon, The American President, Lincoln, White House Down, Olympus Has Fallen, Amistad, The Butler, Death of a President, and Air Force One. Vote up the best presidential films below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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  • 1
    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The American President is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    The American President

    Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox

    Released1995

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Thirteen Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Thirteen Days

    Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood

    Released2000

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

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    Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Frost/Nixon

    Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

    Released2008

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    All the President's Men

    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1976

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

  • 8
    Dave is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Dave

    Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1993

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Nixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Nixon

    Anthony Hopkins, James Woods

    Released1995

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Seven Days in May is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Seven Days in May

    Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    Truman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Truman

    Gary Sinise, Tony Goldwyn

    Released1995

    Directed byFrank Pierson

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    1776 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    1776

    Blythe Danner, Ken Howard

    Released1972

    Directed byPeter H. Hunt

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    White House Down is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    White House Down

    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx

    Released2013

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Olympus Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

    Released2013

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Absolute Power

    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman

    Released1997

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Young Mr. Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda, Ward Bond

    Released1939

    Directed byJohn Ford

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    The Butler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    The Butler

    Mariah Carey, Robin Williams

    Released2013

    Directed byLee Daniels

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    PT 109 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    PT 109

    Robert Blake, Cliff Robertson

    Released1963

    Directed byLeslie H. Martinson

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    The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    London Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    London Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

    Released2015

    Directed byBabak Najafi

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    My Fellow Americans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    My Fellow Americans

    Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Segal

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    Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Fail Safe

    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau

    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    Man of the Year is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Presidents
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    Man of the Year

    Robin Williams, Christopher Walken

    Released2006

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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