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The Greatest Fictional Presidents 

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Updated August 28, 2019 11.6k votes 1.4k voters 18.3k views 72 items

List Rules President characters from movies, TV, books, comics, etc.

A list of the greatest fictional presidents. Browse through this list of the greatest fictional presidents to see those characters who served their country well. These presidents are ranked by the community in order from most popular fictional presidents to the least popular.

If you don’t agree with the rankings below, vote up the presidents that you think were the greatest, and see them rise on the list. If you don’t see the great fictional president you love on the list, go ahead and add him or her below. Some presidents are strong leaders and really help their people and country, while other presidents are so horrible that they don’t need to be doing any sort of leading. 

The great presidential leaders are the ones that you will find on this list. Cast your votes below - there's no electoral college to get in the way in this election!
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Josiah Bartlet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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President James Marshall... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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President Thomas J. Whit... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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Andrew Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: The American President

Played By: Michael Douglas

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David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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President Tom Beck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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Dave Kovic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
Dave Kovic

Appears In: Dave

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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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Tom Kirkman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
Tom Kirkman

Appears In: Designated Survivor

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Laura Roslin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: Battlestar Galactica

Played By: Mary McDonnell

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Joe Bauers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: Idiocracy

Played By: Luke Wilson

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Benjamin Asher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
Benjamin Asher

Appears In: Olympus Has Fallen

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Appears In: The Simpsons Movie

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President Camacho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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President Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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Appears In: The Fifth Element

Played By: Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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James W. Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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Mays Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: Head of State

Played By: Chris Rock

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President Thomas Wilson ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: 2012

Played By: Danny Glover

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President James Foster ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: Chasing Liberty

Played By: Mark Harmon

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Mackenzie Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: Commander in Chief

Played By: Geena Davis

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President Baxter Harris ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: Scary Movie universe

Played By: Leslie Nielsen

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Speaker Trumbull is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents

Appears In: Olympus Has Fallen

Played By: Morgan Freeman

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Fitzgerald Grant S is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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President Matt Douglas ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Presidents
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Appears In: My Fellow Americans

Played By: James Garner