10 Best Movie Presidents

Friday, July 29 by D. Michaels

Being President in real life has got to be one of the hardest jobs anyone can assume, but for actors it’s one of the best roles one can assume, so coming up with a list of the 10 best movie Presidents is bound to be easy. Movie Presidents don’t have to deal with being revered and reviled at the same time by different sections of the population. They just have to look cool in a suit. Here are 10 that did just that.

  1. Andrew Shepherd in “The American President”. In any list of the top 10 best movie Presidents ever, Michael Douglas’ portrayal of Andrew Shepherd has got to rank pretty high. Douglas plays a widowed President who begins a relationship with an environmental lobbyist, just before kicking off a re-election campaign.
  2. James Marshall in “Air Force One”. Harrison Ford’s character of President James Marshall earns a spot on the list of 10 best move Presidents because he’s not afraid to kick a little ass when terrorists invade the Presidential plane and take his family and crew hostage. Ford's President is one that takes the adage "Don't Tread On Me" very seriously. 
  3. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho in “Idiocracy”. Without a doubt, the dumbest man to ever hol the office, Terry Crews’ character is one of the 10 best movie Presidents just because he’s so damn entertaining, even though he’s leading the country to complete disaster since he replaced using water to irrigate crops with soda pop.
  4. Tom Beck in “Deep Impact”. Years before anyone had even heard the name Barack Obama, there was Morgan Freeman working hard to save the world as a comet was heading toward the planet in what has to be one of the 10 best movie Presidents put to screen. He even puts some of the real ones to shame with his performance.  
  5. Bill Mitchell/Dave Kovic in “Dave”. Kevin Kline has a dual performance in this comedy about a President who has a stroke during an extramarital tryst. When the more authoritative President Mitchell falls, he’s replaced with his doppelganger, who is far more free-spirited than his counterpart, leading to all sorts of problems.
  6. Thomas J. Whitmore in “Independence Day”. Want to know what it takes to make a list of 10 best movie Presidents? How about watching Bill Pullman’s character save the world form alien invaders after they’ve destroyed a good chunk of the world, not to mention the country, Sure, it’s a cheesy performance, but still worth watching.
  7. Jackson Evans in “The Contender”. This movie with one of the 10 best movie Presidents didn’t get a lot of attention, but it should have. Jeff Bridges performance as a put-upon President who must battle a tough confirmation hearing for his new Vice President against a conservative U.S. Senator determined to bring it down, is a movie worth watching again and again.
  8. Thomas Wilson in “2012”. Although he didn’t get a lot of screen time, Danny Glover’s character put a heartfelt spin on a President looking at his country fall apart at the seams right before his very eyes. His compassion puts him on the exclusive list of 10 best movie Presidents because even as he knew he was about to die, he was caring for those who needed help.
  9. Robert Fowler in “The Sum of all Fears”. Often movie Presidents are treated as Machiavellian super geniuses or befuddled fools, but not in this film. James Cromwell put his own stamp on the role (and on the list of 10 best movie Presidents) by making his character a regular man who had been placed in extraordinary circumstances and was genuinely struggling to see his way out of it.
  10. Anthony Hopkins in “Nixon”. Anthony Hopkins portrayal of America’s 37th President ranks on the list of 10 best movie Presidents because he brought more depth and understanding of Nixon’s complexities than the real man did to the people he was serving.
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