10 Best President Movies

Thursday, April 7 by Jackie Barlow

The ten best President movies are ones that catch our interest, especially those that are based on true facts. Some have stretched the facts and have been questioned, but they have still been successes at the box office.

  1. "Air Force One," a 1997 release, stars Harrison Ford as President of the United States, James Marshall. He becomes a hostage when terrorists take over Air Force One. He then seems to escape, but he actually hides on board and fights the terrorists.
  2. "JFK" is a 1991 film. It stars Kevin Costner as the former district attorney, Jim Garrison, who file charges against businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy. This movie won two Academy Awards.
  3. "Frost/Nixon" is based on an actual set of televised interviews from 30 years ago between journalist David Frost and President Richard Nixon after his political disgrace. Frank Langella is excellent as Nixon.
  4. "W," a 2008 movie, stars Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as the senior President Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, and Richard Dreyfuss as Vice President Dick Cheney. This film traces the younger President Bush's rise to power.
  5. "In the Line of Fire" is a 1993 thriller with Clint Eastwood as a Secret Service agent going after a malcontent (John Malkovich) who is intent on assassinating the President.
  6. "Vantage Point" shows an assassination attempt on the President (William Hurt) from eight people's points of view. Some of those are from Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid, and Sigourney Weaver during the same 25-minute period that is played over and over again as seen in different ways by different people.
  7. "The American President" stars Michael Douglas as widowed President Andrew Shepherd and Annette Benning as an environmental lobbyist in what is deemed a romantic comedy. This movie inspired "The West Wing" television drama.
  8. "Welcome to Mooseport" stars Gene Hackman as President Monroe Cole. This political comedy has Ray Romano playing a plumber campaigning against Hackman fo the office of mayor in a New England town. This is also Hackman's last movie.
  9. "Primary Colors" is a satire based on President Bill Clinton. John Travolta plays silver-haired, Southern presidential candidate, Jack Stanton. Clinton was so impressed by this portrayal that he invited Travolta to the White House. 
  10. "Man of the Year" stars Robin Williams as a talk show host. After someone in his audience suggests that he run for President, he gets four million people to email their support to him. He decides to run and gets on the ballot in thirteen states!