Top 20 Movie Presidents

It's Presidents Day, and what better way to celebrate than perusing our choices for the 20 best movie presidents.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Michael Douglas in "The American President."

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On Presidents Day 2021, as we reflect on the morals and values of a good leader, we started to think about the types of presidents we've seen at the movies.

In doing so, we've compiled this list of our top 20 movie presidents. Good and bad, these ones on film have made an impression.

The presidents here are fictional and by no means are any of them perfect (and in no way would we endorse some of these guys in real life), but what some of them lack in good decision-making capabilities, they all make up for with their ability to entertain us in the magical, thoroughly make-believe world of cinema.

Harrison Ford in "Air Force One."
Michael Douglas in "The American President."
Kevin Kline in "Dave."
Bill Pullman in "Independence Day."
John Travolta in "Primary Colors."
Morgan Freeman in "Deep Impact."
Jack Nicholson in "Mars Attacks."
Terry Crews in "Idiocracy."
Jeff Bridges in "The Contender."
Aaron Eckhart in "Olympus Has Fallen."
Jamie Foxx in "White House Down."
Leslie Nielsen in "Scary Movie 4."
Peter Sellers in "Dr. Strangelove."
Danny Glover in "2012."
James Earl Jones in "The Man."
Michael Keaton in "First Daughter."
Morgan Freeman in "Angel Has Fallen."
Chris Rock in "Head of State."
Lloyd Bridges in "Hot Shots: Part Deux."
Donald Pleasence in "Escape from New York."

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Jesse Conner

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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