Best Presidential Films by President

by z_ingle | created - 05 May 2016 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

The best film about each president. At least those that have a film about them.

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1. The Real George Washington (2008 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Archaeologists excavate George Washington's childhood home and analyze items found there, while historians analyze the paradoxes of Washington as an impulsive tactician, honest spymaster, prudent suitor and liberty-loving slave owner.

Director: Tucker Bowen | Stars: Bruce Chadwick, Kathryn Coombs, Daniel Cross, Anthony J. Davis

Votes: 28

2. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 25,792

3. Jefferson (2010 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary

The contradictions and complexities of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson serve as the subjects of this documentary from filmmaker Trey Nelson.

Director: Trey Nelson | Stars: Coby Batty, Pheola Epps, Carl Johnson, Ted Marcoux

Votes: 7

4. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Dolley Madison (2010)

TV-G | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Dolley Madison lived through the two wars that established the U.S., was friends with the first 12 Presidents, and watched America evolve from a struggling young republic to the first modern democracy in the world.

Director: Muffie Meyer | Stars: Catherine Allgor, Carl Sferrazza Anthony, Jim Barbour, Carol Berkin

Votes: 146

5. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

63 Metascore

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 67,166 | Gross: $44.18M

6. The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, History

President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone

Votes: 946 | Gross: $1.46M

7. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

86 Metascore

As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 232,633 | Gross: $182.21M

8. Tennessee Johnson (1942)

Passed | 103 min | Biography, Drama

A chronicle of the life of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his time as President of the United States.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main

Votes: 465

9. Lee & Grant (2011 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary

Lee & Grant is a personal look at two iconic leaders of the Civil War.

Director: John Ealer | Stars: Michael L. Colosimo, Jonathan Frakes, Shaun C. Grenan, Keith E. Whitehead

Votes: 39

10. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )

TV-14 | 795 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

Stars: Meryl Streep, Edward Herrmann, George Will, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Votes: 1,871

Since we never got that Scorsese/DiCaprio biopic...

11. Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of the American Century (2002 TV Movie)

Documentary, Drama

A documentary about the intellectual pacifist progressive President Woodrow Wilson, showing his place in history as the president who oversaw America's transformation into a singular global... See full summary »

Directors: Carl Byker, Mitch Wilson | Stars: Rene Auberjonois, Louis Auchincloss, John Morton Blum, Blair Brown

Votes: 33

12. Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover (2009 TV Movie)

TV-G | 58 min | Documentary

This one-hour documentary explores the facts and fictions behind the presidency of Herbert Hoover including The Great Depression and its lasting impact on government.

Director: Chip Duncan | Stars: Harry Smith, Jonathan Alter, Calvin Coolidge, Timothy Egan

Votes: 42

13. Warm Springs (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama

The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 2,502

14. Truman (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama

Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore

Votes: 2,105

15. Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004 TV Movie)

PG | 89 min | Drama, History, War

A dramatization of the 90 days leading up to Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, and how General Dwight Eisenhower, against all odds, brilliantly orchestrated the most important military maneuver in modern history.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, Ian Mune

Votes: 2,890

16. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 133,141 | Gross: $70.41M

17. LBJ (2016)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

54 Metascore

Lyndon B. Johnson aligns himself with John F. Kennedy, rises to the Presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Michael Stahl-David, Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 4,826 | Gross: $2.47M

18. Nixon (1995)

R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris

Votes: 27,392 | Gross: $13.56M

19. Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)

PG | 125 min | Documentary, Biography, History

58 Metascore

A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Lillian Carter, Elizabeth Hayes

Votes: 800 | Gross: $0.11M

20. Killing Reagan (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A look at John Hinkley's 1981 assassination attempt against U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon, Joel Murray, Patrick St. Esprit

Votes: 803

21. Primary Colors (1998)

R | 143 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A man joins the political campaign of a smooth-operator candidate for president of the USA.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman

Votes: 26,396 | Gross: $38.97M

If you count it as a Clinton film. If not, The War Room.

22. Vice (I) (2018)

R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 92,580 | Gross: $47.84M

23. By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009)

116 min | Documentary

Nearly a year before Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency, two filmmakers began to roll cameras on the young senator. Over the next 19 months, across the USA, the daily events of the presidential campaign are chronicled.

Directors: Amy Rice, Alicia Sams | Stars: Barack Obama, Neil Abercrombie, Dick Armey, David Axelrod

Votes: 956

24. Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 50 min | Comedy

75 Metascore

Funny or Die presents a satirical rendition of Donald Trump's 1987 best selling business book, The Art of the Deal.

Director: Jeremy Konner | Stars: Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Alfred Molina, Robert Morse

Votes: 3,578



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