Did you know that Presidents’ Day was originally (and is still officially) called Washington’s Birthday? That’s why it always falls during the third week of February: our first president’s birthday was on February 22.
But alas, there are NO movies about good ol’ George — can you believe it? Someone tell Hollywood to get on it already! In the meantime, here are 7 movies about U.S. presidents real and fictional to celebrate those who have held the highest office in the land.
Southside with You – Travel back in time to the summer of 1989, when a young lawyer named Barack Obama falls head over heels for another lawyer (and his boss!!!), Michelle Robinson. We know now that “the rest is history” after their first kiss, but it’s interesting and fun to see how the future president and first lady’s love story began.
W. – Josh Brolin stars as the 43rd president of the United States in this biopic by Oliver Stone that follows the younger George Bush from his college days at Yale in 1966 until the tail end of his presidency in 2003. Though Stone is a controversial director who sometimes takes liberties with the truth, Brolin claims that W. himself watched the film and enjoyed it.
All the President’s Men – In this (still timely) thriller based on real events, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star as Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who published details of the Watergate scandal — leading to the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – If you’d rather escape reality, this action flick — based on the best-selling novel of the same name … which does actually have some factual elements — follows Honest Abe throughout his life and reveals that he was secretly a vampire-hunter all along, including during his presidency.
The American President – A presidential rom-com-dram? Why not! This one is actually beloved by many, and stars Michael Douglas as a lonely widower who’s also the president. He falls for a lobbyist (Annette Bening) — but the couple has more than a few things standing in the way of their happily-ever-after.
Dave – This political comedy stars Kevin Kline as the president’s stand-in … until suddenly he’s asked to kinda-sorta take over when the real president is sidelined by a health emergency.
White House Down – And finally we come to perhaps the craziest presidential movie of them all, where Jamie Foxx is the leader of the free world, and Channing Tatum needs to save him when the White House comes under attack by ruthless mercenaries. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer … and yeah, maybe you’ll roll your eyes a little bit, too, but it’s still a great rollercoaster ride of an action thriller.
There are lots of other great movies involving presidents — which ones are your favorites?