American Presidents - on the Screen

A Gallery of American Presidents factual and fictional in the Movies with facts, photos and posters.

Joseph Henabery in Birth of a Nation (1915)
Joseph Henabery in Birth of a Nation (1915)
Birth of a Nation (1915) poster
Birth of a Nation (1915) poster


Joseph Hanebery as a rather scary looking Abe Lincoln in the hugely successful and controversial silent movie epic The Birth of a Nation (1915) directed by D.W. Griffith. 190mins

Based on the novel The Clansman by Thomas F. Dixon jr

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th President of the United States. He was the first President to be assassinated (by John Wilkes Booth).

IMDB rating 7.0

Walter Huston as Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Walter Huston as Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Abraham Lincoln (1930) poster
Abraham Lincoln (1930) poster



Walter Huston as Abe in D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln (1930). 90mins.

Based on the story by John W. Considine jr

More actors have played Abraham Lincoln in films than any other President, at no.2 is Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

IMDB rating 5.9

Shirley Temple meets the President in The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Shirley Temple meets the President in The Littlest Rebel (1935)

Shirley Temple as The Littlest Rebel (1935) with Frank McGlynn Sr as Lincoln, directed by David Butler. 73mins

IMDB rating 6.7

Henry Fonda as Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Henry Fonda as Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) poster
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) poster



Henry Fonda as Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), directed by John Ford. 100mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Screenplay.

IMDB rating 7.6

Raymond Massey in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Raymond Massey in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) poster
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) poster



Raymond Massey as Old Mr. Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) directed by John Cromwell and also starring Gene Lockhart and Ruth Gordon. 110mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Actor (Massey) and Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.4

Wilson (1944) poster
Wilson (1944) poster

Alexander Knox plays Woodrow Wilson in Wilson (1944) directed by Henry King and also starring Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell, Cedric Hardwicke and Vincent Price. 154mins

Won Oscars for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction and Best Sound. Also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Knox), Best Music (Alfred Newman) and Best Special Effects.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) was the 28th President of the United States.

IMDB rating 6.9

The real Andrew Jackson and Charlton Heston as Jackson in The Buccaneer (1958)
The real Andrew Jackson and Charlton Heston as Jackson in The Buccaneer (1958)
The Buccaneer (1958) poster
The Buccaneer (1958) poster



Charlton Heston as Andrew Jackson in The Buccaneer (1958) directed by Anthony Quinn, produced by Cecil B DeMille and starring Yul Brunner and Claire Bloom. 119mins.

Based on the novel Lafitte, the Pirate by Lyle Saxon

Oscar nominated for Best Costume Design.

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the 7th President of the United States.

IMDB rating 6.3

PT109 (1963) poster
PT109 (1963) poster
Cliff Robertson as JFK in PT109 (1963)
Cliff Robertson as JFK in PT109 (1963)



The late Cliff Robertson as Lt. John F. Kennedy in PT 109 (1963) directed by Leslie H. Martinson. 140mins.

Based on the book by Robert J. Donovan.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) was the 35th President of the United States.

IMDB rating 6.3

Peter Bull and Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Peter Bull and Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley in Doctor Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) directed by Stanley Kubrick and also starring George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn and Slim Pickens. 95mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Sellers) and Best Screenplay.

Based on the book Red Alert by Peter George

IMDB rating 8.6

Henry Fonda in Fail Safe (1964)
Henry Fonda in Fail Safe (1964)

Henry Fonda as the unnamed President of the United States in Fail-Safe (1964) directed by Sidney Lumet and also starring Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy and Larry Hagman. 112mins.

Based on the novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.

IMDB rating 8.0

Edmond O'Brien and Fredric March in Seven Days in May (1964)
Edmond O'Brien and Fredric March in Seven Days in May (1964)

Fredric March as President Jordan Lyman in Seven Days in May (1964) directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Ava Gardner. 118mins

Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Edmond O'Brien) and Best Art Direction.

Based on the novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II

IMDB rating 7.9

Executive Action (1973) poster
Executive Action (1973) poster




Executive Action (1973), a fictional account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, directed by David Miller and starring Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan. 91mins

IMDB rating 6.5

William Devane with Martin Sheen in The Missiles of October (1974)
William Devane with Martin Sheen in The Missiles of October (1974)
William Devane as JFK
William Devane as JFK

The Missiles of October (1974) starred William Devane as JFK and co-starred Martin Sheen as Robert Kennedy, a TV movie which centered on the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. Directed by Anthony Page.150mins.

IMDB rating 8.1

Brian Keith as Theodore Roosevelt in The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Brian Keith as Theodore Roosevelt in The Wind and the Lion (1975)
The Wind and the Lion (1975) poster
The Wind and the Lion (1975) poster



Brian Keith as President Theodore Roosevelt in The Wind and the Lion (1975) directed by John Milius and starring Sean Connery, Candice Bergen and John Huston. 119mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Music (Jerry Goldsmith) and Best Sound.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the 26th President of the United States.

IMDB rating 6.9

Donald Pleasance in Escape from New York (1981)
Donald Pleasance in Escape from New York (1981)
Escape from New York (1981) poster
Escape from New York (1981) poster



Donald Pleasance as the unnamed President of the USA in Escape from New York (1981) directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Isaac Hayes as the Duke of New York. 99mins.

IMDB rating 7.1

Kennedy (1983) poster
Kennedy (1983) poster




Martin Sheen as John F. Kennedy in Kennedy (1983) a TV mini-series directed by Jim Goddard and also starring Blair Brown as Jackie Kennedy and John Shea as Robert Kennedy. 282mins.

Golden Globe nominations for Best Mini-series or Made for TV movie, Best Actor in a Mini-series (Sheen) and Best Actress in a Mini-series (Blair Brown).

IMDB rating 8.0

Donald Moffat as Lyndon B. Johnson in The Right Stuff (1983)
Donald Moffat as Lyndon B. Johnson in The Right Stuff (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983) poster
The Right Stuff (1983) poster



Donald Moffat as Lyndon B. Johnson in The Right Stuff (1983) directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward and Barbara Hershey. 193mins.

Based on the book by Tom Wolfe

Won Oscars for Best Music (Bill Conti), Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing, also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Shepard), Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) was the 36th President of the United States.

IMDB rating 7.9

JFK (1991) poster
JFK (1991) poster



JFK (1991) the assassination of Kennedy and investigations over the alleged cover-up and conspiracy. Directed by Oliver Stone and starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman. 189mins (206mins).

Based on the books On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs.

Won Oscars for Best Editing and Best Cinematography, also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Jones), Best Music (John Williams), Best Screenplay and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 8.0

Dave (1993) poster
Dave (1993) poster



Kevin Kline plays Dave Kovic who looks like President Bill Mitchell and makes a living impersonating him in the comedy-drama Dave (1993) directed by Ivan Reitman and also starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Mitchell. 110mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Screenplay.

IMDB rating 6.8

In the Line of Fire (1993) lobby card
In the Line of Fire (1993) lobby card

In the Line of Fire (1993) directed by Wolfgang Peterson and starring Clint Eastwood as Agent Frank Horrigan out to stop killer Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) from assassinating the President, played by Jim Curley. 128mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Malkovich), Best Screenplay and Best Editing.

IMDB rating 7.2

Tom Hanks meets JFK in Forrest Gump (1994)
Tom Hanks meets JFK in Forrest Gump (1994)
Nixon meets Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994)
Nixon meets Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994)

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump (1994) meets Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon during his travels. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and also starring Sally Field, Gary Sinise and Robin Wright. 142mins.

Based on the novel by Winston Groom

Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Hanks), Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Visual Effects, also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Sinise), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Make Up, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.

IMDB rating 8.7

Donald Moffat as the President in Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Donald Moffat as the President in Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Clear and Present Danger (1994) poster
Clear and Present Danger (1994) poster



Donald Moffat as President Bennett in Clear and Present Danger (1994) directed by Philip Noyce and starring Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe and Anne Archer. 141mins.

Based on the novel by Tom Clancy

Oscar nominated Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.

IMDB rating 6.8

Truman (1995) poster
Truman (1995) poster



Truman (1995) a made for Cable movie directed by Frank Pierson and starring Gary Sinise as Harry S. Truman. 135mins

Won Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Made for TV movie (Sinise) and nominated for Best Made for TV movie.

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) was the 33rd President of the United States. The 'S' in his name does not stand for anything.

IMDB rating 7.3

Anthony Hopkins as Nixon (1995)
Anthony Hopkins as Nixon (1995)
Nixon (1995) poster
Nixon (1995) poster



Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995) also starring Joan Allen, Ed Harris and Paul Sorvino. 192mins (212mins).

Oscar nominated for Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Allen), Best Music (John Williams) and Best Screenplay.

Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) was the 37th President of the United States.

IMDB rating 7.0

The real Thomas Jefferson and Nick Nolte as TJ in Jefferson in Paris (1995)
The real Thomas Jefferson and Nick Nolte as TJ in Jefferson in Paris (1995)

Nick Nolte as Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson in Paris (1995) directed by James Ivory and also starring Gwyneth Paltrow. 139mins.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the 3rd President of the United States.

IMDB 5.6

Michael Douglas as The American President (1995)
Michael Douglas as The American President (1995)

Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd in The American President (1995) directed by Rob Reiner and also starring Annette Bening, Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox. 114mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Music (Marc Shaiman).

IMDB rating 6.7

Bill Pullman in Independence Day
Bill Pullman in Independence Day
Independence Day (1996) poster
Independence Day (1996) poster




Bill Pullman as President Thomas Whitmore in Independence Day (1996) directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.

Won Oscar for Best Visual Effects also nominated for Best Sound.

IMDB rating 6.7

Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks! (1996)
Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks! (1996)
Mars Attacks! (1996) poster
Mars Attacks! (1996) poster



Jack Nicholson as President James Dale in Mars Attacks! (1996) directed by Tim Burton and also starring Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, Danny De Vito and Michael J. Fox. 106mins.

IMDB rating 6.3

Tiny Lister in The Fifth Element (1997)
Tiny Lister in The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fifth Element (1997) poster
The Fifth Element (1997) poster




Tiny Lister as President Lindberg in The Fifth Element (1997) directed by Luc Besson and starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. 126mins.

Oscar nomination for Best Sound Effects Editing.

IMDB rating 7.5

Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford in Air Force One (1997)
Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford in Air Force One (1997)
Air Force One (1997) poster
Air Force One (1997) poster




Harrison Ford as President James Marshall out to stop terrorists on board Air Force One (1997) directed by Wolfgang Peterson and also starring Gary Oldman and Glenn Close. 124mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Editing and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 6.3

Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams in Amistad (1997)
Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams in Amistad (1997)

Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams in Amistad (1997) directed by Steven Spielberg and also starring Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou and Matthew McConaughey. 155mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Hopkins), Best Music (John Williams), Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the 6th President of the United States.

IMDB rating 7.1

Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact (1998)
Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact (1998)
Deep Impact (1998) poster
Deep Impact (1998) poster




Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck in Deep Impact (1998) directed by Mimi Leder and starring Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni and Elijah Wood. 120mins

IMDB rating 6.0

Emma Thompson, John Travolta and Billy Bob Thornton in Primary Colors (1998)
Emma Thompson, John Travolta and Billy Bob Thornton in Primary Colors (1998)

John Travolta as Governor Jack Stanton in a thinly veiled take on Bill Clinton's campaign for the 1992 Presidency. Primary Colors (1998) directed by Mike Nichols and also starring Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates. 143mins.

Based on the novel by Joe Klein.

Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Bates) and Best Screenplay.

William Jefferson Clinton (1946-) was the 42nd President of the United States.

IMDB rating 6.7

Martin Sheen as President Bartlet in The West Wing
Martin Sheen as President Bartlet in The West Wing



Martin Sheen as President Jed Bartlet in The West Wing (1999-2006) TV series 7 Seasons.

Won 26 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes.

IMDB rating 8.7

Steven Culp, Bruce Greenwood and Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days (2000)
Steven Culp, Bruce Greenwood and Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days (2000)

Bruce Greenwood as John Kennedy, Steven Culp as Robert Kennedy in Thirteen Days (2000) directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Kevin Costner. 145mins

Based on the book - The Kennedy Tapes - Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis - by Ernest May and Philip Zelikow

IMDB rating 7.2

Jeff Bridges in The Contender (2000)
Jeff Bridges in The Contender (2000)

Jeff Bridges as President Jackson Evans in The Contender (2000) directed by Rod Lurie and also starring Gary Oldman, Joan Allen and Christian Slater. 126mins.

Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Bridges) and Best Actress (Allen).

IMDB rating 6.9

Jon Voight as FDR in Pearl Harbor (2001)
Jon Voight as FDR in Pearl Harbor (2001)
Pearl Harbor (2001) poster
Pearl Harbor (2001) poster




Jon Voight as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Pearl Harbor (2001) directed by Michael Bay and starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Alec Baldwin. 183mins.

Won Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing, also nominated for Best Sound, Best Song and Best Visual Effects.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) was the 32nd President of the United States.

IMDB rating 5.6

Dennis Haysbert and Kiefer Sutherland in "24"
Dennis Haysbert and Kiefer Sutherland in "24"

Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer in "24" (2001-2010) TV Series 8 Seasons and starring Keifer Sutherland as Agent Jack Bauer.

Won 20 Emmy Awards and 2 Golden Globes.

IMDB rating 8.5

James Cromwell and Morgan Freeman in The Sum of All Fears (2002)
James Cromwell and Morgan Freeman in The Sum of All Fears (2002)
The Sum of All Fears (2002) poster
The Sum of All Fears (2002) poster



James Cromwell as President J. Robert Fowler in The Sum of All Fears (2002) directed by Phil Alden Robinson and starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman and Bridget Moynahan. 124mins.

Based on the novel by Tom Clancy

IMDB rating 6.3

The Reagans (2003) poster
The Reagans (2003) poster



James Brolin as Ronald Reagan and Judy Davis as Nancy Reagan in The Reagans (2003) a TV movie directed by Robert Allan Ackerman. 180mins.

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes - Best Actor in a TV movie (Brolin) and Best Actress in a TV movie (Davis).

Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was the 40th President of the United States.

IMDB rating 6.3

John Adams (2008) poster
John Adams (2008) poster



Paul Giamatti as John Adams (2008) a TV mini-series directed by Tom Hooper and also starring Laura Linney. 7 Episodes. 501mins.

Won 13 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globes.

John Adams (1735-1826) was the 2nd President of the United States.

IMDB rating 8.7

Frank Langella as Nixon in Frost / Nixon (2008)
Frank Langella as Nixon in Frost / Nixon (2008)
Frost / Nixon (2008) poster
Frost / Nixon (2008) poster




Frank Langella as Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen as David Frost in Frost/Nixon (2008) directed by Ron Howard and also starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon and Matthew Macfadyen. 122mins.

Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Langella), Best Screenplay and Best Editing.

IMDB rating 7.8

W (2008) poster
W (2008) poster


Josh Brolin as George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's 'W' (2008) also starring Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as George Bush Sr, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush and Richard Dreyfus as Dick Cheney. 129mins.

George Walker Bush (1946-) was the 43rd President of the United States. His father George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-) was the 41st President.

IMDB rating 6.5

Robert Wisden as Nixon in Watchmen (2009)
Robert Wisden as Nixon in Watchmen (2009)
Watchmen (2009) poster
Watchmen (2009) poster




Robert Wisden as President Richard Nixon in an alternate Earth timeline. Watchmen (2009) directed by Zack Snyder and starring Billy Crudup, Jackie Earl Haley, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode, Patrick Wilson and Carla Gugino. (162mins) (186mins) (215mins)

Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

IMDB rating 7.7


Danny Glover as the President in 2012 (2009)
Danny Glover as the President in 2012 (2009)
2012 (2009) poster
2012 (2009) poster




Danny Glover as President Thomas Wilson in 2012 (2009) directed by Roland Emmerich and starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Woody Harrelson. 158mins

IMDB rating 5.8

The Kennedys (2011) poster
The Kennedys (2011) poster



The Kennedys (2011) TV mini-series directed by Jon Cassar and starring Greg Kinnear as John Kennedy, Barry Pepper as Robert Kennedy, Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson as Joe Kennedy.

8 x 45 minute episodes.

Won 4 Emmy Awards.

IMDB rating 7.6

Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter (2012)
Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter (2012)
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012) poster
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012) poster



Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter (2012) directed by Timur Bekmambetov and also starring Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie and Rufus Sewell. 105mins.

Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith

IMDB rating 6.5

Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (2012)
Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (2012)
Lincoln (2012) poster
Lincoln (2012) poster


Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012) also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. 150mins.

Based on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genus of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

IMDB rating 8.4

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Steve......wonderful job here! I found this extremely interesting. You obviously took serious time and attention putting this together,,, Many, of course, that I have not seen, but there are several that I did see......On the lighter side, I saw both Dave and Forest Gump.....both great movies.

I'm amazed at how many actors have portrayed Abe over the years! Voted up +++ and shared!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Great photos....I could barely recognize Walter Huston and Henry Fonda in their Abe Lincoln makeup. Lots of great research here....as every President I could think of was seen on your hub....which of course is making me think harder about ones you missed.....but I will come up with some...lol.

Glad to see Tiny from The Fifth Element....and my wife is glad to Michael Douglas from An American President. It is always good to see Charlton Heston in a hub....lol. I was surprised to see Forrest Gump get a mention....as I know that the movie is not high on your list.

Voted up and very impressive.....oh wait we do not have an impressive button.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Ok after some thought....I have many movies that could have been included. But my top three that are not on the list....Travolta as Clinton in Primary Colors.....Billy Bob Thornton as Clinton in Love Actually....and one of the best movie Presidents....Jeff Bridges in The Contender....which is one of the best underrated movies of all-time.

Also since you showed Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln in the upcoming film....where is the love for Bill Murray as Franklin Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson.

Not that I am complaining about your hub.....it just got me going through my files of useless information that I keep stored in my head....lol.

Now I can go to sleep. But once again....I just what to say that I really like this hub.


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thranax 4 years ago from Rep Boston MA

Wow what a wonderful hub! I never thought of all the movies I seen with Presidents in them. This was put together nicely and in time for the 4th of July too - double points!

~thranax~


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Paula, Bruce, thranax, thank you for commenting, much appreciated!

Paula, seems more actors have played Lincoln than any other President. I like the way my hub starts off with Lincoln and ends with Lincoln, there is symmetry there, the two actors nearly 100 years apart. :)

Bruce, thanks for the observations and list of omissions amigo, I will update the hub with a couple of them. If you think of anymore notable candidates let me know.

Billy Bob from Love Actually I had listed but he was rubbed out along with others when I decided to prune the hub as it was already too long. Others I had to let go were the Presidents in The Forbin Project, Dreamscape, Buckaroo Banzai, Twilights Last Gleaming, Meteor (Fonda), Kidnapping of the President, Austin Powers 2 (Robbins), Wild Wild West (Kline) , The Day Lincoln was Shot, American Dreamz (Quaid) and Fail Safe remake (Dreyfus).

thranax, I always had plans to do a Presidents on Screen hub, for a while it became an Abraham Lincoln on Screen hub and than decided to include other Presidents when the 4th of July approached I thought it was the perfect time to finish it.

Thanks all for posting!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Thanks for adding Jeff Bridges and John Travolta to your hub. During our 10 hour car ride today, I started talking about this hub....the first movie my mom mentioned was The Buccaneer with Charlton Heston.as..I figured you would get a kick out of that bit of info.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Haha nice of your mum to think of Chuck "It's a madhouse!" Heston. I watched the movie The Buccaneer a month ago and liked it more than I did the first time I saw it. Though it does seem a little stage bound.

Heston was quoted as saying "I've played three Presidents, three saints and two geniuses - and that's probably enough for any man."

Can you guess which characters he's talking about? Hey I missed two more Presidents from Heston! :)

Thanks for posting Bruce.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You never disappoint and often surprise. What a perfect hub for the Fourth of July, Presidents in Movies.

Your photos and research are impeccable. Surprisingly, I only missed a few of the films you've listed.

Of course my favorite actor is Charlton Heston (did a hub on him). I was surprised to see Birth of a Nation...though it is very controversial, few people of our generation or younger, are even aware of this film.

Voted this up, awesome and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hello Mary, appreciate the comment and kind words. Good to see another Heston fan here. My second hub when I joined HP was about The Omega Man, a cult favorite based on Richard Matheson's I am Legend.

Birth of a Nation was and still is very controversial, but it's a very important film and worth a watch by film fans. It shows Lincolns assassination and epic scenes of the Civil War and the Ku Klux Klan are heroes riding to the rescue of a white woman attacked by a black man (an obviously white actor in makeup). The film is nearly 100 years old!


Stephen Clayton 3 years ago

Wow, amazing that you failed to mention TWO presidents are shown on screen in Amistad... Anthon Hopkins as John Quincy Adams, yes, but ALSO Nigel Hawthorne as Martin Van Buren.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Wow I'm amazed too. The 8th President was also in the film. It's been ages since I last saw Amistad. Thanks for pointing it out Stephen.


Matt T. Miller 2 years ago

You should add one more JFK portal by William Devane in The Missiles of October 1974. He did a great job as JFK, but I think he is a dead ringer for looking like Teddy Kennedy.


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Steve Lensman 2 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for the heads up Matt, I've updated the hub. I have a copy of that TV movie but haven't watched it yet. Similar premise to Thirteen Days.


Miftah al Zaman 24 months ago

You did not include Ralph Bellamy as FDR in the series The Wind of War


Imaad 16 months ago

Outdated. Where is Jamie Foxx in White House Down and Aaron Eckhart in Olympus Has Fallen? And also where is 24's President Charles Logan and Frank Underwood from House of Cards?

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