Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States beating Hillary Clinton by a majority. The Americans have finally spoken and chose a republican over a democrat at the 58th U.S. presidential election. No matter what part of the world you are in, every time America chooses a new President, the people around the globe become tentative because it doesn’t only affect the United States of America but the whole world.
However, Filmy Keeday is not a political blog and we are here to entertain people. America is considered as one of the greatest countries to live in because of the freedom and rights to opine in this country are the best globally. This is the prime reason why filmmakers in this country have the freedom to make films on any topic they desire. The Hollywood filmmakers are given full independence to produce films based on scripts that can even show the United States President as the central character irrespective of the fact whether he or she is featured in a positive or a negative role.
That’s the beauty of America and Hollywood altogether! Hence, today we bring you a list of top Hollywood films featuring the US President as the lead character.
Top Hollywood Films Based On US Presidents
US Presidents have been featured as one of the main character element in several Hollywood films. While many of these films have US President in a fictional story, there are a lot of movies that are based on real life events. American political history is quite dreadful as it is all country that has most of its Presidents who got assassinated.
These unfortunate events encouraged the filmmakers of different eras to present the real story behind these conspiracies in their own way of storytelling finding sources from different books and articles reported by popular journalists in and around that era.
So, while American senate is busy with housing Donald Trump, you can sit back and watch these best Hollywood movies featuring US President as a lead character in the films!
Kisses for My President (1964)
Kisses for My President is a 1964 comedy film starring Polly Bergen as the U.S. President Leslie McCloud in the film. Directed by Curtis Bernhardt, the film is based on a fiction story about Leslie McCloud, who makes history by becoming the first female President of the United States. The film deals with the life of the newly appointed President Leslie McCloud and how she manages both her family and the country she is now responsible for.
Seven Days in May (1964)
Seven Days in May is a 1964 political thriller film based on the 1962 novel of the same name penned by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. The film is about a military-political cabal’s takeover of the United States Government resulting after the President’s negotiation of disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film features Fredric March as U.S. President Jordan Lyman, alongside other important characters played by Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Ava Gardener.
Thirteen Days (2000)
While the first two films were fiction, the 2000 American historical drama-thriller film Thirteen Days is based on real events. Directed by Robert Donaldson, the film is a dramatized version of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seen from the perspective of US political leadership. The film stars Bruce Greenwood as President John F. Kennedy.
The American President (1995)
After some drama, let’s move on to romance and there’s no better film featuring US President in romantic comedy other than the 1995 American film The American President. The film stars Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd, whereas Annette Bening is playing Sydney Ellen Wade as the love interest of the U.S. President. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film is about the United States President’s quest for love when he meets environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade, who just moved to Washington D.C., while dealing with attempts to pass the new crime control bill.
Air Force One (1997)
Air Force One is the official air traffic control call sign for a the United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States and there’s no way this list could be completed without mentioning the film that features both Air Force One and the President. Well, Air Force One is one such film that features Harrison Ford as U.S. President James Marshall. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, most part of this film is shot inside Air Force One.
White House Down (2013)
White House Down is a 2013 American political action thriller film starring Jamie Foxx as the United States President. The film also stars Channing Tatum as the United States Capitol Police Officer. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film is about the attack on the White House to take the United States President as a hostage but fortunate for him, there’s John Cale in the premises along with his daughter Emily, who is a politically obsessed kid and a huge fan of the President. Cale being a United States Capitol Police Officer must use his expertise to save the President.
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Quite similar to White House Down and almost released during the same time, Olympus Has Fallen is also about the attack on the White House and the capture of the United States President. Directed by Antoine Fuqua; the film stars Aaron Eckhart as Benjamin Asher, the President of the United States, alongside Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House and Gerrard Butler as the former member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and now secret service agent.
Independence Day (1996)
While we have discussed almost all kinds of films, here’s the 1996 film Independence Day that is based on alien attacks. Yes, Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich featuring an alien attack on Earth and how America takes a fight against it. The film stars an ensemble cast with Bill Pullman as Thomas J. Whitmore, the President of the United States alongside Will Smith as Captain Steve Hiller and Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, MIT alumni, and computer genius. Together, they must defend Earth against the alien spaceship and its inhabitants and save the people of the world. The title of the film comes from the fact that the triumph against the alien attack happens on July 4, the American Independence Day.
Just imagine, if you are a lookalike of your President and later you are approached by the chief of security for the President requesting you to impersonate the President at crucial times for the sake of both National and President’s security. Well, Dave is an American comedy film that tells us the story of Dave, played by Kevin Cline, who also plays President William Harrison Mitchell in the film. Dave is called in to impersonate the President, when the real President goes into comatose as Dave takes charge of the role this time; he witnesses a comedy of errors and is bestowed upon the responsibility to right the wrongs of his lookalike and real Mitchell.
Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly considered as the greatest President ever for the United States. He was the first President of this great country, who took a stand against racism and eradicated slavery from America forever. There’s no way to complete this list without mentioning the 2012 epic historical drama film, Lincoln. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the titular role as Abraham Lincoln, the screenplay of the film is adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of the great man titled Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film starts from January 1865 and follows the events until Lincoln’s unfortunate death.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
While the 2012 film Lincoln was based on real events featuring the reign of Abraham Lincoln as the United States President, here’s another 2012 American film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that features the 16th President of the United States as a Vampire Hunter. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film is based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name penned by Seth Grahame-Smith. Benjamin Walker plays the real-life Abraham Lincoln in the film and is also the main protagonist.
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