Portrayal of the Chief: Films About U.S. Presidents

Movies featuring a former President of the United States as a main character.

List order is from newest to oldest (by year of release), and titles are sorted alphabetically within each year.

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1.
The Better Angels (2014)
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The story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality. (95 mins.)
Director: A.J. Edwards
“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
2.
Sons of Liberty (2015 Mini-Series)
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The story of a group of very different men fighting in the American Colonies for freedom, and how they will shape the future for the United States of America. Based on true stories.
“ John Adams (1797-1801) ” - mike_sean
 
3.
Killing Kennedy (2013 TV Movie)
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Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin... (87 mins.)
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
4.
Killing Lincoln (2013 TV Movie)
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Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. (92 mins.)
Director: Adrian Moat
“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
5.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
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The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. (94 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) ” - mike_sean
 
6.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the 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. (150 mins.)
“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
7.
The Kennedys (2011 Mini-Series)
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The triumphs and tragedies of the most popular political family in American history. (346 mins.)
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
8.
The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)
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A dramatization that traces former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. (93 mins.)
“ Bill Clinton (1993-2001) ” - mike_sean
 
9.
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009 TV Special)
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It's time for change in America--but not without a few parting words from former President George W Bush... (115 mins.)
Director: Marty Callner
“ George W. Bush (2001-09) ” - mike_sean
 
10.
W. (2008)
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A chronicle of the life and presidency of George W. Bush. (129 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ George W. Bush (2001-09) ” - mike_sean
 
11.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
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A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Richard Nixon (1969-1974) ” - mike_sean
 
12.
John Adams (2008 Mini-Series)
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (71 mins.)
“ John Adams (1797-1801) ” - mike_sean
 
13.
Washington the Warrior (2006 Documentary)
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Inadequately prepared for the responsibilities George Washington accepts first as a British officer and later as the commander of the Colonial Army... (100 mins.)
Director: Robert M. Wise
“ George Washington (1789-1797) ” - mike_sean
 
14.
Warm Springs (2005 TV Movie)
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The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921. (121 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) ” - mike_sean
 
15.
Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004 TV Movie)
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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. (89 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
“ Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) ” - mike_sean
 
16.
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003 TV Movie)
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This is the story of the days directly after 9/11, and the president's whereabouts. (128 mins.)
“ George W. Bush (2001-09) ” - mike_sean
 
17.
The Reagans (2003 TV Movie)
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A more leftist look at the legacy and career of Ronald Reagan. (171 mins.)
“ Ronald Reagan (1981-89) ” - mike_sean
 
18.
Path to War (2002 TV Movie)
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In the mid-1960s, President Johnson and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam. (165 mins.)
“ Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-69) ” - mike_sean
 
19.
Power and Beauty (2002 TV Movie)
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A woman claims she had an affair with John F. Kennedy. (96 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
20.
The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001 TV Movie)
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The 10th of March,1981, the delusional John Hinckley Jr. tries to kill president Ronald Reagan. His life hangs on a thin thread at the hospital... (98 mins.)
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
“ Ronald Reagan (1981-89) ” - mike_sean
 
21.
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2001 TV Movie)
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They were more than Washington wives. They were part of an American dream known as Camelot. With strength... (163 mins.)
Director: Larry Shaw
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
22.
The Crossing (2000 TV Movie)
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A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the British forces at Trenton. (89 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
“ George Washington (1789-1797) ” - mike_sean
 
23.
Thirteen Days (2000)
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A dramatization of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. (145 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
24.
Timequest (2000)
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A story about a man who travels back in time to Fort Worth, Texas on November 22, 1963 and prevents the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Dyke
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
25.
Dick (1999)
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Two girls wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
“ Richard Nixon (1969-1974) ” - mike_sean
 
26.
The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998 TV Movie)
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April 14, 1865. As four year of Civil War draw to a close, our country again faces unforgettable tragedy: the assassination of the President... (95 mins.)
Director: John Gray
“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
27.
Rough Riders (1997 TV Series)
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Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish American War. (240 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) ” - mike_sean
 
28.
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
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One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president... (139 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Thomas Jefferson (1801-09) ” - mike_sean
 
29.
Nixon (1995)
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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. (192 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Richard Nixon (1969-1974) ” - mike_sean
 
30.
Truman (1995 TV Movie)
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Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA... (135 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
“ Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) ” - mike_sean
 
31.
J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (1993 TV Series)
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Looks at the early years of America's most dashing president from his early childhood through his nomination for Congress. (183 mins.)
Director: Harry Winer
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
32.
JFK (1991)
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A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
33.
The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990 Mini-Series)
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This sweeping mini-series profiling the Kennedy family ran three nights. The film chronicles 55 years... (278 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
34.
The Final Days (1989 TV Movie)
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Based on the acclaimed book written by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, The Final Days chronicles president... (150 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
“ Richard Nixon (1969-1974) ” - mike_sean
 
35.
Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (1987 TV Series)
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This is the story of feud between FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the Kennedys. It shows how much Hoover... (200 mins.)
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
36.
LBJ: The Early Years (1987 TV Movie)
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This made-for-TV film chronicles the years 1934 through 1963, tracing the beginnings of Johnson's public career, chronicling his reputation for down-and-dirty politicking, and following his progress. (155 mins.)
Director: Peter Werner
“ Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-69) ” - mike_sean
 
37.
George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986 TV Movie)
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The life of George Washington as the first President of the United States of America and his 8 years running his country. The trials he faces dealing with mobs and riots while keeping the country together. (190 mins.)
“ George Washington (1789-1797) ” - mike_sean
 
38.
Ike (1986 TV Movie)
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A graduate student interviews the retired General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower at his Gettysburg farm, sometimes confronting him about his inaction on Civil Rights and McCarthyism. (60 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
“ Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) ” - mike_sean
 
39.
Prince Jack (1984)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Bert Lovitt
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
40.
George Washington (1984 Mini-Series)
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The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War. (480 mins.)
“ George Washington (1789-1797) ” - mike_sean
 
41.
J.F.K.: A One-Man Show (1984 TV Movie)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
42.
Secret Honor (1984)
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A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Richard Nixon (1969-1974) ” - mike_sean
 
43.
Kennedy (1983 Mini-Series)
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Biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy. (282 mins.)
Director: Jim Goddard
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
44.
FDR: That Man in the White House (1982 TV Movie)
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A television version of Dore Schary's one-man play about FDR, with its original star. (90 mins.)
“ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) ” - mike_sean
 
45.
F.D.R.: The Last Year (1980 TV Movie)
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(180 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
“ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) ” - mike_sean
 
46.
Ike: The War Years (1979 Mini-Series)
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Made-for-TV biography of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. (291 mins.)
“ Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) ” - mike_sean
 
47.
Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt (1978)
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James Whitmore gives a rousing performance as Teddy Roosevelt, in a one-man show before a live audience similar to his previous performances in Give 'em Hell, Harry! and Will Rogers' USA. (120 mins.)
Director: Peter H. Hunt
“ Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) ” - mike_sean
 
48.
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977 TV Movie)
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The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during their 12-year stay at the White House. (155 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
“ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) ” - mike_sean
 
49.
Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye (1977 TV Movie)
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Based on the best-selling book, this movie focuses on John F. Kennedy's first run for a congressional seat in 1946. (100 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Cates
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
50.
The Adams Chronicles (1976 Mini-Series)
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Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families... (50 mins.)
“ John Adams (1797-1801)
John Quincy Adams (1825-29) ” - mike_sean
 
51.
Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (1976 TV Movie)
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U.S. President Harry Truman and his commander in the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur, disagree on war strategy. Their conflict comes to a head when Truman relieves the insubordinate MacArthur from command. (101 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
“ Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) ” - mike_sean
 
52.
Eleanor and Franklin (1976 TV Series)
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The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, from early youth to his election as President of the United States, as told from Eleanor's point of view. (203 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
“ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) ” - mike_sean
 
53.
Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking (1976 TV Movie)
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Director: Daniel Petrie
“ Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) ” - mike_sean
 
54.
Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1975)
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One man show about the presidency of Harry S Truman. (104 mins.)
“ Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) ” - mike_sean
 
55.
Lincoln (1974 Mini-Series)
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“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
56.
The Man from Independence (1974)
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Story of Harry S. Truman as he begins his political career in 1929. (60 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) ” - mike_sean
 
57.
The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie)
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Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (150 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
58.
Executive Action (1973)
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Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop. (91 mins.)
Director: David Miller
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
59.
Another Nice Mess (1972)
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(66 mins.)
Director: Bob Einstein
“ Richard Nixon (1969-1974) ” - mike_sean
 
60.
F.D.R. (1965 Mini-Series)
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(30 mins.)
“ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) ” - mike_sean
 
61.
PT 109 (1963)
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During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands. (140 mins.)
“ John F. Kennedy (1961-63) ” - mike_sean
 
62.
Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
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The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness... (144 mins.)
“ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) ” - mike_sean
 
63.
The President's Lady (1953)
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The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties. (96 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
“ Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) ” - mike_sean
 
64.
Wilson (1944)
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A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson. (154 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) ” - mike_sean
 
65.
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
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A chronicle of the life of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his time as President of the United States. (103 mins.)
“ Andrew Johnson (1865-69) ” - mike_sean
 
66.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
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Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington. (110 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
67.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
68.
Abraham Lincoln (1930)
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An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States. (96 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
69.
The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln (1924)
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A biographical film featuring the presidency and assassination of Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. (120 mins.)
Director: Philip Rosen
“ Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) ” - mike_sean
 
70.
The Fighting Roosevelts (1919)
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A dramatization of the life of Theodore Roosevelt leading up to his presidency of the United States... (60 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
“ Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) ” - mike_sean