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Top 5 Presidential Films

Posted on: November 7, 2008


It seemed like this election season lasted as long as a presidential term.  If I feel fatigued by the force of McCain and Obama’s campaigns, then I can only imagine what they are feeling right now.  But, for all of you who still want a little more presidential drama go see Oliver Stone’s W., Frost/Nixon (opens December 5) or go to the video store and pick up one of the Top 5 presidential films:
5. Air Force One (1997): Harrison Ford brings his Indiana Jones sensibility to the role of President James Marshall. Ford was voted most popular movie president in a recent online poll. Gary Oldman plays the bad guy, so that’s a big plus!

4. Dave (1993): Kevin Kline plays Dave, the man who must pose as the president of the United States when the real president falls into a coma. Of course, Dave is a better president than the actual president and is able to create excitement among the American people and with the first lady (Sigourney Weaver).

3. Head of State (2003): Chris Rock plays a man who is thrust into running for president. Bernie Mac plays Rock’s older brother, turned running mate.  These two are always hilarious and they don’t disappoint.  Plus, the film’s premise of a black man winning president might have seemed farfetched five years ago, but now it has a whole new meaning.

2. Nixon (1995):  Nixon is a president whose time in office was filled with controversy. This film looks at the man behind the controversy and tries to figure out what made him tick. As with W. many people think that Stone’s Nixon biopic is too positive a portrayal. Whatever you think about Stone’s stance, the film is incredibly acted and tells an interesting story.

1. All the President’s Men (1976): This film is not really about a president. It’s really about Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) and how they cracked the Watergate scandal. This film is mostly about how two journalists and an informant brought down president Richard Nixon. But isn’t Watergate the most exciting part of his presidency anyway?
If you still have a politics jones, rent these hilarious political films:

Bullworth (1998): Warren Beatty is great as senator Bullworth. He is your average politician who kind of goes off the deep end and decides to run a brutally honest campaign, which includes expressing himself through rapping. Halle Berry is fantastic as his love interest and inspiration.

The Distinguished Gentleman (1992):  Eddie Murphy runs for congress and wins by coning the voters. He expects to have fun and rake in money from lobbyists, but eventually starts to care about the people in his district and what happens to them. The film is funny, sweet and does a great job making fun of the way things work in Washington D.C.

Sonja Mereu


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