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The best and worst movie presidents

The best and worst movie presidents

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The race to the White House is over, and a new POTUS has their feet under the table in the Oval Office.  At times, it felt like the 2016 US election was so surreal that not even Hollywood come have come up with all the weird drama.  Hopefully, the new Prez won’t have to deal with an alien invasion any time soon, but what about the leaders of the free world you won’t find on dollars or cents?  To celebrate (or commiserate) the new eagle landing in Washington D.C, we take  look at the best and worst movie presidents who have seen America through some tricky times.  

President Benjamin Asher, Olympus Has Fallen, 2013 & London Has Fallen, 2016 (Aaron Eckhart)

The president had heard news of a jigglypuff in the area

The president had heard news of a jigglypuff in the area

Aaron Eckhart’s President Asher shows great bravery in the face of adversity.  He manages to keep his cool when taken hostage by terrorists in his own home in Olympus Has Fallen, and barely breaks into a sweat trying to navigate through the streets of Soho when they come after him again in London Has Fallen.   However, he loses points for that gorgeous cleft-chin; no president should be that sexy.

Presidential rating: 3

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The President, Love, Actually, 2003 (Billy Bob Thornton)

Make USA America again

Make USA America again

Much is made of the “special relationship” between the states and the UK, but it’s not always a two-way street.  Particularly when a devilishly handsome British PM comes up against an absolute slime ball of a president.  After catching Billy Bob Thornton’s head of state trying to seduce Martine McCutcheon’s tea girl, Hugh Grant’s Prime Minister David is told in no uncertain terms that the US has an agenda to follow, no matter what Britain thinks.  It’s up to Prime Minister Grant to stand up to the Yank’s bully-boy tactics, and give him a good public telling-off over his intimidating policies.  

Presidential rating: 2


William Alan Moore, Big Game, 2014 (Samuel L Jackson)

It’s surprising that Samuel L Jackson doesn’t have a fear of flying, as he doesn’t have the best track record when he takes to the skies.  First he had to battle those mother-flipping snakes, then as President Moore he becomes stranded in the Finnish wilderness after being shot down aboard Air Force One.  Unfortunately, Jackson’s POTUS is a bona fide wimp and has to be led to safety by a 13 year-old boy.  Less commander-in-chief and more shaking-like-a-leaf.

Presidential rating: 1


Thomas J. Whitmore, Independence Day, 1996 (Bill Pullman)

“Today, we celebrate our Independence Day.  Also, it’s my birthday”

“Today, we celebrate our Independence Day. Also, it’s my birthday”

What better way to boost your falling approval ratings than by successfully repelling an alien invasion with only an F-18 and Will Smith?  Despite his critics, Gulf War veteran Thomas J. Whitmore isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and kick some extra-terrestrial butt.  And then comes the defining moment of his presidency; THAT kickass speech which had us all feeling patriotic, even if the closest we’ve ever been to America is a McDonald’s breakfast:

Presidential rating: 5


Coriolanus Snow, The Hunger Games, 2012 (Donald Sutherland)

They see me rulin’, they hatin’

They see me rulin’, they hatin’

Given he’s a bit of a tyrant, it’s highly unlikely that Snow was elected democratically as the President of Panem, the nation that grew in the ashes of a post-apocalyptic United States.  A cruel and manipulative dictator, Snow shows no qualms about using intimidation to push his agenda.  Using the annual Hunger Games as a tool of suppression, Snow regularly murders anyone who makes him or the Capitol look foolish.  And don’t even mention his halitosis: after intentionally drinking poison that gave him permanent mouth sores, Snow wore genetically-engineered roses to cover up his bad breath. 

Presidential rating: 1

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