U.S. Presidents? Favourite Movies


U.S. Presidents including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon shared their favorite movies below:


Barack Obama

When asked before the 2008 election about his favorite film, Barack Obama unveiled that he liked watching “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part II”. Meanwhile, he is not keen on its third part. On CBS Evening News, Obama enacted the voice of the main character.


Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States


In addition to two parts in “The Godfather”, the current U.S. President is interested in an English movie “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) and the famous romantic film “Casablanca” (1942).

“The Godfather” is an American gangster-drama film



George W. Bush

One of former U.S. President George W. Bush’s favorite movies is the comedy series “Austin Powers” which was directed by Jay Roach and starred Mike Myers. The film is about the adventures of an ugly but talented spy named Austin Powers. In his presidential terms, he witnessed September 11 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the beginning of a recession. Therefore, it makes no surprise when the former president selected to watch war films including “Black Hawk Down” and “We Were Soldiers”.


George W. Bush was successfully elected in 2001 and left the White House in 2009


“Austin Powers” is a series of action-comedy films starring Mike Myers



It was reported that in his last presidential term, Bush’s favorite film was “Saving Private Ryan” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks. It tells the story of Captain John H. Miller and his crew. They are in charge of searching for paratrooper Private James Francis Ryan, who is the last surviving brother of three fallen servicemen.


“Saving Private Ryan”



Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton – the 42nd president of the U.S. – is considered to be one of the most popular faces in politics. Every year, he earns millions of dollars thanks to selling his own books. “High Noon” of director Fred Zinnemann is Bill Clinton’s favorite movie.


Bill Clinton – the 42nd president of the U.S.


High Noon” is about Will Kane (played by Gary Cooper), marshal of Hadleyville town. After his marriage, he stops working as a policeman to start a new life. Suddenly, the town is announced that the criminal Frank Miller plans to revenge on Kane and anyone else who got in the way. People are worried and advise Kane to leave for his safety. However, he is determined to stay beside everyone. It can be seen that “High Noon” is a story of duty, dedication and heroism in the face of disaster, which every president wishes to be commemorated for. Clinton reportedly watched this film 17 times on the White House big screen.

“High Noon”



John F. Kennedy

In the presidential terms, John F. Kennedy used to be rumored to have a relationship with Marilyn Monroe. In fact, he had great influence on Hollywood movies. After he shared that he was fan of James Bond novels, especially “From Russia With Love”, the Bond movie producers decided to change their plan and turned that book into the second movie of the series.


John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States


“From Russia With Love” is the second in the James Bond spy film series



Nevertheless, spy movies were not in list of Kennedy’s choice in his free time. Instead of that, he liked dramas like “Spartacus” which was released three years before his assassination. His favorite war movies include “The Longest Day” and “Iwo Jima”.





Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States and the only to resign after a political scandal. His favorite film was “Patton”. It is a war movie directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and George C. Scott took over the main character. It is about the World War II general named George S. Patton who was brilliant but so mistrusting and complex that he eventually earned the distrust of his own troops. “Patton” was high reviewed and won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.


Richard Nixon was the only president to resign after a political scandal


“Patrol” won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture



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