That’s it, it’s done: more than two months after being elected, Joe Biden officially succeeded Donald Trump, on Wednesday, by becoming the 46e President of the United States. To highlight this historic moment, The newspaper brings you a list of seven films that feature memorable American presidents, some real, others fictional.
Nominated for 12 Oscars in 2013, this historical drama by Steven Spielberg chronicles the last months of Abraham Lincoln’s life, in 1865, as the country was divided by a civil war. Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor for his stunning performance as the 16e president of the History of the United States.
Frost / Nixon
In 1977, British journalist David Frost managed to secure an exclusive interview with ousted President Richard Nixon. His goal was clear: to follow Nixon on the Watergate scandal that forced him out of the presidency three years earlier. With this film which brings together Frank Langella (Nixon) and Michael Sheen (Frost) on screen, director Ron Howard takes us behind the scenes of this historic interview.
The conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy have fascinated America for nearly 60 years. In 1991, filmmaker Oliver Stone made one of the best films of his career, chronicling the investigation led by then-New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner), which challenged the findings of the Warren commission report to expose the possibility of a conspiracy.
After delving into the cases of JFK and Nixon in previous films, the oft-controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone painted an unflattering portrayal of George W. Bush in this biographical drama, which premiered weeks before the show. end of his reign at the White House, in 2008. Focusing in particular on W’s tumultuous youth, the film presents him as an ordinary and poorly educated man who did not necessarily have the tools to become the 43e President of the United States. The excellent Josh Brolin lends his features to W, and the resemblance is sometimes striking.
In this political drama directed by the late filmmaker Mike Nichols, John Travolta slips into the shoes of a governor of the South who is running as a candidate for the Democratic Party primaries for the US presidential election. His name is Jack Stanton, but Nichols made no secret of the fact that the film was heavily inspired by Bill Clinton’s journey and the Gennifer Flowers affair, which erupted during the 1992 presidential campaign. Coincidentally, Primary colors was released in theaters in 1998, in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
An american president
In this comedy-drama by Rob Reiner (When Harry meets Sally) scripted by Aaron Sorkin (the series To the White House), Michael Douglas plays a young widowed president who falls under the spell of a lawyer (Annette Bening) who works on behalf of a major ecological association. This relationship will drop his popularity as he is about to run for a second term.
The young and heroic President Thomas J. Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman in this disaster film by Roland Emmerich, made such an impact on the spirits that even Donald Trump paid tribute to him last May. In a video montage published on his late Twitter account, Trump has indeed recovered the famous speech that Whitmore – a completely fictional character – addresses to the pilots of the army who are preparing to fight the aliens. Pullman reprized the character of Whitmore in the sequel to Independence Day, which premiered in 2016.