Most Bankable U.S. President Movies

by urbanemovies | created - 14 Feb 2016 | updated - 17 Feb 2018 | Public

A number of Presidential biopics have made recent debuts, including Southside with You (2016), Barry (2016) and LBJ (2016); more are in development like Roosevelt with Hollywood A-listers lining up to take a turn in the Oval Office.

Which movie that centers on a President of the United States or an event about them is your favorite? * poll options limited to feature length movies with $1 million+ in inflation adjusted box office receipts or a TV-Streaming movies with 500+ votes.

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1. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 133,447 | Gross: $70.41M

John F. Kennedy

$205,405,498 1991 Box Office

$357,449,302 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about investigation into John F. Kennedy assassination

2. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

86 Metascore

As the American 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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 233,046 | Gross: $182.21M

Abraham Lincoln

$275,293,450 2012 Box Office

$284,193,958 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic primarily about Abraham Lincoln's years in White House

3. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,447 | Gross: $119.19M

George W. Bush

$222,446,882 Box Office

$283,383,668 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Political documentary looks at events of 9/11 and George W. Bush's agenda

4. Lee Daniels' The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 104,054 | Gross: $116.63M

Multiple Presidents

$176,598,908 Box Office

$179,676,693 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic views the lives of eight presidents through the life of a butler who served in the White House for 34 years

5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

R | 105 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

42 Metascore

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 144,841 | Gross: $37.52M

Abraham Lincoln

$116,471,580 2012 Box Office

$120,237,2212015 Adjusted Box Office


Mash-up half derived from Abraham Lincoln's personal diary and half pure fiction.

6. Thirteen Days (2000)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, History, Thriller

67 Metascore

In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll, Drake Cook

Votes: 51,614 | Gross: $34.59M

John F. Kennedy

$66,579,890 2000 Box Office

$91,640,916 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about John F. Kennedy's handling of Cuban Missile Crisis Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days,"

7. Primary Colors (1998)

R | 143 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A man joins the political campaign of a smooth-operator candidate for president of the USA.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman

Votes: 26,441 | Gross: $38.97M

William 'Bill' Clinton

$52,090,187 1998 Box Office $75,743,925 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic thinly veiled about William 'Bill' Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign

8. 2016: Obama's America (2012)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

28 Metascore

A documentary that examines the question, "If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?"

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan | Stars: Jay Bastian, Joe Biden, Cait Brasel, Gene Burris Jr.

Votes: 10,210 | Gross: $33.45M

Barack Obama

$33,449,086 2012 Box Office

$34,531,271 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Political documentary looks at Barack Obama life and influences

9. W. (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks

Votes: 44,895 | Gross: $25.53M

George W. Bush

$29,506,464 2008 Box Office

$32,482,286 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic primarily about George W. Bush's years in White House

10. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 98,311 | Gross: $18.59M

Richard M. Nixon

$27,426,335 2008 Box Office

$30,192,369 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic primarily about Richard M. Nixon's Frost/Nixon interviews

11. Wilson (1944)

Passed | 154 min | Biography, Drama, History

A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 1,357 | Gross: $2.00M

Woodrow Wilson

$2,000,000 1944 Box Office

$ 26,930,000 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about Woodrow Wilson's rise to and time in White House

12. LBJ (2016)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

54 Metascore

Lyndon B. Johnson aligns himself with John F. Kennedy, rises to the Presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Michael Stahl-David, Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 4,862 | Gross: $2.47M

Lyndon B. Jonhson

Still in active release, Running Totals here.

$ 2016 Box Office

$ 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about Lyndon B. Jonhson's rise to and time in White House * Worldwide premiere 09 September 2016 (Toronto), USA premiere 12 October 2016 (New Orleans)

13. Nixon (1995)

R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris

Votes: 27,430 | Gross: $13.56M

Richard M. Nixon

$13,681,765 1995 Box Office

$21,278,287 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about Richard M. Nixon's rise to and time in White House

14. Barry (II) (2016)

104 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Director: Vikram Gandhi | Stars: Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane

Votes: 5,640

Barack Obama

Streaming Service Release

N/A 2016 Box Office

N/A 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about Barack Obama during his student days at Columbia. * Worldwide premiere 10 September 2016 (Toronto), USA premiere 16 December 2016 Netflix(steaming) and Limited Theatrical Release for Oscar consideration.

15. The Conspirator (2010)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, History

55 Metascore

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline

Votes: 26,691 | Gross: $11.54M

Abraham Lincoln

$15,478,800 2010 Box Office

$16,824,832 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about conspiracy behind Abraham Lincoln's assassination

16. 1776 (1972)

G | 141 min | Drama, Family, History

A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden

Votes: 7,277 | Gross: $6.10M

Multiple Presidents

$ 2,800,000 1972 Box Office

$15,880,000 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Period drama depicting the lives of many early U.S. Presidents

17. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Passed | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

91 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan

Votes: 6,918

Abraham Lincoln

Verifiable box office not available


Biopic primarily about Abraham Lincoln's earliest years

18. Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Not Rated | 144 min | Biography, Drama

In 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt contracts poliomyelitis and, with the help of his wife Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and close friend Louis Howe, battles his newfound disability.

Director: Vincent J. Donehue | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn, Jean Hagen

Votes: 1,012

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Verifiable box office not available


Biopic primarily about Franklin D. Roosevelt's early years and polio battle

19. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard

Votes: 1,566

Abraham Lincoln

$666,000 1940 Box Office

$11,275,237 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic primarily about Abraham Lincoln's early years

20. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

R | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West

Votes: 10,896 | Gross: $6.37M

Franklin D. Roosevelt

$8,887,603 2012 Box Office

$9,174,948 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about Franklin D. Roosevelt's affairs and Summer @ Hyde Park

21. Southside with You (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

Director: Richard Tanne | Stars: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear

Votes: 7,460 | Gross: $6.30M

Barack Obama

Still in active release, Running Totals here.

$6,512,004 2016 Box Office

$ 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date * Worldwide premiere 24 January 2016 (Sundance), Limited Release USA 26 August 2016

22. Jefferson in Paris (1995)

PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Gwyneth Paltrow, Estelle Eonnet

Votes: 2,706 | Gross: $2.47M

Thomas Jefferson

$2,473,668 1995 Box Office

$3,847,122 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Biopic about Thomas Jefferson's years in Paris as U.S. Ambassador

23. The War Room (1993)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, History

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Votes: 3,602 | Gross: $0.90M

William 'Bill' Clinton

$901,668 1993 Box Office

$1,478,996 2015 Adjusted Box Office


Documentary about William 'Bill' Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign

24. Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004 TV Movie)

PG | 89 min | Drama, History, War

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.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, Ian Mune

Votes: 2,895

Dwight D. Eisenhower

TV movie box office not applicable


TV biopic about Ike's life in the 3 months leading up to the start of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe by the allies during WW II

25. The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: William Devane, Ralph Bellamy, Howard Da Silva, James Hong

Votes: 889

John F. Kennedy

TV movie box office not applicable


TV biopic about John F. Kennedy's handling of Cuban Missile Crisis based Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days"

26. Killing Lincoln (2013 TV Movie)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: Adrian Moat | Stars: Tom Hanks, Regen Wilson, Billy Campbell, Jesse Johnson

Votes: 2,027

Abraham Lincoln

TV movie box office not applicable


TV biopic about events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln based on the novel, "Killing Lincoln"

27. Warm Springs (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama

The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 2,507

Franklin D. Roosevelt

TV movie box office not applicable


TV biopic about Franklin D. Roosevelt battle with polio

28. The World According to Bush (2004 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, War

The 1000 days of George W. Bush's presidency from the 9/11 attacks to the iraqi quagmire. How a bunch of people influenced by neo-cons hawks took control of the US foreign policy.

Director: William Karel | Stars: John Ashcroft, Robert Baer, Tony Blair, Antony Blinken

Votes: 673

George W. Bush

TV movie box office not applicable


TV political documentary looks at George W. Bush's presidency in the thousand days in following 9/11

29. All the Way (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

Lyndon Baines Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Frank Langella

Votes: 12,139

30. Path to War (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 165 min | Biography, Drama, War

In the mid 1960s, President Lyndon B. Johnson (Sir Michael Gambon) and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill

Votes: 2,926

31. Jefferson in Paris (1995)

PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Gwyneth Paltrow, Estelle Eonnet

Votes: 2,706 | Gross: $2.47M

32. PT 109 (1963)

Approved | 140 min | Biography, Drama, War

During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp, Ty Hardin, James Gregory

Votes: 2,106

33. Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne

Votes: 1,241

34. Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1975)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

One man show about the presidency of Harry S Truman.

Directors: Steve Binder, Peter H. Hunt | Star: James Whitmore

Votes: 416 | Gross: $11.00M



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