The Favorite Movies of Presidents

You’ll be surprised by some of these!


David Larsen, Contributor


February is filled with fun holidays, including Valentines Day and Chinese New Year. President’s Day is also in the month February, celebrating the leaders who have served our country since 1789. Today, we’ll be counting down some of the presidents’ favorite movies. Hopefully, you’ll agree with these picks. Enjoy!


Gerald Ford

Even though this film came out 13 years after Ford’s term as president ended in 1977, his favorite film was “Home Alone”. Obviously, this movie has something for everyone, and Ford was no exception. Ford may have not been a big movie fan, but he definitely chose a good favorite movie!


Ronald Reagan


In case you didn’t know, Ronald Reagan was actually an actor before becoming the president. His favorites of his own roles were “Knute Rockne, All American” and “King’s Row”. He also liked “High Noon”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Sound of Music”. He must’ve enjoyed watching good, old films, and with his favorite films being hits like these, he must’ve had a good taste in movies.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt was president during one of the most troubling periods in our country’s history: the Great Depression. At the time, movies were an escape from reality, so Roosevelt often enjoyed watching Mickey Mouse cartoons while in office. And who doesn’t like Mickey Mouse? He’s been an iconic character in films and television since 1928! Everyone likes Mickey, and Roosevelt did, too.


Harry Truman


With Truman, a trend begins. Many US presidents have had a secret passion for Western films. For Truman, it was “My Darling Clementine,” starring Henry Fonda. Focus Features wrote that Truman had a connection to the film because he and Fonda were both “plain-speakers.” Truman also had a good reason to like it, too. It received a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, a website where professional critics give their rating on lots of films. If you’re a fan of old, western movies, you’ll probably love this film as much as the 33rd President.

Jimmy Carter


Carter was a huge film lover. According to the White House Museum, he held 480 screenings at the White House over four years, which is one every three nights on average, and more films than Reagan watched in his two terms. That’s crazy! One of the first films he screened was “All the President’s Men,” which is the film that centers on the plot that helped him get into office. If you like movies as much as Carter, chances are you’ll most-likely enjoy the 70s film.


Do you like the favorite films of our presidents? Do you like my picks for the presidents? If so, make sure to leave a comment, or tell your friends about it! And, as always, be sure to check out the other awesome articles from our talented writers on Rider Review! Have a good break, and a good Valentine’s Day! See you in March!  


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