Presidential Movies for Presidents' Day

by HFPA February 14, 2014

Along with having laid claim to America's top office, a number of former U.S. leaders later found themselves portrayed in lauded cinematic productions.

With the Presidents' Day holiday just around the corner, a tribute to ten of the top Golden Globe nominated/winning Presidential movies ever made is available for your reading pleasure below!

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1) Sunrise at Campobello (1960) - The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family (especially wife Eleanor) copes with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the film follows the various influences on FDR's life and his determination to recover. Based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name.

Won 1961 Golden Globe:
-Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama - Greer Garson

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2) 1776 (1972) - A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

Nominated for 1973 Golden Globe:
-Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy




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3) JFK (1991) - A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the "official" story.

Won 1992 Golden Globe:
-Best Director - Motion Picture - Oliver Stone
Nominated for 1992 Golden Globe:
-Best Motion Picture - Drama
-Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Kevin Costner
-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar

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4) Dave (1993) - To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.

Nominated for 1994 Golden Globe:
-Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
-Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical - Kevin Kline


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5) The American President (1995) - Dramedy about a widowed U.S. President and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.

Nominated for 1996 Golden Globe:
-Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
-Best Director - Motion Picture - Rob Reiner
-Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical - Annette Bening
-Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical - Michael Douglas
-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Aaron Sorkin

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6) Truman (1995) - Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from a small-town nobody to the leader of the USA, as well as his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war President.

Won 1996 Golden Globe:
-Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV - Gary Sinise
Nominated for 1996 Golden Globe:
-Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV

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7) John Adams (2008 Mini-Series) - The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, it’s second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Won 2007 Golden Globe:
-Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie - Tom Wilkinson
-Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
-Best Actress In A Mini-Series/TV Movie - Laura Linney
-Best Actor in a Mini-Series/TV Movie - Paul Giamatti

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8) Frost/Nixon (2008) - A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Nominated for 2009 Golden Globe:
-Best Motion Picture
-Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Frank Langella
-Best Director - Motion Picture - Ron Howard

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9) Hyde Park on the Hudson (2012) - 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.

Nominated for 2013 Golden Globe:
-Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Bill Murray


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10) Lincoln (2012) - As the Civil War rages on, America's President struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield while also fighting with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate slaves.

Won 2013 Golden Globe:
-Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Daniel Day-Lewis
Nominated for 2013 Golden Globe:
-Best Motion Picture - Drama
-Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Tommy Lee Jones
-Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Sally Field
-Best Director - Motion Picture - Steven Spielberg
-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Tony Kushner