The Presidential Movies Quiz
By: Alison Cooper
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About This Quiz
Presidential movies range from historically accurate biopics to downright ridiculous disaster flicks. Can you separate fact from fiction (and actor from president) in these presidential films?
Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Josh Brolin
Brolin played George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's "W."
Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels played the first president in "The Crossing."
Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Daniel Day-Lewis
Day-Lewis won the best actor Oscar in 2012 for playing Lincoln in "Lincoln."
Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Nick Nolte
Nolte played the third president in "Jefferson in Paris."
Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Gary Sinise
Sinise was the star of "Truman" in 1995.
This president has been portrayed by Randy Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Tom Wilkinson and Bryan Cranston.
All these actors have played LBJ.
This president has been portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, Dan Hedaya, Frank Langella, John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.
All of them have been Richard Nixon at some point in time.
This president has been portrayed by Brendan Fraser, Kevin Sorbo, Will Forte and Gilbert Gottfried.
Beyond Daniel Day-Lewis, you get a rather motley collection of actors playing Abraham Lincoln.
Robin Williams has played these two presidents on the big screen.
Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower
Williams was T.R. in the three "Night at the Museum" movies and Eisenhower in 2013's "The Butler."
James Garfield and Herbert Hoover
Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson
The titular president of this movie is not a character in the film.
"JFK" is about the aftermath of the assassination, so JFK doesn't appear in the film.
Henry Fonda starred in two presidential movies in 1964. In "Fail Safe" he plays the president. What's his role in "The Best Man"?
the president's speechwriter
Fonda plays presidential hopeful William Russell in "The Best Man."
Fonda also portrayed this real-life president in 1939.
Fonda played Abe in "Young Mr. Lincoln."
President Jack Stanton in "Primary Colors" is based on this real-life president.
Stanton is a very thinly disguised Bill Clinton.
Who plays Jack Stanton in "Primary Colors"?
Travolta put on his best Arkansas accent for the 1996 film.
This president has been portrayed by only one actor, in two films 15 years apart.
Jimmy Carter has somehow missed big-screen treatment. An actor named Ed Beheler played him in 1978's "Sextette" and also in "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993).
Which president did Charlton Heston play twice?
Heston portrayed Andrew Jackson in 1953's "The President's Lady" and again in 1958's "Buccaneer."
Anthony Hopkins played Nixon in 1995. What other real-life president has he portrayed?
Hopkins was John Quincy Adams in "Amistad."
There were two Abraham Lincoln movies in 2012. "Lincoln" racked up Oscar nominations, and the other depicted our 16th president as a …
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" stars Benjamin Walker.
Kevin Kline played fictional president "Dave" in 1993. Which real president did he portray in 1999's "Wild Wild West"?
Kline had two roles in the 1999 Will Smith vehicle: protagonist Artemus Gordon and Ulysses S. Grant.
Presidential movie "Thirteen Days" (2000) is about what real-life event?
"Thirteen Days" follows JFK and his cabinet as they deal with the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
In "The Contender" (2000), who plays the potential first female president?
Joan Allen plays Laine Hanson, a senator who is tapped for vice president.
Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "2012"
It's possible that a supertornado and a deep freeze could've happened in "2012," but the precipitating event is the melting of Earth's core.
Who plays the president in "2012"?
Danny Glover is President Thomas Wilson, who's desperately trying to hold it all together.
Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Deep Impact"
A massive comet is hurtling toward Earth in 1998's "Deep Impact."
Who plays the president in "Deep Impact"?
Morgan Freeman's President Beck must declare martial law in the face of the impending comet.
Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Independence Day"
Evil aliens arrive in a gigantic mothership in "Independence Day."
Who plays the president in "Independence Day"?
Bill Pullman saves the day as President Thomas Whitmore.
Who plays the president in 2016's "Independence Day: Resurgence"?
Sela Ward is Elizabeth Lanford, the first female president.
Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Air Force One"
The nuke-wielding Russians are determined to start a war, but President James Marshall is determined to stop them.
Who plays the president in "Air Force One"?
Ford's President Marshall actually engages in hand-to-hand combat with the bad guys.
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