President-Themed Movies to Peruse at Home for Presidents Day

In honor of President’s Day weekend, the Media Play News staff put together a list of president-themed films to peruse and where to watch them.

  • Lincoln (2012) — Starring Danial Day-Lewis in an Oscar winning performance, the drama is set as the Civil War rages on and U.S President Abraham Lincoln struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on his decision to emancipate the slaves. (disc or digital: Disney, streaming: Paramount+)
  • Air Force One (1997) — Starring Harrison Ford as the president, the thriller follows communist radicals who hijack Air Force One with the U.S. president and his family on board. The vice president (Glenn Close) negotiates from Washington D.C., while the president, a veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board. (disc or digital: Sony Pictures)
  • Thirteen Days (2000) — In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in this period drama. The film stars Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood and Shawn Driscoll. (disc or digital Warner)
  • The American President (1995) — Starring Annette Bening and Michael Douglas, this comic romance drama follows a widowed U.S. president running for reelection and an environmental lobbyist who fall in love. 
    (disc or digital Warner)
  • Independence Day (1996) — The alien invasion flick stars Bill Pullman as the president, who leads a counterattack. (disc or digital 20th Century, streaming Philo, Sling, Starz)
  • Dave (1993) — The comic romance follows an uncanny presidential lookalike named Dave who is recruited by the Secret Service to become a momentary stand-in for the president of the United States. (disc or digital Warner)
  • Seven Days in May (1964) — Directed by John Frankenheimer, the thriller follows United States military leaders who plot to overthrow the president because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. It stars Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. (disc or digital Warner Archive, streaming Tubi)
  • Fail Safe (1964) — In this thriller directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau, a technical malfunction sends American planes to Moscow to deliver a nuclear attack. (disc or digital Criterion, streaming Tubi)
  • Frost/Nixon (2008) — This dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon was nominated for five Oscars. (disc or digital Universal or Mill Creek)
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) — Directed by John Ford, this drama is a fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. It stars Henry Fonda. (disc or digital Criterion, streaming Tubi, Xumo)
  • In the Line of Fire (1993) — The thriller stars Clint Eastwood as Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, who couldn’t save Kennedy, but is determined not to let a clever assassin take out the current president. (disc or digital Sony Pictures, streaming AMC+, Philo, Sling)
  • All the Way (2016) — This biopic follows Lyndon B. Johnson as he 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. It stars Bryan Cranston as Johnson and Anthony Mackie as MLK. (digital HBO, streaming Max)
  • JFK (1991) — This controversial Oliver Stone-directed docudrama stars Kevin Costner as a prosecutor who investigates potential conspiracy behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. Shout! Studios just put out a multidisc collector’s edition of the film on 4K Blu-ray. (digital Warner)


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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Delivers Franchise Record $104 Million North American Box Office Debut

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the third installment in the superhero movie franchise headlined by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, didn’t disappoint, generating an estimated $104 million in North American ticket sales through Feb. 19.

That’s the highest box office opening for the trilogy, which is expected to approach $120 million through the Presidents Day holiday Feb. 20 — upping the movie’s global total to around $225 million. The original 2015 Ant-Man opened to $57.2 million domestically, while the 2018 sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, opened to $75.8 million.

In the runner-up box office spot, 20th Century Studios’ enduring Avatar: The Way of Water added an estimated $6.2 million in revenue through the weekend, and $7.5 million through Monday — upping the movie’s global haul past $2.219 billion, ahead of 1997’s Titanic as the all-time No. 3 grossing movie.

Universal Pictures’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish continued to show strong legs, adding an estimated $5.3 million in weekend revenue, rising to more than $7 million through the holiday.

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ erstwhile HBO Max original movie moved to theatrical Magic Mike’s Last Dance dropped to No. 4 from the previous weekend’s pole position, adding a projected $5 million through Sunday; $6 million through Feb. 20.

Universal’s psychological thriller Knock at the Cabin added $3.9 million, which is projected to increase to almost $4.5 million through Monday. Paramount Pictures’ Super Bowl-themed 80 for Brady realized another $3.6 million in ticket sales, followed by Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto with $1.6 million and Universal’s newest horror movie M3GAN with $1.3 million.

Both M3GAN and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish are available to rent or purchase on PVOD and PEST.