13 of the best presidents in pop culture history

Being President of the United States is no easy feat, but these pop culture presidents give color to the job that no real-life president can. From the cunning and back-stabbing ways of President Frank Underwood to the nice-guy antics of President Bill Mitchell in "Dave," these presidents get our vote for being the most entertaining!

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President Andrew Shepherd

Michael Douglas aka U.S. President Andrew Shepherd was nearing the end of his first term when he met a ballsy, chance-taking lobbyist named Sydney in "The American President." His presidential good looks and ability to balance love and politics made us love him too.  

President Frank Underwood

It's hard to call Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) the best president, given his pension for killing off anyone who gets in his way, but his character on "House of Cards" makes for good TV regardless. 

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President Fitzgerald Grant

Tony Goldwyn plays Fitzgerald Grant "Fitz"  on "Scandal" and we can't get enough of him season after season as he struggles with his love for Olivia -- his political fixer -- and his duty to his country. He's easily one of the most conflicted presidents in TV history. 


President Beck 

Morgan Freeman as the Commander in Chief in "Deep Impact," was the best for his calm demeanor and uplifting words. “Life will go on. We will prevail.”

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President Josiah "Jed" Bartlett

Martin Sheen as President Bartlett on "The West Wing" was one of the most debonaire politicians in pop culture history with the way he could uplift and inspire and cut members of his staff down to size in a matter of minutes. 

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President Thomas Whitmore

President Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pullman) had to take charge and lead the country in an airstrike against alien invaders in "Independence Day." The plot isn't super believable, but Whitmore was! 


The President in "Love Actually"

We never get a name for Billy Bob Thornton's horrifying depiction of an egotistical, over-patriotic US president, but he definitely is a sad representation of the States. His insulting comment to Hugh Grant (aka the British Prime Minister), "I'll give you anything you ask for, as long as it's not something I don't want to give," and his advances at Grant's secretary still annoy us. 

(Love Actually) 

President Russell P. Kramer and President Matt Douglas

President Kramer (Jack Lemmon), the chintzy president -- who even fills up mini alcohol bottles with water after he drinks the booze - has to team up with his ex-nemesis President Douglas in order to bring down a scam that could threaten their lives. "My Fellow Americans" is easily one of the best president-packed movies ever. 

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President of the United States

Alan Alda plays the fun-loving president in the satirical film "Canadian Bacon." 

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President Allen Richmond

President Allen Richmond (Gene Hackman) in "Absolute Power" gives us a darker look at the presidency. Richmond has Secret Service agents kills the woman he's having an affair with and is determined to keep power. (Photo By Getty Images)

President James Dale

President Dale didn't exactly have it easy in "Mars Attacks!." Martians came to Earth, torched Congress and he was ultimately hit with a ray fun. So there's that -- but the movie was slapstick funny.

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