7 Best Movies About Presidents to Stream This Presidents Day

by Jeremy Spirogis
Paul Giamatti

On Feb. 17, Americans will have fun Presidents Day. While technically the vacation honors all the boys who’ve served as president of the United States, it’s most intently related to two of the nation’s most beloved leaders: George Washington (born Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln (born Feb. 12).

While many individuals now mark the day by sleeping in on a time without work from work (and possibly shopping for a brand new mattress), you may have fun by taking in one of many many cinematic depictions of the 44 males who’ve served as commander in chief. All of those motion pictures (plus one miniseries) are streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or Tubi. 

‘John Adams’ 

Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti | Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

This seven-part HBO miniseries stars Paul Giamatti as Founding Father John Adams and Laura Linney as his spouse Abigail. It covers the primary 50 years of the United States, from the 1770 Boston Massacre by way of the Revolutionary War, Adams time as vp underneath George Washington, his personal presidency, and his retirement. Streaming on Amazon Prime.


Steven Spielberg directed this Oscar-winning movie concerning the final 4 months of Abraham Lincoln’s life, as he struggled to deliver the Civil War to an finish and make sure the passage of the 13th modification. Daniel Day-Lewis performs Lincoln. Streaming on Netflix.

‘Young Mr. Lincoln’ 

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Henry Fonda in Young Mr Lincoln | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

For one other tackle the 16th president, there’s John Ford’s 1939 movie Young Mr. Lincoln. Henry Fonda performs Lincoln in the course of the 1830s, when he was a younger lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, taking over an advanced homicide case. Streaming totally free (with advertisements) on Tubi.

‘Warm Springs’

This HBO film about Frank Delano Roosevelt focuses on the years after an sickness left him paralyzed from the waist down. The future president (performed by Kenneth Branagh) traveled to heat Warm Springs, Georgia, the place he hoped he may discover a treatment for his situation. Streaming on Hulu with HBO add-on.

‘Thirteen Days’

Most cinematic remedies of JFK concentrate on his assassination, however this 2000 movie dramatizes the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world was getting ready to nuclear warfare. Bruce Greenwood performs Kennedy, Dylan Baker performs protection secretary Robert McNamara, and Kevin Costner performs adviser Kenny O’Donnell. Streaming on Hulu with HBO add-on.


Woody Harrelson performs Lyndon Johnson on this film directed by Rob Reiner, which focuses on the Texas politician’s time as JFK’s vp and the early days of his personal presidency. Jennifer Jason Leigh performs his spouse Lady Bird Johnson. Streaming on Amazon Prime. 

‘Elvis & Nixon’ 

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President Richard Nixon meets with Elvis Presley December 21, 1970, on the White House. | National Archives

For a lighter tackle presidential historical past, take a look at Elvis & Nixon, a 2016 film concerning the real-life 1970 assembly between Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) and Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) that was immortalized in a well-known {photograph}. Streaming on Amazon Prime.


This 2016 film focuses on future president Barack Obama’s time as an undergraduate at Columbia University in New York City. Devon Terrell performs Obama, Anya Taylor-Joy performs Charlotte, his love curiosity, and Ashley Judd performs his mom Ann Dunham. Streaming on Netflix. 

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