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It seems a lot of presidents will “always have Paris.”
The 1944 Oscar winner “Casablanca” tops a few different modern US presidents’ lists of favorite movies.
Other heads of state went for Westerns. One was crazy for James Bond. And another only really liked to watch himself.
From FDR to President Obama, here are US presidents’ – and the 2016 presidential nominees’ – favorite films:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Mickey Mouse
- FDR via Wikimedia Commons; Mickey Mouse (Kevin Winter/ Getty Images)
FDR was president during one of the most troubling periods in US history: the Great Depression. Movies were an escape from reality then as they are now, so FDR often enjoyed watching Mickey Mouse cartoons while in office. On a different note, he also famously adored Myrna Loy – so much so that it is rumored he wanted to postpone the Yalta Conference in order to meet her when she finally made it to the White House.
Harry Truman: “My Darling Clementine”
- Harry Truman (Wikimedia Commons); “My Darling Clementine” (20th Century Fox)
With Truman, a trend begins. Many US presidents have had an affinity for Westerns. For Truman, it was “My Darling Clementine,” starring Henry Fonda.Focus Featureswrote that Truman had a connection to the film because he and Fonda were both “plain-speakers.”
Dwight Eisenhower: “High Noon”
- Dwight Eisenhower (Wikimedia Commons); “High Noon” (United Artists)
Eisenhower loved movies, having watched about 200 in the White House’s private theater during his eight years in office. While he watched a lot of movies, Westerns were his favorite and one topped Eisenhower’s list: “High Noon,” starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. You’ll see this flick pop up later in the list, too.
Source: The White House Museum
John F. Kennedy: John Wayne and James Bond
- JFK (Wikimedia Commons); Sean Connery as James Bond (United Artists)
JFK is famously associated with Marilyn Monroe, but when it comes to actually watching movies, he preferred John Wayne andRandolph Scott, among others.Some of his favorite movies were”The Longest Day,” “Roman Holiday,” “Spartacus,” “Bad Day at Black Rock,” and “Iwo Jima.”
JFK also had a huge passion for Bond. Whilehe was suffering from back problems in 1955, he was given a copy of “Casino Royale,” Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel. While in office, he had a private screening of “Dr. No” and in a documentary called “Everything or Nothing,”JFK is quoted saying, “I wish I had had James Bond on my staff.”
Lyndon B. Johnson: Himself (and “The Searchers”)
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LBJ wasn’t an avid movie fan. Oddly, the only film he seemed to watch – and watch a lot – was a 10-minute short made about him (narrated by Gregory Peck) to introduce him to the country after JFK’s assassination.
However, Entertainment Weekly also cites that LBJ enjoyed “The Searchers.”
Source: The White House Museum
Richard Nixon: “Patton” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
- Richard Nixon (Wikimedia Commons); “Patton” (20th Century Fox)
One of the most controversial presidents loved a biographical film about acontroversial World War II hero. According to Mental Floss’ aggregation of archives, Nixon would rave about “Patton” to anyone who would listen and urge everyone to watch it.
On a very different – and musical – note, Nixon also enjoyed James Cagney’s fun turn in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
Gerald Ford: “Home Alone”
- Gerald Ford (Wikimedia Commons); “Home Alone” (20th Century Fox)
Like Truman, Ford was not an avid movie fan. But both Entertainment Weekly and The Guardian cite his favorite film as “Home Alone” – a selection you probably never would have guessed, especially since it didn’t come out until years after he left the presidency. But you can’t really argue with a choice like that.
Jimmy Carter: Many, from “All the President’s Men” to “Midnight Cowboy”
- Jimmy Carter (Wikimedia Commons); “All the President’s Men” (Warner Bros.)
Unlike Ford, Carter was a huge film buff. According to the White House Museum, he “held 480 screenings at the White House over four years, one every three nights on average, and more films than Reagan watched in his two terms.” Hilariously, one of the first films he screened was “All the President’s Men,” which is the film that centers on the plot that helped him get into office.
Interestingly, he also became the first president to watch an X-rated film, “Midnight Cowboy,” in the family theater.
Ronald Reagan: “High Noon,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Sound of Music,” and his own films
- Ronald Reagan (Wikimedia Commons); “High Noon” (United Artists)
Reagan was a well-known actor before he became president, but he wasn’t always watching his own films in the White House theater – that was only on special occasions like his birthday. (His favorites of his own roles were “Knute Rockne, All American” and “King’s Row.”)
Reagan also enjoyed the hits “High Noon,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “The Sound of Music” – the latter is credited as being the reason he once didn’t study his briefing book.
He also mistakenly took part in a promotional campaign for “Octopussy,” praising Bond and saying, “007 is really a ’10.'” But the president just thought he was taking part in a British anniversary tribute to the character.
George H.W. Bush: “Viva Zapata!”
- George H.W. Bush (Wikimedia Commons); “Viva Zapata!” (20th Century Fox)
Bush Sr. wasn’t very vocal about his favorite films, but he liked “Viva Zapata!” enough to name his oil company, Zapata Corporation, after it. Entertainment Weekly also reports he enjoyed “The Longest Day.”
Bill Clinton: “High Noon” and “Casablanca”
- “High Noon” (United Artists); Bill Clinton (Wikimedia Commons); “Casablanca” (Warner Bros.)
In 2008, Bill Clinton did an interview with Roger Ebert to talk all things cinematic. In the interview, he followed Eisenhower’s and Reagan’s footsteps in citing “High Noon” as his favorite movie – “I don’t get tired of seeing it” – and said “Casablanca” is his second favorite.In law school, he and Hillary created a fictitious case around the characters of “Casablanca.” He also gave high regards to Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks, and “American Beauty.”
But nothing really compares to his love of “High Noon,” which he reportedly screened arecord 17 times at the White House.
George W. Bush: “Field of Dreams”
- George W. Bush (Wikimedia Commons); “Field of Dreams” (Universal)
George W. Bush followed “How I Met Your Mother’s” “Bro Code“to a T and cried during “Field of Dreams.” But he also enjoyed the mindless humor of Mike Myers’ Austin Powers character.
After 9/11, he began watching films that reflected the times, such as “We Were Soldiers” and “Black Hawk Down.”
Barack Obama: “The Godfather Part I” and “Part II”
- Barack Obama (Wikimedia Commons); “The Godfather” (Paramount)
Obama has a lot ofpop-culture favorites, but as far as films go, “The Godfather” tops his list. He told Katie Couric, “One and Two. Three not so much. That saga – I love that movie.”
Later, he told Couric that “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Casablanca” also rank highly. “Who doesn’t like ‘Casablanca?'” he said.
PLUS THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES: Donald Trump: “Citizen Kane,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas,” and “Gone with the Wind”
- Donald Trump (Wikimedia Commons); “Citizen Kane” (RKO)
Donald Trump was involved in pop culture long before he joined politics. He’smade tons of cameosand, of course, spearheaded the “Apprentice” franchise. Beyond his own work, he also favors “Citizen Kane,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas,” and “Gone with the Wind.”Read all aboutDonald Trump’s pop-culture picks on Business Insider.
Hillary Clinton: “The Wizard of Oz,” “Casablanca,” and “Out of Africa”
- Hillary Clinton (Wikimedia Commons); “The Wizard of Oz” (MGM/Loews)
Hillary Clinton also has an affinity for cinematic classics. She and her husband share the love for “Casablanca,” but she also enjoys the adventures Dorothy has in “The Wizard of Oz” and the acting partnership between Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in “Out of Africa.”Source:SlashFilm