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The Presidential Movies Quiz
by Staff
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

  • George W. Bush
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Bill Clinton

Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Jeff Daniels

  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson

Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Daniel Day-Lewis

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Richard Nixon
  • James Madison

Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Nick Nolte

  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Thomas Jefferson

Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Gary Sinise

  • Andrew Johnson
  • Harry Truman
  • Jimmy Carter

This president has been portrayed by Randy Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Tom Wilkinson and Bryan Cranston.

  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • William McKinley
  • John F. Kennedy

This president has been portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, Dan Hedaya, Frank Langella, John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.

  • Gerald Ford
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Richard Nixon

This president has been portrayed by Brendan Fraser, Kevin Sorbo, Will Forte and Gilbert Gottfried.

  • Grover Cleveland
  • Teddy Roosevelt
  • Abraham Lincoln

Robin Williams has played these two presidents on the big screen.

  • Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • James Garfield and Herbert Hoover
  • Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson

The titular president of this movie is not a character in the film.

  • "Nixon"
  • "W."
  • "JFK"

Henry Fonda starred in two presidential movies in 1964. In "Fail Safe" he plays the president. What's his role in "The Best Man"?

  • an assassin
  • the president's speechwriter
  • a presidential candidate

Fonda also portrayed this real-life president in 1939.

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James Monroe
  • William Henry Harrison

President Jack Stanton in "Primary Colors" is based on this real-life president.

  • Jimmy Carter
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush

Who plays Jack Stanton in "Primary Colors"?

  • John Travolta
  • Bill Pullman
  • Bill Paxton

This president has been portrayed by only one actor, in two films 15 years apart.

  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Jimmy Carter
  • James Buchanan

Which president did Charlton Heston play twice?

  • James Polk
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Ulysses S. Grant

Anthony Hopkins played Nixon in 1995. What other real-life president has he portrayed?

  • John Quincy Adams
  • George Washington
  • Ulysses S. Grant

There were two Abraham Lincoln movies in 2012. "Lincoln" racked up Oscar nominations, and the other depicted our 16th president as a …

  • racist
  • mad scientist
  • vampire hunter

Kevin Kline played fictional president "Dave" in 1993. Which real president did he portray in 1999's "Wild Wild West"?

  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Bill Clinton
  • Rutherford B. Hayes

Presidential movie "Thirteen Days" (2000) is about what real-life event?

  • Pearl Harbor
  • the Cuban missile crisis
  • Lincoln's assassination

In "The Contender" (2000), who plays the potential first female president?

  • Meryl Streep
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Joan Allen

Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "2012"

  • a supertornado
  • a deep freeze
  • Earth's core melts

Who plays the president in "2012"?

  • Martin Sheen
  • Michael Douglas
  • Danny Glover

Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Deep Impact"

  • a comet
  • aliens
  • tsunami

Who plays the president in "Deep Impact"?

  • Harrison Ford
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Jack Nicholson

Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Independence Day"

  • hackers
  • terrorists
  • aliens

Who plays the president in "Independence Day"?

  • Bill Paxton
  • Bill Pullman
  • Bill Murray

Who plays the president in 2016's "Independence Day: Resurgence"?

  • Sela Ward
  • Rita Wilson
  • Helen Hunt

Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Air Force One"

  • Russian terrorists
  • Islamic terrorists
  • Chinese terrorists

Who plays the president in "Air Force One"?

  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Harrison Ford
  • Gary Oldman