10 best movie presidents of all time
With 'White House Down' in theaters we look at the best of POTUS on screen
9. Jeff Bridges, "The Contender" (2000)
Our current Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama once told Rod Lurie that his favorite movie president was Jackson Evans from the director's 2000 film "The Contender." And I'd be tempted to agree with him. Jeff Bridges received an Oscar nomination for his charming portrait of the man, equally comfortable behind closed doors navigating the shark-infested waters of politics as he is addressing Congress with grand and poignant gestures of leadership. Indeed, that final speech in the Capitol may have been wonderful verbiage on the page, but Bridges had to bring it to life with a verve most charismatic. "A woman will serve in the highest level of the executive. Simple as that." How much longer until those words from Evans prove true?
- Kristopher Tapley