With 'White House Down' in theaters we look at the best of POTUS on screen
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1. Peter Sellers - "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964)
It was a bit of a landslide for our #1 spot and it's a tough one to argue. Peter Sellers played three outrageous roles in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 riot "Dr. Strangelove," and one of them was a flustered Commander-in-Chief, President Merkin Muffley, facing a crisis similar to Henry Fonda in "Fail-Safe," albeit in a film of a very different tone. Sellers's work in the film -- in all three parts, really -- is a landmark, and so it's no surprise he would dominate a poll such as this. Any movie president who gets to utter the line, "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room!" is destined for such heights, and Kubrick's masterpiece is arguably the best film on this list, to boot. Hence: #1.
- Kristopher Tapley