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Obama’s Top 5 Favorite Movies

barack obama's favorite moviesHe landed his house on the Wicked Witch Of The East (Hillary Clinton), and defeated the evil Penguin (John McCain), but wait, this isn’t a movie, this is real life, and the hero is Barack Obama.

You can tell a lot about the measure of a man by the movies he likes. So what does the new President rate as his favorites? He has actually mentioned his top 5 a couple of times and here they are. What do they say about him?

Casablanca (1942)


“Who doesn’t like Casablanca?” says Barack.

Teenagers is the answer, but he’s not pandering to them, and we like that.

Although you certainly can’t tell what someone’s policies will be from watching a movie, Humphrey Bogart does run a place called “Rick’s Café Américain” which attracts a mixed clientele of refugees and thieves, and runs guns to Ethiopia.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)


Jack Nicholson gets himself transferred to a psychiatric ward in Milos Forman’s dramatic masterpiece. What he finds is a cruel institution that delights in torture and mental anguish, so he sets about changing the way things are done.

Hello? Guantanamo?

Godfather I & II (1972, 1974)

Barack hasn’t put these top 5 in order but we do know that these are his top 3…


“My favorite movie scene?” he told Katie Couric, “The opening of the first Godfather where the caretaker comes in and Marlon Brando is sitting there and he’s saying “You disrespected me. You know and now you want a favor.” It sets the tone for the whole movie. There’s this combination of old world gentility and ritual with this savagery underneath.”

It sure is an interesting style of leadership.

“What about part 3?” asks Couric.

“Three? Not so much.”

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)


So all of Barack’s choices are Oscar winners. Classy through and through.

Lawrence Of Arabia tells the story of a western man who surprises everyone by leaving his Christian roots behind and leading an Arab army against… Look I’m sure none of this means anything.

For the record, Obama’s favorite actors are Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon and Angela Bassett. He is yet to speak out publically on what he thinks of Darth Maul, whether Superman Returns was boring, or which side of the fence he’s on regarding Michael Bay’s Transformers.

“I can rattle off a bunch of movies,” says Obama, “I’m a movie guy.” So are we Mr. President, so are we.

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  • john t. woods said

    pretty solid choices i’d say…

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  • the one who blogs said

    All great films, but no lighter movies, only serious ones?

    We should see more of the fun side of Obama, beside the serious image.

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  • Eric said

    Bah: all tame, framily friendly movies. Bland and politically safe responses.

    If I saw something like Big Lebowski listed, I’d totally lose my sh*t.

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  • John Thomas said

    Wow dude, that is way cool. I like it! he has good taste!

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  • Giljan said

    well, Eric yeah, they are predictable choices, but the thing is that they really are great films, amongst the best ever.. if obama had chosen, say, the big lebowski, ladri di biciclette, old boy, the wages of fear, and los olvidados, those 5 he chose would still be as great as these five.

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  • SciaccaBro said

    Big lame surprise. Politically safe old movies that half the country has never seen or cares about. Won’t piss any voters off with this list.
    Now, if he had said, “I love all those movies. But I really crack up at the diner scene from Tommy Boy where he destroys the roll,” I would have believed it.

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  • Television SPY said

    Yea these movies did go on the safe side, he didn’t want to alienate himself. But still some of those are classic.

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  • Tyler Lovemark said

    No Road Warrior? Who the hell does this guy think he is.

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  • TJ said

    “We should see more of the fun side of Obama”

    Maybe there isn’t one! :-O

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  • Tom said

    Weeeeelllllll, actually Casablanca is a neat (and wholly intentional) allegory for the American move from insular self-interest to globally-conscious selflessness, so for a President with Obama’s strongly global aims to cite such a movie is a telling choice indeed. Yeah, there’s rich stuff after them first ten minutes!

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  • DalmatianJaws said

    Number 6 is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but he can’t say on the record of someone will go JFK on his ass.

    Great article Sheridan. Very good idea and very funny.

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  • The1Cool said

    Since when is The Godfather Series family friendly?

    Obama’s picks are great movies and we should remember he’s about 50 years old.

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  • Just_Saying said

    So, when he’s not golfing on vacation, he’s watching movies? Sweet.

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  • rugwall said

    I was expecting Citizen Kane, with that codename for Sasha or Malia, can’t remember who has it, but it’s Rosebud, the very first line in that movie. Citizen Kane is a classic. Nice choices in movies though. Glad he doesn’t like Godfather part III as much either, haha, what a terrible third part of that series. I’d like to see a top 10 of his, maybe he likes some late 80’s, early 90’s movies. Some of those were really great–right before Hollywood took their last nosedive, and started to do remakes, throw actors under a bus in a movie with terrible directors, getting way too into 3D movies, and spitting out zombie, magic, and apocalypse movies like they were going out of style.

    I would guess about 90% of the movies this year, 2013, were about zombies, fighting to the death, dire survival situations, the U.S. completely failing, and apocalyptic scenarios. I thought they would be done after 2012 with that end-of-the-world/panic/everyone for him/herself stuff. It’s really getting old.

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