Action movies are one of the most popular genres of film in the industry, and none are more thrilling than a political, presidential action movie. Of course, America is always the top choice for a
presidential action movie, as the world’s biggest political super power, and with new President Donald Trump and his controversial policies taking hold of the country, many are finding the humour in these political thrillers. The American political system and the White House as a setting has inspired a huge number of movies and games too, with one of the latest being the Ladbrokes game ‘Trump’s White House’ where players can customise their very own White House in the style of the new president. Here, we’re taking a look at some of the very best Presidential Action movies of all time set within the White House and beyond!
Olympus Has Fallen
Olympus Has Fallen was one of the best political thrillers of the last 5 years, and with a star cast including Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman it was certain to be a hit. In this film, the White House is overrun in broad daylight by heavily armed terrorists, and the President and his staff are all taken hostage in the Safe Room underground. The terrorists are looking to deploy the nuclear weapons, and Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), a former Presidential Security Officer, needs to locate the President’s son before the terrorists do. This 2013 film earned around $161 million in the Box Office.
If you’re looking for a political thriller that features aliens, and is an absolute classic, then Independence Day is the choice for you. Released in 2016, this fantastical action film begins with
strange phenomena surfacing around the Earth. With extraordinary events and a huge spaceship on the way, it is up to The President Of The United States to put an end to what could be total
annihilation of the world on July 4th .
In The Line Of Fire
This hit thriller grossed nearly $177 million and depicts the story of a cat and mouse trail between a Secret Service agent and a would-be presidential assassin. Clint Eastwood plays the President’s main protector, and John Malkovich earned the role of the psychotic would-be assassin. This is one of the highest rated Presidential films of all time, and while the President doesn’t really feature in the film all too much, it is easy to see why. With an excellent plot and a killer cast, there’s not much that this film does wrong.
Air Force One
Air Force One is a gripping thriller, where Russian neo-nationalists hijack the world’s most secure aircraft – Air Force One. The President (played by Harrison Ford) told the world prior to the flight that he would not negotiate with terrorists, but when his plane is hijacked, he faces the choice of giving in to the terrorists demands or losing his wife and daughter. Having been ranked on Metacritic as a 67/100, and the 57 th Best Movie of 1997, it’s easy to see why this is such a favourite.
White House Down
In a similar storyline to Olympus Has Fallen, Channing Tatum takes the role of a Capitol Police Officer who has been turned down the role of Secret Service Agent to protect President James Sawyer (played by Jamie Foxx). After the disappointing news, in order to keep his young daughter’s hopes up, Officer John Cale (Tatum) takes her on a tour around the White House. However, during the tour the White House is seized by a paramilitary group who are heavily armed and dangerous. This leaves Officer Cale as the only person in the building who can save the President, the country and his daughter.