President Obama Has Named His Favorite Movie of 2015

President Obama Has Named His Favorite Movie of 2015

Dec 10, 2015

President Obama continues to align himself with hope, even in his pop culture choices. According to People magazine, he has named The Martian as his favorite movie of the year, and it's not difficult to see why. Ridley Scott's latest sci-fi effort, which stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars, is full of American ideals.

For instance, the plot involves a rescue mission to retrieve Damon's character, representing an extreme case of the "no man left behind" creed that has been with us since before the United States even existed, originating with the French and Indian War. And especially the end of The Martian is full of patriotic enthusiasm for the country's space program. 

Unlike many past commanders-in-chief, however, Obama doesn't always go for the obvious nationally oriented picks. His favorite movies of all time include The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, with Lawrence of Arabia, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Casablanca rounding out his top five.

But last year he named Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which has a certain kind of Americana charm to it. Also, it features characters campaigning for his presidency.

It's a fairly new thing for sitting presidents to endorse recent movies in this way, but at the end of his second term, Bill Clinton taped a show with Roger Ebert and named his favorites from the prior few years.

See the picks of presidents by year that we were able to find below.


Barack Obama

2015: The Martian (First Lady Michelle Obama picked Inside Out)

2014: Boyhood

2012: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi and Argo -- he's also been linked to liking Lincoln

2009: Avatar, with Away We Go the runner-up (First Lady Michelle Obama picked An Education and The Hurt Locker)


Bill Clinton

1999: American Beauty, Fight Club and Three Kings

1997: The Harmonists and Life is Beautiful


Ronald Reagan 

1985: Eleni

1982: First Blood


Jimmy Carter

1977: Close Encounters of the Third Kind -- allegedly




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