President’s Day honors the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, in the hopes that we will all continue to remember them and the values they instilled in our country.

To celebrate, we’ve chosen a few movies that focusing not just POTUS #1 and #16, but also a handful of other presidents, from John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama.

And to add to your streaming fun, we’ve included a few movies about fictitious presidents, both super-cool (Harrison Ford) and not-so-cool (Donald Pleasence). Happy streaming!

Air Force One

★★★☆☆

On Crackle

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President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) attempts to outwit terrorists in the air in Air Force One.

Wolfgang Petersen’s summertime hit Air Force One (1997) is a slick, adrenaline-pumping popcorn muncher, and a fine afternoon-killer. Harrison Ford plays President James Marshall, who is riding on the title presidential plane when terrorists, led by Ivan Korshunov (a great, scenery-chewing Gary Oldman), hijack it. But as with similar titles like Die Hard and Under Siege, the bad guys underestimate how resourceful and how well-trained our hero is, and he’s able to hide out and pick off the bad guys, little by little.

The movie is notable for featuring a female vice president (Glenn Close), who takes charge of the situation from the ground. William H. Macy, Dean Stockwell, and Philip Baker Hall are also on board. Petersen keeps the suspense grinding effectively, even if the movie goes on a bit too long and goes a bit over the top in the final stretch. It offered—and still offers—a pretty decent fantasy about how potentially cool an American president could be.

Amistad

★★★★☆

On Vudu (with ads)

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Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) helps a shipload of slaves against a charge of murder in Amistad.

Amistad (1997) was Steven Spielberg’s attempt to shed the same sort of light on slavery as he did for the Holocaust with Schindler’s List (1993) The film is earnest and well-intentioned, but somewhat clueless in terms of cultural representation. It also has some very big Spielbergian moments that never played well and have aged even more poorly. It is a powerful film nonetheless, with Anthony Hopkins providing a memorable, showboating performance as the former sixth United States President John Quincy Adams.

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