Our colleagues over at Deadspin have a fun post on the best presidents in U.S. movie history. (Our money was on the guy who gave control of the planet over to Zod, but whatevs.)
An equally interesting morning-after cinema question, of course, is the best movies about elections. The quadrennial turn to pollsters and stump speeches has enticed many a Hollywood producer, sometimes to their detriment, sometimes to ours.
How does the field look? Hollywood has dealt very explicitly with elections. Some of the films in that vein, like "The Candidate," are strong entries, though many—“Man of the Year,” the Kevin Costner treatise “Swing Vote”—tend to be the weakest of the lot.
Meanwhile, some great movies that are ostensibly about elections—“The Manchurian Candidate” or “Wag the Dog”—are really about different things (eg, warmongering and media distraction).