Barack Obama's Favorite Films

Barack Obama lists these films as some of his favorites.  We usually think one's personal tastes are an insight into who they are.  Do these say something about US' President-elect?

(Source: Obama's Facebook Page)


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  • Eric Dienstfrey

    Ten bucks says the sixth film is Love Actually.

  • Daniel Kasman

    At least we finally have a politician who doesn’t list Mr. Smith Goes to Washington…

  • Glenn Kenny

    I won’t rest until we have a President who lists “Out One” as among his favorite films.

  • Daniel Kasman

    Are you sure about that Glenn, a President with a predilection for conspiracy?

  • Matthias Galvin

    I thought we already had a President with a predeliction for conspiracy… He was called “Nixon”

  • Daniel Kasman

    Someone should show him some Rivette.

  • Ryland Walker Knight

    I’m down with a leader who digs El Awrence.

  • Eric Dienstfrey

    Forget Out 1, wouldn’t it be terrific if Obama was all “I’ve been obsessed with In the City of Sylvia lately, and I can’t tell you how exciting NGA’s Oshima retrospective is going to be!”

  • Carson

    would be cool if he liked Bad Lieutenant

  • Joe Bowman

    Or Paul Verhoeven. (Maybe not)

  • efe

    Forget Out 1. Below is a list of the top ten most popular movies that have been screened at the White House in the past ninety years.

    10) Field of Dreams
    9) The Bridge on the River Kwai
    8) The Longest Day
    7) A Man For All Seasons
    6) Sabrina
    5) Patton
    4) Roman Holiday
    3) Casablanca
    2) Bad Day at Black Rock
    1) High Noon

  • CarBoy Filims

    He’s got good taste…this is a great blog.

  • Eli Fox

    Damn, here I was hoping that he’d at least show some affinity for Straub-Huillet films!

  • The Rake

    You have to hand it to the man, he has taste.

    The Rake

  • Gerhard

    He mentions in one of his books (I forgot which one) that he has a strong dislike for Black Orpheus.

  • Maicol Andrés Ordoñez

    Haha! Is that true? Man, I got through the funniest conversation about that flick not less than an hour ago. Ironic or jokey or true or whatever, it’s really a coincidence that you mentioned it.

  • Tribe

    I’m surprised not to see any Gaspar Noe films on his list.

  • Alonso Díaz de la Vega

    Well, this doesn’t take me by surprise, I mean, I didn’t expect him to like Henri Georges Clouzot or some auteur of the like, I just expect him to be a good president. I’m not an American, but I wish you all good luck with him, especially being the world as it is now.

  • wonder6789

    No Chantal Ackerman? This is clearly a one-term president.

  • Rachel

    I heard his favorite politcal films are ELECTION and THE CANDIDATE.

  • Geneya

    Obama’s going to be too busy to watch films I suppose (hopefully).

  • michael

    It would be cool if he didn’t list all safe choices. Not a film under 30 years old? Nothing with subtitles? No documentaries? I guess “change” doesn’t include revamping a completely ordinary, unchallenging film list.

    Yes, he does have taste. Too bad his taste is questionable. I see two over-rateds (Casablanca, Lawrence Of Arabia). The other three are so great that just about everything that can be said about them has been said over and over and over again.

    And kudos, yes, thanks for not including “Mr. Smith” on this list. Capra makes me want to drive nails into my eyeballs.

  • tom

    diplomacy, ho!

  • John Smith

    Damn I thought it was going to be all Oliver Stone flixs, beeznezzeel

  • Jameson Lee Christopher

    He just went to the AFI’s 100 greatest films list and picked the first four he had actually watched.

  • SeñoritaTeschmacher!!!

    Casablanca sucks

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