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Peter Sellers as president in Dr. Strangelove. Sellers leads a strong ensemble cast in this 1964 movie directed by Stanley Kubrick. Called the "first nuclear comedy," the film broke the mold of depicting the American president in a heroic manner. Here, the fictional president is ripe with indecision.

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Ralph Bellamy as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello. Released in 1960, this film is significant for its candid depiction of Roosevelt's struggle in the 1920s to overcome polio so that he might resume his political career.

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Jack Nicholson as president in Mars Attacks!, a 1996 farce in which Earth is invaded by Martians with a cruel sense of humor.

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