02/15/2016 AT 09:35 AM EST
Morgan Freeman’s first term was in 1998’s Deep Impact, in which he played President Beck, the man tasked with seeing the nation through a comet impact that reduced most of the world to rubble.
Michael Douglas swept Annette Bening off her feet (and audiences along with her) as President Andrew Shepherd in The American President. Both a critical and a popular success, the film grossed more than $100 million at the box office, and the Aaron Sorkin-penned screenplay served as an inspiration for the West Wing series Sorkin went on to write.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been slaying as Veep‘s Selina Meyer, ascending to the presidency despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Louis-Dreyfus has won four Emmys for the HBO remake of the British series The Thick of It.
With one of the most legendary speeches in action movie history, Bill Pullman is a mainstay on any list of greatest fictional presidents. Playing President Whitmore in 1996’s Independence Day, Pullman portrayed a courageous former Air Force pilot who suited up one last time when his country needed him the most. Pullman is set to reprise his role as President Whitmore in Independence Day: Resurgence this summer.
Only one President only this list is so bad he’s good – Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood from House of Cards. The South Carolinian started as the Democratic Majority Whip, but his ambitions were for an office far more oval. Constantly breaking the fourth wall and playing everyone like puppets, Underwood has taken over the White House with his wife Claire (Robin Wright) running things as FLOTUS.