According to White House records, Jimmy Carter watched 480 films during his four years in the White House — around 2.5 movies a week.
The first one he watched: All the President’s Men, about the Watergate scandal that sank Nixon. He also became the first president to watch an X-rated movie in the mansion: Midnight Cowboy, which today doesn’t seem like much, but in 1969 shocked audiences with its sex scenes and drug use. (By the time Carter saw it, the rating had been changed to R.)
The Presidents’ favorite films seem to say much about their personalities. Most enjoyed war movies, westerns, and other “rah-rah” fare. Obama’s favorites (Casablanca, Godfather, etc.) indicate he’s tasteful yet in line with the consensus view (those two films are routinely cited as among the “best ever”). But Carter watching Midnight Cowboy is pretty sweet. Props to the peanut farmer.