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Five for Families: Films that feature historical and fictional presidents
Larry Daly (Ben Stiller, left) and Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) explore the incredible events taking place all around them in a natural history museum in "Night at the Museum." - photo by Caresa Alexander Randall
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider as recommended by Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

The commander in chief develops policies, enforces laws, appoints federal officials and in some cases, must help save the world. To celebrate Presidents Day, here are five films that feature historical or fictional presidents for families to consider.

Amazon Instant: 'Night at the Museum'

The original 2006 movie introduces Ben Stiller as the night watchman at the Museum of Natural History who discovers an ancient Egyptian curse that brings the exhibits to life. With the help of President Teddy Roosevelt, played by Robin Williams, the two must keep the exhibits safe and inside the museum. Williams played Roosevelt in two additional Night at the Museum films as well. The Dove Foundation commends the film as a funny and creative portrayal of an irresponsible father taking on responsibility and becoming a hero to his son but warns that it contains action that may be too intense for younger children, including fighting and someones hair catching on fire. The film is rated PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Netflix: 'National Treasure'

Nicholas Cage stars as a treasure hunter who steals the Declaration of Independence in a race to uncover and protect a long-hidden treasure. The film contains multiple references to several U.S. presidents and Founding Fathers. says that although the film may not be historically accurate at all times, the combination of history and mystery are certainly fun to watch. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

iTunes: 'Newsies'

Based on New York Citys 1899 newsboy strike, this musical follows a group of boys who stand up against newspaper executives. One boy repeatedly claims to have met Teddy Roosevelt, and at one point, Roosevelt helps the boy. says it is one of the better family films, largely due to the strength of its performances but warns that the disregard for the law encouraged during the strike is troublesome. The film is rated PG for mild violence. recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

iTunes: 'First Kid'

A Secret Service agent is ordered to protect the bratty son of the president, and the unlikely pair form a strong bond and thwart a plot against the First Family. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove "Family-Approved" seal for all ages, noting the film contains "several funny moments and life lessons common to this type of film." The film is rated PG for some violence, language and brief partial nudity. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets'

Nicholas Cage returns as Ben Gates, the third-generation treasure hunter who, this time, must clear the name of his ancestor, who is accused of being involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove "Family-Approved" seal for ages 12 and over, noting that fans of the first film "won't be disappointed by this engaging and clever sequel. The film is rated PG for some violence and action. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.
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