The Dude Abides: Every Jeff Bridges Movie, Ranked Worst to Best

From charming rascals to old coots, 'The Last Picture Show' to 'The Big Lebowski' – the iconic actor's greatest hits (and misses)

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33. 'The Contender' (2000)

A female Vice Presidential candidate (Joan Allen) is hounded by sneering, snarling Republican lawmakers after sleazy rumors emerge about her past. This may be one of the silliest movies made about American politics in the last quarter century, but… it's got Jeff Bridges playing the President of the United States of America. And he’s so incredibly refreshing, sensible and charismatic in the part that you might just walk away from the film wanting him to be your President (now more than ever). The character was reportedly Barack Obama's favorite movie President, too. It's easy to see why.

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