The U.S. presidential candidates have a new debate on the table, one that Republican challengers and the Democratic incumbent all can enjoy: favorite movies.

Last week, The Washington Post asked GOP primary candidates Herman Cain, Newt Gringrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Gary Johnson to name their favorite movies. In a recent New York Times piece, Mitt Romney also revealed his favorite film, and President Barack Obama has also had some strong opinions on what movies deserve to be in his favorites.

Here, see the sometimes inspired, sometimes disappointing, but always entertaining glimpses these favorite movie picks give into the Republican and Democratic candidates for 2012, as standbys from presidential hopefuls like Cain and Santorum face off against classics like Gingrich and Obama's picks, while Paul's and Perry's choices leave us at a loss for words.

We've graded the candidate's picks based on originality and fit for their campaign, including quotes about why these films are the presidential candidates' favorites. Enjoy!