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Movies Filmed in Washington

By Matt Slovick
Washingtonpost.com Staff
   


The nation's capital makes a great backdrop for a movie.
From "Birth of a Nation" (1915) to "Minority Report" (2002), more than 185 films have had scenes shot in Washington, D.C. The city has not only the political intrigue, military strategies and investigative journalism, but also all those immediately recognizable monuments and memorials. Stars who have filmed here include Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, Harrison Ford, Holly Hunter, Denzel Washington, Demi Moore, Will Smith, Joan Allen, Clint Eastwood, Sandra Bullock and Bruce Willis. The independent feature "Monument City," which had the working title "Untitled DC," was shot almost entirely on location in the District during October 1998.

We've highlighted nine movies that were filmed predominantly in Washington. They were either critically praised or did well at the box office -- or both.


Broadcast News
Broadcast News
  Facts and scenes...

A great-looking but dim future anchor, an intelligent correspondent who is a brilliant writer, and a talented female producer come together in a TV news bureau in Washington, D.C. Their hectic professional lives become entwined with their confusing personal relationships.


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Facts and scenes...
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Jimmy Stewart stars as an average Joe appointed senator. He tries to stand up to power structure but gets thrown into scandal.


The Exorcist
Horror comes to Georgetown when a 12-year-old is possessed
The Exorcist
Facts and scenes...

by the devil. Mom seeks the help of a priest at the local university.
No Way Out
Kevin Costner plays a Navy officer in a movie that includes a political cover-up, an alleged Soviet spy inside the Pentagon, a fake Metro stop in Georgetown and plenty of
No Way Out
Facts and scenes...
sites in and around the District of Columbia.


All the President's Men
All the President's Men
Facts, scenes, Post stories...
The famous saga of how the pursuit of a story
by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post leads to the resignation of President Nixon.


The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still
  Facts and scenes...

A spaceman and his faithful robot land in Washington, D.C. He wants to deliver a message to all mankind. When the rulers of the world won't agree to get together in one place, he uses quite an attention-getting device. He also takes a few bullets, but he eventually gets the word out.



Dave
  Facts and scenes...
Dave
Look-alike Dave steps in for an ill president and does a better job. Kevin Kline plays both the regular guy and the chief executive.


The American President
President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) is a popular
The American President
  Facts and scenes...
president ... until he starts dating lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade.
In the Line of Fire
  Facts and scenes...
In the Line of Fire
Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is a Secret Service agent who was there when John Kennedy was assassinated. Now, someone is threatening the current president. Horrigan wants to make sure the country doesn't lose another leader under his watch.



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