Our nation’s capital has been the setting for countless movies, but only around 100 have actually been filmed in D.C. Those films have included everything from mega blockbusters to critically acclaimed classics. Here’s a look at the ten best films ever shot in Washington, D.C.
#10 Patriot Games (1992)
This adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel marked the debut of Harrison Ford as retired CIA agent Jack Ryan, replacing Alec Baldwin, who played the part in 1990’s The Hunt for Red October. Debuting at #1, this political thriller was a hit with both critics and the public.
#9 Minority Report (2002)
One of director Stephen Spielberg’s most daring and critically acclaimed films, Minority Report tackles the concept of a future where foreknowledge of misdeeds allows police to arrest criminals before crimes are committed. Heavy stuff– and well ahead of it’s time.
#8 Thank You For Smoking (2005)
Can lobbyists for some of the world’s most dangerous and deadly products still have a conscience and a heart? Aaron Eckhart is masterful as the Big Tobacco spin doctor caught between his career and raising a young son.
#7 In The Line Of Fire (1993)
As the lone remaining Secret Service agent from JFK’s Dallas team, Frank Horrigan is haunted by memories and determined to stop former CIA agent John Malkovich from taking down the current chief executive. Both actors are at their best throughout this intense thriller.
One of the truly great satires of the 1990’s, Election features a tour de force performance by Reese Witherspoon as the Nebraska teen who wants to be class president and Matthew Broderick as the teacher who tries to sabotage her campaign. Fun and funny from start to finish.
#5 Wag The Dog (1997)
Politics is a dirty business, and no film portrays it any filthier than this black comedy from director Barry Levinson. An all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman captures every aspect of political scandal—both real and manufactured.
#4 JFK (1991)
In one of the most controversial films of all-time, director Oliver Stone mines every source of Kennedy assassination conspiracy info and blends them into a compelling and fascinating look at one of the nation’s darkest episodes.
#3 Broadcast News (1987)
Writer, producer, director James L. Brooks nailed every aspect of this funny, insightful and touching look at the cutthroat world of TV news and the people that provide it. Great performances by William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks make Broadcast News one of the best films of the 1980’s.
#2 The Exorcist (1973)
The granddaddy of all horror films, it is hard to find a flaw in The Exorcist. From creepy, foggy Georgetown backdrops to spinning heads and pea soup projectiles, this classic is as scary today as it was four decades ago.
#1 All the President’s Men (1976)
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein may have been the journalists who broke the Watergate scandal wide open, but it’s Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman who the general public remembers in those roles. The quintessential Washington story, All the President’s Men garnered eight Academy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Jason Robards’ portrayal of legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.
Local area gyms are making it easier for parents to stay on top of their fitness game by making their facilities welcoming to children. Here is a list of some of D.C.’s best local gyms that provide child care as a major incentive for many parents to get in the gym.
Over a hundred years ago, alcohol was something to be hidden away in private rooms with fake doorways that required a secret knock for an entrance. Prohibition, thankfully, is long over but for those who want to experience dark, hidden rooms that provide an intimate drinking experience, here are your best speakeasy bars in D.C.
These days, healthy smoothies are all the rage. Smoothies are a great way to get in some fruits and vegetables without having to cook them. Smoothies can be consumed on the go, and it is a great way to get some nutrients into kids as well. Here are two healthy smoothie recipes, concocted by two of D.C.’s best Chefs.
Brands become household names for their quality, affordability or other reasons. Whether it’s a upscale clothing brand or a readily available grocery item, brands are a part of your everyday life. Washington, D.C. is home to many enterprising people who have created their own brands. These are the best up-and-coming local brands in Washington, D.C.
2015 marks the 45th Annual Earth Day, celebrating humanity’s dedication to ensuring continued preservation and protection of our planet. It’s out time to lead the efforts to ensuring that future generations have a healthy planet on which to live. Celebrate this Earth Day with one of the many activities D.C. has to offer.
Whether you live in the D.C. Metro area or a visitor to the region, you may be in need of a reboot and the lakeside/waterside destinations near the Nation’s Capital are some of the best getaway sites that will make it easy to put your feet up and enjoy a beautiful sunset over a reflective lake.
In a city where history is made everyday landmarks, parks, and gardens dot the urban landscape, which means Washingtonians and visitors have plenty of exciting picnic options.
DC gay nightlife is definitely a live scene. The local gay bars and clubs are all the just as alluring as all the other gathering places in DC’s social scene. Want to flirt, dance off the cares of the work day or just grab a drink and play a game or two, there are so many places to entertain and be entertained in DC. All you have do is pick a place and go.
An ooey gooey grilled cheese is always a treat. DC has a lot of great restaurant which serve this childhood classic, but not all grilled cheeses are made equal. Here are some of the best in D.C., which are especially cheesy and while they have a sophisticated edge, they are still guaranteed to transport you back to the old days, when eating a grilled cheese was the most satisfying meal you could have.