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Best Movies Set In DC

January 28, 2011 7:22 AM

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Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Released October 19, 1939

You can’t go wrong with one of the greatest films of all time, Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.” Granted, there are no bad Jimmy Stewart films, but this is definitely a DC Best!

Filming Locations: Although filmed primarily in LA, the entire movie is based in DC. Throughout the movie there are some great shots of the city…Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave NE), United States Capitol (545 7th St SE), plus there are shots of the city in the background all through the movie.

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Die Hard 2

Released July 4, 1990

Yes, this is the worst Die Hard movie. But you can’t say it’s not cool that they used Dulles Airport in the flick!

Filming Locations: NYPD cop John McClane waits for his wife’s plane to arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (45020 Aviation Dr, Sterling VA).

The American President

Released November 17, 1995

Movie reviewer BDK has quite the soft spot for this movie! It’s truly one of the best DC-based films, with great shots of the White House (in and out), and the city at large. Plus, it’s a feel kind of flick.

Filming Locations: The movie is splashed all over with scenes from the city…The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW), and city streets throughout.

State of Play

Released April 17, 2009

How could you expect anything less than a great film when you’ve got Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren together? A reporter and a rookie writer investigate two seemingly unrelated deaths only to reveal a web of cover-ups, informants, and assassins. Awesome thriller.

Filming Locations: Americana Hotel (1400 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington VA), Andrew W Mellon Auditorium (1301 Constitution Ave NW), Ariel Rios Building (1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW), Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St NW), Georgetown, Harbour Square Cooperative, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F St NW), Key Bridge, Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave SE), Mount Pleasant, Rosslyn Metro Station, Scottish Rite Temple, Southwest Fish Market, The Bender Building (1120 Connecticut Ave NW), US Dept of Housing & Urban Development (451 7th St NW), US Dept of the Interior (1849 C St NW), and the infamous Watergate Hotel (2650 Virginia Ave NW).

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Released May 22, 2009

This flick is cheesy fun and it’s great to see those DC Landmarks! The Smithsonian is one of the largest collections of museums and galleries in the world, and this movie really showcases some great parts of it!

Filming Locations: Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

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