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Washington, D.C. in the Movies
In the Line of Fire. A Secret Service agent (Clint Eastwood) tries to protect the president from a psychopathic assassin (John Malkovich). Eastwood's character memorably says to Lincoln "Wish I could have been there for you, pal" at the Lincoln Memorial.
Nixon. Oliver Stone's biopic depicts the life of Richard Nixon (Anthony Hopkins) from childhood to presidency to scandal, with many White House scenes.
All the President's Men. The real-life story of the Watergate scandal and the journalists at the Washington Post who broke the story, this movie's newsroom scenes were filmed on a soundstage; the entrance and parking lot were shot on location.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. James Stewart does battle with senators on Capitol Hill. Patriotism and faith in the people ultimately triumph over murky politics in this depiction of a corrupt government.
Strangers on a Train. Alfred Hitchcock's film noir features Union Station, where two strangers plot the perfect crime.
The Exorcist. The 75 steps at Prospect and 36th streets that lead down to M Street in Georgetown are second in fame only to Rocky's in Philadelphia. For a chill, see the steps from the top at night.
Wedding Crashers. Owen Wilson's character crashes the wedding of the treasury secretary's daughter. See the secretary's sumptuous mansion at 3122 P Street NW in Georgetown.
Enemy of the State. Will Smith, playing a Washington lawyer, finds himself accidentally in possession of crucial evidence of a politically motivated murder. Jason Lee is chased through Adams Morgan and the Dupont Circle underpass.
Dr. Strangelove. A U.S. general goes insane and single-handedly launches nuclear war on the U.S.S.R. In this Cold War satire set in the Pentagon, Peter Sellers plays the three would-be heroes: the U.S. president, a British officer, and Dr. Strangelove.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The third installment of the action series, scheduled for release in July 2011, made headlines months earlier when a yellow Camero (aka Bumblebee) inadvertently collided with a D.C. police SUV during filming near the Capitol.
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