In a country where movies reign supreme, it makes sense that there’s an abundance of timeless films set right here in our nation’s capital. Spy thrillers, romantic dramas, and TKTK These artistic reimaginings of Washington, DC paint a picture of the city that may or may not reflect DC’s true identity. To see where it’s done best, check out these classic Capitol Hill Movies.
All the President’s Men
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play Woodward and Bernstein unearthing the mysteries of the Watergate Scandal. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards (and winning four), All the President’s Men is a masterful portrayal of the scandal and one of the finest political thrillers of all time.
An epic tale of American idealism, Forrest Gump, takes Tom Hanks’s character to a number of locations around the country as he wins our hearts with his simple goodness. One of the film’s most remembered scenes takes place right here on Capitol Hill at the Washington Monument Reflecting Pool. Watch Forrest leave behind Abbie Hoffman and cut through thousands of hippies to hug the woman he’s always loved below. This iconic scene helped land Hanks an Oscar.
The American President
In a rare move, this 1995 romantic comedy puts the president’s politics on the backburner and moves the romance to center stage. The country’s president, played by Michael Douglas, tries to sooth his lonely heart, taking up with Annette Bening as an environmental lobbyist. The film offers a light, entertaining picture of the White House in this Rob Reiner classic.
Burn After Reading
The Coen Brothers always seem to stay out of the ordinary while creating comedies played out by ensemble casts. Burn After Reading is a wild goose chase of intermingling characters played by George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt and others as everyone searches for a missing CIA file. An odd connection to the American government, and all around fun film, Burn After Reading is an eccentric peak into DC shenanigans.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Largely touted as one of the greatest films of all time, Dr. Strangelove is a timeless Cold War comedy from legendary director Stanley Kubrick. Following a group of politicians and military generals trying to stop an order for a nuclear strike, and the team responsible for carrying out the mission, the film depicts the bizarre chaos that can ensue from one lunatic in the Pentagon.