Washington DC in the Movies
Who can forget the scene from to movie Forrest Gump where Forrest and Jenny are reunited as she wades through the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial to reach him? Then they spend some much needed time together walking around the National Mall reconnecting.
Whether for a supporting part or the entire story line, there’s no question that the nation’s capital makes a great backdrop for a movie. Stars that 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.
Here’s our favorite of the great movies where Washington DC has a role, in addition to Forrest Gump. Please let us know if we have missed your favorite.
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. Featured are: The White House; Jefferson Memorial; 2039 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Apt. 301 (Tom’s apartment); 600 East Capitol Street SE (Aaron’s home,); exterior shots on Hillyer Place NW (where Jane lived). The street, which is only one block long, was selected because traffic could be controlled.
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. You name it, Mr. Smith saw it. The new senator arrives at Union Station, goes on a bus tour and sees: the Capitol; Washington Monument; Lincoln Memorial; Supreme Court building; Tomb of the Unknowns; Arlington National Cemetery; Constitution Hall; White House.
Horror comes to Georgetown when a 12-year-old is possessed by the devil. Mom seeks the help of a priest at the local university. You’ll see: The Key Bridge; Georgetown University; Dahlgren Chapel; the 75 steps at Prospect and 36th streets that lead down to M Street in Georgetown; the house near the top of the steps on Prospect Street; a bridge over the C&O Canal. The cardinal’s office in the film is actually the office of the president of Georgetown University.
All the President’s Men
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. Look for: The Watergate; Hotel Washington; Lincoln Memorial; Jefferson Memorial; Library of Congress; Capitol; White House; The Washington Post parking lot; Department of Justice Building; Lafayette Square; Kennedy Center; Apt. 519 Webster House, 1718 P St. NW (Woodward’s apartment in the film, but he actually lived in No. 617); 9702 Montauk Ave., Bethesda, Md. (former home of bookkeeper Judy Hoback); San Souci restaurant.
The American President
President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) is a popular president … until he starts dating lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade. Of course, the president lives in the White House. Director Rob Reiner keeps reminding us, showing a full shot of the White House 10 times (five at night); Capitol; Washington Monument; Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW (the GDC building where Sydney Ellen Wade worked); Greenworks Florist, Willard Hotel, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Carmen’s House of Flowers).
Silence of The Lambs
Back in the USA, the carousel, where Lecter gives himself away with the merest touch of Clarice’s hair, was in Washington D.C.’s beautifully restored Union Station, Massachusetts Avenue NE between First and Second Streets.
St Elmo’s Fire
College kids come to terms with the real world in Joel Schumacher’s archetypal 80s bratpack movie. The locale is the studenty area of Georgetown, northwest Washington DC, and much of the movie was filmed around here. The ‘St Elmo’s Bar’ itself, though mocked up in the studio in Hollywood, was based on The Tombs, 1226 36th Street NW