Films set in Washington D.C.by Mike_Noga | created - 01 Jun 2012 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
Like the title sez, this is a list of films that are at least partly set in Our Nation's Capital!
One film I could not find was a romantic comedy from 2011 called Arrange to Settle. It's about an American born Indian woman who has to decide between the guarantees of an arranged marriage and the turbulence of love.
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1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.
Votes: 91,567 | Gross: $9.60M
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Votes: 20,791 | Gross: $4.19M
3. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 85,246 | Gross: $70.60M
5. In the Line of Fire (1993)
R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.
Votes: 80,728 | Gross: $102.31M
6. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)
Approved | 71 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to Washington D.C. in order to prevent a secret document from falling into enemy hands.
13. Broadcast News (1987)
R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Take two rival television reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one Producer, female. Mix well, and watch the sparks fly.
Votes: 23,429 | Gross: $51.25M
14. The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime
A Florida con man uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district who he just happens to share a name with, to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,508 | Gross: $46.67M
15. Being There (1979)
PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama
A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.
Votes: 57,375 | Gross: $30.18M
18. Dave (1993)
PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance
To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.
Votes: 43,661 | Gross: $63.27M
20. Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (1987– )
200 min | Drama
This is the story of feud between FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the Kennedys. It shows how much Hoover hated them and how they tried to stand up to him. From the day John Kennedy was ... See full summary »
21. Bobby (2006)
R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same.
Votes: 39,468 | Gross: $11.24M
23. Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
Passed | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.
24. Frost/Nixon (2008)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
Votes: 94,246 | Gross: $18.59M
25. True Lies (1994)
R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Votes: 208,752 | Gross: $146.28M
26. Four Days in November (1964)
Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, History
From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
27. Damn Yankees (1958)
Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant.
28. Damn Yankees! (1967 TV Movie)
100 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport
Wishing that his favorite baseball team, the Senators, win the pennant, Joe Hardy makes a deal with the devil (literally), Mr. Applegate, and becomes his alter-ego, Joe Hardy. However, ... See full summary »
29. Breach (2007)
PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
FBI upstart Eric O'Neill enters into a power game with his boss, Robert Hanssen, an agent who was put on trial for selling secrets to the Soviet Union.
Votes: 54,365 | Gross: $33.23M
30. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
Unrated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.
31. The Meteor Man (1993)
PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A high school teacher from a troubled inner city Washington D.C. neighborhood becomes a super-powered hero and takes on the gang that has been terrorizing his streets.
Votes: 6,181 | Gross: $8.02M
32. X2 (2003)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.
Votes: 454,071 | Gross: $214.95M
33. Head of State (2003)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy
When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam is unexpectedly picked as his replacement.
Votes: 16,321 | Gross: $37.79M
34. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Crime, Drama
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
Votes: 76,493 | Gross: $122.19M
35. Live Wire (1992)
R | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Danny O'Neill is a bomb disposal expert assigned to a case where terrorists have developed an "invisible" liquid explosive which is activated within the human body. The targets of the ... See full summary »
36. First Kid (1996)
PG | 101 min | Family, Comedy
A former boxer turned Secret Service agent is assigned to protect the President's son, who seems determined to make life difficult for his new protector.
Votes: 8,804 | Gross: $26.46M
37. Chasing Liberty (2004)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Romance
Anna Foster has never had an ordinary life. At eighteen years old, she is the most protected girl in America; she is the First Daughter. Frustrated with her overprotective father, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 32,638 | Gross: $12.19M
The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
My Date with the President's Daughter
TV-G | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A teenager unwittingly falls for the American President's daughter, and the pair soon find themselves off on a wild adventure.
39. First Daughter (2004)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The first daughter of the U.S. President heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret agenda.
Votes: 18,906 | Gross: $9.06M
40. Protocol (1984)
PG | 96 min | Comedy
The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm. Clueless nightclub waitress Sunny Ann Davis accidentally spots and ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,986 | Gross: $26.30M
41. Houseboat (1958)
Unrated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A widower, his three young children, and a bombshell nanny get to know each other better when circumstances have them living together aboard a badly neglected houseboat.
43. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
R | 118 min | Horror
A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.
Votes: 18,225 | Gross: $30.75M
PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.
Votes: 149,044 | Gross: $177.24M
45. Advise & Consent (1962)
Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller
Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
46. Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
R | 103 min | Action, Thriller
Bobby Bishop (Sheen) is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about... See full summary »
Votes: 4,028 | Gross: $2.15M
47. Independence Day (1996)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
Votes: 472,820 | Gross: $306.17M
48. Along Came a Spider (2001)
R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller
When a congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.
Votes: 64,558 | Gross: $74.08M
49. Wedding Crashers (2005)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance
John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.
Votes: 302,086 | Gross: $209.22M
50. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Not Rated | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical