Below is a list of my top ten favorite movies set in Washington D.C.:
TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES SET IN WASHINGTON D.C.
1. "All the President's Men" (1976) - Alan J. Pakula directed Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in this superb adaptation of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's account of their investigation into the Watergate scandal. Jason Robards won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.
2. "Breach" (2007) - Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe starred in this excellent true life account of FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and later Russia for more than two decades; and Eric O'Neill, who worked as his assistant and helped bring about his downfall. Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, Kathleen Quinlan and Gary Cole co-starred.
3. "My Fellow Americans" (1996) - Jack Lemmon and James Garner starred in this silly, yet hilarious comedy about feuding ex-Presidents who investigate a political scandal involving financial kickbacks. John Heard, Lauren Bacall, Wilford Brimley, Bradley Whitford, Everett McGill, Sela Ward, Esther Rolle and Dan Ackroyd co-starred.
4. "Live Free and Die Hard" (2007) - Bruce Willis returned as New York cop John McClaine in this surprisingly outstanding entry in the DIE HARD franchise, which is an adaptation of the 1997 article "A Farewell to Arms", written for Wired magazine by John Carlin.
5. "The American President" (1995) - Rob Reiner directed Michael Douglas and Annette Benning in this romantic comedy about a widowed U.S. President who woos an attractive lobbyist. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the movie co-starred Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss, Michael J. Fox, Samantha Mathis, Anna Deveare Smith and David Paymer.
6. "State of Play" (2009) - Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck starred in this excellent remake of the 2003 BBC miniseries about a journalist's investigation into the death of a political researcher. Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Jeff Daniels, Jason Bateman and Helen Mirren co-star.
7. "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1993) - Eddie Murphy starred in this funny, yet slightly scary comedy about a Florida con artist, who manages to become elected as a congressman. Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Victoria Rowell, Charles Dutton and James Garner co-starred.
8. "The More the Merrier" (1943) - George Stevens directed this hilarious look into the housing shortage in Washington D.C., during World War II. Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and Oscar winner Charles Coburn starred.
9. "Murder at 1600" (1997) - Wesley Snipes and Diane Lane starred in this well-made political thriller about a Washington D.C. cop and a Secret Service agent investigating the death of a presidential secretary inside the White House. Alan Alda, Ronny Cox and Daniel Benzali co-starred.
10. "Dick" (1999) - Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams starred in this funny political spoof about two teenage girls, who become embroiled in the Watergate scandal. Dan Heydaya, Will Ferrell, Saul Rubinek, Bruce McCulloch, Dave Foley and Ryan Reynolds co-starred.