Northern Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the Commonwealth and it's easy to see why. But we're not the only ones who appreciate NOVA's beauty. Filmmakers from all across the globe come here to film movies and television shows and capture many the area's gorgeous landscapes. And with notable landmarks including the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency, Arlington National Cemetery and Colonial Williamsburg, Northern Virginia is home to many historical monuments. Keep reading to learn which famous movies are filmed in and around Northern Virginia.
Rules of Engagement – 2000
Rules of Engagement is a famous Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson movie that was filmed in Manassas and Alexandria. This film portrays Samuel L. Jackson as a Marine veteran that has been put on trial for a mission that didn't go so well. Tommy Lee Jones is the attorney that defends him. This thriller/drama is one of the best war films from the early 2000s and beautiful NOVA can be recognized in many scenes.
Cold Mountain – 2003
Cold Mountain is a dramatic romance film that takes place during the American Civil War. Featuring famous actors Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellweger, this film is about an injured Confederate soldier making his way down South to return to his wife. A large portion of this movie was filmed in Williamsburg and Carter's Grove Plantation, making the perfect setting for the time period.
No Way Out - 1987
No Way Out is a political thriller film featuring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young and Will Patton. Filmed in Alexandria and Arlington, VA, this movie is about a love triangle that results with two men as suspects in the murder of the woman. Released in 1987, No Way Out chose beautiful locations including American Horticultural Society and 20th Street South in Arlington.
Gods and Generals – 2003
The Gods and Generals film was led by famous actors Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall and Stephen Lang, and was created as a prequel to the popular movie, Gettysburg. This movie examines the motivations of soldiers, particularly Thomas Jonathan Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, and the lives of their wives and families at home. Gods and Generals was captured in beautiful Leesburg and released in February of 2003.
As you can tell, Northern Virginia is home to many movies centered around Civil War and political themes. With our gorgeous landscapes and climate, we are lucky to call these places home.
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