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Fill Out Your Own "The Most Washington Movie Ever" Bracket

See who wins on April 1.

Most lists of Washington movies include films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. A classic, sure—but one whose prestige stems from moving filmgoers rather than from capturing our city’s essence. This contest, though, is for the most Washington movie ever. Not the best one, mind you. Though Mr. Smith is here, so is Mr. T in D.C. Cab. Sacrilege? Not if your standard is “Washington-ness.” Our crack team of Beltway filmologists seeded 64 contenders March Madness-style, in competitive order. Print the bracket below, fill in your picks, then go to on April 1 to see what took top honors in our online voting.

The Most Washington Movie Ever Bracket

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.