Watching movies is a great way to pass the time during a long bus ride from your hometown to Washington DC Movies can entertain, but they can also add historical and geographical context for your trip. Students can step off the bus and make connections between the movie and the places that they visit on tour. Several great movies to watch on the way to Washington DC are:
Rating: PG – 13
Synopsis (from IMDb): Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Director: Robert Redford
Stars: Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel
Synopsis (from IMDb):Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates looks to discover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, by uncovering the mystery within the 18 pages missing from assassin John Wilkes Booth’s diary
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha
Rating: PG – 13
Synopsis (from IMDb): As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Synopsis (from IMDb): A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.
Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney
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