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Hollywood just loves to blow up Washington, DC in movies [SLIDESHOW]

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Taylor Bigler
Entertainment Editor

Hollywood just loves to blow up Washington, D.C.’s historic monuments in movies — it makes for extremely captivating filmmaking.

All you need to do is look to the Academy Award-snubbed 1994 film “Independence Day” to know the reason why.

The most recent film to blow up D.C. is this weekend’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler and potentially-maybe senatorial candidate Ashley Judd.

Travel back with us 60 years to take a look at 10 movies in which Washington is either attacked or completely destroyed.

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  • In 1956's "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers," the U.S. Capitol is destroyed by -- you guessed it -- flying saucers.
  • By the year 2274, the Lincoln Memorial is nothing but a relic in "Logan's Run's" dystopian society.
  • In 1996's "Mars Attacks!", the martians aim for the Washington Monument.
  • Will Smith was snubbed for an Oscar in "Independence Day." He saved the world, but the White House still blew up.
  • Washington, D.C. is blanketed in snow at the dawn of a new ice age in 2004's "Day After Tomorrow."
  • In "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Megatron blows up the Lincoln Memorial then takes the throne for himself.
  • Martians attack Washington, D.C. in one of the many the film adaptatin of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."
  • In "X-Men 2," mutants infiltrate the Oval Office.
  • Gerard Butler attempts to save the White House in "Olympus Has Fallen."
  • Later this year, audiences can look forward to Channing Tatum from keeping the White House from going down in "White House Down."

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