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- GWU was noted as the alma mater of New World Historian Professor Gates in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets".
- In the 1988 Tom Hanks movie, "Big," an interviewer asks Hanks' character, who recently transformed from a teenager to a grown man, "Where did you go to school?" Hanks' character replies, "It was called George Washington" -- referring to his elementary school. The interviewer then responds: "Oh GW My brother-in-law got his doctorate there. Did you pledge?" Hanks states: "Yes. Every morning."
- The main character, played by Jeff Bridges, in the 1999 movie "Arlington Road" is a professor at GWU.
- Al Franken, a liberal political commentator, hosted a live broadcast of his national radio show at George Washington and commented at the beginning of his show that "Famous alumni of George Washington University include Colin Powell, who misled the world at the UN to trump up the case for the war in Iraq, Kenneth Starr who was brought to shame for his pernicious role in the ridiculous impeachment of President Clinton, and J. Edgar Hoover, the cross-dressing head of investigation." Franken then added: "We'd like to thank George Washington for playing host to the 'Al Franken Show' today."
- The four main characters in the 2017 Scarlett Johansson film "Rough Night" attended GW together and frequently reference their time at the school throughout the film. The beginning of the film features a flashback to them as hard-partying GW students at a Halloween frat party.
- GWU makes several appearances in the 2007 Nicole Kidman-Daniel Craig film "The Invasion."
- The 1997 film "I Think I Do" follows the relationship between two men, roommates at George Washington University in Washington, DC, five years after one made his romantic feelings toward the other known.
- Channing Tatum and Maggie Gyllenhaal's characters in the 2013 action film "White House Down" knew each other from attending GW together.