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Philly's Most Iconic Buildings & Locations, As Seen on Film

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Oh, Philadelphia, my Philadelphia. This city has been featured on the big screen since time can remember, but for whatever reason some of the most notable films and television shows set in the city aren't actually filmed in the city. One notable example is the sitcom, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is mostly filmed in Los Angeles. The below map showcases the films that are both set in Philly and filmed in Philly, such as Silver Linings Playbook and National Treasure. If there were any films you think should have been mentioned, be sure to let us know in the comments.


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Because of the Oscar-winning Rocky movie series, the 72 stone steps at the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art have become known solely as the Rocky Steps. In the films, Rocky's running up the steps represent him as an underdog rising to triumph. At the bottom of the steps, tourists can now find a bronze statue of the titular character.

Philadelphia

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How can one speak about Philadelphia's cinematic history without bringing up Philadelphia? This mid-1990s drama tackles issues like AIDS prejudice and homophobia, while starring A-list actors like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. In the film, Philadelphia's City Hall is featured in a climactic court scene.

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As Philly's primary connection to the outside world and one of the busiest stations in the country, 30th Street Station was also the filming location for the 1985 film, Witness. The film centers on a detective protecting an Amish boy in Lancaster County who witnesses a murder in the railroad station. The film was later nominated for eight Academy Awards (won two), seven BAFTA awards (won one), and six Golden Globe Awards.

National Treasure

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National Treasure featured so many Philly locations in the film—from Washington Square to Reading Terminal Market, from Old Pine Street Church to City Hall, and from Stamper Blackwell Way to Headhouse Square. But it was at The Franklin Institute (mapped here) that Nic Cage and other characters not played by Nic Cage were able to decipher the Silence Dogood letters written by Benjamin Franklin. These letters then directed the characters onwards in their quest to the bell tower of Independence Hall.

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You don't have to be an Eagles fan to love Invincible. This sports drama was based on the true story of football player Vince Papale, who became a NFL player at the age of 30 and played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. The finale of the film is set in Franklin Field.

The Sixth Sense

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M. Night Shyamalan’s most well-known and most highly regarded supernatural thriller, The Sixth Sense, was set in his hometown, Philadelphia. Here, you can find the location of where the main characters lived, which is where actor Haley Joel Osment said his famous line, "I see dead people."

Silver Linings Playbook

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The Rocky series may be known as Philadelphia's tried and true underdog story, but it's Silver Linings Playbook that calls out to the spirit of the city's Western Suburbs. This film won seven Oscar nominations and one Oscar award, while featuring a variety of notable Philly locations. One of the most important in the film was Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles.

Trading Places

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According to Business Insider, Trading Places is the greatest Wall Street movie ever made. The film is about a bet by two millionaires that causes Eddie Murphy's poor street hustler character and Dan Aykroyd's upper-class broker character to swap places. In the early-1980s film, the viewer journeys around the city of Philaldelphia with notable scenes in Independence Hall, Delancey Street, and Rittenhouse Square (mapped here).

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Rocky

Because of the Oscar-winning Rocky movie series, the 72 stone steps at the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art have become known solely as the Rocky Steps. In the films, Rocky's running up the steps represent him as an underdog rising to triumph. At the bottom of the steps, tourists can now find a bronze statue of the titular character.

Philadelphia

How can one speak about Philadelphia's cinematic history without bringing up Philadelphia? This mid-1990s drama tackles issues like AIDS prejudice and homophobia, while starring A-list actors like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. In the film, Philadelphia's City Hall is featured in a climactic court scene.

Witness

As Philly's primary connection to the outside world and one of the busiest stations in the country, 30th Street Station was also the filming location for the 1985 film, Witness. The film centers on a detective protecting an Amish boy in Lancaster County who witnesses a murder in the railroad station. The film was later nominated for eight Academy Awards (won two), seven BAFTA awards (won one), and six Golden Globe Awards.

National Treasure

National Treasure featured so many Philly locations in the film—from Washington Square to Reading Terminal Market, from Old Pine Street Church to City Hall, and from Stamper Blackwell Way to Headhouse Square. But it was at The Franklin Institute (mapped here) that Nic Cage and other characters not played by Nic Cage were able to decipher the Silence Dogood letters written by Benjamin Franklin. These letters then directed the characters onwards in their quest to the bell tower of Independence Hall.

Invincible

You don't have to be an Eagles fan to love Invincible. This sports drama was based on the true story of football player Vince Papale, who became a NFL player at the age of 30 and played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. The finale of the film is set in Franklin Field.

The Sixth Sense

M. Night Shyamalan’s most well-known and most highly regarded supernatural thriller, The Sixth Sense, was set in his hometown, Philadelphia. Here, you can find the location of where the main characters lived, which is where actor Haley Joel Osment said his famous line, "I see dead people."

Silver Linings Playbook

The Rocky series may be known as Philadelphia's tried and true underdog story, but it's Silver Linings Playbook that calls out to the spirit of the city's Western Suburbs. This film won seven Oscar nominations and one Oscar award, while featuring a variety of notable Philly locations. One of the most important in the film was Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles.

Trading Places

According to Business Insider, Trading Places is the greatest Wall Street movie ever made. The film is about a bet by two millionaires that causes Eddie Murphy's poor street hustler character and Dan Aykroyd's upper-class broker character to swap places. In the early-1980s film, the viewer journeys around the city of Philaldelphia with notable scenes in Independence Hall, Delancey Street, and Rittenhouse Square (mapped here).