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While Los Angeles and New York City are some of the fan favorites when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters, Philadelphia is no stranger to being the home of some of Hollywood’s biggest movies. The Philadelphia movie industry is huge, dozens of films are shot in the city every year, generating a great income for the city as well as utilizing various industries across the city and employing young artists. We take a look at some of the major films that have been based in Philadelphia.

The Rocky Franchise

Everyone knows the famous scene of boxer Rocky Balboa running up the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Most of the franchise was filmed in our city and today a bronze statue of the boxer can be seen at the foot of the 72 steps.

National Treasure

Nicolas Cage’s adventure-packed film National Treasure takes film audiences on a ride to Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell as well as The Franklin Institute. We even get a peek at the United States Declaration of Independence.

Silver Linings Playbook

This Oscar-winning film featuring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, and Jennifer Lawrence is a romantic-comedy-drama that follow the activities of Eagles fan Pat Solatano (Cooper). In the film, we see iconic locations such as Benjamin Franklin House and Jewelers Row.

The Films of M. Night Shyamalan

Philadelphia native and world-renowned film director M. Night Shyamalan often uses his home town as the locations for many of his blockbuster films. These include The Sixth Sense, Split and Glass.


This 1993 film named after the city is a legal drama featuring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. The film features scenes filmed at the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Philadelphia. Tom Hanks’ performance in the film earned him his first Oscar as well Bruce Springsteen winning an Oscar for his song ‘Streets of Philadelphia’, which was featured in the film.

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