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Movies Filmed in Philadelphia

Updated on September 19, 2014

Famous Philly Films

Philadelphia ~ a big city where big movies are created! Stories of real people and fantasy ~ adventures, treasures, competitions, achievements, musicals, romance, intrigue, history, mystery, and comedy. There is something for everyone from personal and emotional to energetic and action packed. Such a variety of styles, but they have one thing in common, they all have something about the City of Brotherly Love in the plot, scenes, or people. Find out about movies like National Treasure, Rocky, The Philadelphia Story, The Philadelphia Experiment, 1776, Witness, and others filmed or story based in Philadelphia. Come check 'em out and enjoy!

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National Treasure

A Taste of the Treasure!

National Treasure (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
National Treasure (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

By far, one of my all time favorite movies of all time! Being produced by Disney, it is not overly violent or adult, so my whole family may enjoy it! We have watched it several times pointing out all the familiar sites in the Philadelphia scenes.



Eh, Yo! Rocky Balboa!

Do you have a favorite Rocky movie? Vote your favorites up the list!

Maynard Ferguson plays Rocky's Theme - Great Music for a Great Movie!

The Whole Rocky Series!

Rocky: The Complete Saga (Rocky / Rocky II / Rocky III / Rocky IV / Rocky V / Rocky Balboa)
Rocky: The Complete Saga (Rocky / Rocky II / Rocky III / Rocky IV / Rocky V / Rocky Balboa)

""Rocky" (1976, 119 min.) - Rocky Balboa, club fighter from the mean streets of Philadelphia, gets an unlikely shot at the heavyweight championship by taking on Apollo Creed. "Rocky II" (1979, 119 min.) - After his fight with Apollo Creed, the embarrassed champ insistently provokes Rocky to accept a challenge for a rematch. "Rocky III" (1982, 99 min.) - When Rocky is dethroned by the brutal Clubber Lang, Apollo Creed offers to retrain him in order to regain his fighting spirit. "Rocky IV" (1985, 91 min.) - When Apollo Creed is killed in a bout against a powerful Soviet boxer, Rocky challenges the Soviet boxer himself in a personal fight for country and for his friend. "Rocky V" (1990, 104 min.) - Due to permanent injuries caused in his fight with Ivan Drago, Rocky Balboa is forced to retire. He comes home, his wealth and fame now gone, and begins to coach ungrateful up-and-coming fighter Tommy Gunn. "VI" Rocky Balboa 2006"


The Philadelphia Story

Love Classic Films! - The older, the better!

Grant ~ Hepburn ~Stewart - Classic Story with Top Actors

The Philadelphia Story
The Philadelphia Story

"Re-creating the role she originated in Philip Barry's wickedly witty Broadway play, Katharine Hepburn stars as the spoiled and snobby socialite Tracy Lord in this sparkling 1940 screen adaptation of The Philadelphia Story, one of the great romantic comedies from the golden age of MGM studios. Applying her impossibly high ideals to everyone but herself, Tracy is about to marry a stuffy executive when her congenial ex-husband (Cary Grant), arrives to protect his former father-in-law from a potentially scandalous tabloid expos´┐ŻIn an Oscar-winning role, James Stewart is the scandal reporter who falls for Tracy as her wedding day arrives, throwing her into a dizzying state of premarital jitters. Who will join Tracy at the altar? Snappy dialogue flows like sparkling wine under the sophisticated direction of George Cukor in this film that turned the tide of Hepburn's career from "box-office poison" to glamorous Hollywood star."


The Philadelphia Experiment

"Streets of Philadelphia" - by Bruce Springsteen

View some scenes from the movie in this music video.

True Story, Tall Tale, or Hollywood Magic?

The Philadelphia Experiment
The Philadelphia Experiment

"The Philadelphia Experiment takes as its jumping-off point an incident that is now paranormal legend, the U.S. Navy's supposed 1943 induction of an extremely powerful electromagnetic field around a destroyer in Philadelphia, causing its crew to become transparent, go insane, burst into flames, and so forth. The movie takes the tack that this was to render the ship invisible to radar, because of the war that was on. The test goes awry, however, and two of the crew leap forward in time to the filmmakers' present tense, 1984, where a similar experiment has caused a vortex that has trapped the 1943 ship and its crew along with a small Nevada town."

The Philadelphia Experiment Chronicles: Exploring The Strange Case Of Alfred Bielek And Dr. M.K. Jessup
The Philadelphia Experiment Chronicles: Exploring The Strange Case Of Alfred Bielek And Dr. M.K. Jessup

"Explores the strange case of Al Bielek - only known survivor of Phila Experiment -- and the mysterious death of famed astronomer Dr. M. K. Jessup who first broke the news about the disappearance of the warship and its subsequent teleportation into another dimension. Also investigates time travel...alternative energy and anti-gravity theories. Highly classified govt/military projects exposed AT LAST!"



Historic Scene in Philadelphia - John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Martha Washington

1776  (Restored Director's Cut)
1776 (Restored Director's Cut)

"The hit Broadway musical by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards became the basis for this 1972 film about America's first congress and the nation's declaration of independence from Britain. Most of the original cast members are aboard, including William Daniels as John Adams. The film is a little stodgy and moves stiffly from scene to scene--the adaptation to the screen is not a smooth success. But it is nonetheless captivating, considering that so few films have dealt directly with America's birth. Directed by Peter H. Hunt. --Tom Keogh"



Madness in a Simple World - Filmed in the Beautiful Amish Country!


Living so close to the beautiful Amish countryside is amazing! Enjoy the shots they have in the movie!



Fat Albert

Fat Albert's Greatest Hits The Ultimate Collection
Fat Albert's Greatest Hits The Ultimate Collection

What is the best part of Fat Albert? The awesome voice talents of Mr. Bill Cosby, of course!

Fat Albert
Fat Albert

What a lovable character! Do you like the live or cartoon version better?


Philly Locations

Have you visited any places in these movies? If so, where?



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    • KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I've been there a few times. My husband was born and raised in south Philly.

    • Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I love Philly and Philly films!

    • Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I used to live in Douglasville, PA when I was a teen. I visited Philly a few times.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Used to visit Philly quite often when I lived in NJ. Love that city!

    • Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      ANY film with Harrison Ford...I am a FAN! Well-developed lens here. 5*s!

    • Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yes, Philadelphia and Amish Country both(Lancaster county) Loved the Amish country!


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      • Jen 6 years ago from Canada

        Sadly no.

      • Patricia 7 years ago


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          othellos 4 years ago

          Excellent lens. Your list includes loveable movies and some of them I just realized that they were shot in Philadelphia. Interesting to learn.

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          Jen 6 years ago from Canada

          Great list of movies filmed in Philadelphia

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          Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

          Just an hour northwest of Philly lies Reading, another popular PA film site, especially the Reading Pagoda area and south toward Lancaster county We have some celebs who liked his area so much when filming they bought homes here - not to mention the infamous J&K+8. who put this area back on the tv-celeb map.

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          Mickie Goad 7 years ago

          What a nice collection of films! I never knew "Mannequin" was filmed there!

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          missbat 7 years ago

          What a great idea! You've done a great job on this lens; I've never visited Philly but it feels like I've been there after seeing several of these films.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Love Philadelphia. Some really great movies from a really neat city.

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          Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

          way to GO in creating a lens that tells the BIG picture while staying within a niche.

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          Patricia 7 years ago

          Witness and Philadelphia Experiment and I like them both. My dad was born in Philly but I have never been though I have been around the Pittsburg area to visit my step dad's relatives when he was still alive which is where he was from before he came to CA.

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          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          Witness is one of my all time faves!

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          AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

          I had no idea so many movies were made there. Witness has to be my favorite.