Top 13 Movies About Philadelphia That You Need Watching Update 04/2024

Movies About Philadelphia

This weekend, take a virtual tour of Philadelphia from the comfort of your living room. Many of the world’s most famous actors and actresses have shot movies in Philadelphia, from dramas to rom-coms and everything in between.

1. Rocky Series

Rocky Series

Films like Rocky feature a young Sylvester Stallone with plenty of muscle, heart-pounding action sequences, and shots of the surrounding area. See the boxer go up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then propose to Adrian at the Philadelphia Zoo in this video. Watch it here.

2. Creed I and II

Donnie Johnson, Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son, is trained by Balboa (Michael B. Jordan) so he may face the light-heavyweight champion and compete for the World Heavyweight Title. Some of the city’s best-known landmarks, including Laurel Hill Cemetery, Johnny Brenda’s, Max’s Steaks, and Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, are featured in these films.

3. In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes

Maggie (Cameron Diaz) and Toni Collette (Toni Collette) star in this romantic drama from the early 2000s (Rose). With their mother’s untimely death weighing heavily on them, the well-known actresses portray polar opposite sisters. DiBruno Bros., Jamaican Jerk Hut, Rittenhouse Square, and the steps of the Art Museum are just some of the many Philadelphia locations.

4. Philadelphia

Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his role in this 1993 picture, which is easily one of the most well-known to have been shot in Philadelphia. The song “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen was also honored with a statue. At his law firm, Hanks portrays prominent attorney Andrew Beckett, whose homosexuality and HIV status lead to a legal battle. There are numerous landmarks, including the University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts Library and City Hall.

5. Silver Linings Playbook

When Silver Linings Playbook was directed by David O. Russell, he crafted the ultimate feel-good cinema. Scenes from Ridley Park, Lansdowne, and Upper Darby in Philadelphia’s western suburbs appear in the film. Robert De Niro plays a bipolar guy who enlists the help of a widowed woman to help him win back his wife. The romantic comedy stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. You’ll also see Benjamin Franklin House and Jeweler’s Row.

6. Invincible


Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, this is for you. Sports drama Invincible, directed by Brad Gann in 2006, is based on the life of Eagles wide receiver Vince Papale, who played in the 1970s (Mark Wahlberg). Take a virtual tour of Veterans Stadium, Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania, and Pat’s Steaks.

7. Trading Places

Laugh out loud when Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) swaps places with affluent commodities broker Louis Winthorpe III (Jason Schwartzman) on the streets of New Orleans (Dan Aykroyd).

Rittenhouse Square, Fidelity Bank, and the Clothespin Sculpture on Market Street are just some of the well-known landmarks featured in the film.

8. Mannequin

Jonathan Switcher (Andrew McCarthy) is a Philadelphia artist who falls in love with a mannequin (Kim Cattrall) while working in a department shop. Wanamaker’s (now Macy’s) and the newly shuttered Napoli Pizza on East Passyunk Avenue feature prominently in the film.

9. The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

He’s one of Pennsylvania’s best directors, and The Sixth Sense, his scary thriller debut, is one of his most popular works. The film follows Philadelphia child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) and his new patient Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), who can see ghosts, through scary sequences at the 173-year-old St. Augustine Church and the historic Peirce College.

10. Beloved

The story of a former slave following the American Civil War is based on Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved. Shots of the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster and the Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center, where Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Kimberly Elise star, may be seen in this film, which also stars Danny Glover and Kimberly Elise.

11. 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

What better time to revisit Terry Gilliam’s futuristic film about a terrible viral pandemic set in 2035 than right now? Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt star in Terry Gilliam’s film, which features scenes shot in the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Eastern State Penitentiary.

12. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Shia LaBeouf and Mikaela Fox star in the sequel to 2007’s Transformers, which takes place on the University of Pennsylvania campus, an ancient Bethlehem Steel site, and the Delaware Power Plant.

13. Glass


Night Shyamalan follows up Unbreakable and Split with the psychological thriller Glass. Superhero and vigilante David Dunn finds himself in Raven Hill Memorial Mental Institute with his future foe and worldwide terrorist Mr. Glass, where the majority of the film was shot on location at Allentown State Hospital. In addition to the hospital, Fairmount Park’s skyline, 30th Street Station, and Stephen Starr’s Parc all make for stunning backdrops.