Which movies were filmed in Pennsylvania?

American actor Robert de Niro on the set of The Deer Hunter, written and directed by Michael Cimino. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

By Stacker

January 8, 2024

More movies were shot right here in the commonwealth than many of us probably realize. Here’s a rundown of some of the more well known ones.

With huge studios like Warner Bros., MGM, and RKO Pictures churning out film after film during the heyday of the silver screen, California made a name for itself as the cornerstone for all things movies. As the industry has continued to shift, however, that has begun to change.

From the need for more rural settings to a director’s desire to get everything as historically accurate as possible, not to mention the attractive tax incentives offered by states outside of California, crews are increasingly enticed to look elsewhere when filming. More and more, shoots take place in the most unexpected places in a quest to entertain, and sometimes, to make film history. Have you ever wondered where the Cullen house in the “Twilight” movies actually is? (The answer is Oregon.) How about the location of where the wasteland astronauts trekked in “Planet of the Apes” from 1968? (Answer: Arizona.)

With that in mind, Stacker compiled a list of movies filmed in Pennsylvania using data from Movie Locations. Additional information about each film was collected from IMDb. Some films may have been omitted due to data dissimilarities and lack of corresponding information found on IMDb.

Adventureland (2009)

– Director: Greg Mottola
– IMDb user rating: 6.8 (166K reviews)
– Runtime: 107 minutes
– Genres: Comedy, Drama, and Romance
– Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Reynolds

The Age of Innocence (1993)

– Director: Martin Scorsese
– IMDb user rating: 7.2 (65K reviews)
– Runtime: 139 minutes
– Genres: Drama and Romance
– Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder

Blow Out (1981)

– Director: Brian De Palma
– IMDb user rating: 7.4 (60K reviews)
– Runtime: 108 minutes
– Genres: Crime, Drama, and Mystery
– Cast: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, and John Lithgow

The Crazies (2010)

– Director: Breck Eisner
– IMDb user rating: 6.5 (127K reviews)
– Runtime: 101 minutes
– Genres: Horror and Thriller
– Cast: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, and Danielle Panabaker

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

– Director: Christopher Nolan
– IMDb user rating: 8.4 (1.8M reviews)
– Runtime: 164 minutes
– Genres: Action, Drama, and Thriller
– Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, and Anne Hathaway

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

– Director: George A. Romero
– IMDb user rating: 7.8 (126K reviews)
– Runtime: 127 minutes
– Genres: Horror and Thriller
– Cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, and Scott H. Reiniger

Day of the Dead (1985)

– Director: George A. Romero
– IMDb user rating: 7.1 (72K reviews)
– Runtime: 101 minutes
– Genres: Horror and Thriller
– Cast: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, and Joseph Pilato

The Deer Hunter (1978)

– Director: Michael Cimino
– IMDb user rating: 8.1 (352K reviews)
– Runtime: 183 minutes
– Genres: Drama and War
– Cast: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Cazale

Dogma (1999)

– Director: Kevin Smith
– IMDb user rating: 7.3 (225K reviews)
– Runtime: 130 minutes
– Genres: Adventure, Comedy, and Drama
– Cast: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Linda Fiorentino

Dressed to Kill (1980)

– Director: Brian De Palma
– IMDb user rating: 7.1 (46K reviews)
– Runtime: 104 minutes
– Genres: Crime, Drama, and Mystery
– Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, and Nancy Allen

Eraserhead (1977)

– Director: David Lynch
– IMDb user rating: 7.3 (123K reviews)
– Runtime: 89 minutes
– Genres: Fantasy and Horror
– Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, and Allen Joseph

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

– Director: Josh Boone
– IMDb user rating: 7.7 (393K reviews)
– Runtime: 126 minutes
– Genres: Drama and Romance
– Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff

Flashdance (1983)

– Director: Adrian Lyne
– IMDb user rating: 6.2 (58K reviews)
– Runtime: 95 minutes
– Genres: Drama, Music, and Romance
– Cast: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, and Lilia Skala

Foxcatcher (2014)

– Director: Bennett Miller
– IMDb user rating: 7.0 (147K reviews)
– Runtime: 134 minutes
– Genres: Biography, Drama, and History
– Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

– Director: Cecil B. DeMille
– IMDb user rating: 6.6 (16K reviews)
– Runtime: 152 minutes
– Genres: Drama, Family, and Romance
– Cast: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, and Betty Hutton

Groundhog Day (1993)

– Director: Harold Ramis
– IMDb user rating: 8.0 (663K reviews)
– Runtime: 101 minutes
– Genres: Comedy, Drama, and Fantasy
– Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott

Hairspray (1988)

– Director: John Waters
– IMDb user rating: 7.0 (23K reviews)
– Runtime: 92 minutes
– Genres: Comedy, Drama, and Family
– Cast: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, and Divine

I Am Number Four (2011)

– Director: D.J. Caruso
– IMDb user rating: 6.1 (243K reviews)
– Runtime: 111 minutes
– Genres: Action, Adventure, and Sci-Fi
– Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, and Dianna Agron

Jack Reacher (2012)

– Director: Christopher McQuarrie
– IMDb user rating: 7.0 (356K reviews)
– Runtime: 130 minutes
– Genres: Action, Mystery, and Thriller
– Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, and Richard Jenkins

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

– Director: Bob Rafelson
– IMDb user rating: 6.5 (5.9K reviews)
– Runtime: 103 minutes
– Genres: Drama
– Cast: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, and Ellen Burstyn

A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

– Director: James Dearden
– IMDb user rating: 5.7 (5.8K reviews)
– Runtime: 94 minutes
– Genres: Crime, Drama, and Mystery
– Cast: Matt Dillon, Sean Young, and James Bonfanti

Limitless (2011)

– Director: Neil Burger
– IMDb user rating: 7.4 (598K reviews)
– Runtime: 105 minutes
– Genres: Sci-Fi and Thriller
– Cast: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, and Abbie Cornish

Marnie (1964)

– Director: Alfred Hitchcock
– IMDb user rating: 7.1 (53K reviews)
– Runtime: 130 minutes
– Genres: Crime, Drama, and Mystery
– Cast: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, and Martin Gabel

Maximum Risk (1996)

– Director: Ringo Lam
– IMDb user rating: 5.5 (23K reviews)
– Runtime: 101 minutes
– Genres: Action, Crime, and Thriller
– Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, and Jean-Hugues Anglade

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

– Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
– IMDb user rating: 7.7 (136K reviews)
– Runtime: 105 minutes
– Genres: Comedy, Drama, and Romance
– Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, and Olivia Cooke

National Treasure (2004)

– Director: Jon Turteltaub
– IMDb user rating: 6.9 (347K reviews)
– Runtime: 131 minutes
– Genres: Action, Adventure, and Mystery
– Cast: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, and Justin Bartha

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

– Director: George A. Romero
– IMDb user rating: 7.8 (135K reviews)
– Runtime: 96 minutes
– Genres: Horror and Thriller
– Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, and Karl Hardman

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

– Director: Stephen Chbosky
– IMDb user rating: 7.9 (535K reviews)
– Runtime: 103 minutes
– Genres: Drama
– Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller

Philadelphia (1993)

– Director: Jonathan Demme
– IMDb user rating: 7.7 (252K reviews)
– Runtime: 125 minutes
– Genres: Drama
– Cast: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Roberta Maxwell

The Road (2009)

– Director: John Hillcoat
– IMDb user rating: 7.2 (249K reviews)
– Runtime: 111 minutes
– Genres: Drama and Thriller
– Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and Kodi Smit-McPhee

RoboCop (1987)

– Director: Paul Verhoeven
– IMDb user rating: 7.6 (272K reviews)
– Runtime: 102 minutes
– Genres: Action, Crime, and Sci-Fi
– Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, and Dan O’Herlihy

Shazam! (2019)

– Director: David F. Sandberg
– IMDb user rating: 7.0 (373K reviews)
– Runtime: 132 minutes
– Genres: Action, Adventure, and Comedy
– Cast: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, and Asher Angel

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

– Director: Jonathan Demme
– IMDb user rating: 8.6 (1.5M reviews)
– Runtime: 118 minutes
– Genres: Crime, Drama, and Thriller
– Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Lawrence A. Bonney

The Sixth Sense (1999)

– Director: M. Night Shyamalan
– IMDb user rating: 8.2 (1M reviews)
– Runtime: 107 minutes
– Genres: Drama, Mystery, and Thriller
– Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, and Toni Collette

Split (2016)

– Director: M. Night Shyamalan
– IMDb user rating: 7.3 (529K reviews)
– Runtime: 117 minutes
– Genres: Horror and Thriller
– Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Haley Lu Richardson

Timecop (1994)

– Director: Peter Hyams
– IMDb user rating: 5.9 (62K reviews)
– Runtime: 99 minutes
– Genres: Action, Crime, and Sci-Fi
– Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, and Ron Silver

Trading Places (1983)

– Director: John Landis
– IMDb user rating: 7.5 (160K reviews)
– Runtime: 116 minutes
– Genres: Comedy
– Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, and Ralph Bellamy

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

– Director: Michael Bay
– IMDb user rating: 5.9 (422K reviews)
– Runtime: 149 minutes
– Genres: Action, Adventure, and Sci-Fi
– Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel

Unbreakable (2000)

– Director: M. Night Shyamalan
– IMDb user rating: 7.3 (432K reviews)
– Runtime: 106 minutes
– Genres: Drama, Mystery, and Sci-Fi
– Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robin Wright

Unstoppable (2010)

– Director: Tony Scott
– IMDb user rating: 6.8 (204K reviews)
– Runtime: 98 minutes
– Genres: Action and Thriller
– Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, and Rosario Dawson

The Village (2004)

– Director: M. Night Shyamalan
– IMDb user rating: 6.6 (272K reviews)
– Runtime: 108 minutes
– Genres: Drama, Mystery, and Thriller
– Cast: Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, and Joaquin Phoenix

Wonder Boys (2000)

– Director: Curtis Hanson
– IMDb user rating: 7.2 (66K reviews)
– Runtime: 107 minutes
– Genres: Comedy and Drama
– Cast: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, and Frances McDormand

Witness (1985)

– Director: Peter Weir
– IMDb user rating: 7.4 (101K reviews)
– Runtime: 112 minutes
– Genres: Drama, Romance, and Thriller
– Cast: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, and Lukas Haas

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

– Director: Kevin Smith
– IMDb user rating: 6.5 (181K reviews)
– Runtime: 101 minutes
– Genres: Comedy and Romance
– Cast: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, and Craig Robinson

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Olivia Monahan, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 48 states.

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