Movies Filmed In Pittsburgh

Everyone is probably familiar with the fact that Pittsburgh is a film-friendly town.   Over the years, there have actually been quite a few classic movies filmed partially or even entirely in Pittsburgh.   Adventure, crime, kids, fantasy… you name it.  Whatever the genre… you can be sure to find a worthy movie to watch from Pittsburgh on those cozy nights you plan to spend with friend or loved ones.   Here are a few of the best movies filmed in Pittsburgh to put on your list:


movies filmed in pittsburgh

Your parents will love reminiscing about the movie shot in the ‘burgh starring Jennifer Beals who works in a steel mill and dances in bars at night. The iconic water dance scene is enough to watch this movie if you haven’t seen it, or watch it again to reminisce about Pittsburgh “back in the day.”


Movies filmed in Pittsburgh

Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager. He soon finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a former fighter who trains the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most.

Inspector Gadget

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The film tells the story of how Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw came to be. It was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Los Angeles, California with the ice castle-like main tower of Pittsburgh’s PPG Place playing a central role.

Jack Reacher

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As you can see, 2012 was a big year for Pittsburgh in terms of movies. Curl up and enjoy this one with Tom Cruise about an investigator with a vague past who takes on the case of a rogue military operative.

Dawn of the Dead

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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

The Deer Hunter

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In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel town, prepare to ship out overseas following Steven’s elaborate wedding and one final group hunting trip. In Vietnam, their dreams of military honor are quickly shattered by the inhumanities of war; even those who survive are haunted by the experience, as is Nick’s hometown sweetheart, Linda (Meryl Streep).

The Silence of the Lambs

movies filmed in pittsburgh

Still one of the creepiest horror movies of all time, this one filmed scenes in Crafton, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and the Carnegie Museum. Enjoy this one but don’t get too scared after the credits roll and the lights go out!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature. But Roger’s empathy, kindness and decency soon chips away at Vogel’s jaded outlook on life, forcing the reporter to reconcile with his own painful past.  You can read our review of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood right here.

The Dark Knight Rises

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Everyone in Pittsburgh knows a lot of Gotham was our lovely city. Stars like Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy and Marion Cotillard starred in this summer 2012 blockbuster that used Heinz Field in a big way.


movies filmed in Pittsburgh

This 1977  film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean depicts a minor league ice hockey team that resorts to questionable play to gain popularity in a declining factory town.  Dowd based much of her script, as well as several of the characters, on her brother Ned Dowd’s playing experiences on 1970s minor league professional hockey teams.

The Next Three Days

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Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of something she says she did not commit. Three years later while struggling with the demands of work and raising his son alone, John is still trying to establish her innocence. When her final appeal is rejected, Lara becomes desparate, forcing John to exercise the only option he has left: try to get her out himself.

Striking Distance

movies filmed in pittsburgh

Sgt. Tom Hardy (Bruce Willis) denounces his partner, Jimmy Detillo (Robert Pastorelli), for not treating a supect correctly. After Jimmy falls to from a bridge, Tom is transferred to the river rescue team. Two years later,  women begin turning up in the water — all of whom were previously romantically linked to Tom. With the help of his new partner, Jo Christman (Sarah Jessica Parker), Tom sets out to find the culprit.

All the Right Moves

movies filmed in pittsburgh

Stefan Djordjevic (Tom Cruise), the star player of his high school football team, is desperately hoping that his football talents will earn him a scholarship — his only chance to get out of his dying hometown of Ampipe, Pennsylvania. When a heated argument with his coach (Craig T. Nelson) gets him kicked off the team and blacklisted from college recruiters, Stefan must fight for a chance to live out his dream and escape the dead-end future he faces.

Sudden Death

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Ex-fireman Darren McCord (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has a new job working security at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Hoping to impress his kids, he’s scored tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals, unaware that the place has been taken over. Ex-CIA agent Joshua Foss (Powers Boothe) is holding the vice president hostage in a press box and plans to destroy the building if he doesn’t pay the ransom. But, when Darren learns of his scheme, he jumps into action to save the day.

The Perks of Being a Wall Flower

movies filmed in pittsburgh

The writer of this movie (and Pittsburgh native!) Stephen Chbosky went on to write 2017’s massive hit, the Beauty and the Beast remake. Watch this movie based on the book of the same name starring the Harry Potter franchise’s Emma Watson.


movies filmed in pittsburgh

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” released in 2020, is a poignant drama that delves into the world of blues music in the early 20th century. The film, which features stellar performances by Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, was shot in Pittsburgh, allowing the city’s historic charm to shine through.

Groundhog Day

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A timeless comedy-drama, “Groundhog Day” tells the story of Phil, a weatherman stuck in a time loop on Groundhog Day. Starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, there are parts of the movie filmed in Pittsburgh, adding an authentic touch to the narrative.


movies filmed in pittsburgh

“Warrior,” released in 2011, is a gripping action-drama that delves into the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The film, starring Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, and Joel Edgerton, follows the journey of two estranged brothers who find themselves competing in the same high-stakes MMA tournament.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” released in 2015, is a heart-tugging drama that follows the journey of a high school senior named Greg who befriends a classmate diagnosed with leukemia. The film, shot entirely in Pittsburgh, beautifully captures the city’s vibrant spirit and community warmth, making it a must-watch.

Land of the Dead

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“Land of the Dead,” directed by George A. Romero, is a thrilling horror film set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. The film, shot in Pittsburgh, uses the city’s bleak landscapes to create a chilling atmosphere that perfectly complements its spine-chilling narrative.


movies filmed in pittsburgh

“Adventureland,” released in 2009, is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that follows the journey of a recent college graduate who takes a job at an amusement park. The film, shot in Pittsburgh’s renowned Kennywood Park, beautifully captures the city’s unique charm and spirit.

She’s Out of My League

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“She’s Out of My League,” released in 2010, is a heartwarming romantic comedy about a self-deprecating young man who falls for a woman who, according to his friends, is “out of his league.” The film, shot in Pittsburgh, provides a unique take on the classic “boy-meets-girl” trope, with the city’s picturesque views serving as a stunning backdrop.

The Last Witch Hunter

movies filmed in pittsburgh

“The Last Witch Hunter,” starring Vin Diesel, is an action-packed fantasy film set in modern-day Pittsburgh. The film, which revolves around a witch hunter battling against a resurgence of witches in contemporary society, showcases the city’s urban landscapes, providing a unique setting for this supernatural narrative.

From the eerie streets of “Night of the Living Dead” to the inspiring dance sets of “Flashdance,” these movies filmed in Pittsburgh show the city’s versatility as a filming location. So, whether you’re a movie buff or a proud Pittsburgh native, these films offer a unique way to explore the city and its cinematic history. So, grab some popcorn and start watching!

40 thoughts on “Movies Filmed In Pittsburgh”

  1. What about “The Wonder Boys” – a great movie, filmed all over Pgh city: Oakland, Manchester (Modern Grill), etc.

  2. Innocent Blood. A great vampire movie. Directed by John Landis. Blew up a bus on Liberty Avenue.

    1. Dominick & Eugene with Tom Hulce & Ray Liotta.

      Lorenzo’s Oil with Nick Noire & Susan Sarandon.

    1. Concussion (2015) ft. Will Smith was filmed in Pittsburgh too! The topic and movie are controversial, but offer some good food for thought.

    1. Had 8 parts in it & only appeared in for about 30 seconds ! But LOT¿S of fun hanging out w/ Great people ! !

    1. Was “Love the Coopers” a Christmas movie? I remember seeing a Christmas movie a few years ago that was filmed in Pittsburgh.

      1. Laura McPherson Zuloaga

        It was! My dog and I were actually extras in it. He is the white dog wearing the yamaka and we are sitting on bench while he sniffs a little dog during the opening credits. The movie didn’t do very well and a lot of people said it was depressing, but it was really fun to be part of!

  3. Also forgot WARRIOR, DOGMA, ADVENTURELAND, ABDUCTION… the list goes on and on… Why settle on these fifteen?

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