Think you recognized Pittsburgh in a movie? Pittsburgh has been the location for more than 60 motion pictures and television productions including several Academy-Award winning movies. The next time you're looking for something new to watch, why not try one of these favorite movies made in Pittsburgh?
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
This Academy Award-winning crime thriller stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychopathic serial killer locked up in the Memphis, TN Town Hall (portrayed by the Pittsburgh Soldiers and Sailors Museum) and Jodie Foster as the FBI cadet in charge of the interrogation. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History also makes an appearance.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This low-budget cult classic written and directed by George A. Romero revolves around people in a Pittsburgh suburb being stalked by ravenous, flesh-eating zombies. Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) were also filmed in Pittsburgh, but the 2005 Land of the Dead was filmed in Canada for budget reasons.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
A powerful Vietnam war drama starring Robert De Niro, John Cazale, and John Savage, The Deer Hunter won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The movie is set in the men's hometown of Clairton, PA, west of Pittsburgh, with many of the scenes shot around Western Pennsylvania. The fearsome steel mill and the Orthodox church from the wedding scene are both in Cleveland, however.
Wonder Boys (1999)
Based on a novel by Michael Chabon, a University of Pittsburgh graduate, this movie stars Michael Douglas and Frances McDormand. Many of the film's scenes were shot at Carnegie-Mellon University. Additional scenes were shot in Oakland, Downtown, Shadyside, Sewickley, and Beaver. Many of the key scenes feature one of Pittsburgh's many bridges!
Lorenzo's Oil (1991)
This gripping, Academy Award-winning drama stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon as parents working together to find a cure for a rare disease afflicting their son after the medical establishment forsakes them. While set in Washington DC, most of the movie's scenes were actually filmed in Pittsburgh.
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh star in this fun film about a troupe of angels who come down from heaven to help the Pittsburgh Pirates win the pennant. Much of the movie was shot on location (very unusual for the time) at Forbes Field, the home field of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and includes footage of actual Pirates games.
Pittsburgh International Airport stars as General Mitchell Airport, along with lead actor Bud Cort, in this fantasy comedy about two renegade angels trying to get back into heaven. This movie was shot almost entirely in Pittsburgh with locations including the USX building and a historic Roman Catholic church in East Liberty.
Oh, what a feeling! The city of Pittsburgh co-stars in this 1983 romantic drama with Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. In the movie, Alex (played by Beals) dances through the Hall of Sculpture in the Carnegie Museum of Art. Her house was on the South Side, and the restaurant scene was filmed inside the Grand Concourse restaurant in Station Square. The Duquesne Incline also made an appearance in the first scene of the movie.
Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito star in this Academy Award-winning crime/drama where Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University doubled for a Washington DC courtroom.
Inspector Gadget (1998)
Non-stop action and a few too many special effects are the highlights of this comedy starring Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett, and Joely Fisher. Pittsburgh shines, however - the Sixth Street Bridge (a.k.a. The Roberto Clemente Bridge) was closed for thirty days during filming and the beautiful glass castle PPG building served as the villain's headquarters. If Inspector Gadget is too juvenile for you, try the similarly-themed RoboCop, also filmed in Pittsburgh.