The Toronto International Film Festival is coming soon! We’re not counting down the weeks anymore—now we’re counting down the days! Are you excited about TIFF? Make your wait easier by celebrating some of Toronto’s classic movies at home. Toronto has been the setting of hundreds of movies! Here are some of the most famous films shot in Toronto.
American Psycho. This famous serial-killer thriller has kept thousands of viewers up at night! If you’ve seen the film, you know that American Psycho is set in New York. However, you might be surprised to learn that it was filmed almost entirely in Toronto! There are a few shots of the actual New York City, but most of the scenes and buildings are actually in Toronto.
Chicago. As you might guess from the name, this movie is set in Chicago. However, it was filmed almost completely in Toronto! This isn’t the first time that Toronto stood in for Chicago, but it is the most ironic. This film is also about murder, but it has an interesting twist—the main characters are two flappers in the 1920s.
A Christmas Story. You’re probably familiar with this timeless Christmas classic! The story in this film takes place in Indiana, but it was actually filmed in Toronto, with shots in a few of the surrounding small towns. If you want to try sticking your tongue to the pole featured in the story, you’ll have to make a quick drive to St. Catharines!
Frenemies. Millennials will definitely recognize the Disney celebrity cast of this movie starring Zendaya and Bella Thorne! While this might not be an enduring classic, it was definitely in the limelight for middle schoolers a few years ago. This movie was filmed entirely in Toronto.
Hairspray. Well, that was a weird movie, wasn’t it? Still, it’s one we loved for the songs and over-the-top 50s setting! This is yet another movie filmed in Toronto. The story itself is set in Baltimore, Maryland, but the real Baltimore didn’t have the right equipment to do the job for a musical of this caliber.
The Incredible Hulk. This movie was all the rage when it first came out – everything came in green that year, even Oreos! While the green fad has long since died out, this film is still a fan favourite of super hero lovers. With the exception of the Rio scenes, this movie was filmed in Toronto.
Mean Girls. This movie has become a classic favourite for many people—perhaps because we can all identify with some of the film’s exaggerated high school experiences on some level. Although the interior school scenes were shot elsewhere, the rest of the movie was filmed in Toronto.
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