Toronto has always been a hot spot for filmmakers looking to make and save a buck. Whether it’s New York, Chicago, or Boston, this city has a way of making itself become anything the director wants it to be. Though it’s no secret that a ton of filming goes on around here, there are a lot of incredibly recognized films you might not have even known were filmed right in Toronto! Check out our list of films you did – or didn’t – know had Toronto as their home base.
American Psycho (2000)
Money maker by day, serial killer by night. Young professional Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) lives a double life. With a detective, fiancé, mistress, coworker and secretary on his back, this story unfolds in a wry, comical yet thrilling capacity. The film is set in New York, however it was majorly filmed in Toronto.
Kick Ass (2010)
An ordinary school kid from New York throws on a green suit and calls himself Kick-Ass, but the next thing you know, he’s actually kicking ass. This film is fun, action packed and colourful, and best of all, it’s locations span from London, Hamilton to Toronto.
Good Will Hunting (1998)
The famous and critically acclaimed tale of Good Will Hunting is set around South Boston and Harvard Square, however, it was largely filmed in – you guessed it – Toronto! It is said that the filming location was chosen partly due to financial concerns, and partly because this city is awesome (okay don’t quote us on the second one, but it’s true).
A crime musical turned film set in the ’20s, Chicago may have been set in its name, but it was filmed in Toronto – in places such as Osgoode Hall, Queen’s Park, Casa Loma, the Elgin Theatre, Union Station, the Danforth Music Hall, the Old City Hall and more.
After seven years of captivity, Joy and her son Jack attempt to escape from the room and criminal who kidnapped her. The set of the room was built and filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios, designed to be removable so that each necessary member of the crew could fit.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Passed off as Chicago, but filmed in Toronto. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a whirlwind and a half. Set locations span all across the city, including spots around Ryerson University.
Pacific Rim (2013)
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim was majorly filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios, with a budget of $200 million. The sci-fi action filming went on from November 2011 to April 2012.
Another classically silly and hilarious film with Adam Sandler, Pixels is set in the streets of downtown New York city, and was also filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios from May 28th to September 9th 2014.