On this list of 10 most famous movie locations, you may discover that your hometown is near a historical filming site. After all, even if your favorite movie is set in a fantasy world, its filming process took place in a real-life locale. Film crews travel from deserts to tropics to capture the right scene.

  1. Grand Central Station - 42nd St, New York, New York City, USA. Grand Central Station is a subway complex in the Manhattan district of New York City. Establishing scenes from “Armageddon,” the apocalyptic film starring Bruce Willis, were shot here. The crew of “Superman: The Movie” also used this location during filming.

  2. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The image of Rocky Balboa running up a flight of stairs to complete his training montage is iconic in cinema history. These stairs lead to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest museums in the U.S. The film’s relatives, “Rocky 2” “Rocky 3” and “Rocky Balboa,” utilized the same location. 

  3. Times Square, New York City, New York, USA. Times Square is an iconic landmark, known worldwide to represent the United States. The location is ideal for film crews that are looking to capture a busy, city atmosphere. You can see Times Square in movies such as “Borat,” “Hancock, “Spiderman,” and “Last Action Hero.”

  4. Mansfield Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio, USA. You may know Mansfield Reformatory by its alternate name, the Ohio State Reformatory. The facility took on the role of Shawshank State Prison in the popular film “The Shawshank Redemption.” Mansfield Reformatory also appears in “Air Force One,” which stars Harrison Ford.

  5. Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA. The 1978 film “Dawn of the Dead” takes place in the Monroeville Mall. To celebrate this filming, Pittsburgh hosts events like “Zombie Fest” and “Walk of the Dead.” These events invite people to party while dressed as zombies.

  6. Tongariro National Park, Central Plateau, New Zealand.Many fans may already know that the filming crew of the “Lord of the Rings” spent most of its time in New Zealand. The mountains and greenery were ideal for the setting of the movie. Tongariro National Park was one of many filming locations.

  7. The BahamasThe Bahamas is a country comprised of over twenty islands. The atmosphere is perfect for capturing tropical scenes. Movies such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Jaws: The Revenge” were filmed in the Bahamas.

  8. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Far from a tropical setting, some films require a colder setting. This is when film crews head northward to Canada. Movies such as “The Golden Compass,” “A Christmas Story,” and “The Day After Tomorrow” were filmed in Toronto.

  9. Death Valley National Park, California, USA. As the name implies, Death Valley National Park is one of the hottest parks in the United States. This fact does not stop film crews from working. The desert setting was one of many locations used to create the planet Tatooine in the “Star Wars” series.

  10. Field of Dreams Movie Site, Dyersville, Iowa, USA. “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner, relies heavily on location. The famous baseball field from the movie is in Iowa. Today it is a popular tourist attraction.