Given its architecture which is incredibly diverse, Toronto has become one of the favorite destinations for Hollywood producers to shoot movies. Over the years, this city has been the host of countless famous stories and easily passed as Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Wyoming, Boston, and even Tokyo.
1. American Psycho
Both this film and its sequel, American Psycho 2 have been filmed in Toronto. This is probably one of the least surprising entries in our list, since the movie itself is an American-Canadian production. Released in the year 2000, the movie sets its action late 1980s Manhattan and deals with the story of a troubled rich banker.
2. Aurora Borealis
Starring Donald Sutherland and Juliette Lewis, this movie is a romantic comedy set in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The film was released in 2005 and it seems to be a classical “boy meets girl” story.
3. Brokeback Mountain
One of the most famous and controversial movies of the last decade, which won no less than three Academy Awards, Brokeback Mountain was also shot in Toronto. The action actually takes place in Wyoming, around 1963 and the movie depicts the romantic relationship between two young men.
The famous 2002 musical starring great names of the cinema, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rene Zellweger or Richard Gere is set, of course, in Chicago. However, every single scene was filmed in Toronto in places like Queen’s Park, the Canada Life Building or the Old City Hall.
5. The Fantastic Four
The only superhero movie in our list, The Fantastic Four is a 2005 film based on the Marvel Comics. The action takes place in New York, after a group of scientists had a misfortunate experience in outer space and came back on Earth with superpowers.
6. Good Will Hunting
The 1997 drama starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams was filmed both in Boston where the action of the movie takes place and in Toronto. The film deals with the story of a 20 year old genius (Matt Damon) who undergoes therapy and is encouraged to analyze his relationship with his best friend and his girlfriend.
7. Resident Evil
Three movies from this series were filmed in Toronto: Apocalypse (2004), Afterlife (2010) and Retribution (2012). The action in these post-apocalyptic, zombie infested movie settings mostly takes place in Raccoon City, but also in Tokyo and Alaska.
All but the first Saw movie were filmed in Toronto. These horror films are usually set in abandoned homes or warehouses, which contributes a great deal to their authenticity.
Apart from all these Hollywood productions that were shot in Toronto, there also seems to be a very large number of music videos which have been filmed here, such as “Behind these hazel eyes” or “Already gone” from Kelly Clarkson, “Everybody wants to be like you” from Snow and even “The beautiful people” from Marilyn Manson.