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The largest city in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is famous for being the home of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Liberty Bell and local food favorite, the cheesesteak. But Philadelphia is far more than that complete with a strong film history.
Philadelphia has a long history of supporting the arts but it was not until 1976, when Sylvester Stallone (who lived in the city as a teenager attending Lincoln High School) wrote and starred in Rocky that the city started to become a major player as a location for films. Since Rocky, Philadelphia has been featured in nearly 50 films, including blockbuster hits like National Treasure, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Philadelphia, and the five Rocky sequels. The geography of the city, colonial era stylings mixed with modern aesthetics, makes for an excellent place for filmakers to come and shoot. Its iconic locations from American history and its cheaper production costs than Los Angeles and New York certainly do not hurt either. George A. Romero has featured the city in three of his six Dead films while M. Night Shyamalan has filmed all of the films that he had worked on prior to The Last Airbender (2010) in or around the Philadelphia area, and Rocky's run up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps is so iconic that it was even made into a statue. While the list of films featuring Philadelphia is filled with some amazing cinema, the list of talented actors, actresses and directors that hail from the City of Brotherly Love and its immediate surroundings is even more impressive. It includes the likes of Seth Green, Will Smith, Kevin Bacon, Danny Bonaduce, Bill Cosby, Irvin Kershner, M. Night Shyamalan and Grace Kelly amongst others.
The impressive history of the city as well as its music and film contributions truly make Philadelphia one of the cultural hubs of American arts.