Guide To Movies Filmed In Boston

Hollywood isn’t the only place where movies are made. Some consider Boston a movie making haven, hosting dozens of motion picture crews in recent years. Sites such as the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Common appear in a multitude of films ranging from action classics to romantic comedies. Check out this list of places in good ol’ Bean Town that have been featured on the big screen.
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck was one of many Hollywood-types in town to shoot "The Town" in the fall of 2009. (credit: Kevin J Wiles)

See Also: Gallery of Movies Made In Mass.

Vanity Fair – 1915

13 Rue Madeleine – 1947

Portrait of Jennie – 1948
Boston Harbor

Mystery Street – 1950
Harvard Medical School

Charly – 1968
Faneuil Hall
Boston City Hospital
John Hancock Hall
Longfellow Bridge
Public Garden

The Thomas Crown Affair – 1968
85 Mt. Vernon Street, Beacon Hill
Blackstone and North Streets
Copp’s Hill
South Station
Tobin Bridge

The Out of Towners – 1970
Logan Airport
South Station

The Friends of Eddie Coyle – 1973
Boston Bowl, Dorchester
Boston Garden
Callahan Tunnel

Hanky Panky – 1982
New England Aquarium

The Bostonians – 1984
Gibson House Museum – 137 Beacon Street
The Athenaeum – 10 1/2 Beacon Street

Field of Dreams – 1988
Fenway Park

The Firm – 1993
Boston-Copley Plaza Hotel
The Abbey, South Boston

Amistad – 1997
Massachusetts State House

Good Will Hunting – 1997
South Boston District Municipal Court
L Street Tavern, South Boston
Public Garden

The Boondock Saints – 1999
Copley Square
Longfellow Bridge
Boston Common
Newbury Street

What’s the Worst That Could Happen? – 2000

Mystic River – 2003
Tobin Bridge
Jamaica Plain – various locations
South Boston – various locations
East Boston – various locations

Fever Pitch – 2005
Fenway Park

The Departed – 2006
Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center
12 Farnsworth Street

21 – 2007
Boston Convention and Exposition Center
Boston University
Newbury Street

Pink Panther 2 – 2007
Boston Convention and Exposition Center
Boston Public Library
Copley Square
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Science
The Wang Center

Gone Baby Gone – 2007
Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center – 25 Staniford Street, Boston
Hormel Stadium – 97 Locust Street, Medford
LoConte Rink – 3449 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Medford
Moakley Park, Boston
Mount Auburn Cemetery – 330 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge
Murphy’s Law – 837 Summer Street, Boston

The Proposal – 2008
225 Franklin Street

Bride Wars – 2008

Shutter Island – 2008
Boston Harbor
Hyde Park

Knight and Day – 2009
Logan Airport

The Zookeeper – 2009 (to be released 2011)
Franklin Park Zoo, Dorchester

The Social Network – 2009

The Town – 2010
Harvard Square
North End

Shutter Island – 2010
Boston Harbor

Information from the Massachusetts Film Office and Internet Movie Database

Amie Ninh is a Northwestern University student and aspiring journalist. She spent a summer sharing her passion for writing with the CBSBoston digital media team.

  • MB

    what about Blown Away in the early 90s? I remember seeing part of it filmed at the old St. Francis School in Charlestown!

  • jack

    what about edge of darkness?

  • Commenter

    Was Knight and Day really filmed in Logan? According to the Worcester Telegram (and other sources) it was filmed in the Worcester airport.

  • Paul

    What about “The Cardinal,” which had scenes of Roxbury and was directed by Otto Preminger.

  • cynic

    The Cardinal was also filmed at the Granite Rail Quarry in Quincy. The Granite blocks from the “Church” are still there.

  • cynic

    Other parts of the country have the same deals with the Movie indusrtry. Detriot in particular. The issue in these other places is the same as it is here….Is the Benifit worth the Cost. Too many times we forget that things are happening outside of Boston also.

  • cynic

    Walk East On Beacon,The Brinks Job,The Boston Strangler,Six Bridges to Cross To name a few.

  • Rocque

    There was a movie called Lift, it was filmed on the grounds of the Academy Homes Housing Complex in Roxbury, with scenes also filmed on lacatioon at a jewelry store in the Copley/Prudental Mall, Back Bay. It starred Kerry Washington and Lonette McKee with Boston’s own Jacqui Parker and Naheem Allah..

  • kb

    Scenes in “The Departed” were also filmed at the shipyard in Quincy

  • kb

    I know this is a list of movies filmed in Boston, but in the 70’s, “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud”, was filmed in Springfield, MA

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