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The Greatest Movies Filmed In Toronto

Canada’s largest city has been home to many movie sets over the past few decades. The beautiful Toronto, which was the most recent host city for the Pan Am games, has harbored the likes of Will Smith, Queen Latifah, John Travolta and many more big Hollywood names in Toronto filmed movies. Many extravagant movies have been filmed on our streets and in our buildings. In films, Toronto has doubled for many other cities such as New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston and many more. The following is a list of famous movies recorded in our very own Toronto.



Suicide Squad (2016)

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The most recent addition to this list is the 2016 movie Suicide Squad. This DC Universe villain movie has been the talk of the town in Toronto. With road closures and massive sets across Yonge Street, social media has been raving with pictures of the set and actors such as Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. Filming of the movie began in April 2015 and will end in August 2015. This movie is scheduled to be released in August 2016.                 

Pacific Rim (2013)

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Out of all of the movies filmed in Toronto, Pacific Rim, starring Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, holds the title for the highest budget and the highest earnings this city has ever seen. The movie had a budget of $190 million and made $411 million. Pacific Rim 2 will begin filming in Toronto this November.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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This Marvel movie starring Edward Norton, had much success in the industry. With gross earnings of $263 million and opening at number one box office, the movie successfully distinguished itself from the controversial 2003 movie, Hulk, by staying closer to the comics and the 1978 TV series. There are talks about the potential filming of a sequel to The Incredible Hulk, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Hairspray (2007)



This musical, which is set in Baltimore, Maryland, is filmed primarily in Toronto. With stars like Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta, this musical, based on the 2002 Broadway production with the same name, easily became a hit. It grossed $202 million worldwide, making it the third musical film to make over $200 million.

Chicago (2002)



The 2002 film, Chicago, is the second highest grossing musical movie of all time, making $307 million in the box office, only being beat by 1976 film, Grease, which grossed $395 million. Although set in Chicago, it was filmed in Toronto and is based off the musical with the same name.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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This 2002 movie is based on a one-woman play, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, written by and starring Nia Vardalos. The play echoes Vardalos’ own life experience with being Greek and marrying a non-Greek man. The movie is the highest grossing romantic comedy film sitting at $369 million. Filming for this movie’s sequel began in late May and will be released in 2016.

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-Faris Zarifa