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8 movies you didn’t know were filmed in Seattle

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There are a lot of classic movies that have been filmed in Seattle. Features like 10 Things I Hate About You and Sleepless in Seattle made this beautiful city more of a character than a backdrop, and the infamous 50 Shades of Grey films were also shot in town. Apart from that, people might be surprised to know just how many big movies were actually filmed in Seattle, so we’ve gathered a cool little list. Some of these flicks are huge, some you’ll already know are Seattle-made, and some will (hopefully) surprise you.

Here are 8 movies you might not have known were filmed in Seattle. Enjoy!

Say Anything


Sure, this is an obvious pick for plenty of older Millenials, but apart from John Cusack holding up a speaker in the final scene, there are a lot of people who don’t know anything about this coming-of-age classic.

Safety Not Guaranteed

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Starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, this oddball sci-fi indie came and went without too much notice. That being said, it’s held strong as one of the neatest little flicks of the past decade and gathered a solid cult following. It’s funny and it’s very, very weird. What more could you want?

The Ring


Back in 2002, nearly everyone was scared to death of picking up the phone and hearing “7 days” on the other end of the line. Why? Because The Ring, filmed right here in Seattle, scared the living hell out of practically an entire generation.



Despite Fear scoring poorly with critics, this cult classic turned Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon into teen idols back in 1996. Shot in Seattle and set in Seattle, so it’s truly one of our own.

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World’s Greatest Dad

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Not only was this Robin Williams flick shot in Seattle, but it also featured a cameo by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. It’s dark, it’s funny, and it’s pretty damn nice watching the late, great Robin Williams stroll about town.

An Officer and a Gentleman


Never heard of this one? Well, get learnt, peeps! This is one of the best movies to ever have been shot in Seattle and also features the first Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for an African American. That man, Louis Gosset Jr., along with Richard Gere and Debra Winger led this film to massive adoration from critics and audiences alike.


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Sylvester Stallone takes on Antonio Banderas in this classic 90s action film. It was absolutely eviscerated by critics, ending up with a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yikes. Apparently, Rocky vs. Zorro isn’t the best combination to grace the silver screen.

The Vanishing

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Okay, so this movie lost money, wasn’t very popular with critics, and is one of the more forgettable titles in the careers of its leads. Nevertheless, leaving a film shot in Seattle and starring Jeff Bridges, Keifer Sutherland, and Sandra Bullock off this list seems foolish.

Instead of watching this version, however, check out the original Dutch film of the same name. The legendary Stanley Kubrick called it the most terrifying film he’d ever seen, so it’s definitely worth a viewing.

Well, there’s our list of some movies filmed right here in Seattle that you might not have known about! Add those to your fall movie list and enjoy!