Over the years, there have been many well-known motion pictures filmed in the area. Due to the downtown architecture that can double for numerous cities and low cost of filming, Buffalo has been an ideal place to shoot.

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Flying Tigers 1942 David Miller Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

Hide in Plain Sight

1981 James Caan This was based on a true story. About a man (Caan) who discovers that his ex-wife has disappeared along with their children.

Best Friends

1982 Norman Jewison When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties.

The Natural

1984 Barry Levinson An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

1987 John Hughes A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.


1992 Frank Oz Con artist Gwen moves into Newton's empty home without his knowledge and begins setting up house, posing as his new wife.

Buffalo '66

1998 Vincent Gallo After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.

Bruce Almighty

2003 Tom Shadyac A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

The Savages

2007 Tamara Jenkins A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Henry's Crime

2010 Malcolm Venville Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.

The Best Man Holiday

2013 Malcolm D. Lee When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.

Sharknado 2: The Second One

2014 Anthony C. Ferrante Fin and April are on their way to New York City, until a category seven hurricane spawns heavy rain, storm surges, and deadly Sharknadoes.


2015 Michael Thelin

A couple's replacement babysitter turns out to be more than they bargained for when she subjects their kids to a series of twisted activities.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

2016 Dave Green The Turtles get into another battle with their enemy the Shredder, who has acquired new allies: the mutant thugs Bebop and Rocksteady and the alien being Krang.

Going in Style

2017 Zach Braff Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.


2017 Reginald Hudlin The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

The First Purge

2018 Gerard McMurray America's third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island.


2019 Brandon Slagle In the near future, the President of the New United States of America hires a team of military veterans to retrieve an alien bio-weapon from a top-secret research facility orbiting the Earth.

Crown Vic

2019 Joel Souza Follows one memorable night in the life of LAPD officer Ray Mandel while hunting two cop killers on the loose.


2019 Fong Nickson An electronic musician and a troubled fan are plunged into a hallucinogenic nightmare where they must confront an ancient Japanese entity - capable of bending space and time and wreaking havoc and death - in order to save their souls.

The True Adventures of Wolfboy

2019 Martin Krejci Follows a young boy who runs away from home in the search of his estranged mother.

Click here for an IMDb list of films shot in part or entirely in Buffalo.

As of February 27, 2019, IMDB reports that 538 films and TV shows had a Buffalo location. The earliest films were released in the late 1890's; up through 1904, Buffalo turned out more than 80 films.