Films Made in Cleveland We Can (Or Should) Proudly Claim

If you saw the recently released horror film Wish Upon, you definitely took note of its Shaker Heights shout-out and multiple aerial shots of downtown Cleveland. The city hasn't just provided set locations for horror flicks, superhero blockbusters and a certain well-known 1983 Christmas movie, though; here are 16 productions that have taken advantage of its relatively low filming costs. All filming locations from IMDb.

Cleveland hasn't just provided set locations for horror flicks, superhero blockbusters and a certain well-known 1983 Christmas movie, though; here are 18 productions that have taken advantage of its relatively low filming costs.

All filming locations from IMDb.

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  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  (2014) 
Local filming locations: Cleveland, Rocky River
This sequel to 2011's  Captain America: The First Avenger  essentially serves as a tour of downtown Cleveland, if you know what to look for. The film shot at Tower City, Lake View Cemetery, Euclid Avenue and other spots around town, not to mention the fact that the Cleveland Museum of Art represents SHIELD headquarters. 
Photo via BagoGames/Flickr

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Local filming locations: Cleveland, Rocky River
This sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger essentially serves as a tour of downtown Cleveland, if you know what to look for. The film shot at Tower City, Lake View Cemetery, Euclid Avenue and other spots around town, not to mention the fact that the Cleveland Museum of Art represents SHIELD headquarters.

Photo via BagoGames/Flickr
  The Kings of Summer  (2013) 
Local filming locations: Cleveland, Chagrin Falls, Warrensville Heights, Lyndhurst, Bainbridge
This quaint coming-of-age dramedy, starring breakout teen Nick Robinson and Nick Offerman as his gruff, Ron Swanson-esque father, truly made the most of Cleveland-area filming locations. Look out for familiar parks, Chagrin Falls landmarks and  Plain Dealer  mailboxes.
Photo via Geeks of Doom

The Kings of Summer (2013)

Local filming locations: Cleveland, Chagrin Falls, Warrensville Heights, Lyndhurst, Bainbridge
This quaint coming-of-age dramedy, starring breakout teen Nick Robinson and Nick Offerman as his gruff, Ron Swanson-esque father, truly made the most of Cleveland-area filming locations. Look out for familiar parks, Chagrin Falls landmarks and Plain Dealer mailboxes.

Photo via Geeks of Doom
  Fun Size  (2012) 
Local filming locations: Cleveland, Lakewood, Cleveland Heights
Victoria Justice sparked quite a social media storm among her young fanbase when she starred in this  Adventures in Babysitting -esque Halloween flick, which filmed primarily in Cleveland Heights — more specifically, at the Cain Park Apartments on Lee Road, Boulevard Elementary School and Coventry Food Mart.
Photo via Youtube

Fun Size (2012)

Local filming locations: Cleveland, Lakewood, Cleveland Heights
Victoria Justice sparked quite a social media storm among her young fanbase when she starred in this Adventures in Babysitting -esque Halloween flick, which filmed primarily in Cleveland Heights — more specifically, at the Cain Park Apartments on Lee Road, Boulevard Elementary School and Coventry Food Mart.

Photo via Youtube
  The Fate of the Furious  (2017) 
Local filming location: Cleveland
While this global thriller and eighth addition to the franchise didn't spend a lot of time downtown, the film did shoot outside a parking garage on Prospect Avenue, Perk Plaza and other spots. Plus, it lets the city masquerade as Manhattan. But don't let the digitized storefronts and added-in real footage of New York fool you; it's Cleveland. 
Photo via Universal Pictures

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Local filming location: Cleveland
While this global thriller and eighth addition to the franchise didn't spend a lot of time downtown, the film did shoot outside a parking garage on Prospect Avenue, Perk Plaza and other spots. Plus, it lets the city masquerade as Manhattan. But don't let the digitized storefronts and added-in real footage of New York fool you; it's Cleveland.

Photo via Universal Pictures
  Wish Upon  (2017) 
Local filming location: Cleveland (aerial shots) 
This horror flick, released last month, was filmed in Toronto. But it does feature multiple aerial shots of the Cleveland skyline, and implies that its gruesome action takes place in or near Shaker Heights.
Photo via ComingSoon

Wish Upon (2017)

Local filming location: Cleveland (aerial shots)
This horror flick, released last month, was filmed in Toronto. But it does feature multiple aerial shots of the Cleveland skyline, and implies that its gruesome action takes place in or near Shaker Heights.

Photo via ComingSoon
  The Avengers  (2012) 
Local filming locations: Cleveland, North Olmsted
Perhaps the most well-known of all superhero movies filmed downtown,  The Avengers  shut down parts of the city in 2011 while filming its penultimate fight scene, meaning Cleveland played an important part in kicking off the Marvel extended universe.
Photo via Marvel Database

The Avengers (2012)

Local filming locations: Cleveland, North Olmsted
Perhaps the most well-known of all superhero movies filmed downtown, The Avengers shut down parts of the city in 2011 while filming its penultimate fight scene, meaning Cleveland played an important part in kicking off the Marvel extended universe.

Photo via Marvel Database
  A Christmas Story  (1983) 
Local filming location: Cleveland
This 1983 Christmas classic split its filming time between Cleveland and Canada, but is most synonymous with its familiar local settings — particularly the Parker family home, which you can visit in Tremont year-round, seven days a week.
Photo via s_herman/Flicker

A Christmas Story (1983)

Local filming location: Cleveland
This 1983 Christmas classic split its filming time between Cleveland and Canada, but is most synonymous with its familiar local settings — particularly the Parker family home, which you can visit in Tremont year-round, seven days a week.

Photo via s_herman/Flicker
  The Deer Hunter  (1978) 
Local filming location: Cleveland 
The Deer Hunter, which took home the Best Picture Academy Award in 1979, shot all over the U.S. and Thailand. But among its many filming locations are several in Cleveland itself, like a supermarket on Starkweather Avenue and U.S. Steel Central Blast Furnace, featured in the opening sequence.
Photo via Caspy2003/Flickr

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Local filming location: Cleveland
The Deer Hunter, which took home the Best Picture Academy Award in 1979, shot all over the U.S. and Thailand. But among its many filming locations are several in Cleveland itself, like a supermarket on Starkweather Avenue and U.S. Steel Central Blast Furnace, featured in the opening sequence.

Photo via Caspy2003/Flickr
  American Splendor  (2003) 
Local filming locations: Cleveland, Lakewood
This unconventional comic book-meets-reality narrative was based on works of the same name by Harvey Pekar; his comics focus on life in Cleveland. Since his character in the film also resides in the city, that makes  American Splendor  one of the few flicks to not only be filmed here, but acknowledge its real setting. 
Photo via Youtube

American Splendor (2003)

Local filming locations: Cleveland, Lakewood
This unconventional comic book-meets-reality narrative was based on works of the same name by Harvey Pekar; his comics focus on life in Cleveland. Since his character in the film also resides in the city, that makes American Splendor one of the few flicks to not only be filmed here, but acknowledge its real setting.

Photo via Youtube
  The Bye Bye Man  (2017) 
Local filming locations: Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Richmond Heights
The Bye Bye Man  marked another 2017 horror flick that made use of Cleveland and its surrounding areas, though this was released back in January (and notably less well-received than  Wish Upon ). Director Stacy Title told  The Plain Dealer  that the experience, which included shooting in the Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Heights area, was "fantastic" and "beautiful." We'll take it.
Photo via The Paw Print

The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Local filming locations: Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Richmond Heights
The Bye Bye Man marked another 2017 horror flick that made use of Cleveland and its surrounding areas, though this was released back in January (and notably less well-received than Wish Upon ). Director Stacy Title told The Plain Dealer that the experience, which included shooting in the Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Heights area, was "fantastic" and "beautiful." We'll take it.

Photo via The Paw Print