Top Ten Most Overused Cities for Where a Movie, TV Show, or Story Takes Place

A story is just as unique as its setting, and I will count down the top ten overused cities for settings

The Top Ten

1 New York City New York City The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.

Lets see, the marvel cinematic universe, Ghostbusters, TMNT, the bee movie, it just goes on and on - SpectralOwl

Everything from Wonder to Spiderman to the Bee Movie to War of the Worlds (movie by Spielberg), NYC is the most cinematic of all time - JustAnAccount

Elf, the Godfather, West Side Story, Miracle on 34th St, just to name a few...

2 San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.

Full house, Inside out, we bare bears, and more - SpectralOwl

How many times have we destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge in a movie... - JustAnAccount

3 London London London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south eastern part of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia.

90% of fiction that takes place in England, basically - SpectralOwl

Because there are no other cities in the UK - JustAnAccount

4 Los Angeles Los Angeles

Since a huge number of things are filmed there, L.A. is also frequently depicted as virtually any city in the USA. The Location Managers know exactly where to go to achieve whatever "look" an area is known for.

5 Chicago Chicago Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world. more.

Los Angeles and Hong Kong easily beat it - JustAnAccount

6 Paris Paris
7 Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

Not worthy of Top 10, Las Vegas usually only appears in one scene of a movie if at all (except for King Ralph and a couple others) - JustAnAccount

Ocean's Eleven, Fear and Loathing, the Hangover, The Godfather, Rain Man, Vegas Vacation, Leaving Las Vegas, just to name a few...

8 Tokyo Tokyo

Basically a lot of japanese cartoons and anime uses this city as the city. - MChkflaguard_Yt

9 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia.

Every modern movie set in China is set in Hong Kong - JustAnAccount

As far as I know, the first Cardcaptor Sakura movie, the second half of Mobile Fighter G Gundam, a few episodes or so of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, the series finale of American Dragon Jake Long, and (I think) one episode of Digimon Xros Wars Season 3 all took place there.
Also, Master Asia from Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Shaoran Li from Cardcaptor Sakura, and Shana from Shakugan no Shana are known to have came from/grown up there as well. - PerfectImpulseX

10 Rio De Janeiro Rio De Janeiro

The Contenders

11 Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor more.

Shyamalan movies and World War Z - JustAnAccount

12 Seoul Seoul Seoul – officially the Seoul Special City – is the capital and largest metropolis of the Republic of Korea, forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, the world's 14th largest city and second largest metropolitan area.
13 Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.
14 Berlin Berlin
15 Moscow Moscow
16 Oakland
17 Columbus
18 Detroit Detroit
19 Boston Boston
20 Johannesburg
21 Venice Venice
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