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

As much as it is a great setting, I have to agree. With every American movie I watch, there is a high chance it is set in NYC. Gangsta/mafia movies are mostly set in there. - ParasN2000

Carlito's Way (1993),Goodfellas (1990),The Godfather (1972),The Untouchables (1987), Even Scarface (1983) have scenes in NY

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

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

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

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

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

3 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.

Because there are no other cities in the UK - JustAnAccount

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

4 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, 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 is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science, and the more.
7 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.

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

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

8 Tokyo Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.

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

9 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

Almost every Asian T.V. drama ever, and also a few Chinese kung fu movies from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s as well.

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, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas.

The Contenders

11 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.

Fresh Prince!

Shyamalan movies and World War Z - JustAnAccount

12 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.
14 Berlin
15 Moscow
16 Oakland Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in more.
17 Columbus
18 Detroit
19 Boston Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S.
20 Johannesburg
21 Venice
22 Taiwan Republic of China was established in 1912. After the Chinese Civil War (1949), the Chinese government relocated to Taiwan. Its capital was originally Nanjing but now it's Taipei. Mandarin is the most spoken language.

Asian T.V. dramas, need I say more?

23 Miami Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.
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