7 Movies That Were Filmed in Well Known Buffalo Locations

Buffalo Culture


Written by Nicole Park

Published on August 4, 2021

Did you know so many large-scale movies were filmed right here in the Queen City? They brought quite a few big name Hollywood actors too.

Throwback to when John Krasinski was literally everywhere.

If you’re like us, you love watching movies and seeing familiar landscapes and buildings in the background, so we rounded up some of the biggest movies that filmed in familiar locations across Buffalo and Western New York.

1. Bruce Almighty (2003)

Starring Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell, and other major names, a TV reporter who complains that God is treating him poorly is given God’s almighty powers to teach him how difficult it truly is to run the world.

This film is based in Buffalo, but only a select few shots were actually filmed here, primarily in Niagara Falls.


2. A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

Starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, the film follows the Abbott family after the events in the first film. They must continue to fight against the creatures hunting them down in silence, while venturing into the outside world.

The movie shows the Grand Island Bridge, Akron, Lackawanna, the railroad tracks by the Orchard Park Library, the remains of Bethlehem Steel, and more.

3. The First Purge (2018)

Starring Y’Ian Noel and Lex Scott Davis, follows the story of the first annual Purge night in a dystopian America. Being used as a test, there are no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island, to see how this affects crime rates in the country. The movie was filmed by the Marine Drive Apartments, the interior of Seneca One, downtown Buffalo, and more.


4. Buffalo ’66 (1998)

Starring Christina Ricci and Vincent Gallo, the film follows the story of a man who is recently released from prison and is going to visit his parents with his wife, whom he doesn’t have. He kidnaps a woman and pleads for her to be his wife. Buffalo cafe’s, bowling alleys, and more are featured in this movie.

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and Tyler Perry, the movie follows the TMNT on another wild adventure. The 33 is used for some car chasing action with explosions and all.

6. Planes, Train, & Automobiles (1987)

Starring Steve Martin and John Candy, majority of this movie may not have been filmed in Buffalo, but the “automobile” scenes were all filmed on the 219! The comedy follows the story of a man trying to make it home in time for Thanksgiving alongside a stranger whom he just met.


7. Going in Style (2017)

Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Ann-Margret, the film follows three friends desperate for money embarking on a journey to get back their pension funds they had recently lost. Most of the movie is filmed in California, but you can see Marcy Casino in Delaware Park as the wedding venue!

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Nicole Park</a>

Written by Nicole Park

Nicole studies marketing at Duquesne University studying Marketing and is a Step Out Buffalo summer intern. She loves coffee, hiking, and trying new things. As her friends will tell you, being from Buffalo is her most prominent personality trait - something she's very proud of!
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