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18 famous films shot in Detroit, mapped

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The set of Transformers: Age of Extinction in downtown Detroit.
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While Detroit is not the most filmed location in the world, it does make an appearance in a myriad of movies. Largely thanks to a film incentive program that provided tax credits to movies shot here, there was a brief window when several blockbusters did much of their principal photography here.

Below are some of the biggest films shot in Detroit. A couple of things to note: This map is not comprehensive—a more complete list can be found here. We also left out television completely, so no Freaks and Geeks or Detroiters.

Which films or sets did we miss? Let us know in the comments section.

Note: Locations are ordered from west to east.

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1. It Follows

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17360 Lahser Rd
Detroit, MI 48219
(313) 537-2560
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There’s lots of Detroit locations featured in the 2014 horror movie It Follows, directed by Clawson native David Robert Mitchell. The historic Redford Theatre in Old Redford is the site of a date early in the film. Other locations include the Motown Museum, Packard Plant, and Pegasus Tavern.

2. Blue Collar

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20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 982-6001
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This crime drama with comedic elements featuring Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel is set in and around Detroit. It was also largely filmed here, including the factory where the disgruntled autoworkers were employed, the Ford River Rouge Complex.

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3. Out of Sight

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9520 Mettetal St
Detroit, MI 48227
(844) 465-7665
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Based on a book by Detroit novelist Elmore Leonard, this 1998 crime comedy from director Steven Soderbergh mostly takes place and was shot in Detroit. Among the many locations, it featured the legendary Kronk Gym, as well as the Fillmore Theatre (at the time, the State Theatre), the Renaissance Center, and others.

4. Rosary Murders

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2233 Junction Ave
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 288-6176
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Much of this mystery film starring Donald Sutherland was shot at the gorgeous Most Holy Redeemer Church in Southwest Detroit, designed by local firm Donaldson and Meier in 1921.

5. Batman v Superman

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3640 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 894-6620
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This unassuming, classic deli in Southwest Detroit was one of many Detroit locations featured in $250-million blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Others include Michigan Central Station, the Masonic Temple, and the Russell Industrial Center.

6. Gran Torino

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238 Rhode Island St
Highland Park, MI 48203

This celebrated film about Walt Kowalski, a bitter Korean War veteran hanging on in Highland Park, was set and filmed in the Detroit area. This is the site of the Kowalski’s home. St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe was also featured.

7. The Island

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2001 15th St
Detroit, MI 48216

Michael Bay sure does love Detroit’s “ruins.” This sci-fi movie released in 2005 features several famous Detroit locations, including Michigan Central Station.

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Though it was about New York Yankee Roger Maris’s attempt to set baseball’s single-season home run record, the film was largely shot at recently vacant Tiger Stadium (the Detroit Tigers played their last game at the ballpark in 1999).

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9. Beverly Hills Cop

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2720 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

The classic film about a Detroit cop who goes to Beverly Hills, California to solve a crime. Very little of the film is actually shot in Detroit, except for the movie’s opening chase scene which takes place near the Viking Motel on Grand River Avenue.

10. Lost River

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500 Temple St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-7100
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The directorial debut for Ryan Gosling, this surreal movie was almost exclusively shot in Detroit. A number of locations, including the Masonic Temple, were featured in the film.

11. Only Lovers Left Alive

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82 Alfred St
Detroit, MI 48201

This comedy-drama about vampires from celebrated indie director Jim Jarmusch largely takes place and was filmed in Detroit. The house for one of the main characters is this Queen Anne in Brush Park built in 1879.

12. Ides of March

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2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2543
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While it didn’t take place in Detroit, this political drama directed by George Clooney was filmed mostly in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. It featured a number of locations, including the downtown music venue and bar Cliff Bell’s.

The exterior of Cliff Bell’s in Detroit. Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

13. Detroit Rock City

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2211 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-7000
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Though mostly filmed in Toronto, the Fox Theatre makes an appearance in this movie about teenagers trying to catch a Kiss concert in Detroit.

14. Whip It

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118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-8198
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Lots of locations in this 2009 film about a roller derby team were shot in Metro Detroit, including Lafayette Coney Island.

15. Real Steel

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250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226

This high-grossing sci-fi sports film starring Hugh Jackman had a number of shooting locations in Detroit, including the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters (now, the Detroit Foundation Hotel). Other sites include the Renaissance Center, TCF Center, and Russell Industrial Center.

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16. True Romance

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600 Randolph Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-7600
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Much of the Quentin Tarantino-written dark comedy was set in Detroit. And some if it, like the Old Wayne County Building, was filmed here as well.

The exterior of the Old Wayne County Building in Detroit. There is a tower in the middle and the entrance has columns over it. Photo by Michelle Gerard

17. Transformers

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Packard Automotive Plant, 6199 Concord Ave
Detroit, MI 48211

Made at the height of Michigan’s film incentive program, all five of the Transformers films from 2007 through 2017 were partly or mostly shot in Detroit at a myriad of locations, including the Packard Automotive Plant. Other locations include Cadillac Place, the Fisher Theater, Old Wayne County Building, and Michigan Central Station.

18. 8 Mile

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13099 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI 48215

The iconic movie about an up-and-coming rapper set in Detroit was also filmed entirely in Detroit. In one scene, Rabbit and his crew shoot a cow with a paint ball gun that sits atop the former Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy building on the east side.

Other filming locations include Downtown Louie’s Lounge, Chin Tiki, Penobscot Building, and many more. See our guide for the complete list.

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1. It Follows

17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219

There’s lots of Detroit locations featured in the 2014 horror movie It Follows, directed by Clawson native David Robert Mitchell. The historic Redford Theatre in Old Redford is the site of a date early in the film. Other locations include the Motown Museum, Packard Plant, and Pegasus Tavern.

17360 Lahser Rd
Detroit, MI 48219

2. Blue Collar

20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124
Wikimedia Commons

This crime drama with comedic elements featuring Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel is set in and around Detroit. It was also largely filmed here, including the factory where the disgruntled autoworkers were employed, the Ford River Rouge Complex.

20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124

3. Out of Sight

9520 Mettetal St, Detroit, MI 48227

Based on a book by Detroit novelist Elmore Leonard, this 1998 crime comedy from director Steven Soderbergh mostly takes place and was shot in Detroit. Among the many locations, it featured the legendary Kronk Gym, as well as the Fillmore Theatre (at the time, the State Theatre), the Renaissance Center, and others.

9520 Mettetal St
Detroit, MI 48227

4. Rosary Murders

2233 Junction Ave, Detroit, MI 48209

Much of this mystery film starring Donald Sutherland was shot at the gorgeous Most Holy Redeemer Church in Southwest Detroit, designed by local firm Donaldson and Meier in 1921.

2233 Junction Ave
Detroit, MI 48209

5. Batman v Superman

3640 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

This unassuming, classic deli in Southwest Detroit was one of many Detroit locations featured in $250-million blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Others include Michigan Central Station, the Masonic Temple, and the Russell Industrial Center.

3640 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

6. Gran Torino

238 Rhode Island St, Highland Park, MI 48203

This celebrated film about Walt Kowalski, a bitter Korean War veteran hanging on in Highland Park, was set and filmed in the Detroit area. This is the site of the Kowalski’s home. St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe was also featured.

238 Rhode Island St
Highland Park, MI 48203

7. The Island

2001 15th St, Detroit, MI 48216

Michael Bay sure does love Detroit’s “ruins.” This sci-fi movie released in 2005 features several famous Detroit locations, including Michigan Central Station.

2001 15th St
Detroit, MI 48216

8. 61*

Detroit, MI 48216
Wikimedia Commons

Though it was about New York Yankee Roger Maris’s attempt to set baseball’s single-season home run record, the film was largely shot at recently vacant Tiger Stadium (the Detroit Tigers played their last game at the ballpark in 1999).

9. Beverly Hills Cop

2720 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

The classic film about a Detroit cop who goes to Beverly Hills, California to solve a crime. Very little of the film is actually shot in Detroit, except for the movie’s opening chase scene which takes place near the Viking Motel on Grand River Avenue.

2720 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

10. Lost River

500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201

The directorial debut for Ryan Gosling, this surreal movie was almost exclusively shot in Detroit. A number of locations, including the Masonic Temple, were featured in the film.

500 Temple St
Detroit, MI 48201

11. Only Lovers Left Alive

82 Alfred St, Detroit, MI 48201

This comedy-drama about vampires from celebrated indie director Jim Jarmusch largely takes place and was filmed in Detroit. The house for one of the main characters is this Queen Anne in Brush Park built in 1879.

82 Alfred St
Detroit, MI 48201

12. Ides of March

2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
The exterior of Cliff Bell’s in Detroit. Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

While it didn’t take place in Detroit, this political drama directed by George Clooney was filmed mostly in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. It featured a number of locations, including the downtown music venue and bar Cliff Bell’s.

2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Detroit Rock City

2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Though mostly filmed in Toronto, the Fox Theatre makes an appearance in this movie about teenagers trying to catch a Kiss concert in Detroit.

2211 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

14. Whip It

118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Lots of locations in this 2009 film about a roller derby team were shot in Metro Detroit, including Lafayette Coney Island.

118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

15. Real Steel

250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226
Wikimedia Commons

This high-grossing sci-fi sports film starring Hugh Jackman had a number of shooting locations in Detroit, including the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters (now, the Detroit Foundation Hotel). Other sites include the Renaissance Center, TCF Center, and Russell Industrial Center.

250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226

16. True Romance

600 Randolph Street, Detroit, MI 48226
The exterior of the Old Wayne County Building in Detroit. There is a tower in the middle and the entrance has columns over it. Photo by Michelle Gerard

Much of the Quentin Tarantino-written dark comedy was set in Detroit. And some if it, like the Old Wayne County Building, was filmed here as well.

600 Randolph Street
Detroit, MI 48226

17. Transformers

Packard Automotive Plant, 6199 Concord Ave, Detroit, MI 48211

Made at the height of Michigan’s film incentive program, all five of the Transformers films from 2007 through 2017 were partly or mostly shot in Detroit at a myriad of locations, including the Packard Automotive Plant. Other locations include Cadillac Place, the Fisher Theater, Old Wayne County Building, and Michigan Central Station.

Packard Automotive Plant, 6199 Concord Ave
Detroit, MI 48211

18. 8 Mile

13099 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48215

The iconic movie about an up-and-coming rapper set in Detroit was also filmed entirely in Detroit. In one scene, Rabbit and his crew shoot a cow with a paint ball gun that sits atop the former Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy building on the east side.

Other filming locations include Downtown Louie’s Lounge, Chin Tiki, Penobscot Building, and many more. See our guide for the complete list.

13099 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI 48215