Best Movies Set In Seattle

December 8, 2010 9:01 PM

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When one thinks of movies about Seattle, titles like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “10 Things I Hate About You” might immediately come to mind — and you would be right. But can you guess which horror movie and iconic 80s movie also makes the list of the best movies filmed in Seattle?

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The Ring


This horror flick, a re-telling of the Japanese film of the same name, was a hit in 2002 and might have started the Hollywood trend of importing Asian horror hits and adapting them for an American audience. Naomi Watts stars as a single mom who works at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer who comes across a wretched video tape that curses its viewers with a phone call announcing their impending death in seven days. Death by VHS? — A hit!

Seattle on the Scene: 5th Avenue and Stewart Street, the Washington State Ferry, and more.

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Sleepless In Seattle (1993)

Who could forget this endearing romantic comedy staring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan… and AOL? This perhaps most well-known film set in Seattle stars Hanks as a widower and single dad who ends up pouring his heart out on talk radio… and totally wooing Ryan’s character in the process. The flirting and mayhem commences via (you’ve got) e-mail.

Seattle on the Scene: Westlake Avenue, Lake Union, Pike Place Market, and more.

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War Games (1993)

Shall we play a game? That’s how trouble usually starts, isn’t it? Well, Matthew Broderick and his sidekick, Alley Sheedy, soon find out when the young hacker unwittingly logs onto a super computer that controls the nation’s nuclear weaponry and is challenged to a friendly game — a potential war with Russia on the line.

Seattle on the Scene: Boeing Field on Perimeter Road, the University of Washington, and more.

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10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

This film, a remake of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” and set in a fictional Seattle high school, stars Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Josh Gordon-Levitt, and Larisa Oleynik. Ledger plays the new guy on campus who immediately falls for Oleynik’s character. Fortunately (for movie viewers), she isn’t allowed to date unless her shrew of a sister (played by Stiles) has a date as well. Not exactly a major hit nationwide, but a pivotal point in Ledger’s and Stiles’ careers.

Seattle on the Scene: Gas Works Park, Kerry Park, Paramount Theater, Lake Union, and plenty more.

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Say Anything… (1989)

This iconic film set in Seattle is perhaps one of the much-lauded teen movies of all time. Staring Jon Cusack, Ioney Sky, and John Mahoney, the film focuses on an admirable slacker (Cusack) trying to woo a socially-inept beauty (Sky) the summer before everyone goes to college. Bits and pieces of the film have been referenced in many other works, but none perhaps more than the scene in which Cusack stands beneath his love interest’s bedroom window with a boombox above his head with Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” wafting into the air.

Seattle on the Scene: Westlake Center, the Ballard, Freemont, and more.

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Written and Directed by Seattle resident Cameron Crowe, this film helped the Seattle Grunge scene fully integrate into Pop Culture.  A romantic comedy set in a Capitol Hill apartment complex featured Bridget Fonda, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon, Bill Pullman, Eric Stolz, Jereemy Piven and Tom Skerritt.  It’s also a Grunge fanatic’s dream with the likes of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Mudhoney.

Seattle on the Scene: Capitol Hill, Queene Anne, Belltown and more.

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