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My 20 Favorite Movies Made In Chicago

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Hello everyone out there in cyberland. I always loved making lists as a child and so I thought I would take this opportunity to have a little fun.  So here it goes my list of my 20 favorite movies made in Chicago.

20. Barbershop–a funny comedy about a struggling south-side barbershop and it’s inhabitants. Stars–Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson and Cedric the Entertainer.

19. Only the Lonely–a romantic comedy with John Candy playing a single Chicago cop who falls in love with a very introverted Ally Sheedy. Also stars Anthony Quinn and Maureen O’Hara.

18.Cooley High–Set in the Cabrini-Green projects, this comedy centers around the lives of a group of high school friends who aspire to get out of the ghetto and succeed. Stars– Lawrence-Hilton-Jacobs and Glynn Turman.

17. About Last Night–Story about 20 somethings dealing with relationship issues and all that comes with it. Based on a David Mamet play. Stars–Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.

16. Running Scared–A very funny buddy cop movie starring Billy Crystal and The Late Gregory Hines as aging detectives who must stop a latino drug lord played by Jimmy Smits. Also stars Joe Pantoliano.

15. Stir of Echoes–A recent homeowner starts to see ghosts who are trying to tell him something in this thriller that has some very well acted performances from the supporting cast. Stars Kevin Bacon. Also stars Kevin Dunn, Kathryn Erbe and Liza Weil.

14. Primal Fear–Ed Norton’s film debut as a man charged with killing a priest and standing trial while being defended by one of Chicago’s finest lawyers played by Richard Gere.

13. Backdraft–Great action movie about a group of fireman who fight not only fire, but the city and the volatile relationship between two brothers. An All-Star cast includes–Kurt Russell, Billy Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Scott Glenn and Rebecca De Mornay.

12. Dark Knight–Second film in the Christopher Nolan directed Batman Series where Batman tries to stop the Joker from destroying Gotham City. Starring–Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal and of course the late Heath Ledger.

11. Fugitive–Harrison Ford as Doctor Richard Kimble who is accused of killing his wife and his fight to clear his name while being hunted down by a U.S. Marshall played by Tommy Lee Jones. Also stars Sela Ward and Joe Pantoliano.

10. Uncle Buck–John Candy as the lovable unemployed guy who is called on by his brother to babysit his kid’s while he attend’s his wife’s father’s funeral. Also stars Amy Madigan and Macaulay Culkin.

9. Home Alone–Macaulay Culkin is left alone at Christmas and has to defend his house from being robbed by two idiot criminals played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Also stars John Heard and Catherine O’Hara

8.Ferris Bueller’s Day Off–Matthew Broderick as a high school kid who fakes being sick to skip school and have a fun day in and around Chicago. Also stars Mia Sara, Alan Ruck and Jennifer Grey.

7. Sixteen Candles–Teen comedy about a girl who’s birthday is forgotten by everyone as they prepare for her sister’s wedding and her attraction to an older classmate. Stars Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall and Gedde Watanabe.

6. The Breakfast Club–Story of 5 different teenagers who attend Saturday detention for different reasons who come  to find that deep down they all struggle with the same things. Stars Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall.

5. The Color of Money–Tom Cruise as a young pool shark who is taken under the wing of Fast Eddie Felsen played by Paul Newman. Also Stars Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Forest Whitaker.

4. Risky Business–Tom Cruise as a young man about to enter college who meets a call girl and decides to just enjoy all that life has to offer. Also Stars Rebecca DeMornay, Curtis Armstrong and Joe Pantoliano.

3. Hoop Dreams–Documentary about two families living on the west side of Chicago who send ther sons to a private suburb school to give them a better education and life experience. Stars the Gates and Agee families.

2. The Untouchables–Not a totally historically accurate portrayal of 1930’s prohibition in Chicago, but nonetheless the story of  how Elliot Ness tried to take down Al Capone. Stars Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia and Sean Connery.

1. The Blues Brothers–Story of Jake and Elwood Blues, who are on a mission from God to save the orphanage they grew up in. Their idea to get the money is to reunite with their old bandmates and take their show on the road. Stars John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Henry Gibson, John Candy and Cab Calloway.

Well there you have my list, whether you agree or disagree I hope you enjoyed reading it. Take care and keep supporting movies made in Chicago.

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  1. You’re missing some pretty good ones, like; A League of Their Own, Adventures in Babysitting, The Hunter, National Lampoon’s Vacation (The Griswolds started their trip here!)

  2. You forgot some good ones like High Fidelity. I would think that HF would make this list simply because it’s a movie made in Chicago based on making lists.

    Honorable mention would be Just Visiting for two reasons: I was an extra in it and it took 4x’s as long as they had planned to make it, so nearly every aspiring actor in Chicago at the time was in it.

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