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(KTVI) When it comes to the pantheon of Hollywood movies, you won’t find many with film locations in St. Louis. Directors and producers would rather film their projects in more exotic or popular locations. However, St. Louis isn’t without it’s film tradition. Here are five popular movies which have filmed with locations in St. Louis

1. Escape From New York

Ironically, the movie set in a futuristic (to 1981) New York actually had much of the movie filmed in St. Louis. In John Carpenter’s 1981 action flick, Kurt Russell is called upon to rescue the President from New York, which has become a max security prison. Union Station was only one of the films St. Louis locations. Other locations include the parts of downtown near the city museum, the FOX Theatre, St. Louis Masonic Temple on Lindell and the Chain of Rocks Bridge.




2. National Lampoon’s Vacation

What’s a road-trip movie without the Gateway to the West? In the 1983 cult classic, the Griswold family vacation takes all sorts of unexpected turns, but not before they pass St. Louis and the Arch. Part of the film was actually set in East St. Louis, but the only St. Louis shots are of the exterior.




3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

John Hughes, who wrote National Lampoon’s Vacation, returned to the Lou in 1987 while filming part of his comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Steve Martin’s character must get home for Thanksgiving, but his flight is cancelled, forcing him to travel with an annoying salesman played by John Candy. The airport in the movie is none other than St. Louis’ own Lambert International Airport.




4. King of the Hill

Unlike Escape From New York, the 1993 period piece King of the Hill was both filmed and set in St. Louis. Steven Soderbergh’s drama is a compelling look at Midwest life during the Great Depression, told from the view of a young boy. The entirety of the movie was filmed in and around St. Louis.




5. Up In the Air

The most recent movie to be filmed in St. Louis was the 2009, Oscar-nominated drama Up In the Air. Telling the story of an always-traveling businessman, one would think the location in St. Louis would again be Lambert. And while Lambert was used in the film, Affton High School was also used as George Clooney’s character’s fictional former high school.