I sometimes think Chi-town doesn’t get a fair shake in the movies. We’re sort of like the neglected child while the big brothers
10. The LakeHouse
This movie is on the list simply for a scene that involves Sandra Bullock and the Keanu taking a lovely stroll downtown, albeit two years apart. It’s very well shot and one of the few films to capture how romantic the city can be. And it’s a surprisingly good movie to boot.
9. Judgment Night
The guilty pleasure of the list. You got
Fire is pretty! While the quality of the movie is debatable, I have a soft spot for
What could have easily been another B-grade slasher knock-off is given poetic flair by director Bernard Rose from a story by Clive Barker. The gritty backdrop of Cabrini Green grounds the movie in reality making the supernatural doings that much more horrifying. And the operatic score by Philip Glass elevates it to an A-grade thriller.
The little known film the Wachowski Brothers made before revolutionizing sci-fi with The Matrix, the auteur siblings’ first effort is nothing short of cinema perfection. Come on, you got Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as lesbian lovers screwing over the mob?! Joe Pantoliano cutting people’s fingers off?! What god did I please?
5. Road to Perdition
The third gangster film on this list, American Beauty director Sam Mendes utilized computer generated imagery to aid him in authentically recreating the architecture of 1930’s
4. The Sting
I don’t remember much about this movie other than it has the Ice Cream truck music, which is good enough for me.
Connery. De Niro. Baseball bat. Good times.
2. The Fugitive
With his documentary-like approach to filmmaking, director Andrew Davis does the best job of evoking the feel of the city, as well as probably being the best at weaving
1. The Blues Brothers
The obvious choice for the top spot, but it deserves it. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? The movie simply has everything from madcap comedy to musical numbers to car chases. It is the epitome of all cinema! Well, maybe not, but it is a damn fun ride.
While not officially taking place in
Keanu just can’t stay out of this city! While being a pretty bad movie, it does feature a nifty sequence with The One himself running up the
I never actually seen this movie, but hear it’s quite good. Now that’s hard-hitting film-criticism for ya.
Adventures in Babysitting
A tight suspense thriller that sees Samuel L. Jackson trapped in a downtown building in the middle of a hostage situation. However, no snakes.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The only movie where Matthew Broderick seems cool. I think the location may have had something to do with it.
I put this on the list just because I wanted to ponder why so many movie killers are from
Stir of Echoes
A creepy little horror film that does a decent job depicting blue collar Chicagoans and features some cool shots of the city.
The irony of not mentioning