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5 Films Starring the Emerald City

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Its stunning cityscape, rocking music scene, and charming Troll-ish quirks make Seattle a cinematic wonder. Plenty of movies have showcased her beauty, but a few have stolen the show. Herewith, our favorite local flicks.

Cameron Crowe’s rom com follows a group of interconnected Seattleites (Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Campbell Scott) as they navigate the murky waters of relationships. Cameos by local bands Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains prove the real star is the city’s late-’80s/early-’90s grunge scene.

Sleepless in Seattle
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in the Nora Ephron classic. Do-anything-for-love main character Annie Reed, a newly engaged Baltimore Sun reporter, hears the story of grieving Seattle widower Sam Baldwin on the radio and believes they’re meant to be together.

Harry and the Hendersons
Driving home from vacation, the Hendersons run over a Sasquatch. They strap him to the top of the car and head home — where chaos ensues. Harry turns out to be a gentle giant but must ultimately be returned to the wilderness for his own protection.

The Fabulous Baker Boys
When their lounge act loses its luster, struggling pianists and brothers Jack and Frank Baker (Jeff and Beau Bridges) hire sultry songbird Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) to spice things up (which she does — atop a piano). The trio soon experiences revitalized careers, romance, and a disappointing fallout.

10 Things I Hate About You
Filmed at Tacoma’s Stadium High School and other notable locales, The Taming of the Shrew-inspired teen rom com effectively launched the careers of Julia Stiles and the late, great Heath Ledger.

Photo: Warner Bros. / Courtesy of Everett Collection