Pop Culture Handbook

8 Iconic Houston-Filmed Movies, Mapped

Plus: The top 3 times we've seen Houston get blown up on the big screen.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen June 19, 2017 Published in the July 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

check out the map below to see when and where Houston has starred on the silver screen.

Bye-Bayou City

Out of all the times a movie script has called for a major American city to be destroyed, the greater Houston area has only been victim a few times—and we consider those to be an honor:

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Robocop 2 (1990)

The city getting trashed is supposed to be Detroit but is really Houston, where it was filmed, as the skyline makes clear.

Independence Day (1996)

President Bill Pullman drops a nuke on the city in an ill-advised attempt to destroy one of the alien ships hovering above Houston.

Rubicon (2010)

The AMC thriller sees Galveston blown up by way of an oil tanker/shady international cabal. 

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