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Boston as backdrop

From Beacon Hill to L Street, Boston has been the setting for scores of films

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968. In original, insurance investigator Faye Dunaway pursues millionaire bank robber Steve McQueen. The 1999 remake never made it here. Beacon Hill, Ipswich

Charly 1968. Cliff Robertson as a retarded man transformed by experimental surgery. South Boston, Faneuil Hall, and the Dorothy Quincy Suite at John Hancock Hall

The Out of Towners 1970. Jack Lemmon's and Sandy Dennis's travel woes began here. South Station

Love Story 1970. Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal as tragic young lovers. Harvard Yard, other Cambridge locales

The Last Detail 1973. Jack Nicholson escorts Randy Quaid to the brig. Boston Common, the Combat Zone

The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973. Robert Mitchum and pals ply Boston's underworld. Boston Garden, Government Center, Somerville, Quincy, and Sharon

Between the Lines 1977. Cast of unknowns including Bruno Kirby, John Heard, Lindsay Crouse work in Boston's alternative press. Cambridgeport, Back Bay

Oliver's Story 1978. Ryan O'Neal returns in "Love Story" sequel, this time with Candice Bergen. Cambridge

The Brinks Job 1978. Peter Falk played the mastermind of the 1950 heist. Parking garage on Prince Street where the crime took place, other North End locales.

Coma 1978. Thriller by Marbleheader Robin Cook pits Genevieve Bujold, Richard Widmark as doctors on opposite sides of the Hippocratic oath. Boston City Hospital, Beacon Hill, Park Street Station

A Small Circle of Friends 1980. Brad Davis and Karen Allen in weak tale of campus sex and turmoil. Cambridge

Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981. Richard Dreyfuss's paralyzed artist claims the right to die. Columbus Park in North End

The Verdict 1982. Amid a sharp cast, Paul Newman bests evil lawyers and venal church. K Street in South Boston, exterior of a Broadway funeral parlor, and the State House

Yes, Giorgio 1982. Pavarotti pursues Kathryn Harrold while on tour. Hatch Shell

Hanky Panky 1982. Poitier directs Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner in Wilder's follow to "Stir Crazy." Aquarium, Harvard Square, Haymarket, the Cambridge Post Office, Harvard Street in Cambridge, and the Boston Fish Pier

The Bostonians 1984. Vanessa Redgrave leads way through Merchant/Ivory telling of Henry James novel. Back Bay, the South End, Charlestown, Beacon Hill, the Boston Athenaeum, Harvard Yard, Harvard's Memorial Hall

The Witches of Eastwick 1987. Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer in the title roles. The Wang Center, Scituate, Cohasset, Marblehead

The Good Mother 1988. Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson, directed by Leonard Nimoy. Matt Damon's first film role, albeit as an extra. Cambridge, Somerville

Glory 1989. Matthew Broderick leads the Fighting 54th, the Massachusetts regiment whose soldiers were black men. Boston Common, Union Park, Ipswich, Sturbridge Village

Field of Dreams 1989. Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones take in a Sox game. Fenway Park

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989. This is the one that shouldn't have been made. Harvard

Mermaids 1990. Cher plays Mom to Winona Ryder's awakening teen in 1960s Cape Ann. Cambridge, Manchester, Rockport, Essex, and several others.

Once Around 1991. Richard Dreyfuss plays an obnoxious salesman who woos repressed Holly Hunter, alienating her family. Public Garden, Longfellow Bridge, Flagship Wharf condos in Charlestown

Housesitter 1992. Kooky (what else?) Goldie Hawn moves in on architect Steve Martin. Cafe Budapest

Mr. Baseball 1992. Tom Selleck plays a fading star traded to Japan, but not before his team comes to town. Fenway Park

Malice 1993. Nicole Kidman, Alex Baldwin, Bill Pullman, George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more. The Abbey Pub, Dorchester Avenue; Cambridge

The Firm 1993. Tom Cruise as a Harvard 3L, before he encounters mayhem down south. Harvard Yard, Fairmont Copley Plaza, East Cambridge

The Next Karate Kid 1994. This time, Mr. Miyagi's charge is fresh face Hilary Swank. Brookline, Newton, Ipswich

With Honors 1994. Homeless guy Joe Pesci teaches callow Harvadians a thing or two. Cambridge, the boiler room at the Boston Athenaeum

Blown Away 1994. Mad bomber Tommie Lee Jones targets bomb squadder Jeff Bridges. Explosions in Copley Square and in Boston Harbor, plus MIT, the Hatch Shell, Beacon Hill, and dozens of others

The River Wild 1994. Meryl Streep plies our placid waters before heading west with hubby David Strathairn and family. the Charles river.

Just Cause 1995. Sean Connery as a Harvard prof called to Florida to save Blair Underwood, unfairly ensconced on Death Row. Harvard Square

Celtic Pride 1996. Fans Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern kidnap rival-team star Damon Wayans, and everyone loses. Boston Garden, Doyle's (Jamaica Plain), the South End, the North End, East Boston

Mrs. Winterbourne 1996. Ricki Lake is a pregnant teen taken in by a wealthy family that mistakes her for someone they care about. Shreve, Crump & Low, the Public Garden.

Amistad 1997. Spielberg's telling of an 1830s slave revolt. the State House

The Matchmaker 1997. Janeane Garofalo as Senate aide sent to Ireland on behalf of semisleazy boss. Cottonwood Cafe, Harbor Towers, One Ashburton Place and Faneuil Hall

Good Will Hunting 1997. Damon and Affleck strike it bigger than they ever dreamed. Cambridge, Charlestown, South Boston, and a long ride on the Red Line.

A Civil Action 1998. Travolta vs. Duvall in the Woburn toxic waste case. Boston, several suburban locales

The Spanish Prisoner 1998. Mamet's troupe animates scheme involving a naive inventor's work. Logan Airport, Rowes Wharf, South Boston, and the North End.

Next Stop, Wonderland 1998. Hope Davis anchors romantic comedy instigated by a meddling mom. Union Park, Boston; Revere.

The Out of Towners 1999. This time, it's Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn whose misadventures begin in Beantown. Logan Airport

SOURCES: boston-online.com, Globe archives, Boston Herald, Leonard Maltin's 2002 Movie and Video Guide, imdb.com

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