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Top 10 Fictional Movie Towns

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Think your hometown is boring? Well, it probably is compared to these places! In this video http://www.WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 fictional towns in movies. For our list we've picked completely fictional cities we'd love to visit – mostly – so fictionalized depictions like the Los Angeles of "Blade Runner" don't count. Be sure to also check out our videos on the Top 10 Live-Action TV Towns and Top 10 Animated TV Towns, if you can't get enough about fictional cities.

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Script written by Tiffany Ezuma.

Top 10 Fictional Movie Towns


Think your hometown is boring? Well, it probably is compared to these places! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 fictional towns in movies.

For our list we’ve picked completely fictional cities we’d love to visit – mostly – so fictionalized depictions like the Los Angeles of “Blade Runner” don’t count.

#10: Basin City
“Sin City” (2005)

More commonly known as “Sin City,” Basin City is a crime-ridden city found in the western United States. Like many towns, it’s broken down into several different neighborhoods: the poor and desolate stick to their side, and the wealthy and prosperous stay to theirs. But the most interesting neighborhood has to be Old Town, a place where prostitution is rampant and cops aren’t allowed. Gritty, chaotic and anything but black-and-white, Sin City is a spot for the debauched and self-indulgent to spend their time.

#9: Hogsmeade
“Harry Potter” franchise (2001-11)

Found just off the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is this quintessential quaint British town and the sole village in Britain occupied only by magical creatures. The town is home to memorable locales like the Three Broomsticks where you can grab a butterbeer, or the slightly sketchier pub The Hog’s Head which hosts a less savory clientele. There’s also Zonko’s Joke Shop, and Honeyduke’s where you can grab a sweet treat. Just steer clear of the Shrieking Shack, the most haunted house in Britain.

#8: Halloween Town
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)


Halloween Town is by far the most exciting of the seven holiday worlds. And by exciting, we mean terrifying – it’s full of exactly the same stuff nightmares are made of: werewolves, witches, vampires, ghosts and monsters of all shapes and sizes. The town’s residents are an eclectic bunch, but the most well-known of whom is Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King. If the town isn’t weird enough for you, just venture to its outskirts to find a haunted graveyard or the iconic Spiral Hill.

#7: The Capitol
“The Hunger Games” franchise (2012-)

As the center of wealth in an impoverished society, the Capitol represents everything that is corrupt and imbalanced in this war-torn society. It’s a beautiful place of gray skyscrapers and glass buildings, but its beauty only hides the brutality of the government behind it. The only region of Panem that doesn’t send tributes to the Hunger Games, the Capitol is home to the country’s wealthiest, most of whom spend excessive amounts on high-end bizarre fashions, speak in a strange dialect and gamble on the Hunger Games.

#6: Toontown
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)

This is the anthropomorphic city where everything has a mind of its own! Found near Hollywood, California, everything in Toontown is completely animated, meaning inanimate objects like buildings can come alive. The only things that aren’t cartoons are foreign objects that find a way there or the humans that come and visit. Laws of physics are basically nonexistent, but non-toons still need to watch out cause they can get hurt – especially with a baddie like Judge Doom running loose. In a city like this, anything can and does happen!

#5: Rivendell
“The Lord of the Rings” franchise (2001-03)

J.R.R. Tolkien created his share of exceptional fictional towns, including the likes of Hobitton and Minas Tirith; but it’s the Elven realm of Rivendell that stands out. Home to the elves of Middle-Earth, the name Rivendell translates to “deep valley of the cleft,” which explains its lush landscape between two mountains, and the endless waterfalls surrounding it. Throughout the series, the hobbits, the men and their travelling companions voyage through Rivendell, where they meet elves like Arwen and Elrond.

#4: Hill Valley, California
“Back to the Future” franchise (1985-90)

Home to the McFly family for generations, multiple iterations of this typical American town are shown throughout this series: whereas in 1985 the corner shop is Lou’s Fitness Aerobics Center, in 1955 it’s Lou’s Café, and in 1885 it’s a saloon where you can get a shot of whisky. But don’t get us started on what happens in alternate 1985 when Biff gets his hands on things… However, no matter which era in Hill Valley’s history Doc and Marty travel to, everything is tied together by its Clock Tower.

#3: Gotham City
“Batman” franchise (1989-)

As a fictionalized version of New York City, it’s not a surprise that the city has more than a slight dark edge to it. The town is a perpetual NYC at night “below 14thstreet,” making it a permanently sinister locale. Gotham itself is dark with sleek architecture and numerous skyscrapers. And this dark atmosphere allows many criminals to call it home, creating many foes for Batman. But despite its numerous problems, there’s something captivating about the city that makes you want to root for it.

#2: Cloud City
“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)

A city in the clouds sounds like heaven and that’s exactly what this city looks like. The station hovers in the middle of the fluffiest clouds ever, the kind you’d love to take a nap in. The city itself is an outpost of the planet Bespin, and was originally known to be a gas mining colony. The beautiful city also serves as a backdrop to one of the most memorable moments in “Star Wars” history when Luke and Darth Vader duel there.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Metropolis “Superman” franchise (1978-)
- Whoville “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)
- Ape City “Planet of the Apes” (1968)
- Asgard “Thor” franchise (2011-)
- The City “Dark City” (1998)
- Waterworld Atoll “Waterworld” (1995)

#1: Emerald City
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

Found at the heart of the merry old Land of Oz, at the end of the Yellow Brick Road and somewhere over the rainbow, Emerald City is home to the Great and Powerful Oz. Dorothy and friends travel long and far to get there, hampered the entire way by the Wicked Witch of the West. When they finally do come upon this glittering city they find it’s a spectacular place where almost everything’s green and everyone looks a bit familiar. Like the Wizard who lives there, Emerald City’s reputation precedes it.

Do you agree with our list? Which fictional city would you like to visit? For more can’t miss Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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