5 Cities That Always Get Destroyed In Action Movies


In most action movies, there will always be collateral damages. One of the most common casualties would be famous cities and landmarks. It seems that directors and writers love setting their stories in one of the most popular tourist destinations only to cause wreak havoc. For some odd reasons, the worst things tend to happen in these attractions.

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These cities are frequented by a lot of people which also adds force especially if the scene requires lots of damages. Whether it’s a natural calamity, alien invasion, or men in suits and weapons, these places make a scenic backdrop for a dramatic cinema effect.


Paris, France

Paris France Action Movies

The City of Light prides itself as the perfect romantic venue and holiday getaway. The Eiffel Tower stands above you and your loved one as you make the most out of your vacation until a bunch of cars starts flipping over the middle of the road. There were gunshots and bomb explosions, and the next thing you know, the Eiffel Tower is crashing above your head.


Some of the notable films that featured Paris include G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Independence Day, War of the Worlds, and Armageddon. The destruction of the lush cultural history of the place provides quite a spectacle for the audience.

London, England

London England Action Movies


Another favorite ground for disaster and catastrophe is the famous city of London. With so many landmarks and attractions, it is quite tempting for scriptwriters to blow them all at once in their movies. There are the London Bridge, Big Ben, and Eye of London to choose from. Nothing quite like London Has Fallen vibes, eh?

London has become a setting for some of the most popular action movies of the last decades. Mission Impossible, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and V for Vendetta are the most recognizable.


San Francisco, California

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Now traveling to the United States, San Francisco is a very popular setting for disaster movies. The place is situated in a geographical setting that perfectly suits movies like San Andreas where earthquakes and tsunamis are quite common.


It was also featured in the Pacific Rim movie as one of the places where the Kaijus first appeared and attacked Earth. The famous bridge is known to be the favorite spot where catastrophes usually happen.

New York, New York

New York


Hopping to the other side, New York is also a famous setting for a lot of action movies. It is definitely the most famous city in America and is a constant target for film locations. It seems like every disastrous thing one can possibly think of has already happened here.

Think of the Battle of New York in The Avengers. You would assume it’s just an ordinary day in your life until the army of Chitauri started dropping from the sky.


Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Japan Action Movies

Ah, the Land of the Rising Sun, which is also the famous land where we first met Godzilla. The destruction caused by this giant kaiju in this wonderful city is insanely unbelievable.


It is the epicenter of most attacks, and while the Japanese government seems to have lots of funds for defense and weapons, they can only rebuild the city one disaster at a time.


Written by Ariane Cruz

Ariane Cruz, Senior Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.