Certain movie locations are iconic before camera crews roll in to shoot a movie. But sometimes a movie scene is powerful enough to catapult an otherwise unremarkable site into fame overnight.
The most recent example comes thanks to Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix. In one of its highlight moments, Radio City Rockettes rejected. The stairs are a functional part of New York City's Bronx borough, but thanks to the movie, they've grown into a tourist phenomenon.
the Joker stairway And they won't be the last. Here are the most iconic stair, stoop and step scenes, ranked from worst to best, according to whatever is the opposite of rigorous science.
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8. Joker – The Bronx, New York, US
Of all the movie-famous stairs, the Joker set, off Shakespeare Avenue, rank the lowest on our list for a number of reasons. For starters, they're really iconic. Secondly, the steps' newfound popularity is a bad match for what visitors are trying to achieve. Fans flock there to get that same razzle-dazzle of Phoenix's lone dance, captured in a photo. But the stairs run steep, and there are a lot of people around, ruining the lone-wolf vibe.
7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off – Chicago, US.
The Exelon Plaza in Chicago is being docked because of unlike some other iconic steps in this list, so you can't re-create the same feeling. How could you? These steps, immortalized by the monumental parade scene of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, spend most of their time parade-less.
Theoretically, you could stage a flash mob. Spend your day off somewhere else.
6. Roman Holiday – Rome, Italy
Replicate the magic of Audrey Hepburn meeting Gregory Peck Roman Holiday By throwing on a cool outfit, grabbing a gelato, and absolutely not sitting down.
Today, the 135 steps are so overrun by tourists during the high season that local police will hand out those who sit on the 18th-century UNESCO-protected marble. These steps would rank a lot higher if they weren't for the fact that they're plagued by overtourism.
5. The Exorcist – Washington, DC, US
The stairs featured in the 1973 thriller The Exorcist land Nearly 50 years since the film's release, the stairs, in the Georgetown neighborhood, are now ranked No. 5. 91 of 462 things to do in Washington, according to TripAdvisor.
On that guide site, they earned such reviews as "Creepy Steps" and "Worth the Stop". Take a peek and a picture and get back to explore the rest of the District of Columbia's old-timey – and sometimes eerie – charm.
4. The Sound of Music – Salzburg, Austria
Even if you've never seen the heartwarming 1965 musical The Sound of Music, You've probably heard its feature songs. One of those is Do-Re-Me. Julie Andrew is shown in the Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria, that we're referencing. Because, stairs.
Today, tourists visit the steps for a photo op, arms spread wide open a la Andrews, likely with that song stuck in their heads. Due to the fact that Mirabell Gardens are so beautiful and majestic they're worth a visit on their own, we highly recommend a stop here.
3. Sex and the City – Manhattan, New York, US
For those who missed the early aughts, Sex and the City is a blockbuster rom-com series (which also spawned a set of movies) about sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker). Carrie's Brownstone, filmed at 64 Perry St., in Greenwich Village, is now a mecca for any fan making a pilgrimage to Manhattan.
Worship at the base of the stoop because this is a private residence and not a Sex and the City Museum. Pay homage to Carrie by waxing poetic about your failed relationships via internal monologue, then go get a cocktail at one of the many great bars nearby.
2nd. game of Thrones – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Time, game of Thrones is not a movie. But the HBO series cost more and more movies, and so it makes the cut for this list. The series has turned into many places into tourist destinations, but the so-called Jesuit Staircase in Dubrovnik stands out as a highlight.
Spoiler alert! Maybe. In the Season Five finals, Cersei Lannister makes a harrowing "walk of penance" down the steps, which, in real life, is a painful-to-watch scene. "GOT" fans; you'll enjoy the tour through this medieval city more than Cersei did.
one. Rocky – Philadelphia, US
There is a ton of memorable moments from Sylvester Stallone's massively successful 1976 film Rocky, but the one that became a tourist destination comes from the movie's hyper-macho, incredibly epic training montage. To the tune of the now-immortal song Gonna Fly Now, We watch Sly bound through Philadelphia, ending with his ascent of the 72 steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's not just the best stair scene in cinema – it's one of the best scenes in cinema.
The steps from Rocky are our No. 1 pick because not only do you have a pose with a bronze Rocky statue that's at the bottom, but there's also an art museum right there for you.