Maryland Film/TV Showdown: The Clarice Starling Region
By Quinn Kelley
It's March Madness time, and that means an excuse for our favorite Baltimore movies and TV shows to duke it out. Yes, some are more iconic than others (props if you've seen "Family Rules"), but it wouldn't be March Madness if the underdog didn't have a fighting chance. The criteria: movies, TV shows and miniseries that take place in or were filmed in Charm City. We'll update the bracket with every tournament round, so come back to vote. Just remember, "You come at the king, you best not miss."
The Clarice Starling Region
Major Maryland-based films: Mainstream films that take place in or were shot around Baltimore
(1) The Silence of the Lambs vs. (16) Red Dragon
The 1991 thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" won Oscars in the top five categories: best picture, actor, actress, director and adapted screenplay. Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) visits Hannibal Lecter at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. "Red Dragon," also starring Anthony Hopkins, serves as a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal."
(8) Step Up vs. (9) Step Up 2: The Streets
Before "Magic Mike," "Step Up" was the closest thing everyone had to fulfilling their shirtless Channing Tatum dance fantasies. "Step Up 2: The Streets" didn't see the return of Tatum or Jenna Dewan Tatum, but takes place in Baltimore nonetheless.
(5) The Accidental Tourist vs. (12) The Sum of All Fears
Featuring Kathleen Turner's second starring performance on this list (although "Serial Mom" came out later), "The Accidental Tourist" explores the troubled marriage of a Baltimore writer. "The Sum of All Fears," based on a Tom Clancy novel and part of the Jack Ryan series, involves a bomb detonation in Baltimore.
(4) Wedding Crashers vs. (13) He Said, She Said
OK, "Wedding Crashers" isn't an explicitly Baltimore film -- much of it was filmed in St. Michaels -- but we'd be remiss if we didn't include the masterpiece that spawned the state's unofficial slogan: "Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!" We're only one degree of separation from Kevin Bacon in "He Said, She Said"; he and Elizabeth Perkins play rivals working at the Baltimore Sun.
2009's "He's Just Not That Into You" crams a whole bunch of A-listers into a Baltimore-set dramedy about navigating romance and relationships. Shooting for the fourth installment of the "Die Hard" series, starring Bruce Willis, took place in Baltimore in 2006.
(3) Twelve Monkeys vs. (14) Ladder 49
Bruce Willis can't seem to stay away; "Twelve Monkeys," a 1995 sci-fi film, takes place in and was filmed in Baltimore (along with Philadelphia). Starring John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix, "Ladder 49" recounts the experiences of a fictional Baltimore firefighter.
(7) First Sunday vs. (10) Enemy of the State
Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan play Baltimore friends-turned-foibled-church-robbers in 2008's "First Sunday," also starring Katt Williams. Will Smith leads "Enemy of the State," a spy thriller about an NSA crime set in Washington and Baltimore. Some of the film was shot in Fells Point.
(2) Sleepless in Seattle vs. (15) The Invasion
Sure, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan meet atop the Empire State Building in this rom-com, not the Baltimore World Trade Center, but Ryan's character plays a Baltimore Sun reporter (and includes an O's reference in a letter to Hanks' character) in "Sleepless in Seattle." Filming for "The Invasion," an adaptation of "The Body Snatchers," took place in Baltimore. It stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
Quinn Kelley is a community coordinator at The Baltimore Sun, returning to the paper after a 2014 internship on the Metro desk. She is a University of Maryland alumna, where she served as general assignment editor of The Diamondback, the university's daily independent student newspaper. In addition to The Sun, she interned at Washington City Paper, The Chautauquan Daily, USA Today Magazines and NYLON. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio.