Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

The 2022 sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” much like the original film, shot all around Southern California, from San Diego to Los Angeles. This article contains some minor spoilers for those who haven’t seen the film.

The movie made use of numerous Military Operating Areas (MOAs), closed off from the general public, including Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) in Coronado, California, Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon in Nevada, NAS Lemoore in Central Valley, California, Naval Air Facility (NAF) in El Centro, California, Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake near Ridgecrest, California and Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island near Oak Harbor, Washington. The film’s third act was largely filmed in the Cascade Mountain Range.

The Hard Deck Bar where Penny, played by Jennifer Connelly, works was a set, built at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) in Coronado, California. It was dismantled at the end of filming.

The private hanger of Marverick, played by Tom Cruise, was filmed at Inyokern Airport in Inyokern, California (1669 Airport Rd, Inyokern, CA 93527).

Not all locations used in the film are off limits to the general public. The home of Penny can be found in San Pedro.

LOCATION: 391 W 40th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Here is a wider view of Penny’s house.

Maverick is seen approaching on his motorcycle with Penny from Bluff Pl and turning right onto W 40th St. The production altered several elements of the neighborhood, such as swapping out the street sign for a lamp post and adding numerous palm trees.

The scene where Maverick meets with Admiral Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson, played by Jon Hamm, was filmed inside the First Baptist Church Pasadena (75 N Marengo Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101).

The home of Admiral Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky, played by Val Kilmer, was filmed at Wattles Mansion and Gardens in Los Angeles (1824 N Curson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046). The home is owned by the City of Los Angeles and is open to the public, regularly hosting special events. The mansion has appeared in many films, including “Troop Beverly Hills,” “Rain Man”, “Queen of the Damned,” “My Family” (“Mi Familia”), “Ghoulies,” “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “The Lost Empire,” “A Better Life,” “Knock Knock 2” and many more. It has also appeared in the TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The O.C.” and “Scandal,” as well as the Diana Ross music video for “Eaten Alive”.

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Under The Silver Lake (2018)

The David Robert Mitchell film “Under the Silver Lake” was released to mixed reviews in 2018. While the film ventures into many bizarre events, it’s depiction of the mundane aimlessness and isolation of Los Angeles during the 2010s is spot on. The film opens at this coffee shop in Los Feliz, where the words “beware the dog killer” have been written across the front window.

LOCATION: 1948 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sam, played by Andrew Garfield, lives on the second floor at this apartment complex, located in Studio City.

LOCATION: 11966 Laurelwood Dr, Studio City, CA 91604

Sam watches his neighbors with binoculars, including a woman who walks around topless on the balcony of the second floor unit on the left.

LOCATION: 11940 Laurelwood Dr, Studio City, CA 91604

Sam also watches Sarah, played by Riley Keough, at the pool.

Here’s a view from the pool, looking back towards Sam’s apartment.

The street view of Sam’s apartment is a completely different location in Los Feliz. Despite the building address, this view is from the cul-de-sac on Veselich Ave.

LOCATION: 3205 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (at the cul-de-sac on Veselich Ave)

Sam makes inquiries about a local comic book writer at The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles. The book store also appeared in the film “Gone Girl.”

LOCATION: 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

After Sam discovers Sarah’s apartment empty, he follows one of her friends whom he observed gather the last of Sarah’s belongings. Sam hides behind this tree as he follows her, which is located on Veselich Ave, just up from his Los Feliz apartment exterior.

LOCATION: Garden Ave / Veselich Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Sam continues following Sarah’s friends to Echo Park Lake, where he hides behind another tree.

LOCATION: Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Sam continues following the girls down the Second Street Tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles.  The tunnel is a popular filming location, appearing in such films as “Kill Bill,” “Blade Runner,” “Con Air,” “Independence Day” and many more.

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LOCATION: 620 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sam tracks down the author of the comic books at this home in Los Feliz.

LOCATION: 1977 N New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sam visits his friend, played by Topher Grace, at a house perched on a hillside in Angelino Heights in East L.A.  The same house was seen in the films “Seven Psychopaths” and “Crazy/Beautiful” and is located just around the corner from Jake Gyllenhaal’s apartment in the film “Nightcrawler.”  The home has since been demolished.

LOCATION: 1016 White Knoll Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (now demolished)

The shot of Sam walking up White Knoll Dr to the home can still be matched up.

Sam follows a series of clues leading him to the iconic Griffith Observatory.  The location is a staple of film, appearing in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “La La Land,” “The Terminator” and dozens more. Sam appraches from this path behind the observatory.

LOCATION: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sam is specifically searching for this statue of James Dean.

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Sam then sits at the Astronomers Monument and waits, until he is approached by a mysterious man.

Late in the film, Sam follows more mysterious clues to the back of Bronson Cave, also known as the “Bat Cave,” which can be found in Griffith Park. A very popular hiking spot, simply take the Bronson Cave Trail for about a quarter of a mile and the caves are on the left. Although the walk is uphill, it’s so short that anyone without medical issues should be able to handle it. The caves have appeared in hundreds of productions, perhaps most famously in the 1966 TV series “Batman.”

LOCATION: 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (the trailhead can be found at 2950 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068)

Sam finds a a man and three women living in a small hut behind the Bronson Cave.

Sam is held captive at the Old Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park. The zoo permanently closed in 1966, but the enclosures remain in tact and visitors can freely explore inside. The zoo has appeared in many films, including “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “The First Power” and “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment”

LOCATION: 4801 Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sam is seen climbing near Bee Rock, which can be seen easily from the Old Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park. There is a trail from the zoo leading to Bee Rock.

LOCATION: Bee Rock, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

The 1984 Jim Jarmusch film “Stranger Than Paradise” was shot in New Jersey, Ohio and Florida. Willie, played by John Lurie, is visited by Eva, played by Eszter Balint, his cousin from Hungary. Willie’s apartment can be found in Hoboken, New Jersey, but it has since been extensively remodeled.

LOCATION: 464 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

The story jumps ahead one year, after Eva has gone to Cleveland to be with her mother. Willie and Eddie, played by Richard Edson, decide to take a road trip and head to Cleveland, passing this bus station.

LOCATION: 1465 Chester Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Do The Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” was shot on a single block of Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 1988. You can walk Stuyvesant Ave today, between Lexington Ave and Quincy St and see all of the locations within minutes. Mister Señor Love Daddy, played by Samuel L. Jackson, works as a DJ for We Love Radio at this building, which has since been remodeled a bit.

LOCATION: 174 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

The Yes Jesus Baptist Church, while not immediately obvious, was filmed at this building. A facade was built around the first level to make it appear as a church. The upper levels, however, still match up to what was seen in the film.

LOCATION: 184 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Sal’s Pizzeria, the central location of the film, was a set built on an empty piece of land. The set was removed after filming and is currently a parking lot. It stood at the corner of Lexington Ave and Stuyvesant Ave.

LOCATION: Lexington Ave / Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here’s a couple more views of where the Pizzeria set stood.

This mural was seen in the film on the opposite side of Lexington Ave, in the background of many shots of Sal’s. A newer building now obscures the view, but the mural was repainted on the wall next to the parking lot where the set stood.

Directly across the street from Sal’s on Stuyvesant Ave is where the Korean fruit and vegetable store stood. Like Sal’s, this too was a set, which was taken down after filming and is currently a strip of empty land.

This mural paying tribute to the film is painted on the wall where the fruit and vegetable stand stood.

Here is the home where Mookie, played by Spike Lee, lived. It has since been updated a bit.

LOCATION: 173 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here is the location where Radio Raheem, played by Bill Nunn, gives his famous love and hate speech. He is standing in front of Mookie’s home, located on the opposite side of the block from Sal’s, next to Quincy St.

Here is another view of where Radio Raheem gave his speech.

LOCATION: Stuyvesant Ave / Quincy St, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here is the home where Mother Sister, played by Ruby Dee, lived. Mother Sister sat in the window next to the door on the right, although this home has likewise been updated a bit since filming.

LOCATION: 167 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Cee, played by Martin Lawrence, hangs out with his friends on the front steps of this home.

LOCATION: 165 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Directly in front of the same location, this fire hydrant was also used in the film, when they spray the man driving through the street.

The three older corner men sit in front of this building throughout the film, which was painted red specifically for the film.

LOCATION: 691 Lexington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Here’s a closer look at where the men sat. Some of the windows were also covered for the film.

The block has been named “Do the Right Thing Way” in honor of the film. This sign can be found at Lexington Ave and Stuyvesant Ave, in front of where the the Korean fruit and vegetable store stood.

Although some of the buildings have been updated and some of the sets are gone, you undoubtedly feel like you’ve walked into the same world the characters lived when standing on Do The Right Thing Way in Brooklyn. It is an important place not only in cinema, but in culture and we highly recommend a visit.

Swingers (1996)

The 1996 film “Swingers” is set in Hollywood and loosely based around writer / actor Jon Favreau’s personal experiences. The film was shot primarily around Hollywood, with some additional filming in Las Vegas. The title of the film itself comes from the Swingers diner (8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048), which director Doug Liman and many of the crew frequented. It was intentionally not featured in the film, however, as the filmmakers wanted to use a lesser known location. They landed at what was then known as the Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop, just off the 101 freeway in Hollywood. The Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop was renovated and bought out, later becoming the 101 Coffee Shop in 2001. The changes completely altered the interior from how it appeared in the film, including removal of the booth where the characters sat. However, the coffee shop became synonymous with the film until its closure in 2020. Today, the building has once again changed owners and now operates as the Clark Street Diner. The restaurant has also appeared in the films “The Brady Bunch Movie” and “In the Land of Women,” as well as the TV shows “Entourage,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

LOCATION: 6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Mike, played by Jon Favreau, lives just up the road from the coffee shop at this apartment building. The apartment was Favreau’s actual home for a time.

LOCATION: 5870 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Mike and his crew attend a party, located at this home in the Hollywood Hills.

LOCATION: 6161 Temple Hill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

After struggling to build up his confidence, Mike gets the number of a woman at the Dresden Restaurant. The restaurant has also appeared in the films “That Thing You Do,” “Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy,” “The Two Jakes,” “What Women Want” and more.

LOCATION: 1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The boys get into a confrontation with another group at what is supposed to be the back of the Dresden. These scenes were actually filmed in the parking lot of Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, founded over 100 years ago.  The restaurant has popped up in numerous films, including “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” and “Ed Wood,” as well as the TV shows “Mad Men” and “Bosch.”

LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

While some of the signage was dressed for the film to make it appear to be the Dresden, the door and brick work all clearly match Musso & Frank Grill and even portions of their iconic “Oldest in Hollywood” sign appears in a few shots, confirming the location.

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Hereditary (2018)

The 2018 Ari Aster film “Hereditary” was shot in Utah. The Graham house can be found in Park City, within a gated community known as The Colony. The home is not visible from the gated entrance. Ski lifts run just behind the home. Only the exterior of this property was used in the film, the interiors were filmed at Utah Film Studios, which we’ll cover later in this article.

LOCATION: 7 White Pine Canyon Rd, Park City, UT 84060

The tree house was built specifically for the film and dismantled after shooting was completed. We’ve included this wider shot of the surrounding area just to show that the tree house is no longer there.

The exterior of the school seen in the film is actually on the grounds of the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. It is seen several times in the film, all near the Grand Building near 300 N. In one scene, Peter, played by Alex Wolff, sees Joan, played by Ann Dowd, across the street through fencing.

LOCATION: Grand Building, Utah State Fairpark, 155 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (GPS coordinates: 40.772115, -111.921264)

Here is another view of the Grand Building, depicted as the high school in the film.

Also on the same grounds of the Utah State Fairpark is the support group building where Annie, played by Toni Collette, first meets Joan. This building is known as the Pioneer Building.

LOCATION: Pioneer Building, Utah State Fairpark, 155 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (GPS coordinates: 40.772367, -111.923145)

Here is a wider shot of the building. For those wondering, you can freely access the Utah State Fairpark. There is a DMV located near this building. This and the Grand Building seen in the film are fenced off, but both were open and accessible when we visited.

The accident at the telephone pole was filmed on Richardson Flat Rd in Heber City, located very close to Utah Film Studios. The telephone pole itself was added by the production, but here is the area where it was filmed.

LOCATION: Richardson Flat Rd, Heber City, UT 84032 (GPS Coordinates: 40.674216, -111.448817)

The funeral scenes were filmed at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy, with the picturesque mountains in the distance. The cemetery is not large and it is relatively easy to find this location once you’re on the grounds.

LOCATION: Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, UT 84092 (GPS coordinates: 40.555222, -111.838284)

Annie visits Joan’s apartment, which can be found in Salt Lake City.

LOCATION: 839 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Here is a wider view of the building.

Annie leaves Joel’s Art Supplies and encounters Joan in the parking lot. These scenes were actually filmed at Utah Film Studios in Park City, where much of the interiors for the film were shot, including the Graham house.

LOCATION: Utah Film Studios, 4001 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060

The entire area is fenced off and there is a security gate to reach the area where the art supply exterior was filmed. When we visited, we were able to enter without issue, but your experience may differ from ours if you attempt to visit. Here is a wider view of the studios. The art supply exterior was toward the left side of the building from this view.

Steve, played by Gabriel Byne, nearly runs the light at this intersection, before hitting the brakes.

LOCATION: Comstock Dr / Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060

Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986)

The 1986 Penny Marshall film “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” starring Whoopi Goldberg, was filmed in New York City and Los Angeles. In the film, Terry Doolittle, played by Goldberg, lives in this apartment, located in New York. Only the exteriors were filmed at this location.

LOCATION: 65 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

The house of Liz Carlson, played by Annie Potts, can be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

LOCATION: 515 N Bundy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The exterior of the British Consulate was filmed in New York (2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128), while the interiors were shot at the oft-filmed Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. While the outside of the Greystone grounds is open daily and free to the public, opportunities to tour inside are somewhat rare. The property is owned by the City of Beverly Hills and regularly accommodates productions and private events. Therefore, only a few times a year is access to the inside of the estate possible. Planning ahead is required if you’d like to see inside. The mansion has been featured in countless films, such as “The Big Lebowski,” “There Will Be Blood,” “The Social Network” and dozens more.

LOCATION: 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)

The 2000 film “Gone In 60 Seconds,” a remake of the 1974 film, was shot primarily in Southern California, with some additional filming in Canada. In the film, Memphis Raines, played by Nicolas Cage, lives in this home, located in San Pedro.

LOCATION: 714 W 32nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Mirror Man, played by T.J. cross, steals a car at the famous Yamashiro Hollywood restaurant. Originally constructed as a private residence in 1914, it was sold just ten years later. After becoming a boys military school, it wasn’t until 1948 that the building began to be restored to its original appearance. The restaurant has appeared in countless productions, such as “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Breezy,” “Nocturnal Animals”, “Blind Date,” “Playing God,” “Death Wish II,” “Sayonara” and many more . It also appeared in such TV shows as “Perry Mason,” “I Spy,” “Route 66,” “My Three Sons” and more. The restaurant is famous for its views overlooking Hollywood.

LOCATION: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Memphis jumps a tow truck on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. The bridge has appeared in countless films, such as “Wrath Of Man,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “To Live And Die In L.A.” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “City of Angels,” “Knight of Cups,” “Charlie’s Angels” and more. It has likewise appeared in such TV shows as “Mission: Impossible,” “CHiPs,” “Columbo” and more. It it also where director Tony Scott tragically ended his life.

LOCATION: Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro, CA 90731