Menace II Society (1993)

The 1993 Hughes Brothers film “Menace II Society” takes place in South Central Los Angeles, where much of the film was likewise shot. In the opening scene of the film, Caine and O-Dog, played by Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate, get into a confrontation with the owner of a liquor store and things take a violent turn. The location remains a liquor store today.

LOCATION: 5121 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

The Watts Towers can be seen in an early establishing shot of the film. The Watts Towers have appeared in many films, including “Colors,” “La La Land,” “Ricochet,” “CB4,” “Good Times,” and “Melinda,” as well as the TV shows “Six Feet Under,” “Dragnet,” “Southland,” “Dark Skies” and more.

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LOCATION: 1727 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Caine attends Jordan High School, which is located near the home of his grandparents in the film.

LOCATION: 2265 E 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Ronnie, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, lives in this home. The film’s climactic scenes take place here.

LOCATION: 2809 7th Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Caine lives with his grandparents at the Jordan Downs Housing Community in Watts. Jordan Downs was a low-income housing community known for poverty and crime. The area is currently under major redevelopment, with many of the original buildings already demolished. New, mixed-income housing and retail stores are being built in its place. This isn’t the exact building featured in the film, but a very similar one that was still standing at the time of our visit. The whole area is marked private and heavily patrolled by security, so we don’t encourage visiting.

LOCATION: 9800 Grape St, Los Angeles, CA 90002 (soon to be demolished)

The graduation party scenes were filmed at this home.

LOCATION: 2181 Cambridge St, Los Angeles, CA 90006

The gas station where the car jacking scene takes place still stands, but it has long since been shuttered and abandoned.

LOCATION: 4200 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

The intersection where the car jacking takes place is made to appear right near the gas station, but it’s actually just down the road.

LOCATION: 3423 W 43rd Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Caine is injured from the car jacking and winds up in Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, which has been heavily remodeled since filming took place.

LOCATION: 1680 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Caine and his crew seek revenge for the car jacking at the Jungle Chicken restaurant. The building is actually located in San Fernando and somewhat surprisingly still stands today, albeit fenced off and abandoned.

LOCATION: 107 S Huntington St, San Fernando, CA 91340

A-Wax, Caine and O-Dog attempt to steal a car from an underground parking garage in Hollywood. When attempting to exit, they’re met by police officers.

LOCATION: 1800 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (facing Franklin Pl)

Caine hooks up with Ilena, played by Erin LeShawn Wiley, ultimately impregnating her. After Caine blows off taking any responsibility, it prompts Ilena’s cousin to intervene, ultimately leading to the film’s violent climax. Ilena lives at this house.

LOCATION: 4920 11th Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

The Bridges Of Madison County (1995)

The 1995 film “The Bridges of Madison County” takes place in Iowa, where the film was likewise shot. The farmhouse where Francesca Johnson, played by Meryl Streep, lives can be found in Cumming, Iowa. Here Fransesca meets Robert Kincaid, a photojournalist from National Geographic visiting the area of photograph the covered bridges of Madison County.

The house was built in 1870 by an Argentinian sea captain named Nicholas Thompson, who later sold the house and surrounding land to Joseph Mead. The home has remained with his family since that time. After searching over 150 properties for the perfect farmhouse, on the final day of scouting, the filmmakers discovered the home by helicopter. By the time Eastwood and his crew found the home, it had sat vacant for over thirty years in disrepair. The production completely restored the property and made use of both the interiors and exteriors for the film.

After the success of the film, the owners opened up the home to tours. Much like another famous filming location in Iowa, the house and baseball field from “Field Of Dreams,” the home attracted many tourists, who could visit inside and outside the grounds. This ended on October 6, 2003, when arsonists destroyed part of the home. The northwest corner was largely destroyed, which contained memorabilia for the film, including photos and scripts, many of which were lost forever.

After the fire, the tours ceased and the home was never restored. The area in back damaged most heavily by the fire remains completely open and exposed to the elements. The area is now fenced off from visitors and the home is in poor condition. You can in fact clearly see the home from the gravel road out front, which is public. However, it sits a short distance back from the road. The long driveway up to the home is private and closed to the public. With the home empty, fire damaged and completely exposed for decades, we’re not sure how long it will remain standing. For now, however, it remains somewhat in tact for anyone willing to make their way out to see it.

LOCATION: 3255 130th St, Cumming, IA 50061 (GPS coordinates: 41°28’03.1″N 93°49’43.9″W)

Several covered bridges are featured in the film. The Roseman Covered Bridge plays a key role in the film, when Fransesca first navigates Robert to it in the early part of the story. Roseman Covered Bridge was built in 1883. One of the final two covered bridges ever built in Madison County, it carried motorists for nearly one hundred years before being decommissioned. While most other covered bridges in the area have since been demolished, Roseman Covered Bridge remains standing and is open to the public.

LOCATION: 2451 Elderberry Ave, Winterset, IA 50273

When Robert first arrives with Fransesca, he heads down to this area to set up his camera.

Here is the view Robert was scouting to photograph. This view is also seen on the theatrical poster.

Fransesca walks around this area of the bridge while Robert works.

After getting a drink from the truck, Fransesca comes to the opposite side of the bridge to find Robert picking flowers for her in this area. Fransesca teases Robert that the flowers are poisonous.

The bridge is featured again in the closing scenes of the film.

The locations for “The Bridges of Madison County” are unique in that many of them are old and historic, yet remain standing today. Tucked away from the destination locations of America, they remain a hidden treasure for film lovers, as well as anyone who can appreciate nature or history.

Related articles: Breezy (1973), American Sniper (2014)

King Richard (2021)

The 2021 film “King Richard” tells the story of the rise of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father Richard, who trained them from an early age. The Williams home, featured in numerous scenes throughout the film, can be found in Compton, California. Only the exterior scenes were filmed here, the interiors were filmed inside a different home.

LOCATION: 2114 E Piru St, Compton, CA 90222

The production made several modifications to the exterior of the home, including the windows, stairs, door frame and posts on the front porch.

A subplot involving a neighbor who doesn’t get along with the Williams family takes place at the home directly across the street.

LOCATION: 2117 E Piru St, Compton, CA 90222

The tennis courts where Richard Williams, played by Will Smith, trains his daughters is located at Leon H Washington Park near the neighborhood of Watts.

LOCATION: 8908 Maie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90002

The Williams family parks their van in this area.

The Godfather (1972)

One of the most famous filming locations in the world is the Corleone house from the 1972 classic “The Godfather,” located in Staten Island, New York. The property itself appears much larger on film than it is in person. The stone wall that lines the perimeter was built higher for the film, to give it more of an appearance of a compound. A large entrance gate was also built on the street by the filmmakers and subsequently removed after filming. The large yard where the wedding was hosted was actually shot on the yards of several homes on the same street. The interiors of the home were built on a set.

LOCATION: 110 Longfellow Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301

The stone wall and shrubs partially obscure the home in person, but it is still very identifiable and mostly visible.

Here is an aerial view of the property.

Jack Woltz, played by John Marley, lives at this home, located in Beverly Hills. The famous scene where he awakens to discover a horse’s severed head in his bed was a composite of two locations. The exterior establishing shots were filmed at this home, while the interior scenes were filmed at Falaise, which is part of the Sands Point Preserve and open to the public (127 Middle Neck Rd, Sands Point, NY 11050). The famous bedroom scene was actually filmed in the dining room.

LOCATION: 1011 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Beverly Hills home is known as the Hearst Estate, for once having belonged to William Randolph Hearst. While not quite as famous as his San Simeon estate, Hearst moved to this home in 1947, where he remained until his death. The home today is a private estate not visible from the road. The estate also appears in the films “The Bodyguard,” “Fletch,” “The Jerk,” “Into the Night” and “Harper.” Many TV shows have also shot here, including “Charlie’s Angels,” “Columbo,” “Mod Squad” and “The Colbys,” as well as Beyoncé’s video “Black Is King.”

Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, is exiting the Radio City Music Hall with Kay, played by Diane Keaton, when he learns his father has been shot. The landmark concert hall has appeared in countless productions, such as “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Annie,” “Rocky III,” “Radio Days” and many more.

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LOCATION: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

American Sniper (2014)

The 2014 Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper is set in Texas and Iraq. However, much of the filming took place in Southern California, with some additional filming in Morroco. Early in the film, a young Chris attends church with his family at this location in Highland Park. An additional scene moments later shows Chris helping his brother in a fight on a playground. This was also shot on the same property.

LOCATION: 6338 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Chris Kyle, played by Cooper, enlists in the military at this building, which can be found in Acton.

LOCATION: 33318 Santiago Rd, Acton, CA 93510

While deployed in Iraq in search of a sadistic killer known as “The Butcher,” Chris assembles a team to capture or kill him. After his team learns the suspected location of The Butcher, they enter a family’s home directly across from the targeted building, to gather information and run a stakeout. These scenes were filmed on a set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. The ranch features many Middle Eastern sets, with quite a number of different productions filming there, such as “Iron Man.” The Americans subdue the man who owns the home on this floor. After things settle down, the family, who claims they don’t know anything, serve dinner to the team in the dining room in the background.

LOCATION: 20019 Blue Cloud Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

After noticing scrapes on the skin around the homeowner’s elbows, Chris becomes suspicious the man is hiding something and begins searching the bedrooms. He discovers a large hole in the floor concealing a major weapons stash. The hole and the metal sheet covering it are still there.

Here is the area in the living room where the team watches out the window, photographing who is coming and going from the adjacent building.

The shot of Chris crossing the Texas border line is on E Ave K in Lancaster, just past 85th St E.

LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 34°40’31.8″N 117°58’28.7″W (Near E Ave K / 85th St E, Lancaster, CA 93535)

Chris Kyle’s house in the film can be found in Sherwood Forest, near Northridge in the San Fernando Valley.

LOCATION: 8843 Newcastle Ave, Sherwood Forest, CA 91325

Related articles: Breezy (1973), The Bridges Of Madison County (1995)

Nebraska (2013)

The 2013 Alexander Payne film “Nebraska” does feature many scenes set in the titular state, but the film also shot significant portions in Montana as well. Additional scenes filmed in Wyoming and South Dakota. If you’ve never seen the film, this article contains some spoilers. In the film, Bruce Dern plays Woody Grant, an aging man who believes he’s won a million dollar sweepstakes prize. After repeated attempts to walk to Nebraska to collect his perceived winnings, Woody’s son David, played by Will Forte, decides to drive him to Nebraska.

While on the road, David suggests they stop at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Woody, unimpressed, looks at it from the parking lot and suggests they get back on the road. The monument has appeared in many films, sometimes as the real location, other times as a set recreation. The most famous example is of course Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest,” which did not actually film the monument itself, but did film scenes at the parking lot and concession areas on location. Other films with scenes set at Mount Rushmore, real or recreated, include “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” “Superman II,” “Mars Attacks!,” the 2011 version of “The Muppets,” “North,” “The NeverEnding Story III,” “Head of State,” “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” and many more.

LOCATION: 13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751

While David and nearly everyone else in the film is aware Woody’s prize is a mail scam to get people to purchase magazine subscriptions, David nevertheless takes him to the marketing headquarters. The building is said to be located in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is where the scenes were indeed shot.

LOCATION: 3400 Madison Ave, Lincoln, NE 68504

Near the end of the film, David buys Woody a new truck from a car dealership, also located in Lincoln.

LOCATION: 2034 O St, Lincoln, NE 68510 (as seen from N 21st St)

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Bagdad Cafe (1987)

The 1987 film “Bagdad Cafe” (also known as “Out of Rosenheim”) mostly takes place at an isolated cafe and motel in the California desert. Decades later, the cafe not only still stands, it remains an active business. Originally built in the 1950s, the cafe was located along the former Route 66, attracting many motorists. Major freeways were later built, rerouting traffic away from many small, roadside establishments. Yet somehow this one, originally known as the Sidewinder Cafe, has survived almost 70 years and counting.

LOCATION: 46548 National Trails Hwy, Newberry Springs, CA 92365

While the film is set in Bagdad, California, which is now itself a ghost town after being bypassed by larger freeways, the production actually took place 50 miles west in the town of Newberry Springs. In 1995, the cafe renamed itself the Bagdad Cafe, in recognition of the film.

The film itself tells the story of a German tourist named Jasmin Münchgstettner, played by Marianne Sägebrecht and her burgeoning friendship with Brenda, the owner of the cafe, played by CCH Pounder.

After Jasmin gets into a fight with her husband, she arrives at the cafe and begins helping Brenda, who is also at odds with her husband.

The motel, also featured throughout the film, was demolished in 2015. Here is the area where it stood, located beside the cafe.

LOCATION: 46536 National Trails Hwy, Newberry Springs, CA 92365 (now demolished)

Only the sign for the motel remains.

Here is a sign located at the cafe, noting its historical significance and connection to the film.

Super 8 (2011)

The 2011 J.J. Abrams film “Super 8” is set in the fictional town of Lillian, Ohio, but was primarily filmed in Weirton, West Virginia. Weirton is located on the Northwestern tip of West Virginia and is just minutes away from both the Ohio and Pennsylvania borders. Joe Lamb, played by Joel Courtney, lives with his father Deputy Jackson Lamb, played by Kyle Chandler, at this home.

LOCATION: 144 Fernwood Ave, Weirton, WV 26062

The boys attend Lillian Middle School. The real building is actually a church.

LOCATION: 3900 Brightway St, Weirton, WV 26062

Joe’s friend Charles Kaznyk, played by Riley Griffiths, lives at this home. In the film, the home is seen as being located just across from Joe’s house, which is accurate.

LOCATION: 200 Crystal Ln, Weirton, WV 26062

Joe eats with his father at Carol’s Diner, where his father tries to persuade him to enroll in a summer baseball camp, away from his friends.

LOCATION: 3101 Main St, Weirton, WV 26062

The home where Alice Dainard, played by Elle Fanning, lived has since been demolished. The home in the background, however, still matches up with the shot seen in the film.

LOCATION: 256 Ave F, Weirton, WV 26062 (now demolished)

Later in the film, a large monster wreaks havoc on the town and the military is deployed, turning the neighborhood into a battlefield. As explosions light up the night, tanks can be seen on S 20th St and Mineral Ave. In the area where a tank rolls through a playground, a house has since been built. The boys are seen running into Kathy’s house to seek refuge, at the top of the hill in the foreground, on the corner of S 20th St and S 17th St. No home actually exists there, as it gets largely destroyed in the film. It was entirely added by the production.

LOCATION: S 20th St / S 17th St, Weirton, WV 26062

At the climax of the film, metal objects from the town are pulled by a magnetic force to the top of a water tower. No tower actually exists at the location, this was another visual effect. The surrounding buildings all match up, however. Some of the paintings on the sides of the buildings are even the same as they appear in the film. The same area is seen earlier in the film, when the boys are riding their bikes down the street. This area is located very close to the Carol’s Diner location seen earlier in the film and the camera store the boys visit is on the left side of the street at 3061 Main St, Weirton, WV 26062.

LOCATION: 3073 Main St, Weirton, WV 26062

If you find yourself in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or Northeast Ohio, be sure to make a stop in Weirton. It is located less than an hour from Pittsburgh and most of the filming locations are in a small, concentrated area.

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

The 2001 comedy “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” starring Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, was primarily filmed in Southern California, with some additional footage shot in Smith’s home state of New Jersey. The film opens in 1970s Leonardo, New Jersey at the Quick Stop Groceries, where Jay and Silent Bob are shown as babies sitting outside the store in strollers. The location is of course famous among Smith fans as the primary location of his debut film, “Clerks.”

LOCATION: 58 Leonard Ave, Leonardo, NJ 07737

As the story jumps to present day, the original characters from “Clerks,” Dante and Randall, played by Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson, talk inside at the counter. Randall decides to call the police on Jay and Silent Bob, to get rid of them loitering outside.

Jay and Silent Bob stand next to the RST Video, where they appear in many of Smith’s other films.

LOCATION: 60 Leonard Ave, Leonardo, NJ 07737

Brodie’s Secret Stash, a fictional take on Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash” was filmed at the real store, formerly located at 35 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701. It has since relocated to a bigger space down the road at 65 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

The Mooby’s restaurant seen in the film now sits vacant in North Hollywood.  This same location was used as Pig Burgers in “Better Off Dead.” Here Jay meets Justice, played by Shannon Elizabeth, and he and Silent Bob join up with her friends, who turn out to be diamond thieves.

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LOCATION: 6223 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Justice and her accomplices stop at this liquor store in Winnetka, where Jay and Silent Bob try to stand out front, but can’t get comfortable leaning on the glass windows.  The same liquor store also appeared in the film “Magnolia” and The Smashing Pumpkins’ music video for “1979.”

LOCATION: 20001 Roscoe Blvd, Winnetka, CA 91306

The women set up Jay and Silent Bob as patsies, sending them on a mission to rescue a monkey from a testing lab, while they actually stage a diamond heist. These scenes were filmed in Valencia, California.

LOCATION: 27220 Turnberry Ln, Valencia, CA 91355

This area is where the science lab entrance was located.

To the right is where the Diamond Exchange entrance was located.

The Arena Diner, where Jay and Silent Bob escape police, was filmed at the famous Vasquez Rocks.  One of the most popular filming locations in all of California, the iconic rocks have appeared in such films as “The Flintstones,” “Dante’s Peak,” “Jingle All The Way,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Paul” and dozens more.  Television shows which featured Vasquez Rocks in episodes include “The Fugutive,” “The A-Team,” “MacGuyver” and perhaps most famous of all, the original “Star Trek” series, where the rocks were seen in numerous episodes, serving as multiple different planets. The rocks have also been seen in music videos for Michael Jackson, Radiohead, 311 and many more, as well as countless commercials.

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LOCATION: 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91350

The building where Jay and Silent Bob run into Pumpkin Escobar, a fellow unionized drug dealer played by Tracy Morgan, was formerly located at 1557 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028. It has since been demolished and a parking lot stands in its place.

E! News does a story in front of Mirimax Studios, which does not actually have a real studio lot. The scenes were filmed at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City. The film’s studio lot scenes were all shot here as well.

LOCATION: 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

At the end of the movie, numerous characters from Smith’s past films are seen coming out of the El Rey Theatre, which is depicted as a movie theater. Jay then invites everyone to the concert “across the street.” The El Rey is in fact a live music venue, not a movie theater, and the closing performance by Morris Day & The Time was filmed inside the same location. The venue also appeared in the film “License To Drive.”

LOCATION: 5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Related articles: Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), Jersey Girl (2004), Clerks II (2006), Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008), Red State (2011)

Burning (2018)

The 2018 South Korean drama “Burning,” starring Steven Yeun, Yoo Ah-in and Jeon Jong-seo, filmed in Seoul and Paju. In the film, Shin Hae-mi, played by Jeon Jong-seo, lives in this apartment. As you can see from the photo, it is located near the N Seoul Tower (a.k.a. Namsan Tower), which is a tourist attraction in Seoul. If you’ve never seen the film, we highly recommend it.

LOCATION: 23 Duteopbawi-ro 38-gil, Huam-dong Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea