Short Circuit (1986)

The 1986 sci-fi comedy “Short Circuit” was filmed in Oregon, Washington and California. The house of Stephanie, played by Ally Sheedy, can be found in Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is well known for many iconic filming locations, such as “The Goonies,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy” and more. The house overlooks the Astoria-Megler Bridge, which is featured in another scene where the robot Number 5 is pushed by a military vehicle and falls off the bridge, leading him to meet Stephanie.

LOCATION: 197 Hume Ave, Astoria, OR 97103

The climactic confrontation with NOVA takes place at the iconic Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, California. The rock formation has has been featured in countless films, such as “Dante’s Peak,” “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Paul,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” and dozens more.  Television shows which featured Vasquez Rocks include “The Fugutive,” “The A-Team,” “MacGuyver” and perhaps most famous of all, the original “Star Trek” series. 

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

WarGames (1983)

The house where David, played by Matthew Broderick, lives in the 1980s film “WarGames” can be found in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 333 S Arden Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The high school seen in the film is El Segundo High Shool.  The same high school has been seen in many films, including “Superbad,” “Role Models” and “The Babysitter.”

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LOCATION: 640 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

The Breakfast Club (1985)

John Hughes’ 80s classic, “The Breakfast Club,” was filmed at the former Maine North High School, in Des Plaines, Illinois.  The filmmakers converted the high school gymnasium into the famous library set.  Today, the building is no longer a high school at all.   It’s used as an Illinois State Police Station.

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LOCATION: 9511 Harrison St, Des Plaines, IL 60016

One of the most highly disputed film locations you’re ever likely to encounter is the football field, where Judd Nelson does his famous fist pump at the end.  Some insisted it was filmed at the same high school as the rest of the production; Maine North.  Others insisted it was filmed at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois, where John Hughes himself was an alumni.  The majority of the arguments centered between these two locations, with former students from each school disputing which field was used.  Others still have claimed it was filmed at Maine South High School in Park Ridge or Maine West in Des Plaines.  The argument persisted until 2015, when the cinematographer of the film, Thomas Del Ruth, confirmed to the Chicago Tribune it was indeed the now-defunct Main North High School football field; the same location where principle production took place.  The field has since been demolished, but the confusion remains so strong, many people to this day still recreate the fist pump photograph at Glenbrook North.