Elf (2003)

The 2003 Christmas comedy “Elf” was primarily filmed in New York City. After discovering he’s actually human, Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell, seeks out his father Walter, played by James Caan, in New York. Walter’s office is located in the famed Empire State Building.

LOCATION: 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

When Buddy takes Jovie, played by Zooey Deschanel, on a date, she shows him the Christmas tree in front of Rockefeller Center. The two then ice skate there.

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LOCATION: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

Later in the film, Buddy helps Santa get his sleigh back into the air. The sleigh passes through Central Park at Bethesda Terrace and Fountain.  The terrace is another famous New York landmark seen in countless films.

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LOCATION: 72 Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10021 (inside Central Park)

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Mr. Deeds (2002)

The 2002 Adam Sandler comedy “Mr. Deeds” was largely filmed in New York City, with a few scenes filmed in California.  Longfellow Deeds, played by Adam Sandler, takes Babe Bennett, played by Winona Ryder, to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park.  This area has been seen in countless films, such as “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” “The Avengers,” “John Wick,” “Elf” and dozens more.

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LOCATION: 72 Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10021 (inside Central Park)

Babe tells Longfellow she grew up in this home, which can be found in Pasadena, California.

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LOCATION: 989 S Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Panic Room (2002)

The apartment from David Fincher’s 2002 home invasion thriller “Panic Room” is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, near Central Park.  The apartment was only used for exterior shots in the film.

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LOCATION: 38 W 94th St, New York, NY 10025

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Here is a view of the entire building, although it’s never seen from this angle in the film.

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The apartment interiors were filmed entirely on a custom built set in Manhattan Beach, California at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios (1600 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266).  That set has of course long since been removed.

The ending scene of the film shows Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart sitting on a park bench.  They are seated in an area known as The Mall in Central Park; a tree-covered pedestrian walkway that leads to Bethesda Terrace.  The two are seated near the Robert Burns statue.  The benches have slightly changed from how they appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: The Mall, Central Park, New York, NY 10022

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