River’s Edge (1986)

The 1986 drama “River’s Edge,” starring Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover, was primarily filmed around the Sunland-Tujunga area of the San Fernando Valley in California, with the exception of the opening crime scene, which was filmed at River Bend Park in Sacramento (2300 Rod Beaudry Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827).

Matt, played by Reeves, lives at this home with his younger brother Tim.

LOCATION: 9933 Redmont Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042

The high school the teenage characters attend is Verdugo Hills High School. The school has been featured in countless films, such as “The Craft,” “Heathers,” “Cursed,” “Better Off Dead,” “Christine,” “Not Another Teen Movie,” “187” “Boys And Girls,” “Clockstoppers” and “Little Hercules In 3-D.” It also appeared in such TV shows as “Little Fires Everywhere,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Monk,” “Felicity” “My So-Called Life,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Quantum Leap” and many more.

LOCATION: 10625 Plainview Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042

The restaurant where Mike worked has long since closed and remains shuttered, but the building still stands.

LOCATION: 6736 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042

Tim visits his friend Moko at this home, which has since been remodeled.

LOCATION: 8630 Wentworth St, Shadow Hills, CA 91040

Clarissa, played by Ione Skye, lives at this house, which is located just across the street from Moko’s house.

LOCATION: 8635 Wentworth St, Shadow Hills, CA 91040

John gets beer for Layne, played by Crispin Glover, at this liquor store.

LOCATION: 8301 Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040

John stops by a hardware store with Feck, played by Dennis Hopper, and proceeds to rob the place. This building is located just across the street from the above liquor store.

LOCATION: 8256 Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040

Easy Rider (1969)

The 1969 counterculture road trip film, “Easy Rider,” directed by Dennis Hopper, was filmed across the American Southwest and South, including many sites tucked away along back roads.  If  inclined, one could take a unique road trip cross-country revisiting the filming locations.  Production took place across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Louisiana.

At the beginning of the film, after completing a drug deal that scores them cash for a cross-country trip, Wyatt and Billy, played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper respectively, begin their trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.  During the opening credits montage, they are seen driving past many locations on their bikes.  They drive along the California-Arizona Bridge at the border of the two states, passing over the Colorado River.  The Old Trails Bridge (15130 W Historic Rte 66, Topock, AZ 86436) can be seen behind them.

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LOCATION: California-Arizona Bridge, AZ-95, Needles, AZ 92363

During the same montage, they pass this hotel as they drive down Route 66 through Flagstaff, Arizona.  This building is located within walking distance of the “shit happens” jogging scene in “Forrest Gump.”

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LOCATION: 2 W Historic Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

At the end of the day, Wyatt and Billy stop off at this motel, where the owner shuns them and changes the vacancy light to “no vacancy.”  Known as the Richfield building, it is located next to the Pine Breeze Inn RV Park.  The building itself has no known address.  The exact GPS coordinates are 35°13’27.1″N 111°48’02.3″W.  The owners are clearly aware of their connection to the film.  On the front door window, there is a small poster for the film.

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LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 35°13’27.1″N 111°48’02.3″W (nearest address is 10520 W Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86015)

Here is the side of the building, where Wyatt and Billy have their encounter with the rude motel clerk.

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After picking up a hitchhiker, Wyatt and Billy stop at the Sacred Mountain service station in Flagstaff.  Billy pulls Wyatt aside and questions the safety of allowing the hitchhiker to fill his gas tank, as that is where their money stash is hidden.  The station has long since closed, but the building still remains.  If you’re driving on US-89, there is a small intersection at 150 Rd, which is where the building is located.

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LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 35°27’17.9″N 111°33’45.3″W (near intersection of US-89 / 150 Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004)

Billy, Wyatt and the hitchhiker end up camping overnight at Lomaki Pueblo in Cameron, Arizona.  There are several ruins along the trail at Lomaki Pueblo.  To find the exact spot used in the film, simply follow the trail to the furthest ruins and the location is just behind the wall.  In the photo below, the walking trail is just to the right of the frame.  It’s not a difficult task to reach the site, but there are many rocks protruding from the ground, so watch your steps as you traverse the uneven terrain.

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LOCATION: Lomaki Pueblo, Cameron, AZ 86020 (GPS coordinates: 35°34’46.3″N 111°28’04.8″W)

Even if you’re not a fan of the film, the Lomaki Pueblo is a unique place to visit and one we recommend if you’re in the area.

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Speed (1994)

For the opening to the 1994 action film “Speed,” Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels find themselves pitted against a bomber, played by Dennis Hopper, who has rigged an elevator with explosives, demanding money in order to spare the hostages trapped inside.  The opening was filmed at the The Gas Company Tower in Downtown Los Angeles. The same location was featured in the film “Charlie’s Angels.”

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LOCATION: 555 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Jack and Harry, played by Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels, make their introduction into the film flying down into frame in a speeding cop car right next to The Gas Company Tower. This same location was featured in the film “They Live.”

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of Hope Pl / S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (facing towards W 5th St)

After the elevator job goes wrong, the bomber resurfaces by blowing up a bus as Jack exits a restaurant.  This is The Firehouse restaurant in Venice, which still operates today.

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LOCATION: 213 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

The bus makes a hard right, with all the passengers moving to one side, in an attempt to prevent it from tipping over, at the 110 and 105 freeway interchange. This same spot is seen in the film “Falling Down,” where the character played by Michael Douglas fires a bazooka at the construction site.

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LOCATION: Intersection of S Broadway / W 112th St, Los Angeles, CA 90061 (the bus turns right on W Imperial Hwy)

The famous bus jump scene was filmed on the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, which connects the 110 and 105 freeways in Los Angeles, back when it was still under construction.  The same interchange was used for the opening dance sequence in “La La Land.”

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LOCATION: I-110 / I-105, Los Angeles, CA 90061

Late in the film, Howard Payne sets up a money drop for his ransom at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, just a couple blocks from where the opening scenes were shot.

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LOCATION: 532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (near the intersection of S Hill St / W 5th St)

Just a bit further down S Hill St, next to the above shot, you’ll see this structure, also located in Pershing Square.  A sniper is posted beside the ball sculpture, waiting for Payne to surface, unaware the bomber has different plans.

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