Bad Boys II (2003)

Much like the first “Bad Boys” film, the sequel “Bad Boys II” is set in Miami, Florida.  According to information online, the house of Marcus, played by Martin Lawrence, is somewhere on Bay Road, near Sunset Islands.  It is a particularly difficult location to identify.  The house is only seen from two angles in the film.  First, the back yard facing the water is seen and then the front of the house, facing out to the street is seen.  There is never a direct shot of the front of the house.  Several resources have attempted to identify the house by what can be seen on the waterfront.  We attempted to identify it by what could be seen on the street.  There is in fact a shot where an exact street sign can be seen in the background, which is E Rivo Alro Dr.  This places the home on Venetian Islands.

Looking at houses on E Rivo Alto Drive, a relatively short road, trying to match up screen shots with the outside view, we found one possible candidate to be this home.  Quite a few on the details align, but not all.  It’s possible the home was a composite of more than one location or some remodeling has since occurred.  We don’t typically include unconfirmed locations, but due to the fact no other resources we found even mention E Rivo Alto Dr, we wanted to present it as a possible location of the home.

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LOCATION: 205 E Rivo Alto Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The estate of the villainous Johnny Tapia, played by Jordi Mollà, was filmed at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The villa has been seen in many films, including “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Money Pit” and “Iron Man 3.”  The villa is open to public tours and regularly hosts special events.  Photography is permitted both inside and outside of the property.

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LOCATION: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129

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Later in the film, a shootout takes place in the garden area of the property.

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Bodies litter the street in front of this building, which serves as the Miami Bank in the film.

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LOCATION: 570 NE 81st St, Miami, FL 33138

The mortuary Mike and Marcus break into is actually the McArthur Dairy building.

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LOCATION: 6851 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

Here are some props from the film, on display at Sony Pictures Studio.

LOCATION: 10202 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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Doc Hollywood (1991)

In the 1991 film “Doc Hollywood,” Michael J. Fox plays a soon-to-be big city surgeon named Ben Stone, who suddenly finds himself stranded in the town of Grady, South Carolina.  However, most of the film was actually shot in Central Florida in the town of Micanopy.

Ben crashes into the fence in front of the house of Judge Evans, who sentences him to community service at the local hospital.  The house of the Judge is not an easy location to find.  You won’t see much via google street view.  We couldn’t even find an address for the house itself.  Located in the unincorporated community of Evinston (considered part of Micanopy on most maps), the house is located on a dirt road, just off SE 182 Ave.  The easiest way to find it is to locate Evinston United Methodist Church, Micanopy, FL 32667.  The dirt road across from the church is the one that will lead you to the house.  The exact GPS coordinates are posted below.

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LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 29.488394, -82.229219, just off SE 182 Ave, Micanopy, FL 32667

Here is a better view of the house.

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The Main Street of Grady, where most of the locations in the film are found, is NE Cholokka Blvd.  It is a little strip consisting mostly of antique stores.  This view, when the Mayor shows Ben the town, is near the intersection of NE 3 Ave and NE Cholokka Blvd

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LOCATION: NE Cholokka Blvd & NE 3 Ave, Micanopy, FL 32667 (Note: In the actual town, the street signs refer to NE 3 Ave as NE Magnolia Ave)

Looking left at nearly the exact same spot would have been the cafe, which was a set built for the film and has long since been demolished.  Just beside it though is the mechanic shop where Ben gets his car repaired.  This is a real building and still stands.  It is not a mechanic shop, however.  It is an antique store called the Micanopy Trading Outpost.

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LOCATION: 205 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667

The speaker box through which Ben speaks to the mechanic can still be found in the window.

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The interior was also used in the film.  Here is where the mechanic’s office area was located.

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Ben is seen running down this sidewalk towards the butcher shop, afraid his pig has been slaughtered.

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LOCATION: 214 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667

Just beside it is the butcher’s shop.

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LOCATION: 302 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667

Across the street from the butcher’s shop is the hospital from the film.  We could not find an exact address number, but the sign out front says Hirsch Antiques.  We’ve also provided the GPS coordinates below.

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LOCATION: House of Hirsch Too Antiques, Micanopy, FL 32667, GPS coordinates: 29°30’19.9″N 82°16’45.1″W

Ben stands to the right on the porch and watches Lou, played by Julie Warner, in a parade.

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Forrest Gump (1994)

Visiting the filming locations of the classic 1994 film “Forrest Gump” is a staggering feat, as the story unfolds all across the United States and the production likewise followed that path.

The famous opening scene of the feather falling was filmed at Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia.  It descends past the steeple of The Independent Presbyterian Church Administration Building.

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LOCATION: The Independent Presbyterian Church Administration Building, Savannah, GA 31401

Here is a wider view of the full building.

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As the feather falls closer to the ground, we see the First Baptist Church in the distance.

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LOCATION: First Baptist Church, 223 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

The feather finally reaches the ground and settles on the shoe of Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks.  Forrest sits at a bus stop and recounts the story of his life to strangers sitting on a bench waiting for their bus rides.  The location where Forrest sits is at the intersection of Hull Street and Bull Street in Chippewa Square.  In reality, there is no bus stop or bench there.  They were added for the film.  Instead, there are just some plants.

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Here is a wider view of the area.

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LOCATION: Chippewa Square, Savannah, GA 31401 (at the intersection of Hull St / Bull St)

The actual bench from the film can be found at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.  It can be seen on their studio tours.

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LOCATION: 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The exterior of the lounge where Forrest finds Jenny, played by Robin Wright, performing nude, can also be found in Savannah.  The name of the restaurant is Love’s, just as depicted in the film, but it is a seafood and steak joint and you won’t find any nude performers there.  The interior of the scene was actually filmed at the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, which has long since been demolished.

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LOCATION: 6817 Chief Of Love Rd, Savannah, GA 31419

Forrest celebrates New Year’s Eve with Lieutenant Dan, played by Gary Sinise, in what is supposed to be New York City.  This was actually filmed on 6th St in Downtown Los Angeles.  This area is right next to the locations used for the Nite Owl Coffee Shop from “L.A. Confidential” and Wild Bill’s Leather from “Seven,” both of which were fictional businesses.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of E 6th St / S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

On the same street, as Forrest exists a TV studio, Lieutenant Dan is waiting for him outside.  This was actually on a ramp built above this sandwich shop, which has since been removed. The same sandwich shop has appeared in the films “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Rumor Has It” and “A Lot Like Love.”

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LOCATION: 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Lieutenant Dan then loses control of his wheelchair and slides down the ramp into this wall at the same location.

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Later in the film, Forrest begins running, from coast to coast.  He is seen reaching the famous Santa Monica Pier.

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LOCATION: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

He reaches the end of the pier and turns around to begin running back across the country.  There is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant located on the pier itself as well, although of course it was not a filming location.

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As Forrest runs through Flagstaff, Arizona, he steps in a pile of manure and helps coin the phrase “Shit happens.”

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LOCATION: Near 106 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Also in Flagstaff, Forrest runs past the former Twin Arrows Trading Post.  The building featured two large, wooden arrows piercing the ground.  Some mud splashes on Forrest and he uses a t-shit to clean off his face, creating the famous smiley face t-shirt.  The building now unfortunately sits abandoned.

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LOCATION: Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins – Historic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Here’s a closer look at the arrows, which are slowly deteriorating.

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Forrest’s running attire from the film can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Late in the film, Jenny is working as a waitress and sees Forrest on television.  This was filmed at Debi’s Restaurant in Savannah, located just a few blocks away from the opening scene of the film.

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LOCATION: 225 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401

The restaurant is quite proud of their connection to the film and the front is decorated with quotes from the film and a shot of the scene.

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We’ve only covered a portion of the vast filming locations here.  The production also shot scenes in South Carolina, Utah, Arizona, North Carolina, Vermont, Maine, Montana and Washington D.C.

Empty Nest

The house from the late 80s/early 90s sitcom “Empty Nest,” supposedly located in Miami, Florida, can actually be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.  The show is a spin-off of “The Golden Girls” and much like that show, a replica of the house was later built at the former Disney-MGM Studios backlot in Orlando.  While the facade in Orlando has long since been demolished, the original home in Brentwood still stands.

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LOCATION: 1457 Jonesboro Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

The neighborhood in Tim Burton’s 1990 film “Edward Scissorhands” was originally considered to film in Burbank, California, where Burton grew up.  However, the director felt the neighborhoods had changed too much from his childhood and began scouting other locations, ultimately settling on the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Early in the film, the neighborhood is introduced as Peg, played by Dianne Wiest, goes door to door selling make-up products.  The neighborhood in question known as Carpenter’s Run in Lutz, Florida.  The production took the unusual step of painting all of the houses in faded pastel colors.  The homes were newly built at the time and the production painted them back to their original colors at the completion of filming.

One house Peg skips while making her house calls is that of Esmerelda, an eccentric religious woman.

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LOCATION: 1816 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

After an unsuccessful loop through the neighborhood, Pam decides out of desperation to visit the castle of Edward, played by Johnny Depp.  This was a composite of two locations.  The castle is seen in a matte painting at the top of a rocky peak at the end of this cul-de-sac on Tinsmith Circle.  The castle exterior itself was a real set, however, built by the production over in an empty plot of land only accessible via a dirt road just outside of Dade City, Florida.  It was then composited into the shot on Tinsmith Circle, with castle set torn down at the completion of filming.

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LOCATION: End of Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559 (nearest address is 1800 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559)

Here’s a reverse view from the cul-de-sac, also seen in the film.

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The Boggs family house where Kim, played by Winona Ryder, lives is in the same neighborhood, just across the street from Esmerelda’s house.

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LOCATION: 1774 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

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The back yard of the house is seen in many scenes in the film, such as when the family throws a party and when Edward sculpts ice, making the shavings appear as snow.

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Edward is brought to a hair salon at the Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland.

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LOCATION: 2515 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33803

He sees Kim and her boyfriend embracing here.

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Behind the main sign is where the hair salon could be found.

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The salon location itself remained vacant for many years until 2019.  Unfortunately, it has since been remodeled and incorporated into a larger shopping space, with a wall replacing the outside windows.  We managed to visit and photograph it before that happened, however.  This is what it looked like inside prior to the remodel, with the doorway matching up to the film.

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Kim’s boyfriend Jim, played by Anthony Michael Hall, lives in this house, also located in Tinsmith Circle, near the other houses from the film.

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LOCATION: 1844 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559

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There’s Something About Mary (1998)

The opening of the 1998 comedy “There’s Something About Mary” famously begins with a guitarist and drummer sitting in a tree, singing the opening theme.  The tree, supposedly located in front of a high school in Rhode Island, can actually be found in Plantation, Florida.  The tree remains alive and well in front of the Plantation City Hall, albeit with a few less branches.

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LOCATION: 400 NW 73rd Ave, Plantation, FL 33317

The branch the drummer sat on has since been removed, but the lowest, curved branch on the left of the foreground tree is the one the singer sat on.

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At the conclusion of the song, the camera then pans down to a young Ted, played by Ben Stiller.  He stands in this grass immediately to the right of the tree.  The same area is where Mary, played by Cameron Diaz, meets Ted after he breaks up a confrontation between Mary’s brother Warren and an angry jock.

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The high school itself is no school at all, rather the aforementioned Plantation City Hall.

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LOCATION: 400 NW 73rd Ave, Plantation, FL 33317

Mary’s house can be found south of Miami in the town of Coral Gables.  The house and yard have since changed a bit.  Some of those changes include doorways and a different railing added on the second level, as well as the front yard converted into a large driveway with a gate.

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LOCATION: 3300 Granada Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

There’s now a wall along the front of the property, but it’s not difficult to see over.

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After a humiliating zipper accident on the day of the prom, Ted loses touch with Mary.  Now well into adulthood, Ted still can’t get her off his mind and decides to travel to Florida to try to find her.  Joined by his friend Dom, played by Chris Elliott, the two track Mary down at her Miami workplace.  The two hide behind this art sculpture and Dom shouts Mary’s name, forcing Ted to approach and talk to her.

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LOCATION: 701 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Here is the full sculpture Ted hides behind.

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Mary stands on these stairs with her brother Warren.  The address is Brickell Ave, but you have to go to the back side of the building along the water to find the areas seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 701 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (back end, facing the water)

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Ted successfully scores a date with Mary and gets a room at the Cardoza Hotel in Miami Beach.  This is where the infamous hair gel scene takes place.

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LOCATION: 1300 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Mary’s apartment, one of the key locations of the film, has unfortunately since been demolished, with high rise condos now in it’s place.  It was formerly located at 2066 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33137.  However, in the closing scenes of the film, the two stand on the street in front of her apartment, facing the water.  This area remains similar to how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: NE 20th Terrace / N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33137

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The Birdcage (1996)

The titular “Birdcage Club” in the 1996 comedy “The Birdcage,” starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman and Nathan Lane, can be found along the famous Ocean Dr in Miami Beach.  The real building is actually known as “The Carlyle.”

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LOCATION: 1250 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Magic Mike (2012)

The 2012 Steven Soderbergh film “Magic Mike” depicts the behind the scenes life of a stripper played by Channing Tatum, loosely based on the actor’s own experiences in the world of male stripping.

The film was shot mostly in the Tampa, Florida area.  The group performs at Club Xquisite, where they are led by Dallas (Matthew McConaughey).  The club was actually a composite of two separate buildings.  The exterior was filmed at Wilson’s Sports Lounge in St. Petersburg.

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LOCATION: 3030 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

The interiors were filmed across the country at the former Platinum Live in Studio City, California (11345 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604), which shut down not long after the film was shot.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)

For Tim Burton’s 2016 film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” the filmmaker returned to his old stomping grounds of West Central Florida, where he famously shot “Edward Scissorhands” sixteen years prior.  Jake’s house can be found in the town of Largo, in a small neighborhood built on a peninsula.

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LOCATION: 101 Poinciana Ln, Largo, FL 33770

One of the more memorable locations in the film, besides of course the titular home of Miss Peregrine (located in Belgium), is the house of Abe, which sits before of a long row of ominous looking trees.  The house can be found in Sun City Center, Florida.

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LOCATION: 1007 Hacienda Dr, Sun City Center, FL 33573

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Bad Boys (1995)

Michael Bay’s 1990s action film “Bad Boys” and it’s sequel, “Bad Boys II,” are famously set in Miami, Florida.  Marcus, played by Martin Lawrence, lives in this house in the first film, which is located near the Marlins Park baseball field.

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LOCATION: 737 NW 15th Ave, Miami, FL 33125

The police station where the pair work is actually the Dade County Courthouse.  The building was also seen in the 1981 Sydney Pollack film “Absence of Malice.”

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LOCATION: 73 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130

“Club Hell,” where Marcus gets into a fight in the bathroom, was the heavily dressed Scottish Rite Temple.  The same building appears in Michael Mann’s 2006 film adaptation of “Miami Vice.”

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LOCATION: 471 NW 3rd St, Miami, FL 33128

The apartment where Mike, played by Will Smith, lives was the former Collins Park hotel in Miami Beach, which was also seen in the original “Miami Vice” television series.  The property has since undergone heavy remodeling.

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LOCATION: 2030 Park Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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