The Goonies (1985)

The town of Astoria, Oregon is something of a film lover’s paradise. The coastal city has served as the backdrop to many famous films, including “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Short Circuit” and more. Perhaps most famous of all, however, is “The Goonies.” While not quite all of the production occurred in Oregon, such as studio scenes and the final beach scenes, the film is primarily known for being shot in and around Astoria. The enduring popularity of the film attracts visitors from around the world to visit the locations.

The opening scene was filmed at the former Clatsop County Jail, which was an actual working jail from 1914 to 1976. The building has since been converted into the Oregon Film Museum, which offers self-guided tours and celebrates Oregon’s film history, with an emphasis on Astoria, where the building itself is located.

LOCATION: 732 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

Here is the interior of the jail cell where Jake Fratelli, played by Robert Davi, stages his escape. There’s a replica of the note the guard reads hanging at the back of the cell.

The first cell is filled with various merchandise and memorabilia related to the film.

The last jail cell contains Data’s costume from the film.

Here is the exterior of the building, which is seen as Jake escapes into a getaway vehicle with the Fratellis. The same building was used in the films “Short Circuit” and “Come See the Paradise.”

A replica of the escape vehicle is parked out front. It is not the actual Jeep used in the film.

While the Oregon Film Museum is admittedly small and focuses primarily on “The Goonies,” if you’re a fan of the film, we encourage a visit.

Mouth, played by Corey Feldman, lives at this house. The exterior is only seen for a brief moment as the Jeep flees from police.

LOCATION: 32 Skyline Ave, Astoria, OR 97103

The house is mostly seen from interior views, with the police chase seen out the window behind Mouth. The chase continues down Valley Street.

LOCATION: Skyline Ave / Valley St, Astoria, OR 97103

The jeep continues down this path and onto the beach. This is the entrance to Cannon Beach, which is located about 40 minutes south of Astoria.

LOCATION: Near 1164 Ecola Ct, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

The jeep proceeds into an off road vehicle rally taking place on the beach, where it successfully eludes police. The famous rock in the background is Haystack Rock, also commonly referred to as the Goonies Rock.

LOCATION: Haystack Rock, US-101, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Haystack Rock is impressive to see in person and worth taking the detour from Astoria if you have the time.

The most famous of all locations from the film is of course the house of Mikey and Brand, played by Sean Astin and Josh Brolin respectively. The house sits up an inclined driveway and attracts many visitors, standing among the most popular filming locations in the United States. The house gained headlines in 2015 when the former owner became irritated by excessive visitors, many of whom left litter and proved disruptive to their privacy. Eventually the homeowner took extreme measures, posting signs that visitors were not allowed up the driveway and even went as far as covering the home in a blue tarp, to discourage visitation or photography. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. The house has since been sold to new owners, who are much more fan friendly and accommodating to all of the tourism the house attracts.

LOCATION: 368 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The driveway leads to several homes. At the time of this writing, here is how the foot of the drive appears. There is a sign saying “Yes” to visitors, but also asking “No cars” and pedestrian traffic only. If you do visit, please be respectful of the residents and do not drive your vehicle up, leave any litter behind or engage in any disruptive behavior. There is a donation box in front of Mikey’s house and we encourage leaving something in return for their hospitality.

Seemingly less enthusiastic about all the visitors are the owners of the house of Data, played by Ke Huy Quan. The home is fenced off with no trespassing signs. Thankfully the home is still easily visible from the top of the drive. As long as you are respectful, get your photos and move along without trying to cross the fence, you will not likely encounter any issues. Both homes are located just a couple blocks away from another famous filming location, the school from “Kindergarten Cop,” which is easily within walking distance.

LOCATION: 304 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Just across the street from the Oregon Film Museum is the museum where Mr. Walsh works.

LOCATION: 441 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The Fratelli hideout was located at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, not far from Haystack Rock. The area is located on Ecola Park Rd, near the Indian Beach Trail and Ecola Point. The Lighthouse Lounge was constructed for the film and no longer exists at the location.

LOCATION: Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (GPS coordinates: 45.919673, -123.974976)

The park, which offers beautiful views, is a frequent filming location, having also appeared in such movies as “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Twilight,” “Point Break” and more.

There’s even a sign there marking it as the filming location of “The Goonies,” as well as a mention of “Kindergarten Cop.” It’s a long and winding road through the woods to reach this area, but it is a location well worth visiting.

Astoria has become a mecca for filming location enthusiasts and with the multitude of famous locations on display around the area, we consider it among the top destinations in the US to visit for movie lovers.

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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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 is currently undergoing remodeling.

LOCATION: 2030 Park Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Memento (2000)

The Christopher Nolan film “Memento” mostly shot around the San Fernando Valley in Southern California.  The opening and closing scenes of the film, as well as the scenes of Leonard burning his wife’s mementos, were all shot at the Fletcher Oil Refinery in Carson, California (24721 S Main St, Carson, CA 90745), which has since been demolished.

Throughout most of the film, Leonard, played by Guy Pearce, stays at the Discount Inn motel.  It’s actually the Travel Inn in Tujunga, California.  Both the motel and the surrounding area have seen better days, so use caution if visiting.

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LOCATION: 7254 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042

The motel manager takes advantage of Leonard’s condition and secretly charges him for two rooms.

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Later in the film, Leonard visits Natalie’s house, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, where she deceives him into believing that Dodd has beat her.  The house, which as since been renovated a bit, can be found in Burbank.

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LOCATION: 919 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91501

Leonard finds himself at another motel, the Mountcrest Inn, where he ambushes Dodd and ties him up.  This motel is the Hill Crest Inn in North Hills.

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LOCATION: 9111 Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA 91343

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Leonard visits Natalie at “Ferdy’s Bar,” where she spits in his beer to test his memory.  This was filmed at The Blue Room in Burbank.  The interior of the bar is shown in the film.

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LOCATION: 916 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502