Pretty In Pink (1986)

In the 1986, John Hughes penned “Pretty In Pink,” Andie, played by Molly Ringwald, lives on the wrong side of the tracks at this house.  While the film is set in a Chicago suburb, the house can actually be found in South Pasadena, California.  It really is located near train tracks as well.

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LOCATION: 1010 Hope St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Steff, played by James Spader, throws a party at this Los Angeles house.  The same house can be seen in the TV series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” serving as Dennis and Dee’s mom’s house.

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LOCATION: 366 S June St., Los Angeles, CA 90020

The Trax record store where Andie works can be found in Santa Monica.  It’s part of the 3rd Street Promenade, an pedestrian shopping mall best accessed on foot.

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LOCATION: 1460 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The “Meadowbrook High School” seen in the film is a composite of two schools.  The exteriors were filmed at John Marshall High School.  A regular location in film and television, it has also appeared in such movies as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Bachelor Party,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” “Grease” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as such TV shows as “Boy Meets World,” “Boston Public” and many more.  It was even used in the Van Halen music video for “Hot For Teacher.”

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LOCATION: 3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The interiors were filmed over at John Burroughs Middle School.  This is another film staple, having appeared in such movies as “Teen Wolf,” “Never Been Kissed,” “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” “What Dreams May Come” and many more.

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LOCATION: 600 S McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005

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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.