Movies set in Miami, Florida have always had a larger-than-life quality to them. Maybe it’s the storyline or maybe it’s just simply because of Miami’s vibrant and highly coveted lifestyle. Whatever it is, these famous and classic movies were brought to life by the Magic City’s illustrious charm and resplendence.
Here are 5 of the most famous movies that took place in Miami in the past years.
1. Ironman 3
In the third installation of the Ironman movie, inventor/philanthropist/ladies man, Tony Stark goes through PTSD from the New York alien invasion in The Avengers movie. Stark knowingly gives away the address to his palatial residence on a cliff and hours later the Mandarin sends armed helicopters to his home to kill him.
Ironman’s effort to capture him leads to the discovery of the Mandarin’s hideout where he faced the villain and at that part, we get to see Villa Vizcaya in all its glory.
The movie reportedly brought in $15 million in revenue into Miami’s film industry during its filming.
This 1980 classic starring heavy-hitting comic stars Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Chevy Chase directed by the legend Harold Ramis is one of the most hilarious golf comedy, if not, the most hilarious golf comedy of all times. Who will ever forget that climax scene on the boat with Rodney filmed at a yacht club along Biscayne Bay? In fact, the entire movie was mainly shot at a golf resort in Plantation and Fort Lauderdale.
3. Ace Ventura Pet Detective
One of the greatest slapstick comedies ever produced in the modern day is none other than Ace Ventura, which coincidentally was the breakout role for Jim Carrey that took his career to great new heights. This movie is about a zany pet detective tasked to search for Miami Dolphins aquatic mascot that disappeared before Super Bowl. Miami Beach, Virginia Key, Sun Life Stadium, Villa Vizcaya, Coconut Grove and Orange Bowl were some of the key Miami locations that were featured in the film.
4. Godfather II
Some say it’s the best movie in the trilogy; Godfather II was about how Michael Corleone took over the mafia while still showing Vito’s character in his earlier year.
Sure, this epic gangster movie sequel was shot in New York, Sicily, Santo Domingo, Las Vegas and California predominantly but the gangster scene in Miami is something you will never forget. Shot on Hialeah Race Track and a house on the Surfside. Miami became another front for the Corleone crime syndicate in the movie.
“Say hello to my little friend” is one of the iconic quotes of this classic mafia film. Al Pacino managed to seamlessly portray the role of Tony Montana in the film that revolved around the Cuban-American drug lord who migrated to America to in quest of turning his life around. This gangster film exploits the Miami cocaine scene excesses of the late 1970s and early 1980s Florida. A good portion of the film was shot in Miami Beach at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel and around South Beach.
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