We all know Miami as a film hub, but where are these classic and luxurious shots actually taken? Here’s a look at some of the most popular and iconic locations used throughout the years.
The most popular film strip is on Ocean Drive, South Beach. Producers in Miami take advantage of the Art Deco historic district, pool bars, and fluorescent nightlife. Most famously, in Scarface, Al Pacino as Tony Montana arrives to Miami Beach. At the height of action, Montana escapes from an apartment building at 728 Ocean Drive. This wildly iconic scene sets the tone for Ocean Drive as the Miami filmmaker’s place to be.
Other famous scenes on Ocean Drive include those from Something About Mary at the Cardozo Hotel, and TV series Magic City highlighting the historic Art Deco hotels. The Miami’s South Beach by Ocean Drive, and other beaches around the city are also a hotspot for hip-hop and rap music videos. These include Will Smith’s “Welcome to Miami”, Pitbull’s “Fun” featuring Chris Brown, and Trina’s “Pull Over”. Blue skies, white beaches, turquoise water and speedboats are popularly seen.
The Fontainebleau is another hotspot for Miami filmmaking. It’s regarded as one of Miami Beach’s most luxurious resorts – with a stunning pool bar and beachside view. The Fontainebleau is seen in Pain and Gain starring Mark Wahlberg, and most memorably, in Goldfinger Sean Connery as James bond requests his martini to be “shaken, not stirred”.
The Vizcaya Museum – previously Villa Vizcaya, is a stunning estate in Coconut Grove along the coast of South Miami. It’s the perfect film location for a mansion party with Jim Carey and Cortney Cox, as seen in Ace Ventura Pet Detective. It can be recognized again in 2013 as Robert Downny Jr crashes a party as Iron Man and fights to save the world one more time. The Villa has detailed architecture, lavish decor, and beautiful gardens in the heart of Miami.
The stunning beaches, architecture, and pool decks have been featured in iconic movies for a reason – with promise for more stunning Miami films to come.