Art & Culture

Top 5 Miami Movies You Need to See

Jim Carrey

Some of Hollywood's most beloved movies are shot in Miami's most iconic locations. Miami's stunning scenery, diverse neighborhoods, and Art Deco architecture provides more than just a backdrop to these films— it provides depth and pride for those that live in Miami.

Here’s a list of all the top Miami movies shot in Miami that are a must-see.

The Birdcage (1996)

The Birdcage truly highlights Miami’s Art Deco district like no other. Filmed in The Carlyle at Ocean Drive, the hotel boasts a long and marvelous history. Constructed in 1939, the hotel has been a popular location for many films, including Bad Boys 2, Random Hearts, and even Scarface. With Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, and Gene Hackman’s charisma, the Art Deco District looks as charming and nostalgic as ever.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

This iconic movie featuring Jim Carrey follows a goofy pet detective hired to find the Miami Dolphin’s mascot. Set in and filmed in various locations in Miami, the Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, Vizcaya Museum, and Gardens are the most iconic landmarks featured in this blockbuster. Still remembered fondly, this movie uses Miami’s beauty as a backdrop to captivate its audience.

Marley and Me (2008)

This 2008 about a couple who moved to South Florida revolves around them chasing around their naughty dog. Starring Jennifer Anniston and Owen Wilson, this star-studded movie was shot in Miami’s Crandon Park Beach, Downtown’s Bayside Marketplace, Monty’s Raw Bar in Coconut Grove, and more iconic places. In fact, the scene in which they chased their dog through the field and stands took place during "Bark at the Par" night for the Miami Marlin's baseball team!

Scarface (1983)

Scarface is a Miami classic. Featuring all the gorgeous landmarks of Miami, Scarface highlights some of Miami’s most recognizable spots amidst the grotesque depiction of Cuban-American masculinity and all the misogyny, violence, and gaudiness that comes with it. Featuring the Ocean and 13th, Art Deco enthusiasts love Scarface. Highlighting the glitz and glamor of Miami’s hotels and buildings, Scarface is a must-watch for all locals.

Moonlight (2016)

This 2016 autobiography snagged 3 Oscars and showed a grittier but much more authentic side of Miami that most people probably haven't seen on screen before. Filmed in the historically rich and captivating area of Liberty city, Virginia Key Beach Park, and Jimmy's Eastside Diner, Moonlight doesn't shy away from keeping things honest. Giving a truthful, more intimate view of Miami, Moonlight stands out from other films without having to lean on Miami's most significant attractions to fill the cinematography. 

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