For film aficionados, a stroll through South Beach means more than beautiful beaches, model-status patrons, and luxurious high-rise hotels.
In fact, there’s a good deal of television and cinematic history that takes place right here on the streets of SoBe. From cinematic masterpieces like Scarface to unforgettable comedies like There’s Something About Mary, South Beach serves as the backdrop for many a movie moment.
Below are a few iconic movies that were filmed, at least partially, right here in our own beautiful backyard.
Though, unsurprisingly and per Hollywood custom, many of the supposed “Miami” scenes were actually filmed in California, a number of iconic moments from the film were shot on the shores of Miami Beach. The notorious chainsaw scene was filmed on Ocean Drive, for example, and several key scenes from the film took place at the famed Fontainebleau Hotel, located in the heart of East of Collins.
2. Bad Boys 2
Perhaps not quite as renowned by film critics as Scarface, but still just as loved by fans, Bad Boys 2 was filmed primarily in Miami and around South Florida.
Production for the film actually caused closures on the MacArthur Causeway for several days, which caused major traffic delays around the city. A fun fact about the filming: At one point during filming on Cape Florida State Park, the film 2 Fast 2 Furious was being shot on the other side.
3. There’s Something About Mary
While much of the film takes place in Coral Gables, we see a number of scenes that were clearly filmed on the other side of the MacArthur. We meet the character Sully at Big Pink, the iconic breakfast and late-night joint located East of Collins in South Beach.
4. Marley and Me
Though a great deal of this much-beloved tearjerker was filmed in Hollywood, Florida as well as in Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, and Los Olas, a number of scenes and aerial shots take place throughout Miami Beach, including recognizable shots from the Rickenbacker Causeway, the MacArthur Causeway, Ocean Drive, and Washington Avenue.
Bonus: Miami Vice, Dexter, and Burn Notice
Though not movies, these series are filmed all over South Beach and the greater Miami area, including iconic locations such as Jose Marti Park and Crandon Park.
It’s interesting to note that many of the scenes, particularly in Dexter, which supposedly takes place almost exclusively in Miami Beach, are actually filmed in Los Angeles, California or on closed sets.
Stay tuned for our next article featuring classic movie moments filmed in the East of Collins community. Which of your favorite, iconic movie scenes were filmed on Miami’s beaches? Tell us in the comments.