Once in a while, when you’re watching a film, a place will seem so familiar that you feel like you’ve seen it before. Sometimes, that’s because you have. Here are seven movie locations you’ve seen dozens of times.
Carmel-By-The Sea, with its sandy beaches, foamy waters and rustic cottages makes the perfect setting for a film. Indeed, Hollywood used this location dozens of times. In 1947, Carmel-By-The-Sea served as the setting for “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” Then, in 1961, the location was used for the original “Parent Trap" and later in 1992 it served as the location for the “Basic Instinct” Beach House.
Villefranche-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Another one of Hollywood’s favorite movie locations is France’s Villefranche-sur-Mer. With its rolling hills and busy coastline, it makes the perfect site for movies featuring action and intrigue. In 1955, it was the setting for much of “To Catch a Thief.” It also served as the setting for parts of “The Jewel of the Nile” in 1985. More recently, scenes from “Bourne Identity” and “The Bucket List” were also filmed here.
City Hall, San Francisco
San Francisco’s City Hall has been used as a filming location dozens of times. In 1971, Clint Eastwood strolled through its doors as Harry Callahan in “Dirty Harry.” In 1978, it was used for “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” In 1985, it was the setting for “A View to a Kill”. Three years later, it was used for “Tucker: The Man and His Dreams.” More recently parts of “Milk,” the film about California politician Harvey Milk, were filmed at City Hall.
Manhattan Bridge, New York City, New York, USA
Manhattan Bridge is another one of those movie locations that Hollywood has fallen in love with. In 1984, parts of Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in America” were filmed there. In 1995, Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie skated near the bridge as Dade Murphy and Kate Libby in “Hackers.” The Manhattan Bridge also served as a backdrop for parts of “Batman Forever,” “True Believer,” “Brewster’s Millions” and “Crocodile Dundee.”
The Empire State Building
The Manhattan Bridge is not the only movie location in New York that has been featured dozens of times. The Empire State Building has also been the setting of several popular films. It features prominently in “Sleepless in Seattle” and ends up being the place in which the protagonist and his love interest meet. It is also the setting for one of the most memorable scenes in “On the Town,” in which Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra dangle comedic actor Jules Munshin off the side of the empire state building, in order to hide him from the police.
Katz’s Delicatessen has the reputation of being one of the best delis in New York City; but it has another claim to fame as well. It has been featured Hollywood films. There is, for instance, a placard marking the table at which Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan argued over relationships during a meal on the set of “When Harry Met Sally.” Katz’s is also the location for the scene in “Enchanted,” in which Pip, the chipmunk tries to lead Prince Edward to Giselle through a series of pantomimes. It is also featured in several other films, including “Across the Universe” and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.”
Alverno High School
Another movie location you have probably seen dozens of times is Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California. It is the school Anne Hathaway’s character Mia attends in "The Princess Diaries." It is also featured on “Legally Blonde,” “Corrina, Corrina,” “MacArthur,” “Ed Wood,” and “Charlie’s Angels.”