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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Miami plays a star role on Film and TV

From the big screen to the small screen, sun-drenched Miami is often a go-to destination for Hollywood. Our stunning scenery, interesting and diverse neighborhoods, Art Deco architecture and much more, make Miami a camera-ready destination. Film buffs can now journey through Miami’s epic film and TV history thanks to the new The Miami-Dade County Movie & TV Map Tour, but below, we’ve rounded up some of the most famous films and television shows that have been filmed in Miami.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Made for TV

Sure, the 1980s were all about undercover cops Crockett and Tubbs in the flashy hit TV show Miami Vice, with many episodes shot at various locations around South Beach, including neon-lit Ocean Drive which showcases Miami’s Art Deco architecture, energetic nightlife, blue water and swaying palm trees; but even today, Miami continues to dominate the small screen, with many popular TV series shot here, or based in Miami but shot elsewhere.

Most recently, the addictive The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime’s streaming show about a New York housewife navigating the world of stand-up comedy, filmed its third season in Miami with prime scenes at the always-glam and architectural gem Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel and Faena Miami Beach in Miami’s growing Mid-Beach neighborhood, Crandon Park Beach on tranquil Key Biscayne, along with other locations.

Wynwood
Wynwood

Miami has also served as a locale for standout scenes in HBO’s Ballers with Dwayne Johnson, including episodes shot in artsy Wynwood, Little Haiti, South Beach and many more. Miami played a starring role in USA Network’s Burn Notice, a spy drama with actors Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar set in Miami with major scenes shot in Coconut Grove, Miami Beach and even at the airport in Opa-Locka; as well as the short-lived Magic City, which was filmed on-location around Miami and Miami Beach. Miami’s Liberty City, also got major play in the Starz TV docu-series Warriors of Liberty City about an inner-city youth football program.

Cameos? We’ll take them. While initial episodes and establishing scenes were filmed in Miami for Dexter, a long-running series about a serial killer in Miami who hunts down bad people, most of the episodes were filmed in California and elsewhere. Miami also snagged establishing shots in CSI Miami which was based in Miami but shot in California.

Historic Virginia Key Beach
Historic Virginia Key Beach

Made for Movies

Moonlight. This 2016 autobiographical drama snagged three Oscars and showed viewers a grittier but real side of Miami that many had not seen before. With scenes filmed in the history-rich area of Liberty City, the captivating movie is about a black gay man growing up in the macho Liberty Square public housing complex based on a play by Miami native Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film was beautifully made, and other scenes were shot at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, South Beach, parts of Downtown Miami, and Jimmy's Eastside Diner, a staple diner on Biscayne Boulevard known for its all-day breakfast.

Marley and Me. Star-struck locals stayed busy trying to keep up with all the scenes that were shot around Miami for this 2008 hit about a couple, played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, who moved to South Florida and were always chasing after their naughty dog Marley. One of the most memorable scenes, where the audience and the Miami Marlins baseball team got to be part of the cinematic fun, took place during “Bark at the Park” night for the Marlins, when Owens and Aniston chased the dog through stands and the field. Other crucial scenes took place at Crandon Park Beach on Key Biscayne (which is the most filmed beach in South Florida), Monty's Raw Bar in Coconut Grove, and Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami.

Miami Vice. It had to be done, right? The popular TV show that put Miami on the map was turned into a movie in 2006. The makers of the film starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell took over South Florida, filming at the now-closed Mansion nightclub on Washington Avenue, which reigned as a nightlife haven in South Beach for years.

Vizcaya
Vizcaya

Any Given Sunday. If you love sports dramas, this 1999 flick directed by Oliver Stone about a fictional pro-football team called the Miami Sharks, was set here and zeroed in on several Miami locations. The movie, with an all-star cast of Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Dennis Quaid, used the now-demolished Orange Bowl for the football team’s home game scenes (we now know it as Marlins Park). Any Given Sunday also features the Hard Rock Stadium, the current home of the Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes; the old Homestead Sports Complex baseball training site; the Estefan-owned Cardozo Hotel in South Beach and the movie-famous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. What you may not recognize in the movie is Downtown Miami, which now gleams with skyscrapers and new builds.

There’s Something About Mary. This hilarious 1998 movie starring Cameron Diaz as the love interest of several men from Ben Stiller to Matt Dillon was mostly shot in locations around Miami and Rhode Island. Scenes include the lush residential city of Coral Gables, where Mary’s house was located; the waterside Red Fish Grill nestled inside scenic (and romantic) Matheson Hammock Park; longtime South Beach fixtures Big Pink diner and the Cardozo Hotel; and Downtown Miami.

Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road

The Bird Cage. Once again, sunny South Beach played a major role in this fan-favorite film starring the late Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, who portrayed a gay couple whose son is marrying the daughter of a conservative senator. Many of the 1996 movie’s famous scenes took place on always-bustling Ocean Drive, showcasing Miami’s classic Art Deco facades, and the Carlyle Hotel (now transformed into a residential condo building) which served as the drag club owned by Williams’ character. Miamians will also recognize open-air Lincoln Road, where Williams and Lane take a leisurely stroll like many of our locals and visitors do every day.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. If you still occasionally throw out the phrase, “Alllllrighty then,” this comedic movie is engrained in your brain. The 1994 laugh-fest about a goofy pet detective (Jim Carrey) hired to find the Miami Dolphins’ mascot, Snowflake — snatched just weeks before the Super Bowl — was set in Miami and also filmed in various locations around Miami. Locations include the real stadium where the Dolphins played, Coconut Grove, Miami Beach and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Beautiful Vizcaya has had many cameos in movies including the recent Iron Man 3 and Bad Boys 2.

Scarface. You can’t talk about movies in Miami without thinking of this iconic 80s gangster film showcasing Al Pacino as a Cuban-American drug lord, and his now-famous line, “Say hello to my little friend.” While the movie was set in Miami, the film was mainly shot in California, with only a few of the scenes actually taking place in Miami. Since you can’t fake our famous Art Deco architecture, scenes took place on Ocean Drive, and once again, the luxury resort Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

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