Best Movies Set In Miami

November 29, 2011 9:01 AM

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Dozens of movies have been set in South Florida, including some of the most iconic, and most controversial in history. The first films shot in Miami were in 1941, but it wasn’t until several decades later that Miami hit the big-time.

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Al Pacino played the crime boss Tony Montana in this reimagining of Scarface, written by Oliver Stone. It was set in several places around Miami and saw Montana rise to the top of the drug world before his greed and drug use eventually brought him down in a sea of bullets. It was a startling reflection of the “Cocaine Cowboys” days around Miami in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. It also had iconic quotes including, “Say hello to my little friend,” and “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

Godfather Part II

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The Godfather, Part II

Arguably the best movie in the trilogy, the Godfather II showed how Michael Corleone took full control of his crime family, while also showing the early years when his father, Vito, first started the crime family. Michael Corleone made a special trip to Miami in the movie to meet with fellow crime-lord Hymen Roth. Miami became another front in the Corleone crime syndicate in the movie.


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The seemingly timeless movie of a caddy teaming up with Rodney Dangerfield and Chevy Chase was shot at what was then known as the Rolling Hills Golf Course, now known as the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie, Fla. The movie had iconic moments and some of the best one-liners in a movie, mainly coming from Dangerfield. Among some of his more iconic quotes, “Hey baby you must have been something before electricity,” and “Hey Smails, my dinghy’s bigger than your whole boat.”

There's Something About Mary

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There’s Something About Mary

If you didn’t laugh when a certain body part got stuck, or when they found the hair gel, c’mon. While cheesy, the movie was full of laughs and set heavily in South Florida. The movie made Cameron Diaz a film hottie and pushed Ben Stiller’s name higher in the comedy genre. Plus, it has a cameo from an NFL Hall of Fame primadonna, Brett Favre.


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The movie, set in 1954, was shot at Miami Central High and released in 1982. The movie featured a gang of high schoolers trying to lose their virginity before teaming up to take out a nightclub owner who beat one of the teens nearly to death. The movie is full of practical jokes and teen problems, including a problematic teacher named Balbricker.