Charlie Kaufman’s unorthodox adaptation of Susan Orlean’s non-fiction book, The Orchid Thief, is one of my favorite movies. Nicolas Cage, who plays Donald and Charlie Kaufman, is so convincing as a neurotic Jew-fro’d Yid you’d think Bangkok Dangerous had a bris. The movie is set in L.A. and Miami and ends with an epic chase through the Everglades in the dead of night. Beware of the gator.
The movie that should have scared tourists away from Miami for good but, sadly, didn’t. I’m sure the hotel where the Chainsaw Shower Scene was filmed is a stop on some tour.
3. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Before Jim Carrey went morose, Miami inspired one of his great comedic performances. Who doesn’t remember the first time they saw this?
4. Something about Mary
Even after you fast forward over the zipper scene with your eyes closed you’ve still got another Miami-based comedy gem. Factoid: Many of the scenes outside Marry’s house on Biscayne Bay were shot right in front of my father’s first Miami home.
5. The Birdcage
Gay or straight, you’ll be GLAAD you watched this flick.
6. True Lies
This is one of the most expensive movies in Hollywood history, with part of its budget spent on blowing the first 7-mile bridge to high hell.
7. A Hole in the Head
A 1959 classic starring Frank Sinatra as a Miami hotel operator. The screenplay was adapted by playwright Arnold Schulman, whose father operated a Miami hotel. The hotel used in the film is the Cardozo Hotel, now owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
8. Where the Boys Are
Starring a young George Hamilton, this movie is largely to blame for Ft. Lauderdale’s obnoxious spring breaks. Spoiler alert: Georgie’s spectacularly tan in the film.
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