Top Ten Miami Movies

By | October 10th, 2010 | 7 Comments

1. Adaptation

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.

2. Scarface

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.

9. Porky’s

10. Goldfinger

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7 Comments on “Top Ten Miami Movies”

  1. 1 Three Top Ten Miami Lists for 10/10/10 | Beached Miami said at 10:57 pm on October 10th, 2010:

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  2. 2 Gabe said at 11:18 pm on October 10th, 2010:

    Good list. I’m a little upset though. You guys left out two two major Miami masterpieces:
    1) Only The Strong


    2) Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise

    Also, it seems like as long as a movie touched down in Miami, it can be listed… That opens up a lot of possibilities. Two Johnny Depp movies come to mind, Donnie Brasco and Blow.

  3. 3 Geoff said at 12:13 am on October 11th, 2010:

    I agree with Revenge of the Nerds ! great flick.

  4. 4 Robby Campbell said at 12:26 am on October 11th, 2010:

    We were in such a rush to get it up at 10:10 that I forgot all about Nerds ii. Unacceptable. My sincerest apologies. Other honorable mentions I forgot:
    Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
    Some Like it Hot
    and I’m still hoping someone’s working on a Golden Girls movie.

  5. 5 Mikey Berlin said at 1:15 am on October 11th, 2010:

    What about Blow? Miami was an importunate part of Johnny Depp’s rise to cocaine fame.
    AND Only The Strong Should have definitely made the list

  6. 6 william said at 11:11 am on October 11th, 2010:

    Armand: Al, you old son of a bitch! How ya doin’? How do you feel about that call today? I mean the Dolphins! Fourth-and-three play on their 30 yard line with only 34 seconds to go!

    Albert: How do you think I feel? Betrayed, bewildered… wrong response?

  7. 7 laurie said at 2:04 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    just wanted to add that our best buddies live in Connie Francis’ home, in Ft. Lauderdale…from Where The Boys Are…it’s very cool.

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