Top Ten Films Shot in Fort Lauderdale

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Everyone knows Miami is the place Hollywood goes calling when it wants sexy done right. Various films, from The Godfather, Part II to Scarface to Pain & Gain, have been shot in the Magic City.

But what many don't know is that a lot of films were also shot in Fort Lauderdale. And we're not just talking about Porky's II or Bart Gets a Room.

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We're talking classic, memorable films. Some that you probably have among your all-time favorites and didn't even know were shot in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.

Here now are our Top Ten Films Shot in Fort Lauderdale:

10. Happy Gilmore (2006)

Back when Adam Sandler still made funny movies, Happy Gilmore is the zany comedy about a hockey player with a powerful drive who joins the PGA Tour so he can earn money to save his grandmother's house from the IRS. Happy Gilmore launched Sandler into the stratosphere, where he now makes terrible movies in which he makes grunty noises and plays his own ugly sister. But this one is a classic, with most of the golf-course scenes shot in Fort Lauderdale.

9. There's Something About Mary (1998)

The Farrelly Brothers' classic gross-out film made careers for Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz and gave the world memorable scenes like a dude getting his pecker stuck in a zipper and the Seven Minute Abs. There's also a cameo of Brett Favre playing himself and telling Stiller, "I'm in town to play the Dolphins, dumbass."

8. True Lies (1994)

James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger followed up T2 with this high-concept comedy action about secret agent Harry Tasker, whose family thinks he's a dullard computer salesman, when in reality he's actually traveling the world to exotic places and killing terrorists. But when he discovers his bored wife is seeing another man, Tasker uses his talents to track the man down and give Mrs. Tasker a bit of a joly. It's a fun, funny film, with sequences shot in the Keys, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. Also, Jamie Lee Curtis strip-tease scene!

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This makes me feel slightly better after reading the criminal West craziness.


Maybe you should include Body Heat, The Island, and whatever the film with Tom Cruise as a rock and roll star was.



Yes, Caddy Shack golf course shots were at Rolling hills in Davie. Midnight Cowboy shots were in Hollywood. Scenes were shot at the now demolished Greyhound Bus Station, the doughnut shop on the corner of Tyler St. and Young Circle and at shops along Hollywood Blvd. You can also see the Great Southern Hotel in one shot. I believe in the closing scene where Ratzo passes away the bus was on I-95in Miami.

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You know you can't do this without getting other submissions.  It's why we love subjective lists.  One flim that shot a lot of Ft. Lauderdale scenes was "Harry & Son" with Paul Newman and Robbie Benson.  Somewhat sappy film but I liked the neighborhood shots of old FTL. I'm also pretty sure the golf scenes and Club House and pool scenes From Caddy Shack were shot on an old course near FTL.  It was called Rolling Hills.  I played there several times.


OK, was getting nervous there, but Caddyshack made it.  But I would switch number 1 and number 2.

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