Relive your favorite movie scenes in these famous locations

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By Lydia Schrandt,

Listen up movie buffs! There's a company that just created a way for you to explore cinematic locations using info that it pulls from IMDb, and it's a really neat way to think about your next travel destination.

The platform is called "On Location," and it compiles data from more than 340,000 films shot in the past 20 years.  You can browse by countries, areas and locations, making it easy to find spots where you can practically walk onto a living set.

We used it to see where movies were filmed the most, so that we could make this handy list of 10 movie-centric destinations where you'll get a lot of cinematic bang for your buck. 

Central Park, New York


Taking the top spot on IMDb's list of most filmed locations worldwide is Central Park, with a whopping 231 movies shot there. The already iconic park served as the backdrop for equally iconic characters such as Superman, Spider-Man, the Men in Black and Princess Giselle from Enchanted

Venice Beach, Calif.

Venice Beach at sunset — Photo courtesy of iStock / Xavier Arnau

You might recognize this famous SoCal strip of sand thanks in part to the 161 times it's appeared on film in the past two decades. Venice Beach has made appearances in American Pie, The Big Lebowski, American History X and He's Just Not That Into You.

Greenwich Village, New York

Houses of Greenwich Village — Photo courtesy of iStock / Luke Abrahams

Coming in just behind Venice Beach with 160 cinematic appearances is the Big Apple's Greenwich Village. You might recognize this neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan from films like Deep Impact, I Am Legend and Julie & Julia.

Astoria, New York

Dusk in Astoria — Photo courtesy of iStock / michal dziekonski

If you haven't noticed already, New York is quite the director's favorite, and this neighborhood in Queens is no exception. Arthur, The Bounty Hunter and The Taking of Pelham 123 are a few of the 132 movies shot here.

Williamsburg, New York

Bridge view from Williamsburg — Photo courtesy of iStock / deberarr

Situated at the trendy epicenter of Brooklyn, Williamsburg is no stranger to the silver screen with 121 appearances in the past 20 years, including in movies like School of Rock, American Gangster, Sherlock Holmes and John Wick.

UCLA, Los Angeles


Back on the West Coast, the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles has starred in 106 films recently. A visit here lets you walk in the footsteps of Erin Brockovich, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and reckless superhero Hancock.

Coney Island, New York

Cyclone rollercoaster on Coney Island — Photo courtesy of iStock / MoonshineNY

In addition to being one of the most recognizable spots in New York, Coney Island has also featured in 102 movie titles, such as Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Other Guys and Brooklyn.

Times Square, New York


Times Square, situated at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in New York, might just be one of the world's most iconic locations, both on and off the screen. Some of the 99 films shot here during the past two decades include Spider-Man, The Devil Wears Prada, Burn After Reading and Birdman.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Wreck Beach at the University of British Columbia — Photo courtesy of Guilhem Vellut / Flickr

The first and only international filming location in the top 10 is the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. While less immediately iconic than some of the other locations on the list, the campus has featured in 91 movies like X-Men 2, The Butterfly Effect, Fantastic Four and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Harlem, New York


Among Harlem's 80 movie appearances in recent years are titles like American GangsterThe Royal Tenenbaums, Limitless and Annie

Check out On Location to explore more cinematic destinations around the globe.