Movies & TV Shows Filmed on Long Island

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Would you be surprised to learn that dozens of Hollywood blockbusters and prime time favorites were filmed right here on our lovely Long Island?  From comedies to dramas, famous scenes in iconic films and very recent virulently popular web series, Long Island's natural scenery has been immortalized as the backdrop in internationally acclaimed shows and films. Take a look at the list below to learn more about this little-known aspect the film and television industry on Long Island.
Movies Filmed on Long Island
Batman Forever (June 16, 1995) – Filmed partly at the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in Glen Cove, this popular addition to the Batman franchise stars Val Kilmer as Batman, Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face and Jim Carrey as The Riddler.
The Bounty Hunter (March 10, 2010) – Starring Gerard Butler as an ex-NYPD Detective turned bail enforcement agent, along with Jennifer Aniston as ex-wife reporter who is faces an arrest warrant for skipping her bond hearing,this film featured a chase scene filmed on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway (Route 135). 
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (September 20, 1958) – A classic American drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams play, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, was filmed at the Coleman Estate in Muttontown, Oyster Bay.
Citizen Kane (September 5, 1941) – Written, produced, directed by and starring Orson Welles, this photographs of Oheka Castle in Huntington were used to depict Xanadu in the film. Citizen Kane, Welles’ first feature film, is considered by many film critics to be the greatest film ever made.
Cruel Intentions (March 5, 1999) – Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe and Selma Blair, one scene from this modern adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a late 18th Century French novel in which the protagonists use seduction to humiliate other, was filmed at Old Westbury Gardens.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – This all-encompassing sci-fi/comedy/drama/romance tells the story of brokenhearted Clementine (Kate Winslet) who wishes to purge her mind of all traces of her ex-boyfriend, Joel (Jim Carrey).  Nearly the entire film was shot in New York, including a scene that was filmed in Montauk.
The Godfather (March 24, 1972) – Francis Ford Coppola’s American crime classic The Godfather, considered one of the best and most influential films in world cinema, traces the transformation of young Michael Corleone as he assumes the role of Mafia boss. One of the most iconic scenes in the film, Sonny’s death scene, was shot at Mitchel Field in Uniondale.
Goodfellas (September 21, 1990) – Based on the non-fiction novel Wise Guys, written by Nicholas Peleggi, this classic Scorsese film starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci tells the sad story of the fall of the Lucchese crime family. Scorsese used the Catalina Beach Club as the backdrop for the vacation scenes in the film. 
Meet the Parents (2000) – One of the highest grossing films of 2000, this comedy starring Ben Stiller as the awkward son-in-law and Robert De Niro as the intimidating and overbearing father-in-law, was filmed partly at Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille in Port Washington, as well as Old Brookville, Oyster Bay, Greenvale and Brooklyn.
Sabrina (1954) – Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart pair in this classic about a chauffeur’s daughter and her paramours: two wealthy brothers. In 2002, the Library of Congress selected Sabrina for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.  The film was shot in two Glen Cove mansions. Welland House was used in the original 1954 film version and Salutations House in the 1995 remake of the film. 
TV Shows Shot on Long Island
The Americans (2013 - ) – Adventureland in Farmingdale was used in a 2013 episode of, “The Americans,” starring Keri Russell.  This story follows married KBG agents posing as ordinary Americans in 1980s suburbia.  
Boardwalk Empire (2010 - 2014) – This HBO crime and period drama, starring Steve Buscemi as crime boss Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, based on the historical Enoch Johnson, an Atlantic City political boss and racketeer, featured scenes filmed at Sands Point Preserve
Elementary (2012 - ) – Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller star in CBS’s modern take on the Sherlock Holmes series. Scenes for the show were shot in Long Beach, Farmingdale and Port Washington.
Girls (2012 - ) – Created by and starring Lena Dunham, an aspiring writer learning the ropes of supporting herself, this HBO series follows a group of girls living in New York City, filmed an episode on location in Greenport.
The Good Wife (2009 - ) – This CBS political and legal drama stars Julianna Margulies, a stay-at-home-mother who returns to her old job as a litigator to support her family after her husband, an Illinois State’s Attorney, is jailed for his involvement in a political and sex scandal.  Scenes were filmed at Marble Modern American Steakhouse in Floral Park.
Gossip Girl (2007 - 2012) – A Carle Place convenient store was used in the teen drama series, “Gossip Girl,” based on a book series of the same name, starring Blake Lively as an Upper East Side socialite who recently returned from a Connecticut boarding school.
Louie (2010 - ) – An FX network comedy-drama following the parenting travails of Louie C.K. as he plays a single parent of two young girls in Manhattan. The Hamptons were used as a backdrop in this series.
Orange is the New Black (2013 - ) – This Netflix jailbird series starring Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, an inmate sentenced to 15 months for smuggling drug money for her former girlfriend Alex, portrayed by Laura Prepon in a women’s federal prison as she encounters the realities of incarceration.  The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead is featured in Season 3 of the show.
Sex and the City (1998 - 2004) – The iconic HBO romantic sitcom starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Parker as four New Yorkers who gossip and sex and fashion.  The ladies of “Sex and the City” headed to the Hamptons to film the season 5 finale.
The Sopranos (1999 - 2007) – The American organized crime series, “The Sopranos,” stars James Gandolfini as New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano.  A wedding scene wedding was shot at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck. Long Islander Edie Falco starred as Carmela Soprano, Tony’s wife.

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