7 Famous Movies and TV Shows Shot on the South Shore

Filled with stunning scenery, Long Island film history is a part of Hollywood history. It’s no surprise, the gorgeous beaches, boardwalks and buildings make it an ideal place for directors to capture the perfect scene. Just ask Woody Allen—he’s come to the Island on several occasions to make a movie.

Of course he’s not the only one. Several actors have made their way to the Island to film scenes for the big or small screen. And some of movies and TV shows are a pretty big deal. Take a look at some of the ones that featured the South Shore as their backdrop.

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Blue Jasmine

When this film hit theaters, moviegoers were in awe by Cate Blanchett’s performance. The Australian star, who acted alongside famous Long Islander Alec Baldwin, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the role of Jasmine in 2014. But you might not know that her character’s flashback scenes were shot in Quogue, Suffolk County.

The Bounty Hunter

This 2010 action comedy stars Jennifer Aniston as Nicole Hurley and Gerard Butler as Milo Boyd, ex-spouses in for quite an adventure. The opening scene was shot right on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway.

The Americans

The Cold War-era drama, which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, once filmed in Adventureland Amusement Park in Farmingdale. The episode aired in 2014 during season 2.


CBS’ version of the story of Sherlock Holmes stars New York native Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson and Johnny Lee Miller as the lead character. Scenes from the popular show have been shot in Farmingdale.

Young Adult 

In the 2011 film, Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary who returns to her small Minnesota town after a divorce. Her small town, however, was actually shot in Massapequa Park!

Born on the Fourth of July

This 1989 flick details the life of Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise portrays the former United States Marine Corps sergeant who became an anti-war activist. Scenes were filmed right in Massapequa where Kovic grew up.

The Blacklist

This popular NBC show starring James Spader and Megan Boone had the right idea from the beginning. It used the Long Beach Bridge to shoot the pilot. Other scenes were also shot at Farmingdale’s Republic Airport.

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