You can take the girl out of the island, but you can’t take the island out of the girl. I was born surrounded by water, so it was easy to come up with the best waterfront movie locations for this list. Some are real, some are fictional, but since we all have a fantasy of where we would like to humbly abode, these choices will fit any dream!
10. The Fifth Element (1997)
Corbin Dallas (Bruce Willis) wins a vacation to Fhloston Paradise, a place that every human or alien longs to be. A cruising starship floats above this fictional planet, located in the Angel Constellation of the Milky Way, where its visitors can find a haven among the 400 islands. Though the location doesn’t really exist, it would be the perfect home for an island girl like myself, who must be near an ocean at all times. I definitely wouldn’t have a problem picking the island of my dreams.
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9. Deep Impact (1998)
It was like a stab in the heart to see the beach house that Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) grew up in, be engulfed by an enormous tsunami. Jenny retreats to where her father stands on the beach, to enjoy her last moments on the East coast abode they once shared. Though the setting of the house was in Virginia Beach, producers used a beach front property from Amagansett in the Hamptons. To be able to wake up and watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean, who wouldn’t want to live in a spot like this? You just have to remember to listen for the warning and run when that asteroid hits!
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8. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Movie magic creates a magnificent view from the Drayton’s San Francisco home in this film. Ninety percent of the movie was filmed on a soundstage, while producers matted scenic views of the San Francisco bay area to create a home that any Californian would dream of. To be able to walk on your patio and see the Golden Gate Bridge in all its glory, is an opportunity most don’t ever get. Could these amazing images be a way to soften the controversial storyline for the audience back in the sixties? It is a tone so obsolete now but this gorgeous house certainly left an impression on me.
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7. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
So you’re probably thinking, another science fiction movie, another fictional set. Surprisingly the Naboo hideout of Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is a real location. It is know as the Villa del Balbianello on Lake Cuomo, Italy. The Villa has had many owners over the centuries, but currently belongs to the Gardens in Italy and has been used for other movie sets. It has such a serene view of the Italian landscape, that it would be hard to leave such a place of beauty behind.
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6. Up (2009)
It might be an animated film, but the setting for Carl Fredricksen’s (Ed Asner) balloon adventure is inspired by an unusual paradise that does exist. The Tepui mountains in Venezuela contains numerous plateaus that peak high into the clouds, with waterfalls that plunge so deep, you can’t see where they fall. Carl’s mission is to relocate his house to Paradise falls, which mirrors the real Angel falls. If you wanted to escape civilization, this would be the place to do it. Sometimes I’m tempted to escape to such a plateau in the sky.
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5. An Affair to Remember (1957)
A villa on the French Riviera overlooking the Mediterranean Sea is where Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) visits his grandmother, when he makes a stop while on his cruise. The view is astounding. A courtyard where you can sip a warm cup of tea while watching yachts and cruise ships dock in the bay is the ultimate European locale. Unfortunately, most of the scenes where shot in the 20th Century Fox back lot, hence it is not determined if the villa actually exists.
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4. Iron Man (2008)
A real location, but a fictional house. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) constructs his alter ego in this ultimate superhero bachelor pad. With an almost 360 degree view of the water, the house is a CGI model digitally placed atop footage of Point Dume in Malibu, California. It is a place where you could escape from your enemies and fly off into the night to save the world. What more luxury could a crime fighter need?
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3. Blue Lagoon (1980)
A tropical island in Fiji…need I say more? Who wouldn’t want to live in a place surrounded by the clearest of oceans, sand as white as snow and where the temperature is just right. A story of two children who end up shipwrecked, the island becomes their own lovers’ paradise as they grow fond of each other. Shot on location in Jamaica and a privately-owned island in Fiji, this set is one place I wouldn’t want to be rescued from.
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2. Avatar (2009)
A location that is part science fiction, part reality, Pandora is one place where anyone human or Na’vi would want to call home. Inspired by the exotic fauna and fantastic waterfalls that can be found all over the island of Kauai, Hawaii, the way the Na’vi treasure the paradise they have been given is a lesson we should all learn. A floating island with my own flowing waterfall is high on my bucket list of places to find.
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1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, 2006, 2007)
The view of Port Royal from the window of Elizabeth Swann’s (Keira Knightley) room in Govenor’s mansion. The island where Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) buried his forsaken heart. The impenetrable fortress where the pirate lords meet. These are sets any actor would hate to leave once a movie is wrapped. The cast of Pirates of the Caribbean were surrounded by water most of the time and this trilogy rules when it comes to the ultimate waterfront locations. Shot in many of the Caribbean islands, such as the Bahamas, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and even the islands of Hawaii, the only problem I would have is which location to choose first!
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