We rarely pay attention to the locations in a film unless they are unusually breathtaking. However, if you think back to your favorite films, you might notice than many of them use the same locations. As with actors, there are an elite group of places that tend to show up in both contemporary and classic movies. Here are some locations you may recognize. HOLLYWOOD SIGN LOS ANGELES
The Sign in the movies is a towering Hollywood star. The Sign has had many roles through the years. Recently, it has been featured in Gangster Squad, Argo, Rock of Ages and Valentine's Day, to name a few.
However, the Sign didn't begin its life as a Movieland icon. In 1923, the Sign was built as a huge
illuminated advertisement for an upscale housing development called Hollywoodland. Towards the end of the 1920's, it became something of a West Coast phenomenon and tourist attraction. But by the mid-1940's it had fallen on hard times. But the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce came to the rescue. Removing the word "land" so the Sign declared "HOLLYWOOD" in thirteen 50-foot high letters and resides in its own locale known as Griffith Park. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING NEW YORK CITY
The fabulous art deco needle of a building is a magnet for filmmakers. It has appeared on-screen in more than 100 movies.
A versatile performer, the building has done musical comedies, romances, arthouse films and action flicks. Woody Allen featured ESB in Annie Hall and Manhattan. Martin Scorsese used it in New York, New York. But the building's most memorable moments had to have been the meeting spot for Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember. Later, for Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle. And lest we forget, the building's most famous close-up; the climactic scene between King Kong and hapless Faye Wray in the 1933 film and in the 2005 remake with Naomi Watts. EIFFEL TOWER PARIS
Designed by Gustave Eiffel (also famed for his work on another film favorite, the Statue of Liberty) and built in 1889, the most famous landmark in Paris was roundly derided when it first burst upon the skyline (critics sneeringly dubbed it 'the Metal Asparagus). Initiall, it only survived as a decnt platform for radio transmissions. But over the years, the Tower has thrust its way into hearts and imaginations who viewed Alec Guiness descending it in gales of laughter in The Lavendar Hill Mob. Or soaring above Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron in Gigi? Or overlooking Woody Allen and Goldie Hawn's light-as-air waltz by the Seine in Everybody Says I Love You? MINI-HOLLYWOOD SPAIN
Ever think that the scenery in all those iconic westerns was...Spain? That's right. Mini Hollywood and nearby Texas Hollywood as well as the desert surrounding them played the Wild West in Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti westerns. Legends of the genre were shot there including A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The setting also served as a location for Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. ANGEL STATUE IN BETHESDA FOUNTAIN CENTRAL PARK NEW YORK CITY
Designed by sculptor Emma Stebbens in 1868 and unveiled in 1873, the bronze statue depicts a female winged angel touching down upon the top of the fountain. Stebbens was the first woman to receive a public commission for a work of art in New York City.
photo by MG Doares
Although easily recognizable in films, directors often shoot the statue so it appears larger than it's
actual eight feet. Some of the films you may recall in which this graceful icon appears; Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters and Mel Brooks' The Producers. The movie Godspell opens at the Angel Statue at Bethesda Fountain. And it's the setting for the dance number "That's How You Know" in the Disney film Enchanted. THE QUALITY CAFE LOS ANGELES
Basically every cafe in every movie, this same place has been featured in a ton of movies. The Quality Cafe, an inconspicuous diner, stopped serving meals in 2006, but it's been doing very well for itself as a film location. Just off the top of our head films that were shot there include, for example, Million Dollar Baby, Se7en, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Catch Me If You can, to name just a few.