‘Big,’ ‘GoodFellas,’ ‘School of Rock’ and 7 more hit movies filmed in Bergen County

Bergen County has served as the backdrop for a number of films like 'Big.'

Bergen County has served as the backdrop for a number of films like ‘Big.’

When you think about big production movies being filmed typically New York City and Los Angeles come to mind. While those are hot spots, New Jersey has been the background choice for several blockbusters. Bergen County in particular has become a favorite to a number of producers because of its close proximity to Manhattan and diverse landscape.

So, which movies were lucky enough to shoot in the northern part of the Garden State?

The 1987 flick Big with Tom Hanks was filmed in both Cliffside Park and Fort Lee. In fact, Hanks’ character’s home is located 437 Greenmount Avenue, Cliffside Park. His best friend, Billy, lives next door at 435.

It’s no surprise that Italian flick GoodFellas filmed throughout Bergen County. Fort Lee, Alpine, Lodi and East Rutherford were locations that served as backgrounds for everything from the homes of the characters to action sequences.

Brad Pitt was in Paramus while filming 'Burn After Reading.'PNE

Brad Pitt was in Paramus while filming ‘Burn After Reading.’

But, you may be surprised to know that Brad Pitt graced our lovely state. The gym that his character worked at in Burn After Reading, Hard Bodies, was filmed in vacant building in Paramus that is now home to a Good Will store.

1. When Harry Met Sally

Billy Crystal’s character attends a football game in the old Giants stadium in East Rutherford.

2. You’ve Got Mail

The hit film starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks used the Teaneck Armory to shoot some scenes.

3. School of Rock

A house in Franklin Lakes was used for a few scenes.

4. Spider-Man 3

There was a brief shot used that was filmed in Alpine.

5. I Am Legend

Will Smith filmed a scene in Fort Lee with the George Washington Bridge in the background.

6. The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio filmed some scenes in vacant buildings located in Closter Plaza and the now-closed Paulie’s Restaurant.

7. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The movie was filmed in Oakland in parts of the Ramapo State Forest.

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