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3 Movies that were mainly filmed in Florida

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Florida is a place great for adventure, living, and even movies! This is why a lot of filmmakers from around the world come to explore Delaware and its many wonders.

Florida has had inhabitants since almost 14,000 years ago. Nevertheless, it wasn't until a few centuries ago that the first known expedition to Florida was initiated, under the direction of a Spanish explorer, Ponce de Léon. He named the region 'La Pascua Florida,' which roughly translates to 'flowery festival' since it is a synonym for Easter.

During the next 300 years, Florida was colonized by three different powers: France, Great Britain, and Spain. It also experienced large-scale immigration from natives, as well as African-Americans. Finally, in the mid-19th century, Florida became a state of the United States.

Many outsiders are familiar with this state because of its citrus agriculture and amusement parks. With its considerably large population and economy, this low-lying state has quite a lot to provide for people. Florida's beauty is why many filmmakers decide to create movies in this beautiful state! Here are a few of them:

Magic Mike (2012)

In Magic Mike, a male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. During the day, Mike Lane works as a roofer in Tampa, Florida, but by night, as Magic Mike, he is the star of the Kings of Tampa, a group of male strippers. In secret, he wants out to pursue a projected furniture-making business, but his credit rating prohibits him from getting a bank loan for this, despite his considerable savings. Michael's teenage workmate Adam finds Mike at the club and, when one of the acts is unable to go on, Adam is convinced to strip - becoming a huge hit. His success goes to his head, however, and his foolish actions threaten Brooke's relationship with Mike as well as Mike's ambitions.

Filming locations:

Tampa, Florida, USA

Dunedin, Florida, USA

The Bricks of Ybor, Tampa, Florida, USA

Fred Howard Park, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Florida, USA

Sunday's Fine Dining, Tampa, Florida, USA

Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is about a young African-American man who struggles with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood. The book presents three stages of Chiron's life: adolescence, adolescence, and maturity. Chiron lives with his single, crack-addicted mother Paula in Miami, which is riddled with crime as a child. Because he is small and neglected by his mother, Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child concerned with fulfilling her sexual needs than providing for him. This is why Chiron is bullied; the slurs are hurled at him, which he doesn't quite understand but which he knows are meant to hurt him. Besides his Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron receives guidance from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see how neglected he is, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa. Her home acts as a sanctuary from the bullies and the abuse of Paula.

Filming locations:

  • Miramar High School, Miramar, Florida, USA
  • Jimmy's Eastside Diner, 7201 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Florida, USA
  • Miami, Florida, USA
  • Liberty City, Florida, USA
  • Virginia Key, Florida, USA

Spring Breakers (2012)

Spring Breakers is about four college girls attempting to rob a restaurant to pay for their spring break vacation. After partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. Since grade school, Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith have been best friends. Their dorm is boring, so they are eager for adventures. To have fun on spring break, they only need to save enough money before then. They will be provided with all the excitement and thrill that they could hope for when they happen to encounter rapper "Alien." The girls quickly find out how far they are willing to go to have a spring break they will never forget with the encouragement of their new friend.

Filming locations:

  • Pinellas County, Florida, USA
  • St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge, U.S. 19/I-275, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
  • Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, USA
  • Gulfport, Florida, USA
  • Treasure Island, Florida, USA
  • Redington Shores, Florida, USA

Bonus: More movies filmed in Florida:

  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • The Birdcage (1996)
  • Body Heat (1981)
  • Caddyshack (1980)
  • Cocoon (1985)
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Do you know any other movies shot in Florida? Please share them in the comments section below if you do!