Famous Flick Finds: Lights! Camera! Action!

Did you know that you are staying in what some Hollywood royalty deems a scene fit for the big screens? It’s true! Nicholas Cage even agreed when he said, “There’s a magic in Nevada that applies to filmmaking in an excellent way.”

Want to walk the scenes in some of your favorite movies? Here’s a quick tour through the famous spots in Reno, Lake Tahoe and beyond.

Starstruck in Reno

In The Misfits, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe bantered around downtown Reno and Pyramid Lake. Monroe even threw her ring off the famous Virginia Street Bridge to prove she was over her quickie divorce. The bridge was fully renovated last year and is surrounded by great shops, eateries and more in Reno’s Riverwalk District. renoriver.org

Head to Nugget Casino Resort to relive Clint Eastwood’s journey through northern Nevada in Pink Cadillac. This movie was also filmed in Carson City, Fallon, Fernley and Reno. They even held the world premiere at Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino. nuggetcasinoreno.com; caesars.com

Just down the road, at the National Bowling Stadium you can bowl a strike on the very lanes Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid used for their final round in Kingpin. gobowlreno.com

Featuring Tahoe

Take a helicopter ride with Heli-vertex to spy the famous private mansion from the wedding scene in Godfather ll. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino shot the Oscar-winning film at Fleur de Lac on the lake’s west shore. facebook.com/helivertex/

In The Bodyguard, Whitney Houston and her entourage retreat from Los Angeles to Fallen Leaf Lake. The beautiful waterway also is in City of Angels starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage.

Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa was the Nomad Casino in Smokin’ Aces where Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds and a slew of other cast mates rushed around the property for a majority of the movie. montbleuresort.com

Recorded in the rurals

While Goose suffered a dreadful fate, you may just spot a Top Gun fighter aircraft soaring high above the Naval Air Station Fallon. You could even stop in the Top Gun Restaurant to enjoy their subs, grinders and a whole lot of other menu favorites. facebook.com/TopGunRestaurant

And we can’t forget to mention the Genoa Bar and Saloon (a.k.a. Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor), which has become the backdrop for many classics. Clint Eastwood knocked back a few cold ones while filming Honky Tonk Man. It was the starring saloon in The Shootist with John Wayne, Charley Varrick and Walter Mathau; Misery with James Caan and Kathy Bates; and Till the River Runs Dry with Ann-Margret. facebook.com/genoabar

With the number of great movies that have been filmed in the area, it is surely has been a popular destination in some of the great classics. While you’re here, see if you can find some of these famous flick spots. You’ll get to relive your visit again and again with a Sierra-themed movie binge once you’re back home.


By: Heidi Bethel