Orange County is often overlooked as a popular filming location due to Los Angeles located just 20 miles north. With that being said, the beauty and history of The OC have resulted in plenty of TV shows and movies filmed within The County. Everything from big blockbuster movies to niche reality shows has been shot entirely or partially in The OC. Continue reading to see our list of the most popular film and television productions filmed in or around Orange County.
Movies Filmed in Orange County
1. “Ocean’s Eleven” | Scenes Shot on the UCI Campus
This popular heist movie featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, and Andy Garcia, filmed scenes at the University of California Irvine. They filmed in the Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility for a few prominent scenes.
2. “Jerry Maguire” | Scenes Filmed at John Wayne Airport & Fashion Island
This 1996 Tom Cruise film directed by Cameron Crowe features scenes in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island and John Wayne Airport. The scenes go by fast so pay attention while watching to make sure you don’t miss out on the Orange County locations.
3. “Savages” | Filmed in Laguna Beach
This violent and drama-filled crime movie starring Blake Lively is almost entirely shot and based in Laguna Beach. You’ll see everything from huge Laguna mansions to beautiful beaches.
4. “Iron Man” | Shots Filmed at the Masimo office building in Irvine
The corporate office of biotechnology company Masimo in Irvine is the perfect location for a futuristic-looking office setting. It’s been featured in a few different films, but the most notable are the scenes from “Iron Man” where we see Tony Stark walking through the halls.
5. “Rain Man” | Final Scene Shot at the Santa Ana Train Station
If you’ve seen “Rain Man,” you probably remember the final scene at the old school looking train station. That location just so happens to be the classic Santa Ana Train Station.
6. “American Sniper” | Scenes Filmed in Seal Beach
“American Sniper” is another big blockbuster movie with prominent scenes filmed and set in Orange County. This time, The Seal Beach Pier is the location of a date with the protagonist.
7. “Catch Me If You Can” | Scenes Filmed at The Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana
One of the most iconic filming locations in Orange County is the beautiful Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. The biggest blockbuster film to make use of the location is the 2002 Steven Spielberg film featuring a star-studded cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, and Martin Sheen.
TV Shows Filmed in Orange County
1. “The Real House Wives of Orange County” | Various OC Locations
“The Real Housewives of Orange County” features the reality stars hanging out all around Orange County and specifically Newport Beach and Laguna. You’ll also see plenty of upscale gated communities where The Real Housewives live and hang out.
2. “American Horror Story” | The Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana
“American Horror Story” is one of the many productions to utilize The Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. In this case, it’s used as the Briarcliff Asylum in season 2 of the show.
3. “MTV’s “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” | Laguna Beach
MTV’s “Laguna Beach” is another reality tv show to highlight the idyllic and affluent communities of Laguna Beach.
4. “Flip or Flop: Orange County” | Various OC Locations
We love “Flip or Flop: Orange County” because you get to experience homes and locations all throughout Orange County. If you’re into real estate and visiting Orange County, this is must-watch television.
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