Many movies—from light-hearted romps like Taking Woodstock and Hitch to action-packed blockbusters such as I am Legend and Spider-Man 2—are shot at Yonkers Stage, a massive warehouse that big-budget production companies rent and transform into whatever they need. But plenty of major motion pictures have also been filmed at Westchester sites you might recognize (even if they happen to be “standing in” for a different location).
Here are 12 movies and their locations that have filled starring roles in movies released in the 21st century:
The surreal and suspenseful 2010 release Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, was filmed in part at Purchase College.
That same year, 13, with Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham, had scenes shot in Yonkers on the Lenoir Preserve—earlier seen in Ron Howard’s 2001 masterpiece A Beautiful Mind.
The Meryl Streep comedy It’s Complicated from 2009 included locations around Hastings-on-Hudson.
Across the Universe
In 2007, Muscoot Farm was used in the Beatles-themed musical Across the Universe, while the thriller Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead showed off White Plains’ St. Agnes Hospital.
Director Martin Scorsese visited in 2006 to utilize the County Courthouse Building in White Plains as a location to shoot his Oscar-winning crime drama The Departed.
A 2005 film with Jennifer Connelly and John C. Reilly, Dark Water showed off Pocantico Hills.
War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds, starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, also came out that year and gave screen time to Croton Point Park.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2004’s mind-bending drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, put Cross County Parkway (between Yonkers and Mount Vernon) on the map.
Another 2004 film, The Forgotten, starring Julianne Moore, included scenes shot at Westchester County Airport.
Analyze That, the 2002 sequel to 1999’s Analyze This (filmed at the John Jay Homestead and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation), featured Sing Sing Prison and Briarcliff Manor among other locations where Robert Deniro and Billy Crystal turned up.