It didn't take long for Hollywood to find the Hudson Valley fit for film. And once a 1918 "Tarzan" film set up the lights, cameras and action in Croton, cinematic magic would continue to find its way to Westchester County.
Along the way, Westchester itself has done some of the acting. Shockingly, "The Departed," the 2006 Academy Award winner for best picture famous for its Boston setting, had some sequences filmed in the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains. Wicked crazy!
In alphabetical order, here are 101 of the critical darlings, big blockbusters and forgotten flicks to find cinematic glory in Westchester County since 1981.
Movie: "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" (1995) Starring:Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson Where: Parts filmed along the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown
Movie: "Disturbia” (2007) Starring:Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss Where: Parts filmed along Interstate 287 in Harrison, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, as well as Port Authority Industrial Park and Yonkers Stage in Yonkers
(Credit: Warner Bros.)
Movie: “Eraser” (1996) Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams Where: Parts filmed at Rye City Hall
Movie: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004) Starring:Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet Where: Parts filmed on the Cross County Parkway in Mount Vernon and Yonkers
(Credit: NEW LINE CINEMA)
Movie: "Faithful" (1996) Starring:Cher, Chazz Palminteri Where: Parts filmed at a Skymeadow Farm residence in Harrison
(Credit: Universal Studios)
Movie: “The Family Man” (2000) Starring:Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni Where: Parts filmed at the Tappan Motors building in Sleepy Hollow
Movie: “Random Hearts” (1999) Starring:Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas Where: Parts filmed in Bronxville; at Purchase College; at Westchester County Airport in White Plains; and at Bryn Mawr IGA, Homefield Bowl and the Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers
Name: “Rear Window” (1998) br>
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah br>
Where: Parts filmed at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, on Interstate 287 br> br>
Movie: “Remember Me” (2010) Starring:Robert Pattinson Where: Parts filmed at Crestwood train station in Tuckahoe
Movie: “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999) Starring:Sean Penn, Samantha Morton Where: Parts filmed at Playland in Rye and Ossining Eagles Club
(Credit: Focus Features)
Movie: ?Taking Woodstock? (2009) Starring:Demetri Martin and Henry Goodman Where: Parts filmed at Yonkers Stage
Movie: “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1999) Starring:Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo Where: Parts filmed at Wilson’s Woods Park in Mount Vernon; Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville; fields in Tarrytown; the Department of Correction in Valhalla; Westchester County Airport in White Plains; and Yonkers Stage
(Credit: Universal City Studios)
Movie: “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” (1995) Starring:Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze Where: Parts filmed on the streets of Peekskill