10 Hollywood Film Locations in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has been featured in over 100 major films and countless art pieces and photographs over the last 60 years. The glitz, the glamor, and the “only in Las Vegas” vibe make the city attractive and exciting for filmmakers. There are even movies that have been rewritten so they can feature this epic location and one-of-a-kind Sin City backdrops. Here are 10 famous movies filmed in Las Vegas and some iconic places you may recognize, including Downtown Las Vegas!
1. Ocean’s 11 (1960)
Some people know this as the original Vegas movie. This film features the famous Hollywood “Rat Pack” and essentially put Las Vegas on the map. Vegas had already been around for 30 years as a place to come and gamble and enjoy yourself. However, this film changed everything. Thanks to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and the rest of the gang, Vegas became one of the most popular destinations in the U.S.
2. Ocean’s 11 (2001 remake)
You may be more familiar with the Oceans 11 remake starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. The Vegas comedy was rebooted in 2001 and met with even more success than the original film. This film featured many different casino scenes, including the famous Bellagio Fountains, as the crew planned an epic Vegas heist.
3. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
This film starred two of the hottest talents of that era—Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. In fact, Viva Las Vegas was one of the most popular Elvis films ever made. The movie ends at the Little Church of the West, a wedding chapel that is the oldest chapel in Vegas and remains open today.
4. Vegas Vacation (1997)
The fourth installment of the “Vacation” movies finds the Griswolds in Las Vegas. Several casinos and parts of Downtown Las Vegas are featured in the film. Of course, cousin Eddie is living in the desert outside of Las Vegas at a previous atomic testing site. This was one of the biggest films in the franchise.
5. The Hangover – Parts I and III (2009 and 2013)
The Hangover really captured the party vibe and go-all-out culture that Las Vegas is known for. Four friends head to Sin City for a laid-back bachelor party and, of course, chaos ensues. The comedy is filmed throughout Las Vegas, with many scenes taking place at Caesars Palace. It also has some fantastic shots of The Riviera (now closed) and the downtown area. Part of the movie is filmed at Atomic Liquors, the oldest Vegas bar located in Downtown Las Vegas.
The third installment of the Hangover Films may not be considered a classic or major grossing film, but we do get some cool scenes of Downtown Las Vegas again, including Fremont Street.
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
This film is a hilarious and introspective look at Las Vegas from the perspective of a hallucinating writer and his lawyer. Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s book of the same name, it’s one that translated well to the big screen and featured some great Las Vegas locations. Starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, you get a glimpse of Fremont Street and the Neon Museum in Downtown Las Vegas, among other Vegas sites.
7. Get Him to the Greek (2010)
If you liked the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you’d love this spin-off movie sequel. Reprising his role as British-rockstar Aldous Snow, Russell Brand takes his costars on a wild goose chase from London to Los Angeles, with a brief stop in Las Vegas in between. You get a good look at Planet Hollywood and the Las Vegas Strip.
8. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
As the title may have hinted, Las Vegas has a leading role in this film. Critically acclaimed, Nicholas Cage actually won an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas. The movie also gives another perspective of Las Vegas outside of the glitz and glamour. The gritty backdrop gave the film a dark feel that many people enjoyed.
9. Casino (1995)
Casino may be director Martin Scorsese’s best-known film of his career. Robert De Niro plays a mobster running a casino for the mafia in Las Vegas. There are actually multiple casinos you see in the film, including the Riviera and Landmark, which were used to create the fictional Tangiers Casino. It’s safe to say that this one is a cult classic.
10. Jason Bourne (2016)
Matt Damon’s character, Jason Bourne, comes back in epic fashion for the fourth film of the Bourne franchise. In the movie, there is an action-packed chase on the Las Vegas Strip involving several cars and buildings being destroyed. In fact, filmmakers used the soon-to-be-demolished Riviera casino in many of these scenes.
Vegas has so many different filming locations available, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the most sought-after places to create a film. If there is a film that you love or if you’re scouting for a film location for your own project, visiting Las Vegas filming locations may seem like a great idea. Most of the places that have been featured in movies are open locations that you can stop by and see without having to have special tours or pay for any admission.
Downtown Las Vegas has played a pivotal backdrop for many major blockbuster movies, as well as artistic and independent films. The nostalgic and vintage Vegas vibe you’ll find in downtown makes it one of the best places to capture! If you happen to be in the area, be sure to check out Downtown Grand. We have some of the best Downtown Las Vegas restaurants, bars, and art on display in our Gallery Tower, which opened September 2020.