The 9 Best Movies Filmed in the Hamptons
Movies shot in the Hamptons tend to fall into one of two camps: 1) The East End is used as a quaint, bucolic backdrop, or 2) it’s used as the poster location for fame, wealth and excess. Either way, we’re totally on board to stream one of these entertaining films on movie night. Here’s a look at the nine most notable flicks filmed in the Hamptons, perfect for watching the next time that pesky rain keeps you from the beach.
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This heart-wrenching and imaginative flick follows an estranged couple (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet) as they wipe out all memories of their relationship. But right before his memories of her are erased, Winslet’s character whispers to her former love, “Meet me in Montauk.” That’s also where one of the film’s most famous scenes—the one where they're in bed on the beach—was filmed.
2. Something's Gotta Give
This is director Nancy Meyers at her best. When two mature singles, Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) and Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) end up living together in the Hamptons after Harry (who is dating Erica's daughter) has a heart attack, well, you can guess what happens next. (They fall in love, obviously.) The majority of this rom-com was filmed in a drop dead gorgeous Hamptons mansion that made headlines in 2014 when it was sold for a whopping $41 million.
3. Grey Gardens
The infamous Grey Gardens residence, which was home to hundreds of cats and the cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, is located in East Hampton—and that’s exactly where this documentary was filmed. Tip: Watch the 1975 doc first and then stream the made-for-television biographical drama starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange—both are excellent.
4. The Bonfire of the Vanities
Few chronicle high society with as much finesse as Tom Wolfe. While the film version of the Southampton resident’s book didn’t enjoy quite as much success as the novel, it does have a few notable oceanfront East End scenes. Another reason why this satirical black comedy is worth a watch? The all-star cast that includes Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Morgan Freeman and Kim Cattrall.
5. Wall Street
Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), is a high-rolling corporate raider who welcomes young broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) into his “Greed is Good” world. And naturally, a film about Wall Street excess would include a Hamptons party scene.
6. Inside Job
This critically acclaimed, five-part documentary explores how changes in policy and banking practices helped create the economic crisis of 2008. In the same vein as Wall Street, key scenes in this doc were shot in the Hamptons, which is depicted as a playground for wealthy financiers.
8. Blue Jasmine
This 2013 Oscar-nominated Woody Allen flick starring Cate Blanchett as a Manhattan socialite going through a divorce with her formerly wealthy husband (played by Alec Baldwin) was partly set in Quogue and featured the waterfront restaurant Dockers in a one scene. It was also filmed in a private beachside residence.
9. Something Borrowed
When perpetually single Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) falls for Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the fiancé of her best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson), things get complicated. But while the drama may be messy, the backdrop is most definitely not—enjoy gazing at the gorgeous beaches, estates and windmills from Southampton, East Hampton and Amagansett .