The Best Movies set in New Jersey

New Jersey: the Garden State, home to Atlantic City, and setting for so many notable films. It’s a place steeped in history, dotted with stunning resorts, unlimited activities, and a tonne of nature to escape from it all.

A movie tour would be an ideal New Jersey day out, and no trip to the state would be complete without seeing Atlantic City! It’s no problem if you can’t visit right away, because you can experience the Atlantic City casinos through your computer screen when you use this Borgata bonus code.

best movies new jersey desperately seeking susan embedDesperately Seeking Susan

This is certainly a film that you couldn’t leave out of your 80s movie marathon. Not only is it Madonna’s first major screen role, but it’s a charming comedy that’ll no doubt put a smile on your face – not to mention feel nostalgic for 1980s in America (even if you didn’t live through it). With its slightly dizzying plot and super entertaining thrills, you’ll know just why we added it to our list. I mean, what better way to start off a movie than with a classified ad?

best movies new jersey desperately seeking susan friday 13th embedFriday the 13th

Despite its age, this slasher still packs a punch and is definitely not for the faint of heart. You won’t find anything particularly unique, or ingenious in Friday the 13th (like most slashers), but it’s enough to satisfy any gore ‘craving’, that’s for sure. The film follows a group of young camp counsellors as they are stalked and brutally murdered by a masked killer. It’s set in the fictional Camp Crystal Lake, which is supposed to be right in New Jersey!

best movies new jersey desperately seeking susan war of the worlds 2005 embedWar of the Worlds

Loosely based on the 1898 novel by H.G. Wells, this disaster film will always remain a classic in its genre. Flawed protagonist, Ray Ferrier, attempts to protect his two children and reunite them with their mother, all whilst aliens take over the planet. It’s overwhelming, tense, and terrifying, and shows the best and worst of humankind. Due to them travelling throughout the film, War of the Worlds has several filming locations, but the action starts off in Bayonne, New Jersey where the protagonist lives.

best movies new jersey desperately seeking susan harold and kumar embedHarold & Kumar go to White Castle

A typical stoner film with an adventure-style plot; two friends embark on a journey to fast food burger chain, White Castle. Although they’re supposed to be in New Jersey throughout the film, filming actually took place in Ontario, Canada… As New Jersey locals may have noticed, their visit to Princeton University was actually filmed in the University of Toronto!

Other notable films set in New Jersey include American Hustle, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Clerks.

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