While homes in movies are often the setting for the story itself, not many leave a lasting impression. However, some films make their houses so memorable, they are as easily recognizable as the people in the movie. Here are 12 classic movie houses as famous as the actors.
Wayne (Mike Myers) is a slacker still living at home. With him as always is Garth (Dana Carvey) a nebbish sort of friend who fears change. Together, they have a cable access show on late night, broadcasting it from Wayne's basement, where they riff on pop culture. This classic suburban house sees these two playing street hockey and finding success even if a TV producer wants to purchase and exploit them. Game on.
If you're going to be a drug lord in Miami, you've got to get the right accommodations. That's what Tony Montana (Al Pacino) did after he fought his way to the top in this remake about a Cuban refugee who gets mixed up in drugs so he can have the power. And the girl. And a ton of problems. Say hello to his little mansion.
American Beauty (1999)
From all appearances, this quintessential home looks like the pastoral American dream come true but oh what a mess it is inside. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a repressed cynic in a loveless marriage with a disillusioned daughter and a lust crush on her cheerleader best friend. As everything seems to fall apart around him, he begins to care less and less about the consequences. Might have done better to shut the blinds a few more times than he did though.
The 'Burbs (1989)
It's the dream of many to get a nice place in the suburbs and raise a family, and that's just what Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) thinks he's doing until new neighbors move in next door and boy, are they a creepy lot. The house is like something from a horror film and who knows what secrets they keep inside, but Ray and a few others in the cul-de-sac are going to find out and learn just who these people are. Hint. Not the Addams family.
The Lake House (2006)
Love transcends time, or so some say. For Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) and Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves), that seems to be the case when they realizes they share the same lake house two years apart at the same time. Confused? Write a letter and leave it in the mailbox. Ridiculously cool house though.
Here's a quick tip: If you're planning on moving to a brand new housing development in a nice neighborhood, first check to see that it's not built on an ancient haunted Native American burial ground. Honestly, it will save a lot of hassle. But if you're into that sort of thing, then you're sure to enjoy the escapades of the Freeling family, who roll out the welcome mat for some nebulous new friends who happen to kidnap their adorable daughter. Stay out of the pool though. No bones about it.
After Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) have what they think is just car accident, they come home and realize, no, they are actually dead and living people have already moved into their house. And what have they done to the place? Like some weird twisted creation out of a Tim Burton film, they have transformed their home into a bizarre creation of absurdity. Oh wait.
Christmas Vacation (1989)
Staying home for this vacation, the Griswolds, led by hapless patriarch Clarke (Chevy Chase) decide to have an old-fashion family Christmas and boy is that going to go to pieces fast. While turmoil reigns supreme inside, Clarke escapes it all by trying to decorate the house with every Christmas light ever. Arguably the funniest holiday movie ever made, it all centers on and in the house, practically a character all its own. It's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.
The Money Pit (1986)
Does that dream house you've been looking at seem like a steal? Better check the upstairs bathtub and see if it holds water. And doesn't crash through to the floor below. Such is the case for Walter (Tom Hanks) and Anna (Shelley Long) who buy a huge house on the cheap, only to find out the whole place is a, well, money pit. Pratfalls and physical gags are the name of the game as Hanks gives another very funny 80s comedy performance. Greatest. Meltdown. Laugh. Ever.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
You finally get a first nice place and are ready to start a life with your loved ones in the home of your dreams, so all you need is the local priest to come on down and give it his blessing. Seems easy enough. Except for the flies. And the blisters. And the horrible retching. Oh right. Did they not tell you there was a mass murder in your new home just before you bought it? Welcome to Amityville.
Home Alone (1990)
Little Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) gets himself in trouble the night before the whole family heads to Paris for the holidays. Too bad in the chaos of the next morning, that family forgot to make sure Kevin got out of bed. Now he's home alone and having to take care of himself while he waits for them to come back. Shouldn't be a problem, except for the Wet Bandits, a pair of bumbling burglars looking to make a big score. Please make sure you eat your Mac & Cheese first, though.
When a young woman (Janet Leigh) embezzles $40,000 and goes on the run, she thinks she's found the perfect place during a storm to hide. Whoops. The Bates Motel is run by a strange sinewy fellow named Norman (Anthony Perkins) who seems just a wee bit under the influence of his mother living in the spooky house next door. Did we say spooky? We meant pants-wetting. We'll skip the shower, thank you very much.