Top Ten Films Shot in Fort Lauderdale

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5. Adaptation (2002)

Spike Jonze's trippy film about melancholy, depression, self-loathing, orchids, and writer's block, features some amazing performances -- particularly from Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper. Nicolas Cage plays depressed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, whose character is based on the actual Charlie Kaufman, who wrote the film's screenplay. Cage also plays his twin brother, Donald. Kaufman is hired to write a script based on a nonfiction book called the Orchid Thief. The film examines passions, as well as the inner workings of someone grappling with the creative process as well as depression. Cooper won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and Kaufman took home an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

4. Donnie Brasco (1997)

Johnny Depp stars in this true-life drama about Joe Pistone, the undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the Mob deeper than any agent before him. Under the name Donnie Brasco, Pistone befriends small-time hood Left Ruggario (played by Al Pacino) in order to get to the boss, Sonny Black. But Pistone begins to get entangled in the life and develops a genuine friendship with Lefty as the two do various jobs for the bosses. As the pressure mounts for him to make the big bust, Pistone's marriage falls apart and his Mob friends begin to get suspicious. Filled with memorable scenes, including one in which Depp explains the meaning of "Fuggitabout it," the film features shots in Fort Lauderdale, including the above scene in which the Broward County Convention Center doubles as an airport. Donnie Brasco is a engaging Mob film and quite possibly the last great movie Al Pacino has made.

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