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Remember 'Scarface?' That movie and others have put South Beach at the top of the list

In this film image released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Al Pacino portrays Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant turned kingpin, in a scene from 1983's  "Scarface."
In this film image released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Al Pacino portrays Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant turned kingpin, in a scene from 1983's "Scarface." Miami Herald file

It's happened to many movie buffs.

You're watching a film, and suddenly a place in a scene looks familiar. You feel as if you've been there before. And there's a good likelihood that you have.

UK-based travel-insurance comparison website Go Compare did the legwork, compiling data from the "filming locations" section of the International Movie Database, aka IMDB.com. The entries go as far back as 1894.

"We included both films and TV productions shot in these locations," Go Compare says. "We cleaned up the data by removing film studios. To define a top location in each state, we went as granular as we could to isolate a specific building, landmark or city."

What the market research firm discovered were the most-filmed locations in various areas throughout the United States, as well as the world.

We were only interested in the results out of Florida (naturally), so here you go:

Miami saw the most movie and TV productions at 1,817 (e.g., "The Godfather Part 2," "Iron Man 3," "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective")

Orlando came in second at 1,277, with "The Waterboy," "Lethal Weapon 3" and "Parenthood."

The rest of the top 10 list is as follows:

3. Tampa had 547 productions ("Goodfellas," "Magic Mike," "The Infiltrator")

4. Fort Lauderdale: 296 ("Happy Gilmore," "Any Given Sunday," "Where The Boys Are")

5. Miami Beach: 288 ("Bad Boys," "Goldfinger," "Scarface")

6. Jacksonville: 260 ("Lonely Hearts," "The Manchurian Candidate," "G.I. Jane")

7. Tallahassee: 234 ("Something Wild," "Creature from the Black Lagoon")

8. Winter Park: 204 ("D.A.R.Y.L," "Sydney White")

9. Sarasota: 176 ("Great Expectations - 1998," "Spring Breakers")

10. West Palm Beach: 166 ("2 Fast 2 Furious," "A+," "Donnie Brasco")

As for actual locations/sites/landmarks where productions were shot, South Beach came in at numero uno:

1. South Beach ("Scarface," "Bad Boys," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days")

2. Key West ("True Lies," "Licence to Kill," "Jackass 2")

3. Walt Disney World in Orlando ("Tomorrowland," "High School Musical," "Marvin's Room")

4. Kennedy Space Center, on Merritt Island ("Moonraker," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Armageddon")

5. Camping World Stadium in Orlando ("The Waterboy," "Wrestlemania XXIV," "Coach")

6. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa (various Super Bowl and NFL programs)

7. Coconut Grove ("Wild Things," "Absence of Malice," "Any Given Sunday")

8 Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach ("Monster," "Days of Thunder," "Red Line 7000")

The state where most productions are filmed is an obvious one: California, with a total of 52,924 movies and TV productions over the last 100 plus years.

The most-filmed location on Earth in the last 20 years? Drum roll ... That would be Central Park, in New York City.

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