New Jersey Movies and TV Shows

by gregbarnes | created - 10 Aug 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

This is a list of the movies and television shows that I know of that are supposed to have been based in New Jersey. Not all of these movies/shows were actually filmed in NJ, but it's where the stories take place.

When I get the time, I'll list the city or cities that correspond to the movies/shows.

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1. Atlantic City (1980)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 13,693

2. Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

51 Metascore

A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader - Eddie Wilson - may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: Tom Berenger, Michael Paré, Joe Pantoliano, Matthew Laurance

Votes: 6,393 | Gross: $4.79M

3. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

42 Metascore

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion

Votes: 23,314

4. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

58 Metascore

The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school and he is determined to improve by any and all means.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North

Votes: 17,100 | Gross: $31.91M

5. Clerks (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonauer

Votes: 204,579 | Gross: $3.15M

6. Jersey Girl (1992)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sal is a wealthy and triumphant yuppie who normaly would not do everything in order to get a woman. But this time it is something special and he is about to give up his position for his ... See full summary »

Director: David Burton Morris | Stars: Jami Gertz, Dylan McDermott, Sheryl Lee, Aida Turturro

Votes: 1,362

7. Down the Shore (1992–1993)

30 min | Comedy

A sitcom about a New Jersey Shore vacation house. Down the shore is how the locals refer to it.

Stars: Louis Mandylor, Anna Gunn, Lew Schneider, Cathryn de Prume

Votes: 47

8. New Jersey Drive (1995)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gomez | Stars: Shar-Ron Corley, Gabriel Casseus, Saul Stein, Gwen McGee

Votes: 2,684 | Gross: $3.57M

9. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 265,678

11. That's Life (2000–2002)

60 min | Drama, Comedy

Lydia DeLucca is a New Jersey bartender who wants more out of her life than just marriage and kids. So she breaks off her engagement, and heads to college. This doesn't make her ... See full summary »

Stars: Heather Dubrow, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Dillon, Paul Sorvino

Votes: 374

12. Ed (2000–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A separated, fired NYC lawyer returns to his hometown in Ohio, meets old high school friends and cute crush, buys a bowling alley and opens a law office in it.

Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, Josh Randall, Jana Marie Hupp

Votes: 6,323

13. American Desi (2001)

Unrated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned ... See full summary »

Director: Piyush Dinker Pandya | Stars: Deep Katdare, Ronobir Lahiri, Purva Bedi, Rizwan Manji

Votes: 1,558 | Gross: $0.90M

14. The Station Agent (2003)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin

Votes: 65,054 | Gross: $5.74M

15. Garden State (2004)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

Votes: 202,724 | Gross: $26.78M

16. Jersey Girl (2004)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro, Betty Aberlin

Votes: 61,074 | Gross: $25.27M

17. House (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 387,470

18. War of the Worlds (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival in this sci-fi action film.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Votes: 395,915 | Gross: $234.28M

19. Point Pleasant (2005– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A series of supernatural events begins in a small coastal New Jersey town after the arrival of a mysterious teenage girl, who apparently has the ability to influence the people and events around her.

Stars: Elisabeth Harnois, Grant Show, Sam Page, Aubrey Dollar

Votes: 2,212

20. Guess Who (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

A young woman, Theresa, brings her boyfriend, Simon, home to meet her parents and surprise them with the news of their engagement. Another surprise: Simon is white.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott

Votes: 38,624 | Gross: $68.92M

21. Sherrybaby (2006)

R | 96 min | Drama

66 Metascore

Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.

Director: Laurie Collyer | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Michelle Hurst

Votes: 11,220 | Gross: $0.20M

22. Clerks II (2006)

R | 97 min | Comedy

65 Metascore

A calamity at Dante and Randal's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at the fast food empire Mooby's.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Jason Mewes

Votes: 126,265 | Gross: $24.14M

23. Jersey Shore (2009–2012)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Drama, Reality-TV

A reality-based look at the vapid lives of several New Jersey 20-somethings and their respective friends and/or hook-ups.

Stars: Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola, Nicole Polizzi, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Jenni Farley

Votes: 22,390

24. The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Reality-TV

Another installment of Bravo's "The Real Housewives" reality show. In this series, they focus on housewives living in New Jersey.

Stars: Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Joe Giudice

Votes: 2,928

25. Jerseylicious (2010– )

TV-PG | Reality-TV

Explores the friendships of some of the residents living in New Jersey, having to deal with everyday drama and relationship problems.

Stars: Gayle Giacomo, Christy Pereira, Tracy Dimarco, Olivia Blois Sharpe

Votes: 704

26. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 163,243

27. The Oranges (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney

Votes: 12,167 | Gross: $0.36M

28. Girl Most Likely (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

38 Metascore

A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss

Votes: 14,137 | Gross: $1.38M

29. One for the Money (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Metascore

Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.

Director: Julie Anne Robinson | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo

Votes: 39,045 | Gross: $26.41M

31. Paterson (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie, Rizwan Manji

Votes: 59,029 | Gross: $2.14M

32. Brave New Jersey (2016)

TV-MA | 86 min | Comedy

45 Metascore

A comedy about a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles' legendary 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, which led millions of listeners to believe the U.S. was being invaded by Martians.

Director: Jody Lambert | Stars: Anna Camp, Tony Hale, Sam Jaeger, Heather Burns

Votes: 399 | Gross: $8.92M

33. Down the Shore (2011)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

54 Metascore

The lives of three childhood friends on the Jersey Shore begin to unravel when a secret from their past is revealed.

Director: Harold Guskin | Stars: Famke Janssen, James Gandolfini, John Magaro, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 980 | Gross: $0.00M

34. Not Fade Away (2012)

R | 112 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Set in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big.

Director: David Chase | Stars: John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Brahm Vaccarella

Votes: 4,147 | Gross: $0.61M

35. Cop Land (1997)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro

Votes: 81,377 | Gross: $44.89M



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