New Jersey Movies and TV Showsby 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
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.
2. Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
PG | 95 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
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.
Votes: 6,393 | Gross: $4.79M
3. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
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.
4. Lean on Me (1989)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 17,100 | Gross: $31.91M
5. Clerks (1994)
R | 92 min | Comedy
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
13. American Desi (2001)
Unrated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 1,558 | Gross: $0.90M
14. The Station Agent (2003)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 65,054 | Gross: $5.74M
16. Jersey Girl (2004)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.
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.
18. War of the Worlds (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival in this sci-fi action film.
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.
20. Guess Who (2005)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 38,624 | Gross: $68.92M
22. Clerks II (2006)
R | 97 min | Comedy
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.
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.
27. The Oranges (2011)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 12,167 | Gross: $0.36M
28. Girl Most Likely (2012)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy
A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News.
Votes: 14,137 | Gross: $1.38M
29. One for the Money (2012)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 39,045 | Gross: $26.41M
32. Brave New Jersey (2016)
TV-MA | 86 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 399 | Gross: $8.92M
35. Cop Land (1997)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 81,377 | Gross: $44.89M