The Morning Rat Race

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes attend "Clerks III" Premiere at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters on August 24, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Lionsgate)

Today we’re celebrating the great Garden State and the world of cinema!   It’s the Top 5 Movies Based In Jersey!

Now the rules are pretty simple…the film has to be filmed AND set in the state of New Jersey.   In other words, we’re looking for pictures that were not only made in Jersey…but the movie’s characters have to be running around in Jersey onscreen.

So get ready for some Garden State fun!   The list begins right now!

  • 5.) The Wrestler

    This amazing movie starring Mickey Rourke was shot in Asbury Park, Elizabeth, Garfield, Linden, Rahway, and other Jersey towns.

  • 4.) Lean On Me

    This excellent film starred Morgan Freeman as Jersey high school principal Joe Clark and was filmed prominently in Franklin Lakes.

  • 3.) Cop Land

    With an incredible cast (Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro)…the principal shooting for Cop Land was done in Edgewater.

  • 2.) Friday The 13th

    Not only is Jason Voorhees’ Camp Crystal Lake set in New Jersey…but the iconic horror film was shot in Hope, Blairstown, and Hardwick Township.

  • 1.) Clerks

    Kevin Smith’s low budget masterpiece has to top this list.   Not only are there tons of Jersey references (one of the clerks’ girlfriends goes to Monmouth University)…but the movie was filmed at the Quick Stop in Leonardo.

  • East Side Dave's Top 5

    For more fun lists…check out the Top 5 section on this site!   BAM!

    East Side Dave of the Morning Rat Race (6 to 10 AM)

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