Best Starter Homes from the Movies

Best Starter Homes from the Movies

Sarah Coffey
Aug 31, 2010

As we wrap up "Setting Up Home" month, we thought it would be fun to come up with a list of films that have to do with moving in, starting out, and settling down. From an Arizona mobile home to an Irish cottage, here are 10 of our favorite first apartments, houses, and trailers from the big screen.

  1. Big (1988): A Manhattan loft outfitted with bunk beds, video games, and a trampoline!
  2. Barefoot in the Park (1967): Robert Redford and Jane Fonda share a "bridal lovenest" in Greenwich Village.
  3. The Quiet Man (1952): John Wayne and Catherine O'Hara shack up in an Irish cottage.
  4. The Break-Up (2006): A couple fights over who gets their shared Chicago condo when they split.
  5. The Long, Long Trailer (1953): Lucy and Dezi are newlyweds living it up in a trailer.
  6. The Money Pit (1986): Tom Hanks and Shelly Long move into a disastrous fixer-upper.
  7. It's a Wonderful Life (1946): A classic "first home" with a famous broken banister knob.
  8. Raising Arizona (1987): Nearly every line in this film is well crafted and hilarious: "These were the happy days, the salad days as they say...and Ed felt that having a critter was the next logical step."

  9. Une femme est une femme (1961): A young couple's Paris apartment is simple, sixties chic.
  10. Amelie (2001): Her Paris starter apartment often makes our list of the best movie interiors.

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Photos: (1) Big screenshot via DVD Beaver, (2) screenshot from Barefoot in the Park Trailer, (3) The Quiet Man screenshot via Total Film, (4) The Break-Up still via IMDB, (5) The Long, Long Trailer still via IMDB, (6) Screenshot from The Money Pit via MacTaggart Married, (7) It's a Wonderful Life still via IMDB, (8) Screenshot from Raising Arizona Trailer, (9) Screenshot from Une femme est une femme via l', (10) Amelie still via IMDB

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