The Hollywood Sign appears in about 20 minutes in. It is shown after Naomi Watts arrives in Los Angeles.
(Contributed by Julie King)
Scream 3 (2000)
Starring David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox. Directed by Wes Craven.
The main plot of the movie is in Hollywood and the sign appears at the very beginning of the movie right before the scene with Cotton weary in his car.
(Contributed by James Stewart)
Starring Steve Martin, Heather Graham, Eddie Murphy.
Directed by Frank Oz.
One of the actresses that Steve Martin’s character was hiring for his movie is sitting on a park bench underneath the sign.
(Contributed by Dave Lepkowski)
Man On The Moon (1999)
Starring Jim Carrey.
Directed by Milos Forman.
It is a helicopter shot from behind the sign on Mt. Lee and the camera nearly passes through. The purpose of the shot is to establish the all-powerful presence of Hollywood as an industry, a place where anything can happen.
(Contributed by Daniel Ferry)
RKO 281 (1999)
Starring Live Schriebner, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith.
Directed by Benjamin Ross.
The Sign (again depicted in its original Hollywoodland incarnation) serves as the perfect backdrop for this film about Orson Welle’s struggle to make Citizen Kane. The film is accurate in that the LAND portion of the Sign, which wasn’t scrapped until 1949, would have been standing during the time of Citizen Kane’s filming (1940-41). Still, the Sign would have looked much worse for wear than it appears here.
South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut (1999)
Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Directed by Trey Parker.
When Stan, Kyle, Eric, and Kenny see the R-rated Canadian movie “Terrance & Phillip: Asses of Fire”, they are pronounced “corrupted”. Kyle’s mom Sheila, with the rest of the parents, pressure the United States to wage war against Canada. The Sign is used as a backdrop when the Canadian Air Forces bomb the Baldwin brothers’ mansion. (Alec, Stephen, etc.).
(Contributed by Steve Etzkorn)
Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Starring Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron.
Directed by Ron Underwood.
Joe, the gorilla sits in the first O, overlooking L.A. at night and then leaves quietly (leaving the Sign intact!)
The Truman Show (1998)
Starring Jim Carrey, Lara Linney.
Directed by Peter Weir.
The film is about a man who discovers that what he thought was his life is, in fact, a TV show. His existential crisis is punctuated by a shot revealing that his hometown (Seahaven) is actually a set built inside of an enormous dome … located just north of the Hollywood Sign.
City of Angels (1998)
Starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan
Directed by Brad Silberling
The Hollywood Sign appears toward the start of the movie with all the angels are standing on the Sign.
(Contributed by Bianca Spence)
Starring Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, Burt Reynolds.
Directed by Mel Smith.
The Sign’s comedy calvacade continues. … Actually, the Sign isn’t featured in the film itself, but it’s the focus of a promotional poster. In the poster, Bean (Atkinson) proudly marches down Hollywood Blvd. with a giant O under his arm. In the background, we can clearly see the Sign — which now reads HOLLYWO D.