Oceanside is located only 90 miles south of Los Angeles, and with its stunning pier, charming harbor, combined with a laid back, authentic beach vibe, Hollywood keeps coming back for more!

Oceanside has a long history as a film location for Hollywood productions starting as early as 1914 when The Rose of the Rancho was filmed in the city. In the late 1940s, Oceanside was a popular location for war movies such as John Wayne’s Sands of Iwo Jima, The Outsider, Battle Cry and Flying Leathernecks. Oceanside’s biggest claim to Hollywood fame is the 1985 blockbuster movie Top Gun starring Tom Cruise. The ocean view “Top Gun” house was featured as the home of Cruise’s love interest and continues to be a draw for fans of the movie. More recently, the popular cheerleading movie Bring It On starring Kirsten Dunst was filmed at Oceanside Amphitheater and Katy Perry’s Part of Me video was filmed at neighboring Camp Pendleton.

Today, Oceanside is fortunate to be the setting for the TNT drama “Animal Kingdom”. Viewers will notice iconic Oceanside locations including the pier, strand, train station, restaurants, surf shops and more.

Oceanside Filming Location Ideas

Alex Skate Park Oceanside Filming Locations

Alex Skate Park
California Surf Museum
Coastal Skydiving
Helicopter Tours

Heritage Park
Hill Street Cafe
Historic 101 Cafe
Oceanside Harbor Village Oceanside Filming Location
Oceanside Harbor and Village
Oceanside Filming and Movie Location
Oceanside Municipal Airport
Oceanside Museum of Art
Oceanside Pier
Oceanside Sunset Venue - Oceanside Filming Location - Event Venue
Oceanside Sunset Venue
Outdoor Pier Amphitheater
Paradise Falls Estate
Roberts Cottages
Rancho Guajome Adobe
Star Theatre
Sunshine Brooks Theater
The Strand

Current Oceanside Productions

Animal Kingdom (TNT)

TNT Animal Kingdom

The TNT Network’s hit drama series Animal Kingdom (2016) is currently filming in Oceanside, CA and it is creating quite the buzz for local residents and visitors. The television show is filmed at over 20 different locations throughout the city. Learn more about the show, the star-studded cast, and explore the Animal Kingdom Oceanside filming locations.

“I just wanted to thank you for all of the extraordinary help you gave us during our filming of Animal Kingdom. You gave us access to a beautiful city, and your assistance was crucial to making our show successful. The cooperation you and your team provided us was essential to that success.  Animal Kingdom is incredibly lucky to call Oceanside home.” – John Wells Productions

Past Oceanside Productions

American Pickers (2011)
Oceanside Film and Movie Locations
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)
Oceanside Filming Locations
Battle Cry (1955)
Bring It On (2000)
Oceanside Filming Location
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Getting Away Together Oceanside Film Production
Getting Away Together (2011)
Gigging and Grubbing Oceanside Film Production
Gigging and Grubbing (2015)
Little Women: LA (2014)
Oceanside Filming Locations
The Outsider (1961)
Oceanside Movie Film Locations
Rose of the Rancho (1914)
Oceanside Movie and Film Locations
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Sister Wives (2012)
Top Gun (1986)
Veronica Mars (2004)
Oceanside Film Productions
Zorro (1957)

Oceanside Film Festival

The Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) is an annual week-long event held in Oceanside every August. OIFF offers independent filmmakers an opportunity to have their work screened and judged. Film buffs from all over are drawn to Oceanside to view local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. Learn More ➙