Here’s a quick look at all of the Hollywood Sign's many starring roles in movies, television, music videos, song lyrics and video games, including the year of release and a brief description of the Sign's big moment.
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Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt & Margot Robbie
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Creators: Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy
Stars: Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark
The Hollywood Sign is destroyed in a mudslide on Fox’s hit drama 9-1-1 in Season 4 Episode 2. As featured in this clip.
Directed by Brad Peyton
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, & Alexandra Daddario
A seemingly ideal day turns disastrous when California’s notorious San Andreas fault triggers a devastating, magnitude 9 earthquake, the largest in recorded history. As the Earth cracks open and buildings start to crumble, the Hollywood Sign is swiftly destroyed.
Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard.
Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.
The tornado blows the letters of the Sign away. One of them crushes an aspiring actor just after he says, “my mother always told me Hollywood would kill me”.
Written by Will Beall and Paul Lieberman
Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Starring Emma Stone, Sean Penn, and Ryan Gosling
Los Angeles, 1949: A secret crew of police officers led by two determined sergeants work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen who runs the city.
In the first scene of the movie, it shows the Griffith Observatory then the camera zooms over to the Hollywoodland Sign.
Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh
Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson
Seven Psychopaths is a 2012 British black comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Martin McDonagh. It stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, and Christopher Walken. The film marks the second collaboration between McDonagh and Farrell, following 2008’s In Bruges.
Directed by Ben Affleck
Screenplay by Chris Terrio
Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman
Argo is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck; it is a dramatization of the “Canadian Caper” based on an article published in 2007, in which Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Directed by Adam Shankman
Written by Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, and Allan Loeb
Starring Tom Cruise, Alec Bladwin, and Julianne Hough
Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.
Published by Rockstar Games
Rockstar knocked it out of the park once again with this monster hit title, which frames its deeply detailed plotline within hyper-realistic Los Angeles settings drawn from historical 1940s photographs. As you might expect, the Hollywood Sign is a ubiquitous sight in the game and is seen in its original form, reading “Hollywoodland.”
By Hot Chelle Rae
…We’re going at it tonight tonight
There’s a party on the rooftop top of the world
Tonight tonight and we’re dancing on the edge of the Hollywood sign
I don’t know if I’ll make it but watch how good I’ll fake it
It’s all right, all right, tonight, tonight…
Written by Brandon “Blue” Hamilton and Quinton Tolbert.
Produced by Charlton Pettus.
The follow-up song to Rebecca Black’s monster viral video hit “Friday” finds the young ingenue basking in the glow of sudden fame, complete with a Hollywood fantasy sequence and a beauty shot of the Sign.
Directed by Will Gluck.
Starring Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson.
Mila and Justin climb over the fence guarding the Sign and sit and talk in the second O until a L.A.P.D. chopper shows up.
Produced by David Gamson
...We're cruisin' tonight, We got the roof back,
We're at the top, yeah
Gettin' lost in the city lights,
Take it to the Hollywood sign...
Directed by Matthew Cullen/Motion Theory.
Katy Perry’s high sugar content video for “California Gurls” centers around Snoop Dogg playing a board game called “Candyfornia: Face the Sugar Daddy’s Dice to Free the Queens of Candyfornia,” in which Katy Perry is the game piece. The game board is a large 3-D super-confectionary trip through the landmarks and topography of California, including the Hollywood Sign rendered in delicious Red Vines atop three large ice cream hilltops…
by The Jonas Brothers
[From the TV Show ‘Jonas LA’]
…My heart goes boom as the stars go blue,Like a sea of cell phone lights,The moon gets light as the sun goes down,Somewhere behind the hollywood sign,Have you ever felt like your living in the shadows?Have you ever felt kept down?I know sometimes that it feels like a battle,But it can turn around…
20th Century Fox knows that nothing says “showbiz” like the Hollywood Sign, which is why the world-famous icon is now being used to open all of the studio’s releases … Looks like we’ll be seeing even more of the Hollywood Sign at the movies in the very near future!
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.
Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts.
Promotional posters for this film show Milla Jovovich striding over the Hollywood Hills past a blasted, weathered “H” from the Sign.
Directed by Garry Marshall.
Starring Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper.
The Sign appears in the background during a soccer match.
Directed by Floria Sigismondi.
Starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Tatum O’Neill.
The Sign looms large in this coming-of-age biopic about 70’s teenage band The Runaways, including a scene where the band hangs out behind the letters of the Sign.
Starring Sterling Knight, Brandon Mychal Smith, Daniel Campbell.
No movie about star struck teens going to Hollywood would be complete without a mandatory shot of the Sign, and this popular Disney Channel Original Movie is no exception. The landmark also figures large in the promotional Bus Tour mini-films made for the film, as the film’s stars are taken on a special tour of glamorous Hollywood sights.
Directed by Bam Magera
Two music videos from the Finnish band ‘The 69 Boyz’ feature the Hollywood Sign. The videos were directed by Bam Magera of Jackass fame.
By Miley Cyrus
…I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardiganWelcome to the land of fame, excess, whoa am I gotta fit in?Jumped in the cab, here I am for the first timeLook to my right, and I see the Hollywood sign…
Starring Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore.
Directed by Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore.
A young man awakens from a four-year coma to hear that his once pure high-school sweetheart has since become a pinup star. He and his girl-crazed best friend decide to take a cross-country road trip to crash a party at the Playboy mansion and win back the girl. The Hollywood Sign has a cameo as the guys near L.A. and are about to pull up to the mansion.
Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan.
Directed by Chris Columbus.
A teenager discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. The Sign appears towards the end, as the gate to Hades!
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen.
Directed by Larry Charles.
Aspiring designer Bruno arrives in Hollywood amid glitz, glamour, and the Hollywood Sign.
Published by Rockstar Games
Another thrilling game from Rockstar, allowing players to buy the hottest cars and race them through hyper-realistic Los Angeles settings, complete with traffic, weather, and the police. The Hollywood Sign is seen in all its glory in the game, as well as on the packaging, letting players know exactly where they are as they drive.
…I’m gonna lose my mindGet 30 inch spinners and pimp my rideGo back in time, be there that night and save 2 Pac’s lifeThen pay my fine for getting caught f***ing on the Hollywood signI got the game on lockI’ll have a bottle and a glockwith biceps like The RockBuy Tom’s soul back from Rupert Murdoch…
By Nico Vega
…Till the next time that we meet at the top of the Hollywood Sign. Don’t leave me next to the pool bar where I’m all alone with the conscience of fate. I’ll choose my favorite beverage and vomit it up on the chest of my date. The names Baby, and in the spot light I’m a real lady but when the cameras off, I die slowly. I’ve got Entourage but they don't know me. Cuz I’m the ghost of the Hollywood Sign…
Published by Rockstar Games
This game is set in a seedy fictional city called Los Santos, which takes the seedier side of Los Angeles to the extreme. Thankfully, the real Los Angeles is no where near as exciting as this game! High on a hillside overlooking the city, there is a sign modeled on the Hollywood Sign, reading “Vinewood.” Fantasy or not, the game designers obviously felt that even a fictional Los Angeles would look incomplete without a fictional Sign looming over it.
Produced by Terry Date
The video begins with singer Joshua Todd sitting on a perch and when the camera pans around, he’s seated in the crook of an ‘L’. Then the band is set up and playing the song in front of the sign. At the second chorus, the sign bursts into flames and the band plays on, as ashes fall onto a star-studded (Tara Reid) movie premiere.
Published by Atari Games
A cult classic racing game that allowed players to test their driving skills on challenging tracks based on famous USA locations, including Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Hawaii, and more. The Hollywood Sign features prominently in the Los Angeles track portion, as well as on the packaging.
By Jo Dee Messina
…He said do you know where Carson lives
So we drove up to Malibu
Cruisin’ down Sunset Strip
I let him steal a kiss or two
Under the Hollywood sign
I tried to hide a smile as I whispered low
I wanna be the first to tell you
Here we say Rodel, not rodeo…
Belinda Carlyle wasn’t the only former member of the Go-Gos who went on to a successful solo career. Punk guitarist Jane Wiedlan, who penned their hit “Our Lips Are Sealed,” released 4 solo albums of her own with some respectable chart success. Her last charting single “World on Fire” was accompanied by a steamy video filled with pyrotechnics as her music and attitude literally burned up the screen. Shot in many Hollywood locations, the Sign is seen in the backdrop in several spots and then bursts into flames as a finale.
By Billy Prewitt
Well it’s time that I be California bound
Got to lose this little one horse town
Told everybody that I got to go
So I packed my bags and got out on the road
All my friends said I would never get half way
But I just passed the city limits of LA
Strangers stare at me as they walk by
I can’t believe my eyes
Here I am at 5th & Vine….
Just Standin’ here starin’ at the Hollywood Sign
California sunshine can’t be beat
I worship the sand right under my feet
There’s the magic word on the mountain sky
With the sun setting right behind
It really makes me feel so fine
Just Standin’ here starin’ at the Hollywood Sign
Now Tensile Town was no mistake
I jammed around then I made my break
The work paid off and my dream came true
Now I couldn’t lay off it if I wanted to
So I bought me a little place right under that hill
And when I look up I still get a thrill
I’ve come a long way from days gone past
And sometimes I just have to laugh
When I think way back to that time
When I was Standin’ there starin’ at the Hollywood Sign
For a recording of the song, click here.
By Dory Previn
…you know the hollywood sign
that stands in the hollywood hills
i don’t think the christ of the andes
ever blessed so many ills
the hollywood sign seems to smile
like it’s constantly saying “cheese”
i doubt if the statue of liberty
ever welcomed more refugees…