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Top 10 Iconic Roof Scenes

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At iRoofing, we’re obsessed with all things roofing. We even get excited when we see a roof co-starring in a movie! In this list, we’ve put together some iconic roof scenes from popular films  over the years.

10. Mary Poppins (1964)

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The skyline of old London creates an iconic atmosphere of steep slate roofs and a plethora of chimneys. This kept loveable “Bert” busy as a chimney sweep and always ready with a song and dance.

9. One Week (1920)

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Buster Keaton and Sybil Seeley star as newlyweds who receive a portable house as a wedding gift. But when he tries to construct it, things quickly go awry. Vintage physical comedy.

8. The Hangover (2009)

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Never trust a brother-in-law, especially if he’s only your future brother-in-law. You might risk missing your wedding while you recover atop a Las Vegas hotel from whatever he slipped in your drink the night before.

7. Vertigo (1958)

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Please, for anyone out there thinking of becoming a roofing professional, if you have Vertigo, don’t do it! The location for this famous scene was the Mission San Juan Bautista near San Francisco.

6. West Side Story (1961)

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In 1950’s New York City youthful passions celebrating freedom in America cut loose on rooftop “dance floors” of inner-city tenements, as depicted in this famous scene from West Side Story.

5. Almost Famous (2000)

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Admit it. We’ve all thought about jumping into a pool from a roof or balcony during our fearless, hormone-driven youth. Watch Billy Crudup take the plunge off a shingle roof in the film Almost Famous.

4. Aquaman (2018)

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Robo-mantas chase Aquaman and Mera on top (and through) roofs in Sicily while looking for an ancient underground city. Normal days work?

3. The Matrix (1999)

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It’s almost as if being atop a roof gives one superpowers.  Ask a roofing professional. They know. When you watch Keanu Reeves in this scene from The Matrix you’ll get an idea of some of the moves roofers make when they’re up there working away.

2. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)

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In China, when the Ming and Qing Dynasty reigned, roofs had to meet institutional requirements set by the imperial palaces. Common materials were glazed semicircular tiles. Get a glimpse of them here in this wild rooftop run.

1. Skyfall (2012)

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Daniel Craig as James Bond finds his escape route on a dirt bike and a barrel roof in Instanbul, Turkey. Looks like fun!

Honorable Mentions

Annie Hall (1977) 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 

The Santa Claus (1994) 

The Departed (2006) 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

New Jack City (1991)

Diehard (1988) 

Ghostbusters (1984)

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 

On the Waterfront (1954)

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