Our All-Time Favorite Movie Homes + 5 More You May Have Missed

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Movie homes tell us a lot about our favorite characters: where they live, whether they're messy or neat, if they prefer to be alone or enjoy having company. They're basically a direct look into someone else's life, and we love peeking inside. 

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Photo by: Paramount Pictures via AL.com

Paramount Pictures via AL.com

Let's just say that movie homes help transport us to other worlds. Here are our all-time favorites, as well as five more you'll want to visit in the near future.

1: Father of the Bride

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Photo by: The Purple Frog via Sarah Lauder

The Purple Frog via Sarah Lauder

There's no question that writer and director Nancy Meyers is the queen of creating beautiful homes on the big screen. While we love each one, we're especially fond of the Colonial Revival where George Banks' little girl exchanged "I Do's" with her sweetheart.

2: Stepmom

RX - The Stepmom House

Photo by: Sony Pictures via Hooked On Houses

Sony Pictures via Hooked On Houses

Stepmom was a tear-jerker, it's true, but a lot of warm and memorable moments took place in Jackie Harrison's grand Victorian. Who wouldn't want to slide down those bannisters or sing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" under this roof?

3: Practical Magic

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Photo by: Warner Bros. via Hooked On Houses

Warner Bros. via Hooked On Houses

Our jaws hit the floor when we first saw Practical Magic — not because Sally and Gillian Owens are witches, but because they live in this dreamy Victorian in New England. With an incredible tower, wrap-around porch and private garden, this home casts some serious love spells all by itself.

4: The Holiday

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Photo by: Columbia Pictures via Hooked On Houses

Columbia Pictures via Hooked On Houses

Swapping homes with a total stranger is a bold move, but the reward far outweighed the risk for Los Angeles workaholic Amanda Woods in The Holiday. (Directed by Nancy Meyers, of course.) We'd love to follow Amanda to England and spend Christmas inside this fairytale cottage.

5: You've Got Mail

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Photo by: Warner Bros. via Hooked On Houses

Warner Bros. via Hooked On Houses

Before Joe Fox and his big, bad mega-bookstore came along, Kathleen Kelly basically had it all: the independent bookshop around the corner and a beautiful brownstone with a shabby-chic interior we all wanted.

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The Truman Show

RX - The Truman Show House

Photo by: Paramount Pictures via SEASIDE

Paramount Pictures via SEASIDE

The unsuspecting star of his own reality TV show, Truman Burbank seems to have a picture-perfect life: the steady career, the doting wife and this charming home with a white picket fence that's the essence of suburban living.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

RX - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind House

Photo by: Madison Property Group

Madison Property Group

One movie home that's almost always overlooked? The beach house from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where Joel and Clem met for the first time. We love the storm-gray exterior and white trim almost as much as we love the offbeat film.

The Descendants

RX - The Descendants House

Photo by: Fox Searchlight Pictures via House Kaboodle

Fox Searchlight Pictures via House Kaboodle

While it's hard to compete with the natural beauty of Hawaii, Matt King's all-white bungalow in The Descendants gives the lush landscape a run for its money.

The Royal Tenenbaums

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Much like Nancy Meyers, director Wes Anderson is known for choosing truly beautiful backdrops for his films. This terracotta townhouse, located in Harlem and featured in The Royal Tenenbaums, doesn't disappoint. 

Ex Machina

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The Juvet Hotel via Maverick Cult
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Juvet Hotel via Home Designing

RX - Ex Machina Exteriors

Photo By: The Juvet Hotel via Maverick Cult

RX - Ex Machina House Interior

Photo By: Juvet Hotel via Home Designing

For a billionaire with a big secret, the best home is definitely one tucked away in the Alaskan wilderness. Though the exterior of this house (which is actually a Norwegian hotel) is unassuming with its modern wood and glass facade, the interior boasts breathtaking views of the frozen tundra.

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