Big Fancy House / Film

  • Our Miss Brooks:
    • Mr. Whipple, in the episode of the same name, lives in a mansion guarded by vicious dogs.
    • In the cinematic series finale the Nolans live in a large mansion, complete with a butler and additional servants.
  • Frank Lucas, drug kingpin, buys one for his mother in American Gangster:
    Mrs. Lucas: ...And whose house is that, Franky?
    Frank Lucas: That is your house Mama!
    Mrs. Lucas: My house! ...and who else's?!
  • Wayne Manor in Batman Begins is one of these, what with the Batcave in the basement/surrounding caves. However, it burns down, forcing Bruce to move to just a Cool House — though considering that it's a penthouse floor with a helicopter landing pad and a hidden room with a spare batsuit and equipment, it may qualify as another Big Fancy House.
  • The mansion in Eyes Wide Shut that Bill bluffs his way into once he gets the password from a friend. Of course, the fact that it's gigantic isn't as impressive as the Black Mass-esque ceremony culminating with an orgy in every single room.
  • Nicholas in The Game has a palatial residence that he presumably inherited from his father, and he is also fabulously wealthy. Apart from his servants, he lives there alone.
  • Many of J. Paul Getty’s scenes in All the Money in the World take place in Sutton Place, his 16th-century Tudor estate. It is filled with expensive art.
  • Jodie Foster's character in Panic Room buys a big, brownstone rowhome in Manhattan for her daughter and herself while she goes to study at Columbia. It's a bit of a spooky place, large for two people, and featuring the title safe room. The real estate agent seems curious about how she expects to afford it and it's revealed that she was formerly married to the chairman of a pharmaceutical company.
  • In A Good Year, the aggressive London stockbroker Max Skinner inherits a beautiful vineyard-estate in Provence from his uncle. Acting on his normal instincts, he prepares to sell the place and make a pretty penny but eventually falls in love and gives up his old lifestyle in favor of a quieter life in France.
  • The title country estate of Sir William McCordle in Gosford Park.
  • Fanny and Alexander has the Ekhdahl family mansion, an enormous home filled with ornate furniture, paintings, statuary, huge dining tables. It's like a life-sized fancy dollhouse, and contrasts strongly with the ominously stark Vergerus house that the kids get stuck in after their mother remarries.
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: Croft Manor in the film adaptations of the video game franchise. 87 rooms. Eighty. Seven. And a trailer out front for Bryce.
  • The mansion of The Haunting (1963). The massive sets were appropriately housed in the hanger for the Spruce Goose, the largest wooden airplane ever built.
  • Iron Man: Tony Stark's pad. If this doesn't count, this whole page is a lie.
  • In I Know Where I'm Going!, the Robinsons live in a castle, specifically the castle of Sorne.
  • Xanadu from Citizen Kane.
    • Possibly a deconstruction. Xanadu was too big, and it's massive halls too empty. It was symbolic of Kane himself, opulent and garish, but devoid of anything that actually mattered.
  • The McCallister house in the first two Home Alone films.
  • The Corleone houses in The Godfather. The most luxurious being the one at Lake Tahoe.
    • Also the film producer's California mansion in the first Godfather.
  • Tony Montana's Florida mansion in Scarface (1983).
  • Tara Plantation in Gone with the Wind.
    • Mostly averted in the book, where the house is described as a graciously decorated but somewhat haphazard structure valuable mainly for the farmland it sits on, and important mainly because of the emotional connection the protagonist feels toward it.
    • The house that Scarlett has built in Atlanta when she marries Rhett may count, although Rhett never loses an opportunity to describe how grotesque the place is.
  • The plantation in Song of the South.
  • Adam Kesher has one of these in Mulholland Dr. — a road famous for its Big Fancy Houses.
  • Ilam, home of the Hulmes, in Heavenly Creatures.
  • Mr. Brooks has one, complete with his own pottery studio/hidden serial killer equipment closets.
  • The mansion of Bill Murray in Zombieland.
  • In The Matrix Reloaded, the Merovingian lives in one of these. In addition to the "usual" lavishly decorated hallways, Wall of Weapons, and prison located behind a secret bookcase, it also has doors which lead directly into the City as well as a private garage. Noteworthy here because the house is actually located 500 miles away from the city in the mountains (open the doors normally and you go outside into the mountain area, open them with a special key and you enter the city.)
  • John has such a house in Knowing, a huge, rambling, half-ruined place that he was fixing up. He stopped when his wife died.
  • Glourie castle from the film The Ghost Goes West.
  • The Balls' mansion in Easy Living.
  • The Pottsdorf palace in The Great Race.
  • The Seton mansion in Holiday.
  • Amanda's and Graham's houses in The Holiday.
  • The Lord estate in The Philadelphia Story.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: First Class: When the team first arrives at Charles' residence, Erik, Sean, Alex, Moira and Hank have to tilt their head back a little to stare at the impressively large Xavier mansion, which practically looks like a small palace. It's even sarcastically lampshaded by Erik: "Honestly Charles, I don't know how you survived, living in such hardship."
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: The Xavier estate has never looked more beautiful on the silver screen—it's one of the most (if not the most) breathtaking, old-fashioned residences in cinema. It's practically a five-star hotel for mutants! The land around it is vast, lush and green, and one of its highlights is a stone-lined lake.
  • The castle of La Muerte in The Book of Life.
  • In Spectre, the newly formed Joint Intelligence Service is head quartered in the Centre for National Security, a brand new (and privately funded) skyscraper intended to replace the damaged MI6 building.
  • Zabriskie Point by Michelangelo Antonioni has a finale set in an elaborate modernist mansion carved into the rock of the Arizona desert in a Frank Lloyd Wright Zeerust design.


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