The 10 Most Iconic Rooftop Movie Scenes


Hello and welcome to this special edition article of the week! Here at Central Roofing Company, We decided that with all this bad and negativity going on with the world lately, we would do something special this week and try to brighten up your day. So join us as we count down the 10 MOST ICONIC ROOFTOP MOVIE SCENES, Enjoy!


Dark Knight Rooftop Scene

Warner Bros, 2008

Okay so right off the bat (pun intended) we’re starting off with a cheat. But that’s because there is almost an iconic rooftop scene in every Batman movie ever made. With so many iconic rooftop scenes to choose from, we decided we couldn’t just pick one and instead just bunch them up as one. 

9. Skyfall

Skyfall motorbike on commercial roofs

Sony Pictures 2012

James Bond movies have been continuing for decades and if there is one thing you can count on is a chase scene. In 2012’s Skyfall Bond movie. The opening scenes start off with Agent 007 chasing a bad guy through a crowded Istanbul Bazaar and eventually riding a motorcycle upstairs and onto the rooftop of the bazaar markets.

We could have easily gone with another scene from the same movie but we thought the motorbike on the terra cotta commercial roofs was cooler.


#8 Sleepless in Seattle

Empire State Building Sleepless in Seattle

TriStar Pictures 1993

After a couple of action movies, we decided to change it up and go with one of the greatest romantic comedy films of all time. After several missed opportunities Sam (Tom Hanks) and Annie (Meg Ryan) agree to meet on top of the Empire State Building, and just when a disappointed Sam believes Annie is not going to show, Annie shows up just as they’re leaving. EPIC.


#7 Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters New York City Apartment Roof

Columbia Pictures 1984

Staying in New York, who could forget the epic marshmallow man fight on top of an NYC apartment building and then continue to fight a transformed rooftop for the epic final battle against the demigod of destruction. The ghostbuster crew saves the day and closes the portal. And this epic scene has stayed in our heads ever since.


#6 Westside Story

Westside Story Industrial Roof Dance

MGM Studios 1961

New York again, there is something about that New York skyline that filmmakers and audiences love. This time it’s on a flat industrial roof in 60s New York, with colorful wardrobes, elaborately choreographed dance sequences, and catchy singing this is one rooftop scene that is hard to beat.

#5 The Departed

The Departed Rooftop Scene

Warner Bros. Pictures 2006

Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller set in Boston has Leonardo DiCaprio’s undercover agent Billy Costigan squaring off against Matt Damon’s police mole Colin Sullivan in a gun-toting chaotic scene where you just know one of them isn’t going to make it out alive.

#4 Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank Hot Mop Roof

Columbia Pictures 1994

Considered one of the best movies of all time, with themes about friendship, hope, and perseverance. This roof scene shows the inmates of the Shawshank State Penitentiary tarring a roof with a hot mop. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend that you do. 


#3 King Kong


King Kong Empire State Building Roof

RKO Radio Pictures 1933

A classic film and regardless of whether or not you’ve actually seen it you are most likely at the very least familiar with its famous climax. Which shows Kong on the top of the Empire State building as he fights off airplane attacks. 

#2 The Matrix

Matrix Roof Fight

Warner Bros. 1999

We’re getting down to the wire and it’s getting harder and harder to choose. But for #2 we’re going to go with probably the most influential sci-fi movie ever made. Perhaps the most memorable scene is the fighting scene on top of the roof. Where our guy Neo dodges all the bullets shot at him. 


#1  The Hangover

Hotel Roof Scene The Hangover

Warner Bros. Pictures 2009

It was hard to pick the hangover over such other iconic rooftop scenes. But after this scene is where the movie’s shenanigans really start to kick into high gear. Also, the hotel roof where the “wolfpack” is formed is the central key to solving the movie’s central plot. So being that the roof is the key. We decided that the hangover is number 1. 

Also on a sidenote when bumbling fool Alan says “on the roof” while passing out the infamous shots laced with “roofies” is it simply because they’re on the roof OR a foreshadowing because he laced the drinks with “roof”, we prefer the ladder. 

So there you have it. Are there any rooftop scenes we missed? What are your most iconic rooftop movie scenes?


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