Urban parks provide an unsafe haven for street gangs in "Mi Vida Loca," Allison Anders' 1993 portrayal of Chicana posse life, which was shot on location in Echo Park. New York's Central Park hosts a midnight melee in "The Warriors" (1979), when the namesake gang battles the Baseball Furies in samurai swordplay using wooden bats.
In "Forrest Gump" (1994), Tom Hanks invites passersby to take candy from strangers and learn life lessons at an iconic bench, which formerly sat at Chippewa Square in Savannah, Ga. Park benches can bring cross-generational bonding too, as Robin Williams tells Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting" (1997) about love that's like "going to hell and back" in the Boston Public Garden.
In our first glimpse of Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Terminator" (1984), his assassination mission from the future starts with a flash and a thud in Griffith Park, when he manhandles some lowlifes. A lavender-and-maroon-clad Capt. Kirk is no less off-putting when he turns San Francisco's Golden Gate Park into a landing pad in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) -- though the scenes were actually shot in Pacific Palisades' Will Rogers State Park. In "Escape from New York" (1981), inmates in the Manhattan Island Prison descend upon Central Park to receive the Feds' monthly airdrops of food.