A famous scene from Miami Vice is the Crockett and Tubbs car trip while Phil Collins's "In The Air Tonight" plays ("Brother's Keeper," Season 1 Episode 1). For more than a decade, I wanted to know where the famous scene was filmed. I discovered the filming locations after I moved to Miami in January 2013. My enjoyment and interest in Miami Vice has increased since I became a resident of Miami.
During the "In The Air Tonight" scene, I paused the DVD at the elapsed time of 1 hour 23 minutes and 35 seconds (1h:23m:35s). I saw a lighted "Ocean Bank" sign. The building in the scene also has two large white columns that are illuminated at night. I used the satellite view and the street view on Google Maps to look at every Ocean Bank location in Miami. I went to the building that looked like the building in the scene. When I saw it in person, I confirmed that it was the same building shown on Miami Vice.
My trip to the Ocean Bank building allowed me to identify five buildings that are in the famous scene. There are two Miami Vice buildings at the intersection of NW 42nd Avenue and NW 7th Street in Miami: the Ocean Bank building (1h:23m:35s) and the Shell gas station (1h:23m:34s). The Shell gas station in 2013 was a Gulf station in 1984. There are two Miami Vice buildings at the intersection of NW 42nd Avenue and NW 3rd Street in Miami: Le Jeune House (1h:26m:31s) and the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) (1h:24m:05s). The Management Resources Institute building is between the Ocean Bank building and the IHOP. The Management Resources Institute building is at 550 NW 42nd Avenue (42nd Avenue is also called Le Jeune Road) (1h:26m:27s).
Some of the "In The Air Tonight" scene was filmed in another part of Miami (the Omni area). I made a trip to the Omni area. There are two Miami Vice buildings on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami: Carnival Tower (1h:26m:49s) and the Omni buildings (1h:26m:41s). Carnival Tower is at the NE 13th Street intersection. Carnival Tower is the small part of the Sears Building that was not demolished after Miami Vice was cancelled. A better view of the Sears Building is shown later in the show (1h:34m:24s). The Omni buildings are at the NE 15th Street intersection. The Omni buildings used to be the Omni International Mall.
The information that I gave in the previous paragraphs came from just one scene. Miami Vice was on television for five seasons.