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Filming in Alabama: Notable Productions Shot in a Rapidly Growing Location

  • Twelve O'Click High

    Twelve O'Click High
    Henry King shoots a classic B-17 belly landing scene for this classic war drama in Ozark Army Air Field, near Daleville. This was the first major film production in Alabama.
  • The Phenix City Story

    The Phenix City Story
    Alabama Attorney General candidate Albert Patterson's assassination is dramatized in this controversial thriller set and shot the titular city.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Gregory Peck of "Twelve O'Clock High" returns to Alabama to star in the celebrated adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel.
  • Stay Hungry

    Stay Hungry
    Widely considered Arnold Schwarzenegger's Golden Globe-winning breakout, this Bob Rafelson cult classic is set and shot entirely in Birmingham.
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Universally celebrated as one of the most iconic moments in sci-fi history, the final scene of this Steven Spielberg classic is filmed at the Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile.
  • Hooper

    Some of Burt Reynolds' most favored action sequences are shot in Tuscaloosa.
  • Norma Rae

    Norma Rae
    The Oscar-winning classic of feminist cinema is completely shot in Opelika.
  • Stroker Ace

    Stroker Ace
    Burt Reynolds returns to Alabama for this popular racing comedy, partially filmed at the Talladega Superspeedway.
  • SpaceCamp

    Though not set in Alabama, this cult family flick was inspired by and filmed at the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville.
  • Mississippi Burning

    Mississippi Burning
    In addition to Mississippi, LaFayette is a key location in this controversial, acclaimed crime thriller based on the Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner murders.
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
    Mobile-neighbouring Byrnes Lake becomes the latest haunting grounds for Jason Voorhees.
  • Long Walk Home

    Long Walk Home
    This acclaimed dramatization of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is filmed on location.
  • Under Siege

    Under Siege
    The central submarine scenes in Steven Seagal's biggest hit are filmed inside the USS Alabama, docked in Mobile Bay.
  • Body Snatchers

    Body Snatchers
    This third adaptation of Jack Finney's classic sci-fi thriller is relocated to Alabama, being shot in Selma and on the Craig Air Force Base.
  • Cobb

    Tommy Lee Jones recreates baseball legend Ty Cobb's games at Birmingham's Rickwood Field.
  • The Grass Harp

    The Grass Harp
    Legendary Alabamian writer Truman Capote's semi-autobiographical novel is filmed on location in Wetumpka.
  • 4 Little Girls

    4 Little Girls
    Spike Lee comes to Birmingham to examine the haunting legacy of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing for this lauded documentary.
  • Selma, Lord, Selma

    Selma, Lord, Selma
    Charles Burnett dramatizes Selma's Bloody Sunday on location for this classic Disney TV drama.
  • The Insider

    The Insider
    Mobile is among the locations where Michael Mann directs this epic thriller opus.
  • The Rosa Parks Story

    The Rosa Parks Story
    Angela Bassett plays an Alabama heroine in Montgomery for this acclaimed CBS drama.
  • Love Liza

    Love Liza
    Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers a performance to define him as a leading man in Mobile.
  • Big Fish

    Big Fish
    Tim Burton sets and shoots one of his most beloved classics throughout Alabama, making it the state's most extensive production to date.
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    One of Will Ferrell's most popular comedies is centered on, shot in and named for NASCAR hotspot Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Failure to Launch

    Failure to Launch
    Several major scenes in this rom-com cult classic are shot in Gadsden and Leesburg.
  • Honeydripper

    Indie darling John Sayles shoots this Alabama period drama in Greenville.
  • The Final Destination

    The Final Destination
    The fourth installment of this cult splatter franchise shoots its action-packed, gory opening at the Mobile International Speedway.
  • Due Date

    Due Date
    Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis stop by Tuscaloosa in this hit road romp. This is the first major production shot in Alabama after the Entertainment Industry Incentive Act of 2009.
  • After

    Though it will be released two years "after" principal photography, this fantasy drama is entirely shot around Birmingham and Decatur.
  • October Baby

    October Baby
    Birmingham's Andrew and John Erwin shoot their directorial debut locally. After a limited release in Alabama, the drama becomes a box office surprise promising new potential in Christian and Alabama cinema.
  • Oculus

    This horror hit is completely shot in Fairhope.
  • 42

    The rise of baseball legend Jackie Robinson is dramatized in Birmingham.
  • Grace Unplugged

    Grace Unplugged
    AJ Michalka makes her leading lady debut in Birmingham, with key musical scenes being shot in the historic Alabama Theater.
  • Need for Speed

    Need for Speed
    Phenix City hosts key scenes in Aaron Paul's action-packed lead debut.
  • Muscle Shoals

    Muscle Shoals
    Greg "Freddy" Camalier explores Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and its historic significance in popular music in this acclaimed documentary.
  • Moms' Night Out

    Moms' Night Out
    The Erwin brothers film this Christian comedy hit in their hometown of Birmingham.
  • Before I Wake

    Before I Wake
    "Oculus" writer-director Mike Flanagan returns to Fairhope to film another horror "sleeper" hit.
  • Selma

    Widely considered one of the best films of 2014, Ava DuVernay's recreation of Martin Luther King's march on Selma is filmed on location.
  • Woodlawn

    The Erwin brothers shoot the definitive film on the world-renowned Crimson Tide football team throughout Alabama. The film's success helps give way to the recent movement of high-profile Christan films, and earns the Erwins recognitions as figureheads of it.
  • Hush

    Mike Flanagan makes his third Fairhope-filmed horror hit, which helps establish Netflix as a major, innovative filmmaking force.
  • Mississippi Grind

    Mississippi Grind
    Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds take their gambling escapades to the Mobile Greyhound Park in this acclaimed road drama.
  • Get Out

    Get Out
    A modern masterpiece of both black cinema and horror is completely filmed in Fairhope and Mobile. In an interview with AL.com, Academy-Award winning writer-director Jordan Peele says "Ultimately, I loved Alabama."
  • Gerald's Home

    Gerald's Home
    Mike Flanagan's love of Alabama makes Mobile the setting of Netflix's adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel.
  • Inherit the Viper

    Inherit the Viper
    Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva, Chandler Riggs and Bruce Dern come to Birmingham to film this upcoming crime thriller.
  • Zero

    Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma star in this Bollywood hit partially filmed in Harvest and Huntsville.
  • The Friend

    The Friend
    Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segel star in an upcoming true drama set in Fairhope and shot on location.
  • Inheritance

    Simon Pegg, Lily Collins and Connie Nielsen come to Birmingham and Mobile to star in this upcoming thriller.
  • Supercool

    Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Short star in this upcoming YA drama shot in Mobile.
  • Son of the South

    Son of the South
    Barry Alexander Brown returns to his hometown of Montgomery to film this anticipated drama, with Spike Lee attached as executive producer.
  • Arkansas

    Contrary to the title, comedian Clark Duke makes his directorial debut around Mobile with this upcoming crime thriller.
  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time
    The acclaimed Antônio Campos directs Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan, Mia Wasikowska and many more stars in this period drama. Shot entirely in and around the Birmingham area, the highly anticipated period drama is due to be released in 2020.