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Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

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List RulesThe movies below must have at least one major scene that was filmed in North Carolina

List of movies that were filmed in North Carolina, including trailers of the films when available. North Carolina has a lot of famous landmarks and beautiful landscapes, making it a great location to film movies in. This list of famous movies shot in North Carolina is listed by popularity, so the movie names at the top of the list are the most well-known. This isn't necessarily a list of all movies shot in North Carolina, so if you notice an important film is missing then feel free to add it at the bottom of this list.

List features The Swan, The Private Eyes and more movies.

If you're trying to answer the questions, "What films were shot in North Carolina?" and "Which famous movies were filmed in North Carolina?" then you'e in the right place.

Both big studio and independent films that were filmed in North Carolina are included below, as well as all genres including horror, action, comedy and more.
  • 1

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright,...  more

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  • 2

    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe


    Directed byMichael Mann

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same name...  more

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  • 3


    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman


    Directed byRidley Scott

    Hannibal is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. It is the sequel to the 1991 Academy Award-winning film The Silence of...  more

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  • 4

    Being There

    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers


    Directed byHal Ashby

    Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1970 novella by Jerzy Kosinski, the screenplay was written by Kosinski and the uncredited Robert C. Jones. The...  more

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  • 5

    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman


    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bob Gunton. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of Dr....  more

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  • 6


    Paula Patton, Terrence Howard


    Directed byBryan Barber

    Idlewild is an American musical film, released August 25, 2006, written and directed by Bryan Barber. The film stars André 3000 and Big Boi of the hip hop duo Outkast, and Idlewild features musical...  more
  • 7

    Mr. Destiny

    Courteney Cox, Michael Caine


    Directed byJames Orr

    Mr. Destiny is a 1990 fantasy comedy film starring James Belushi. Other actors in this film included Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz, Courteney Cox, and Rene Russo....  more
  • 8

    Richie Rich

    Macaulay Culkin, Claudia Schiffer


    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Richie Rich is a 1994 American live-action film adaptation of the Harvey Comics comic book character Richie Rich. Directed by Donald Petrie, and starring Macaulay Culkin as the title character....  more
  • 9

    A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

    Lake Bell, Leslie Bibb


    Directed byPete Huyck, Alex Gregory

    A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is a 2011 ensemble-comedy film written and directed by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck. It stars Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Michelle Borth, Nick Kroll, Tyler...  more
  • 10

    My Fellow Americans

    Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd


    Directed byPeter Segal

    My Fellow Americans is a 1996 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as feuding ex-presidents. Dan Aykroyd, Lauren Bacall, Esther Rolle, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Bradley...  more
  • 11

    The Clearing

    Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe


    Directed byPieter Jan Brugge

    The Clearing is a 2004 American drama film and the directorial debut of Pieter Jan Brugge, who has worked as a film producer. The film is loosely based on the real-life kidnapping of Gerrit Jan Heijn...  more
  • 12


    Martin Sheen, Andie MacDowell


    Directed bySusanna Styron

    Shadrach is a 1998 American film directed by Susanna Styron, based on a short story by her father William Styron, about a former slave's struggle to be buried where he chooses....  more

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  • 13

    The Swan

    Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness


    Directed byCharles Vidor

    The Swan (1956) an Eastman Color in CinemaScope is a remake of The Swan (1925), a Paramount Pictures release. Another film version was released as One Romantic Night (1930). The film is a romantic...  more
  • 14


    Emmy Rossum, Aidan Quinn


    Directed byMaggie Greenwald Mansfield

    Songcatcher is a 2000 drama film directed by Maggie Greenwald. It is about a musicologist researching and collecting Appalachian folk music in the mountains of western North Carolina. Although...  more

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  • 15

    Tap Roots

    Boris Karloff, Susan Hayward


    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    Tap Roots is a 1948 period film set during the American Civil War. It is very loosely based on the true life story of Newton Knight, a farm owner who attempted to secede Jones County from...  more
  • 16

    The Private Eyes

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway


    Directed byLang Elliott

    The Private Eyes is an 1980 American comedy mystery film starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts. The pair play bumbling American detectives who work for Scotland Yard, obvious parodies of Sherlock Holmes...  more
  • 17

    Death Screams

    Susan Kiger


    Directed byDavid Nelson

    Death Screams is a 1982 horror film directed by David Nelson....  more
  • 18

    The Sniper

    Adolphe Menjou, Richard Kiley


    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    The Sniper is a 1952 black-and-white film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry Brown, and based on a story by Edna and Edward Anhalt. The film features Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz,...  more
  • 19

    The Hunger Games

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson


    Directed byGary Ross

    The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. In a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of...  more

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  • 20

    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey


    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as...  more

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  • 21

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell


    Directed bySteve Barron

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. It was directed by Steve Barron and released on March...  more

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  • 22

    Sleeping with the Enemy

    Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin


    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin. The film is based on Nancy Price's 1987 novel of the same name....  more

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  • 23

    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.


    Directed byShane Black

    Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's Iron...  more

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  • 24

    We're the Millers

    Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts


    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    We're the Millers is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, and Ed Helms....  more

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  • 25


    Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy


    Directed byBen Falcone

    Tammy is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and produced, co-written by, and starring Melissa McCarthy as the title character. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Dan...  more