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Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

Updated June 14, 2019 10.2k views30 items

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.
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  • 1
    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Mann

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Hannibal

    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Hannibal is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the novel of... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Being There is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Being There

    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers

    Released1979

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1970... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1998

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Monica... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Idlewild is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Idlewild

    Paula Patton, Terrence Howard

    Released2006

    Directed byBryan Barber

    Idlewild is an American musical film, released August 25, 2006, written and directed by Bryan... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Mr. Destiny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Mr. Destiny

    Courteney Cox, Michael Caine

    Released1990

    Directed byJames Orr

    Mr. Destiny is a 1990 fantasy comedy film starring James Belushi. Other actors in this film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Richie Rich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Richie Rich

    Macaulay Culkin, Claudia Schiffer

    Released1994

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Richie Rich is a 1994 American live-action film adaptation of the Harvey Comics comic book... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

    Lake Bell, Leslie Bibb

    Released2011

    Directed byPete Huyck, Alex Gregory

    A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is a 2011 ensemble-comedy film written and directed by Alex Gregory... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    My Fellow Americans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    My Fellow Americans

    Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Segal

    My Fellow Americans is a 1996 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    The Clearing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    The Clearing

    Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe

    Released2004

    Directed byPieter Jan Brugge

    The Clearing is a 2004 American drama film and the directorial debut of Pieter Jan Brugge, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Shadrach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Shadrach

    Martin Sheen, Andie MacDowell

    Released1998

    Directed bySusanna Styron

    Shadrach is a 1998 American film directed by Susanna Styron, based on a short story by her... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    The Swan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    The Swan

    Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness

    Released1956

    Directed byCharles Vidor

    The Swan (1956) an Eastman Color in CinemaScope is a remake of The Swan (1925), a Paramount... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Songcatcher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Songcatcher

    Emmy Rossum, Aidan Quinn

    Released2000

    Directed byMaggie Greenwald Mansfield

    Songcatcher is a 2000 drama film directed by Maggie Greenwald. It is about a musicologist... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Tap Roots is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Tap Roots

    Boris Karloff, Susan Hayward

    Released1948

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    Tap Roots is a 1948 period film set during the American Civil War. It is very loosely based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Private Eyes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    The Private Eyes

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway

    Released1980

    Directed byLang Elliott

    The Private Eyes is an 1980 American comedy mystery film starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts.... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Death Screams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Death Screams

    Susan Kiger

    Released1982

    Directed byDavid Nelson

    Death Screams is a 1982 horror film directed by David Nelson.
  • 18
    The Sniper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    The Sniper

    Adolphe Menjou, Richard Kiley

    Released1952

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    The Sniper is a 1952 black-and-white film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    The Hunger Games

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2012

    Directed byGary Ross

    The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell

    Released1990

    Directed bySteve Barron

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Sleeping with the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Sleeping with the Enemy

    Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin

    Released1991

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byShane Black

    Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    We're the Millers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    We're the Millers

    Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts

    Released2013

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    We're the Millers is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. It stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Tammy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

    Tammy

    Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2014

    Directed byBen Falcone

    Tammy is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and produced, co-written by, and... more on Wikipedia
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