Watchworthy

Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina

Reference
Updated June 14, 2019 9.9k views 30 items

List Rules The 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.
Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
1
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

More Forrest Gump 

The ‘Forrest Gump’ Book Is Weirder And More Offensive Than The Movie #43 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

2
Ranker Video
Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more

More The Last of the Mohicans 

#34 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #31 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

3
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ridley 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 ...more

More Hannibal 

#24 of 241 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #416 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #174 of 226 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

4
Ranker Video
Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

Released: 1979

Directed by: Hal 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. ...more

More Being There 

#865 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #425 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

5
Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tom 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 ...more

More Patch Adams 

#713 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #335 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #37 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

6
Ranker Video
Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, André 3000

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bryan 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 ...more
7
Ranker Video
Courteney Cox, Michael Caine, Kathy Ireland

Released: 1990

Directed by: James 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 Mr. Destiny 

#330 of 373 The Funniest '90s Movies #482 of 560 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #61 of 78 The All-Time Best Baseball Films

8
Ranker Video
Richie Rich Macaulay Culkin, Claudia Schiffer, Reggie Jackson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Donald 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

More Richie Rich 

#715 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #18 of 22 The Worst Live-Action Movies Based on Cartoons #8 of 12 Classic '90s Kids Movies You Forgot Are Actually Super Messed Up

9
Ranker Video
Lake Bell, Leslie Bibb, Don Johnson

Released: 2011

Directed by: Pete 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
Ranker Video
Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter 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
Ranker Video
Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe, Robert Redford

Released: 2004

Directed by: Pieter 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 ...more
12
Ranker Video
Martin Sheen, Andie MacDowell, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Susanna 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 Shadrach 

#60 of 100 The Best Martin Sheen Movies #33 of 92 The Best Harvey Keitel Movies

13
Ranker Video
Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Agnes Moorehead

Released: 1956

Directed by: Charles 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 ...more
14
Ranker Video
Emmy Rossum, Aidan Quinn, Janet McTeer

Released: 2000

Directed by: Maggie 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

More Songcatcher 

#62 of 63 The Best Movies About Singing #92 of 93 The Best Lesbian Movies

15
Ranker Video
Boris Karloff, Susan Hayward, Julie London

Released: 1948

Directed by: George 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 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Trisha Noble

Released: 1980

Directed by: Lang 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 ...more
17
Ranker Video
Death Screams Susan Kiger

Released: 1982

Directed by: David Nelson

Death Screams is a 1982 horror film directed by David Nelson.
18
Ranker Video
ben-nelson added Adolphe Menjou, Richard Kiley, Frank Faylen

Released: 1952

Directed by: Edward 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 ...more
19
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
Monte Rogers added Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Released: 2012

Directed by: Gary 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

More The Hunger Games 

#2 of 76 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels #926 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #70 of 154 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

20
Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
Monte Rogers added Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile 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

More Dirty Dancing 

#2,265 of 3,110 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #29 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

21
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
WeedEater4Life added Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas

Released: 1990

Directed by: Steve 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 ...more

More Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 

The First Live-Action 'TMNT' Had Some Dark Themes And A Strange Backstory #76 of 172 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made #109 of 114 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

22
Sleeping with the Enemy ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
WeedEater4Life added Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor

Released: 1991

Directed by: Joseph 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 ...more

More Sleeping with the Enemy 

#243 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #302 of 560 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #8 of 15 15 Movies Where The Relationship Gaslighting Is The Real Horror

23
Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
WeedEater4Life added Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

Released: 2013

Directed by: Shane 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 ...more

More Iron Man 3 

#41 of 172 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made #438 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #71 of 182 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

24
We're the Millers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
WeedEater4Life added Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Molly Quinn

Released: 2013

Directed by: Rawson 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 ...more

More We're the Millers 

#228 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #132 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #235 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

25
Tammy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Movies Filmed in North Carolina
WeedEater4Life added Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 2014

Directed by: Ben 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 ...more