Cinematography draws viewers into a movie, but it’s the movie’s familiar locations that really excite movie goers. How many times have you watched a movie and drooled over the live scenery that looked familiar because you have been there? Hollywood is famous for filming virtually all around the world. Think how dull movies would be if they didn’t do this.
The Southern United States is a popular location which, thanks to its distinctive flavor and ambience, can almost become a character in the movie. Here are some movies you may not have realized were filmed so close to home.
Walk The Line
This timeless movie tells the life story of country legend Johnny Cash. It depicts his life as a child as explores his musical career. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon star in a film that portrays Johnny Cash’s rise to stardom, while viewers enjoy the South’s hospitality and culture through its characters and plot line. The scenery is appealing and not that different from anywhere in the country, other than the fact that there’s more backwoods than the North has due to higher populations.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Starring the incomparable Kathy Bates, this film takes movie goers through the backwoods of Alabama. Evelyn is dissatisfied with her life and looking for something new. She meets Mrs. Threadgood, an elderly widow that takes her on a journey to a time long ago. Through Mrs. Threadgood’s story the two women bond and grow close. By the end of the film Evelyn is prepared to take her into her own home. This movie reminds us that we each have a Mrs. Threadgood in our lives if we look hard enough.
Ellis (Tye Sheridan) lives in a house boat in Arkansas. When he sneaks out to explore an area of the Arkansas River with a friend, they soon find out they’re in for more than they bargained for. While they seek to retrieve an abandoned boat, they soon find out that someone is living in a boat that was shipwrecked in the last flood. It turns out that it’s a fugitive named Mud, played by Matthew McConaughey. But this is just the start. Mud isn’t who the boys think he is and soon they are in for quite the awakening.
Gone with the Wind
Originally filmed in the 1930s, this classic was shot in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. The movie centers on a nation at war. It’s the peak of the Civil War and the nation is divided. This visually stunning movie maintains a perennial spot on Greatest Movies lists. The breathtaking scenery in the film is amazing. The characters and plot are larger than life. Other parts of the movie were filmed in South Carolina and Louisiana.
12 Years A Slave
This 2013 Academy Award Best Picture winner was filmed all throughout the state of Louisiana. Even the Washington D.C. settings are filmed in the south, right in the heart of New Orleans.The Gadsby Hotel, for instance, which is believed to be Washington D.C. in the movie, is based off Columns Hotel in the New Orleans Garden District. Viewers of the movie will want to flock to New Orleans after watching this historical film to see all the locations for themselves.
The Southern U.S. has provided fantastic film locations for many of the most popular movies. This list contains just a few of the many films that tried to capture the charm (and idiosyncrasies) of the Deep South scenery and culture.