Did you know these movies were filmed in and around Mobile? List and locations

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile area has been a popular filming location for movies and television shows for many years. The city’s diverse architecture, historic landmarks and natural beauty make it the perfect backdrop for a variety of productions.

The options increase when you zoom out to include all of southern Alabama, from small towns to white sand beaches.

No surprise, then, that many famous movies have been filmed here. But it might surprise you to learn which ones. From independent gems to blockbusters and classics, check out our list of movies filmed in and around Mobile:

Movies filmed in and around Mobile

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Keen-eyed viewers can catch several south Alabama locations in Steven Spielberg‘s 1977 sci-fi blockbuster, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Dillon. The landing strip complex behind Devil’s Tower was built in an abandoned World War II aircraft hangar at the former Brookley Air Force Base. Visitors to Bay Minette can tour the L & N Railroad station, which served as the backdrop for the film’s evacuation scene. And east of Fairhope, you can still find the house where a little boy was abducted by aliens.

Get Out (2017)

With his directorial debut “Get Out,” Jordan Peele established himself as a serious horror auteur, picking up an Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay. He also chose Fairhope and Mobile as the backdrops for his blistering psychological horror film. The movie’s opening abduction scene was filmed in Mobile’s Park Place district. Most of the action was filmed at The Armitage House in Fairhope. And the movie’s basement scenes brought filming back to Mobile, at Barton Academy.

Gerald’s Game (2017)

Netflix’s 2017 thriller “Gerald’s Game,” based on a novel of the same name by horror master Stephen King, was filmed in downtown Mobile. The movie stars Garla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, but locals will recognize another face. WKRG News 5’s own Bill Riales appears in the movie, appropriately enough, as a television reporter. Producer and Fairhope native Scott Lumpkin said 90 percent of the movie was shot on the Gulf Coast. Director Mike Flanagan, also known for his 2019 Steven King Adaptation “Doctor Sleep” and the Nextflix series “The Haunting of Hill House,” often films in the American south.

Under Siege (1992)

Steven Seagal stars as a former Navy SEAL who must thwart a group of mercenaries, led by Tommy Lee Jones, after they take over the U.S. Navy battleship Missouri. Starring as the USS Missouri? In many scenes, it’s the USS Alabama, the centerpiece of Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile. The USS Drum, also at Battleship Park, portrayed the film’s North Korean submarine.

The Insider (1999)

This 1999 drama picked up seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role for star Russell Crowe. Crowe’s co-star, Al Pacino, won the best actor Oscar in 1993 for “Scent of a Woman.” The Insider is based on a true story about a 60 Minutes segment about a tobacco industry whistleblower. A critical deposition hearing scene was filmed in the actual Pascagoula, Mississippi courtroom where the deposition was given.

Oculus (2013)

Remember when we said “Gerald’s Game” director Mike Flanagan likes to film in the south? He’d already worked on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, filming 2013’s horror film Oculus in Fairhope in just three weeks. The supernatural horror movie scored at the box office, earning $44 million on a $5 million budget.

The Final Destination (2009)

The fourth installment of the Final Destination series was shot mostly in New Orleans. But the opening crash sequence was captured at the Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama. The movie follows a group of people who escape that crash, as Death stalks and kills them — Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten and Mykelti Williamson — one by one.

Heist (2015)

Two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro traveled to Mobile to film 2015’s action thriller “Heist.” Directed by Scott Mann, the movie follows a casino heist led by an employee who needs the money to pay for his sick daughter’s $300,000 surgery. The Battle House Hotel was transformed into a 1940’s-style “The Swan Casino.” Additional filming happened on the Causeway near Battleship Park.

Rage (2014)

Not just filmed in Mobile, 2014’s action crime thriller “Rage” is set in the Port City, where a career criminal turned legitimate businessman can’t escape his past. Nicholas Cage stars with Rachel Nichols, Peter Stormare and Danny Glover.

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

The seventh installment of the Friday the 13th franchise was filmed in October and November 1987 at Byrnes Lake in Baldwin County and in nearby Mobile in February 1988. Devoted Jason Voorhees fans will also know “The New Blood” was Kane Hodder‘s first appearance as the slasher film icon.

Jesus Revolution (2023)

Based on a book by Greg Laurie, 2023’s Christian drama is about a seemingly counter-culture movement toward Christianity in southern California in the late sixties. Locations in Fairhope, Daphne and Mobile proved suitable stand-ins for SoCal. The film stars Joel Courtney, Jonathan Roumie, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Kelsey Grammer. WKRG News 5’s Bill Riales sat down with some of the movie’s stars to talk about their experience filming on the Gulf Coast.

Full list of movies filmed in Alabama

We didn’t mention every movie filmed in and around Mobile, but we covered quite a few. There are many more. And there are many more movies filmed in Alabama. The Alabama Film Office keeps track of feature films made fully or partially on location in the state:

Production  Company Year Alabama Location
Jesus Revolution K1 Production, Inc. 2022 Mobile
Wire Room Wire Room Movie, LLC 2022 Birmingham
The Tutor  Tutor Productions, LLC 2022 Birmingham
About My Father K1 Production, Inc. 2021 Mobile
Soul Assassin (known as Die Like Lovers) DLL, LLC 2021 Birmingham, Bessemer
Wrong Place Wrong Place Movie, LLC 2021 Birmingham
Lansky MLI Pictures, LLC 2020 Mobile, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores
Castle Falls Castle Falls Production, LLC 2020 Birmingham, Tuscaloosa
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things Tiny Perfect Productions, Inc. 2020 Mobile, Fairhope
Collection Hemlock Circle Production, LLC 2020 Birmingham, Bessemer
Sand Mountain Snake Doc, LLC 2019 Birmingham
Voices Blue Muse Entertainment, LLC 2019 Mobile
Hell On the Border HOTB Productions, LLC 2019 Birmingham
The Vanished (Known as Hour of Lead) HOL Productions, Inc. 2019 Birmingham
Devil All the Time Knockemstiff, Inc. 2019 Birmingham
I Still Believe I Still Believe, LLC 2019 Mobile
Inheritance White Coment Productions, Inc 2019 Birmingham
Son of the South SOTS Productions, LLC 2019 Montgomery
SuperCool SuperCool Film, LLC 2019 Mobile
The Friend The Friend Movie, LLC 2019 Mobile
Just Mercy Warner Bros. Pictures 2019 Montgomery
Peel RJD Filmworks, LLC 2018 Mobile
This is the Year The Last Song PS, LLC 2018 Mobile
Sword of Trust Hog Jaws, LLC 2018 Birmingham
Arkansas Arkansas Movie, LLC 2018 Mobile
Inherit the Viper Viper Productions, LLC 2018 Birmingham
The Fanatic (Known as Moose) Primal Film, LLC 2018 Birmingham
Second Samuel II Sam Production, LLC 2018 Dothan
Line of Duty (Known as Live) Hassik Films Live, LLC 2018 Birmingham
Karma Kartoo Productions, Inc 2018 Mobile
Zero Zero Productions, Inc 2018 Huntsville, Harvest
Above Hallows Movie, LLC 2018 Mobile
Embattled Champion Films, Inc 2018 Birmingham
Into the Ashes ITA Holdings, LLC 2018 Birmingham
Mary Mary Productions South 2017 Mobile, Fairhope, Orange Beach
Office Uprising Office Uprising, LLC 2017 Birmingham
Truth or Dare Angel Cake Truth, LLC 2017 Birmingham, Bessemer
Trading Paint Trading Paint, LLC 2017 Birmingham, Talladega, Hueytown, Bessemer, Hoover
On the Run Pink Freud, LLC 2017 Birmingham, Bessemer
Between Worlds Rise Up, LLC 2017 Mobile, Fairhope
Bigger Bigger Than Life Productions, LLC 2017 Birmingham, Gulf Shores
Black Water Black Water Movie, LLC 2017 Mobile
Gerald’s Game Handcuffs LLC 2016 Fairhope
Let There Be Light LTBL Films, LLC 2016 Birmingham
Get Out Sid & Roth South, LLC 2016 Mobile, Fairhope
Run the Race Run the Race Productions 2016 Birmingham
Extraction Fernden Extraction Productions, LLC 2015 Mobile
Island In the Sun Island In the Sun, LLC 2015 Mobile, Fairhope
Holding Patterns Back to Baltimore Movie, Inc. 2015 Mobile
USS Indianapolis USS Indianapolis Production, Inc 2015 Mobile, Orange Beach
Hush Silence Production South, LLC 2015 Mobile
Here Comes Rusty Pink Bandana AL, LLC 2015 Mobile
Perfect Weapon Perfect Weapon, LLC 2015 Mobile
Aether Aether Prologue, LLC 2014 Mobile
Heist Georgia Film Fund Twenty Four Productions, LLC 2014 Mobile
Woodlawn Woodlawn Productions, LLC 2014 Birmingham
Selma Selma Productions, Inc. 2014 Selma, Montgomery
Nigel & Oscar vs. The Sasquatch No-Sasquatch, LLC 2014 Mobile, Wilmer, Delta
Vice Georgia Film Fund Twenty Four Productions 2014 Mobile
The Prince Georgia Film Fund Twenty Four Productions, LLC 2013 Mobile
Muscle Shoals Ear Goggles / Magnolia Pictures 2013 Florence, Muscle Shoals
Rage (Known as Tokarev) Tokarev Productions, Inc. 2013 Mobile
Need for Speed Bandito Brothers 2013 Phenix City
Coffee Shop Coffee Shop Movie, LLC 2013 Birmingham, Fairhope
A Convergence Convergence, LLC 2013 Mobile
Somnia QNO Productions South, LLC 2013 Mobile
Dropped Hallows Movie, Inc. 2013 Prattville, Montgomery, Millbrook, Wetumpka
Mom’s Night Out Night Out, LLC 2013 Birmingham
Oculus Lasser Productions, LLC 2012 Mobile, Fairhope
Grace Unplugged Corman Deo Studios 2012 Birmingham
Home Front Home Front, LLC 2012 Mobile
Space Warriors Space Warriors, LLC 2012 Huntsville
The Phoenix Rises Phoenix Rises, LLC 2012 Mobile
Yellow Day Providence Film Partners, LLC 2012 Mobile
Saving Harmony LCR Film LLC 2012 Colbert County
“42” Ebbets Productions, LLC 2012 Birmingham
The Nocturnal Third Wonder Mill Films 2011 Huntsville
SkyHook SkyHook LLC 2011 Mobile
Counter-Clockwise Counter Clockwise Productions 2011 Mobile
Smile As Big As the Moon McGee Street Productions 2011 Huntsville
USS Seaviper Villani Rockhill Productions/Mighty Moments Motion Pictures 2010 Mobile
A Genesis Found Wonder Mill Films 2010 Decatur, Hunstsville, Plevna, Moundville, Tuscaloosa
The One Warrior Fred/Gulf Coast Films 2010 Mobile, Dauphin Island, Natural Bridge
Saints of Mt. Christopher Bases Loaded Entertainment 2010 Mobile
Man In the Maze Applied Art Productions 2010 Tuscumbia, Florence, Muscle Shoals
Company M Black Scorpion Films 2010 Bessemer, Monroeville
Awakened Atlas Asset Management 2010 Birmingham
After After Productions/Seabourne Pictures 2010 Bessemer, Birmingham, Decatur
October Baby Gravitas, LLC 2010 Mobile, Dauphin Island, Birmingham, Helena, Homewood
Lifted Listed Pictures, LLC 2009 Birmingham
Due Date Warner Bros. 2009 Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Delta
Final Destination 4 New Line Cinema 2008 Mobile
Birth of a Legend: Story of the WAWA Wippoorwill Hollow Films 2007 Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield, Florence
American Identity Lighting Pictures 2006 Anniston
Bloodlines StoryTyme Entertainment 2006 Dothan
Honeydripper Anarchist’s Convention Films 2006 Greenville
Like Moles, Like Rats Kooroc Films, LLC 2006 Huntsville
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Columbia Pictures 2005 Talladega
When I Find the Ocean Cypress Moon Productions 2005 Muscle Shoals, Selma, Gulf Shores
Failure to Launch Paramount Pictures 2005 Cherokee County, Gadsden
Constellation Constellation LLC 2004 Huntsville
Heavens Fall Strata Productions 2004 Monroeville, Montgomery, Union Springs
The Novice The Novice LLC 2004 Mobile
Camp D.O.A. Magic City Films 2004 Birmingham
Lightning Bug Almost Human Productions 2003 Cullman
Dead Birds Dead Birds Films Inc./Silver Nitrate 2003 Mobile & Montgomery
Frankenfish Bayou Films Inc./Silver Nitrate 2003 Spanish Fort
Big Fish Columbia Pictures 2003 Montgomery, Wetumpka, Prattville, Tallassee
Tough Luck Curb Entertainment 2002 Mobile
Under the Sidewalk Moon Crescent Moon Films 2002 Birmingham
Alabama Love Story R & G Productions, LLC 2001 Tuscaloosa
The Rosa Parks Story CBS Television 2001 Montgomery & Wetumpka
Love Liza Love Liza Productions 2001 Mobile
World Traveler Wit Productions 2000 Birmingham
The Waking Tim Card Productions 2000 Mobile/Montgomery
Hometown Legend Jenkins Entertainment 2000 Mobile
Mi Amigo Azalea Film Productions 1999 Mobile
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy Ten/Twenty Productions/PBS 1999 Scottsboro
Rustin Grabba-Bat Productions 1999 Birmingham
Sacrifice American Home Video 1999 Mobile
George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire PBS/WGBH Production Company 1999 Montgomery
Main Street Weaver Productions 1998 Birmingham
Palmer’s Pickup Coppola Productions 1998 Anniston/Mobile
Selma, Lord, Selma Disney 1998 Selma
The Insider Touchstone Pictures 1998 Mobile
Cracker Man ITVS/PBS 1998 Auburn
Hostile Intent DTP Productions 1997 Mobile
Southern Hearts ISAAC Productions 1997 Mentone
Her Maiden Name Pam White Productions 1997 Birmingham
Four Little Girls HBO 1997 Birmingham
Hostage Four Corners Entertainment 1997 Mobile
Steel Chariots Disney 1997 Talladega
The P.A.C.K. DTP Productions 1996 Mobile
Starstruck Starstruck Productions 1996 Huntsville
Jeremy’s Egg Southern Eagle Productions 1996 Huntsville
Soul of the Game HBO 1995 Birmingham
Tom Sawyer Disney 1995 Mooresville/Decatur/Huntsville
Grass Harp New Line Cinema 1995 Wetumpka/Prattville
Executive Decision Warner Bros. 1995 Mobile
Bio-Force Southern Star Studios 1994 Mobile
Power Play Southern Star Studios 1994 Mobile
Cobb Warner Bros. 1994 Birmingham
Good Cop, Bad Cop Westside Studios 1993 Mobile
Body Snatchers Solo Films 1992 Selma
Double Vision Action Int. Films 1992 Mobile
Night Trap Action Int. Films 1992 Mobile
Under Siege Warner Bros. 1992 Mobile
Center of the Web Action Int. Films 1991 Mobile
Mission of the Shark Fries Ent. (CBS) 1991 Mobile
Stone Cold Stone Group Pictures 1990 Mobile
Blue Sky Orion Pictures 1990 Selma
Raw Nerve Action Int. Films 1990 Mobile
Elvis’ Grave Westbrook Productions 1989 Birmingham
Soul Taker Pacific West 1989 Mobile
The Final Sanction Action Int. Films 1989 Mobile
Invasion Force Action Int. Films 1989 Mobile
Rapid Fire Action Int. Films 1989 Mobile
Firehead Action Int. Films 1989 Mobile
One for the Money Action Int. Films 1989 Mobile
Long Walk Home New Visions Pictures 1989 Montgomery
Lost Platoon Action Int. Films 1988 Mobile
Mississippi Burning Orion 1988 Lafayette
Friday 13th Part VII Paramount 1988 Mobile
War and Remembrance ABC Circle Films 1987 Mobile
Roses Are For the Rich Phoenix Productions 1987 Birmingham
Portrait of America WTBS 1987 Statewide
Verne Miller Alive/UAA Productions 1986 Birmingham
Time to Triumph CBS 1986 Fort Rucker/Phenix City
Space Camp 20th Century Fox 1986 Huntsville
The River Universal 1984 Birmingham
Secrets of the Phantom Caverns Sandy Howard Productions 1983 Grant
Stroker Ace Warner Bros./Universal 1983 Talladega
Shadow Waltz Ravencliff Productions 1983 Birmingham/Shelby County
A Walk Through the 20th Century CBS 1983 Montgomery/Tuskegee
Benny’s Place ABC 1981 Birmingham
Rascals and Robbers CBS 1981 Childersburg/Talladega/Alpine Bay
Many Mansions PBS 1980 Huntsville
End of August Management West 1980 Mobile
Back Roads CBS 1980 Mobile
Kent State NBC 1980 Gadsden
Jaws of Satan United Artists 1980 Tuscaloosa/Eutaw/Childersburg
Death Ship Avco Embassy 1979 Mobile
Sister, Sister 20th Century Fox 1979 Montgomery
Norma Rae 20th Century Fox 1978 Opelika/Auburn
The Ravagers Columbia Pictures 1978 Huntsville/Birmingham
Hooper Warner Brothers 1978 Tuscaloosa
Close Encounters of The Third Kind Columbia Television 1977 Mobile
Movin’ On Network Television 1976 Mobile
Stay Hungry United Artists 1975 Birmingham
The Traveling Executioner MGM Studios 1970 Montgomery
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter Warner Brothers 1967 Selma
A Christmas Memory Network Television 1966 Montgomery
A Thanksgiving Visitor Network Television 1966 Montgomery
To Kill A Mockingbird Universal Pictures 1963 Monroeville
The Phenix City Story United Artists 1955 Phenix City
Twelve O’Clock High 20th Century Fox 1949 Fort Rucker


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