St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

8 Places Where Movies Were Entirely Filmed

If one of your favorite films is on this list, you might be interested in visiting the place where it was made.

  1. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Vineyard was made to look like the fictional New England beach town of Amity Island for the original Jaws
  2. Natchitoches, LouisianaSteel Magnolias was filmed in the small community where the events it dramatizes took place.
  3. Mansfield, Ohio. The Ohio State Reformatory operated as a prison for almost a century until closing its doors in 1990, just a few years before being used to film Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
  4. Micanopy, Florida. This tiny village was transformed into the fictional town of Grady, South Carolina, for the 1991 film Doc Holiday, starring Michael J. Fox.
  5. St. Petersburg, FloridaCocoon, Ron Howard's 1985 science-fiction film, was shot in and around the city.
  6. Winterset, Iowa. Bridges of Madison County, starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, was filmed in John Wayne’s hometown.
  7. Toms River, New Jersey. The Amityville Horror, a 1979 movie, is set on Long Island, New York, but was filmed in and around this Jersey Shore city. 
  8. Dyersville, Iowa. This town, about 25 miles west of Dubuque, still offers tours of the baseball field and home where Field of Dreams was filmed.