Alabama has provided the backdrop for several major Hollywood blockbusters, and they're not the ones you might have thought. No, Forrest Gump wasn't actually filmed there, but these 9 famous flicks were recorded right in the deep south. So grab some popcorn, cozy up and the couch, and settle in for a rewatch or even a first-time glimpse of these major movies filmed in the Alabama Heart of Dixie.
Rating: 7.7/10 on IMDb
Why You Need To Watch It: This 2017 thriller about an African American man who meets his white girlfriend's suspicious family won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. It was shot in Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama.
Rating: 8/10 on IMDb
Why You Need To Watch It: Big Fish is a 2003 drama about a father's incredible misadventures that may or may not be based on true stories. It was filmed in Montgomery, Prattville, Wetumpka, and Tallassee.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Rating: 7.6/10 on IMDb
Rating: 7.5/10 on IMDb
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Rating: 7.3/10 on IMDb
Why You Need To Watch It: If you're in the mood for a silly comedy, this is it. Shot in Birmingham, 2006's Borat stars Sacha Baron Cohen as a foreign journalist making a documentary in the U.S.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Rating: 8.2/10 on IMDb
Why You Need To Watch It: Based on a bestselling novel, To Kill A Mockingbird is about a white man who defends an African American man who was wrongly accused of rape. This 60s film was partly shot in Monroeville.
Failure to Launch
Rating: 5.6/10 on IMDb
Why You Need To Watch It: Failure to Launch is a 2006 rom-com about a man in his 30s who's still living at home. The lighthearted flick was partly shot in Gadsden and Leesburg.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Rating: 5.3/10 on IMDb
Why You Need To Watch It: Serial killer Jason is on the loose again in the seventh installment of the Friday the 13th series. The 1988 horror flick features a few Alabama locations including Mobile, Point Clear, Byrnes Lake, Bay Minette, and Stockton.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Rating: 6.6/10 on IMDb
Add these movies shot in Alabama to your watch list while you're stuck at home. You can soak up the South from your couch with these famous films that'll have you sippin' on sweet tea.