Filmed in Memphis

...On Location in the Historic city    



Aside from 1959's "A Face in the Crowd" and 1969's "The Reivers", the film industry had little involvement in the Mid-South area.  But after a Memphis Film Commission and a Film Commissioner were created in 1989, the city has become one of the hot destinations for filmmakers looking for a unique setting.  For a city to become a film locale it's imperative that it be film-friendly - even though filming can often be very disruptive on the flow of traffic.  Now that Memphis' has had a long history of film making means the local citizens understand that film plays an important role in the local economy.  The benefits are three-fold.  A big production can spend more than a million dollars during a shoot, primarily in the local hotel and restaurant industries, boosting the economy and creating more jobs.

Film Producers have an array of choices when shooting in Memphis - from the city's skyline on the bluff overlooking the river to the ancient cobblestone river landing, to the historic and culturally rich neighborhoods.  Plus Memphis' role in the history of music and its renown cuisine play an important role in enticing potential filmakers to the Mid-South.


The movies below were partially filmed or totally  filmed in Memphis.   Click on small photos to enlarge them. 


21 Grams - 2002-03

40 Shades of Blue - 2004

A Family Thing - 1995

Black Snake Moan - 2005

Cast Away-2000

Contemporary Gladiator-1988 A Painted House - 2002 American Saint-2001 Elizabethtown 3000 Miles to Graceland

Finding Graceland-1997 The Gun in B.L. Handbag A Face in the Crowd-1956 Great Balls of Fire! - 1988-89

Heart of Dixie - 1989

Making the Grade Undefeated - 2010 Hustle and Flow - 2004 Leningrad Cowboys-Amer.1988

Man on the Moon

Silence of the Lambs-1990 Mystery Train - 1988 Nothing but the Truth2007 The People Vs Larry F.1996 Sore Losers

Soul Men - 2008

Teenage Tupelo

The Client - 1993 The Firm -1992-93 The Rainmaker - 1997

The River Rat -

Trespass - 1991

Walk the Line - 2004

I was Zombie for FBI

U2 - Rattle and Hum

I'm from Hollywood -1989    

The Grace Card Elvis and Me Woman's Story - 1998             Without Air - 1994

This is Elvis  -  1981             Cookie's Fortune - 1998 Open Five - 2010 The Open Road - 2010

In the Valley of Elah - 2007

Walk Hard - 2007

My Blueberry Nights - 2006 Hallelujah!  -1929 Hallelujah! - Re-released

Savage Country        

Two-Lane Blacktop - 1971        

Still Photos and Memorabilia of films shot in Memphis

The Firm - Elmwood The Firm - Monorail The Firm - Mud Island

Mystery Train - Arcade Restaurant Mystery Train - Arcade Hotel-Restaurant

SoulMen - Stax Records        

Walk the Line - Central Station My Blueberry Nights A Face in the Crowd 1956

1929- Hallelujah!  All black castl





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The "Historic-Memphis" website would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their contributions which helped make this website possible:  Memphis Public Library, Memphis University Library, Memphis Law Library, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis Press Scimitar, Shelby County Register of Deeds, Memphis City Schools, Memphis Business Men's Club, Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Memphis City Park Commission, Memphis Film Commision, Carnival Memphis, Memphis Historical Railroad Page, Memphis Heritage Inc, Beale Street Historic District, Cobblestone Historic District, Memphis Historic Districts, Vance Lauderdale Family Archives, Tennessee State Archives, Library of Congress, Kemmons Wilson Family, Richard S. Brashier, Lee Askew, George Whitworth, Woody Savage and many individuals whose assistance is acknowledged on the pages of their contributions.  Special thanks to Memphis Realtor, Joe Spake, for giving us carte blanche access to his outstanding collection of contemporary Memphis photos.

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