It’s no secret that we think Columbia (and South Carolina in general for that matter) is pretty picture-perfect. And as it turns out, we aren’t the only ones to think so. From views of the State House, to Williams-Brice Stadium, quite a few iconic Columbia + South Carolina spots have made their way into movies filmed in our area.
Grab a bag of popcorn and your favorite movie drink + check out these 32 locally filmed flicks.
Movies filmed in Columbia
🎬 108 Stitches (Starring Robby Welles, Jennifer Austin + Rick Marzan, directed by Bob Haas): This 2001 baseball flick was filmed entirely in Columbia.
🎬 A Guy Named Joe (Starring Spencer Tracy + Irene Dunne, directed by Victor Fleming): Air scenes, backdrops + process shots were filmed at the Columbia Army Air Base.
🎬 A Line in the Sand (Starring Gary Weeks + Rob Botts, directed by Rob Botts): Columbia was one of many filing locations around the US selected for this movie.
🎬 Accidental Love (Starring Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal + James Marsden, directed by David O. Russell): Scenes were filmed around Columbia including in and around the State House.
🎬 C.E.O. (Starring Liang Shi + Zong-Hua Li, directed by Tian-Ming Wu): This movie may be set in China, but many of its scenes were filmed in the United States, including Columbia and Camden.
🎬 Campfire Tales (Starring Gunnar Hansen + Kevin Draine, directed by William Cooke + Paul Talbot): This spooky movie was filmed entirely in South Carolina, in both Columbia and Hunting Island.
🎬 Chattahoochee (Starring Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper + Pamela Reed, directed by Mick Jackson): Three cities around South Carolina, including Columbia, were used to create this 1989 film’s Florida setting.
🎬 Death Sentence (Starring Kevin Bacon + Kelly Preston, directed by James Wan): This thriller has Columbia written all over it. Not only was the movie filmed here, but the story is actually set in Columbia. Additionally, while filming the 2007 movie, a Columbia teen was selected to play a minor role.
🎬 Freakshow (Starring Gunnar Hansen + Jennifer Peluso, directed by William Cooke + Paul Talbot): It’s no surprise Columbia was selected as the filming location for this indie movie since its producer, Jeff Miller, grew up in Cayce and graduated from UofSC. The movie aired at the Nick after its 1995 release.
🎬 Modern Love (Starring Robby Benson + Karla DeVito, directed by Robby Benson): This 1990 movie was not only filmed in Columbia, but also included several young actresses from the area.
🎬 Staying Together (Starring Sean Astin + Stockard Channing, directed by Lee Grant): This “small town” flick was filmed in Columbia and Ridgeway.
🎬 The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (Starring Eric Holloway + Tippi Hedren, directed by Julian Adams + A. Blaine Miller): This Civil War drama was filmed in various locations around North and South Carolina, including Wavering Place Plantation here in Columbia.
🎬 The Program (Starring Halle Berry + James Caan, directed by David S. Ward): This football movie may be set at a fictional university, but the shots included of Williams-Brice Stadium and other spots around Columbia are very real.
Movies filmed around South Carolina
🎬 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (Starring Jim Carrey, directed by Steve Oedekerk): Scenes from around South Carolina, including Botany Bay Plantation on Edisto Island and Cherokee Plantation in Yemassee.
🎬 Cold Mountain (Starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman + Renee Zellweger, directed by Anthony Minghella): Scenes featuring College of Charleston + the Cypress Gardens near Moncks Corner.
🎬 Days of Thunder (Starring Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall + Nicole Kidman, directed by Tony Scott): Scenes featuring the Darlington Raceway.
🎬 Dear John (Starring Channing Tatum + Amanda Seyfried, directed by Lasse Hallström): Scenes were shot at the Isle of Palms fishing pier, College of Charleston’s Randolph Hall, the Charleston Air Force Base, and The Citadel’s infirmary. Cassina Point Plantation on Edisto Island portrayed the family’s home, with several scenes featuring Sullivan’s Island.
🎬 Deliverance (Starring Jon Voight + Burt Reynolds, directed by John Boorman): Scenes filmed in Beaufort and Oconee County. Specifically, Lake Jocassee was featured at the end of the film as it was being flooded.
🎬 Die Hard: With a Vengeance (Starring Bruce Willis + Samuel L. Jackson, directed by John McTiernan): Subway crash scenes were staged to look like New York but were shot in the former General Dynamics plant in North Charleston. The geyser scene was shot in Summerville + other scenes were filmed in Dorchester, Charleston, Berkeley County, and Beaufort.
🎬 Forces of Nature (Starring Sandra Bullock + Ben Affleck, directed by Bronwen Hughes): Scenes from South of the Border amusement park in Dillon and a private residence known as “The Castle” in downtown Beaufort.
🎬 Forrest Gump (Starring Tom Hanks + Robin Wright, directed by Robert Zemeckis): Scenes from USC Beaufort, Chowan Creek Bridge, and St. Helena Island. The Gump’s boarding home is a private property in Colleton County, Port Royal was the backdrop for the shrimp boat hurricane scene, and Fripp Island was used during some of the Vietnam War scenes, with other scenes shot on Hunting Island. More facts here.
🎬 G. I. Jane (Starring Demi Moore, directed by Ridley Scott): Some scenes filmed at Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort County.
🎬 Leatherheads (Starring George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, + John Krasinski, directed by George Clooney): Scenes were filmed in Greenville, downtown Greer, Travelers Rest + Anderson. You can read specifics here.
🎬 Radio (Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. + Ed Harris, directed by Michael Tollin): TL Hanna was being remodeled during filming so Hampton Street Elementary in Walterboro was used finstead (Fun Fact – this school was also used in Forrest Gump).
🎬 Sleeping with the Enemy (Starring Julia Roberts + Patrick Bergin, directed by Joseph Ruben): Featuring the Converse College swimming pool in Spartanburg, the Abbeville Opera House, with scenes filmed at Presbyterian College.
🎬 Something to Talk About (Starring Julia Roberts + Dennis Quaid, directed by Lasse Hallström): After the director fell in love with Davant Plantation in Gillisonville, it was the first filming location selected for this movie. Other South Carolina landmarks were also featured in this film, including Michael Rainey Antiques in Beaufort.
🎬 That Darn Cat (Starring Dean Jones, Hayley Mills + Dororthy Provine, directed by Robert Stevenson): Shot in Aiken, Edgefield, and North Augusta.
🎬 The Longest Yard (Starring Burt Reynolds + Eddie Albert, directed by Robert Aldrich): Not the 2005 Adam Sander remake, but the 1997 original football comedy had some scenes filmed in Hilton Head.
🎬 The Notebook (Starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams + Tim Ivey, directed by Nick Cassavetes): College of Charleston was used as the backdrop for Allie’s college, while Boone Hall Plantation was used for scenes of the Hamilton’s summer home. The house Noah rebuilt was at Martins Point Plantation (historically known as Bears Bluff Plantation), and the lake scene with all the swans was shot at Cypress Gardens. The nursing home scenes were shot at Rice Hope Plantation while the Old Village in Mount Pleasant provided the backdrop for the fictional town of Seabrook. And, of course, we can’t forget all the King Street scenes. More on those here.
🎬 The Patriot (Starring Mel Gibson + Heath Ledger, directed by Roland Emmerich): Productions headquarters were anchored in Rock Hill, with the Darby Farm filmed in Chester County, featuring scenes in Edisto Island, Middleton Place Plantation + more.
🎬 The Strangers (Starring Liv Tyler + Scott Speedman, directed by Bryan Bertino): Shot in Florence during the fall of 2006.
🎬 Who’s Your Caddy? (Starring Sherri Shepherd + Faizon Love, directed by Don Michael Paul): All non-golfing scenes were filmed in Aiken.