The Savannah area has long been admired for its rich history and stunning beauty. The architecture set among the sweeping, moss-covered oaks delivers Southern Charm that attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s no surprise that Hollywood has chosen this coastal city and its nearby towns to make films.
Savannah is a Southeast hot spot, which is quickly becoming a movie mecca. Did you know that more than 80 movies have been filmed in Savannah since 1915? Did you know that 10 Academy Awards have gone to movies filmed in Savannah? Movie buffs will enjoy looking back to some iconic films with scenes shot in Savannah, Beaufort, Lady’s Island, and Tybee Island.
- The Longest Yard (1974)
- The Great Santini (1979)
- The Big Chill (1983)
- Glory (1989)
- Prince of Tides (1991)
- Forrest Gump (1994)
- Now and Then (1995)
- Something to Talk About (1995)
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
- The Generals Daughter (1999)
- The Last Song (2010)
- The Conspirator (2010)
- Magic Mike XXL (2015)
- The Peanut Butter Falcon (2017)
- Baywatch (2017)
- The Menu (2022)
If you are visiting Hilton Head Island and want a memorable experience, try taking a day to hop on a tour van! You can get tours to sites and homes where the stars stayed in downtown Beaufort. Other locations surrounding Beaufort can be seen as well, such as The Gump Medical Center, The National Cemetery (where The Great Santini was buried), and the bridge from Forrest Gump, which he crossed on the way back East from his cross-country run. Yes, the “Mississippi River” bridge is actually here in Beaufort!
There are many tours where you can visit many movie locations. You’ll see the Mercer House, Forrest Gump Bench location, Clare’s Cafe, and the Six-Pence Pub of Julia Roberts’ fame. You’ll hear behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the movies from your tour guide and movie experts. You will also see the gorgeous homes of the stars, as well as where they love to dine, shop, and party.