Oklahoma is known as a great spot to film movies, whether you’re looking for an outdoor terrain, the urban look in downtown Oklahoma City, historic Main Streets or the wide-open spaces that Oklahoma offers. So don’t be surprised if you recognize some of your favorite Oklahoma scenery in one of your favorite movies. After all, take a look at some of the movies that were made in Oklahoma, listed in no particular order:
- “Rudderless,” 2014, directed by William H. Macy and starring Selena Gomez, Jamie Chung, Anton Yelchin, Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman and Macy.
- “The Outsiders,” 1983, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on the novel by Tulsa author S.E. Hinton. The then-young stars of this coming-of-age movie included C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio and Patric Swayze.
- “August: Osage County,” 2013, starring Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts and others, and was nominated for two Academy Awards. The movie was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Oklahoma native Tracy Letts.
- “Rain Man,” 1988, which won four Oscars, including an Academy Award for Best Picture and starred Dustin Hoffman, who won Best Actor for the movie.
- “The Cherokee Word for Water,” 2013, winner of Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture and based on a true story.
- “Dome of Heaven,” 2011, starring Wes Studi as a Cherokee World War II veteran.
- “To the Wonder,” 2012, written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem.
- “The Killer Inside Me,” 2010, starring Casey Affleck, Jessical Alba and Kate Hudson.
- “Twister,” 1996, starring Helen Hunt and Bill Baxton and nominated for two Oscars.
- “Where the Red Fern Grows,” 1974, based on the popular children’s novel by Wilson Rawls.
- “Phenomenon,” 1996, starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker.
If you want to make a movie in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Film and Music Office is ready to help, with lists of resources, locations and incentives that are available to filmmakers interested in picking the perfect spot for their upcoming features.