Best Movies Set In Atlanta

April 12, 2011 4:27 PM

Atlanta is one of the hottest locations for music video, movie, and TV filming in America. Here’s a list of some of the best movies set in Atlanta to refresh your memory.

The Blind Side

Released: 2009

The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, and Quinton Aaron, is based on the book, “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis, a professional football player. The film traces Oher’s impoverished beginnings to the start of his college football career. Filming for the school scenes occurred at Atlanta International School and The Westminster Schools.

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Smokey and the Bandit

Released: 1977

Smokey and the Bandit, starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, and several other big names, is the first film that spawned numerous other trucking films, including two sequels and a TV series. Lakewood Speedway at the Lakewood Fairgrounds is the setting for the race track scene in the film.

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Remember the Titans

Released: 2000

Denzel Washington stars as an African-American coach trying to get a group of black and white high school football players to get pass race to give it their all on the field, while bringing the segregated community together. A couple of local high schools were used for various school scenes in Remember the Titans.

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Driving Miss Daisy

Released: 1989

Driving Miss Daisy, a comedy-drama staring Dan Akroyd, Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, is set primarily in Atlanta and features much of the city. The story about a Jewish widow in her 70s (Tandy) who discovers what she has in common with her black driver (Freeman) during racial tensions from the 1940s through the 70s. Tandy’s character lives in Druid Hills and Akryod’s character works in the Fulton Supply Company — these are just two of the settings in Atlanta used in the film.

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