Films Set in North Carolina

This post is inspired by my recent excursion to the state of North Carolina. Usually, I visit the greater Charlotte area (family and friends being the reason) but this time around I was in the “central/northern-ish” part of the state.


Anyway, as with most things in life, I tied my trip back to the movies, did some digging around and came up with a list of some of my fave flicks set in the Tar Heel State.

  • Cape Fear (1991) – very able remake to a classic film.
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984) – well at least part of it was set
  • George Washington (2000) – see previous post on Green’s latest, “Prince Avalanche”
  • The Descent (2005) – horror generally not my genre du jour but this was quite watchable

Honorable Mention for films I should have seen by now:

And a final shoutout to a film that has yet to be released: Serena starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

That’s me done; how about you? Hit the comments section below with some of your favorites.


  1. My favorite would be Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans (1992). It was filmed mostly in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Thanks, Iba.
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  2. Weakest earnest attempt to film fine fiction set in NC: WHO FEARS THE DEVIL? aka THE LEGEND OF HILLBILLY JOHN….

    I liked JUNEBUG a lot.

  3. Being There is one of my favorite films. The first time I saw it, I didn’t even realize it was filmed at the Biltmore estate. The Library should have been the tip-off.

    I have a writer’s residency coming up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina next month. I should watch some more of these films before it comes around.
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  4. Cedric Brown says:

    Check out “Goodbye Solo” by Ramin Bahrani. Set in my hometown of Winston-Salem (where “Junebug” director Phil Morrison was a classmate of mine). Tells story of the unseen world of blue collar immigrants, focusing on a Senegalese cab driver who yearns to be a pilot. It’s a wonderful gem.

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