Famous movies & filming locations in Orlando revealed.


Orlando was also known as "Hollywood East" in the 80's and 90's with many movies filmed in the area during that period, however did you know that we still have movies being filmed locally?

Here are the top 10 movies filmed in the Orlando area, according to the Orlando Film Commission.

#10: Parenthood (1989)

Locations around Orlando can be seen throughout the film, which was entirely filmed around central Florida as well as on the Universal Studios sound stages.

#9: My Girl (1991)

Sanford doubled as the set of “Madison, Pennsylvania” in the movie, with additional locations around the Orlando region also featured, including Ocoee, Clermont and Bartow which is where you can see the home from the movie as well.

#8: The Waterboy (1998)

The Waterboy featuring Adam Sandler was actually filmed in DeLand, St. Cloud and Orlando including the infamous football games scenes at the Citrus Bowl which is now know as Camping World Stadium.

Check out some of the filming locations below!

#7: Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Downtown Orlando plays a small but important role in the beginning of the film, as production blew up the old City Hall building for the scene. The movie is available for rent or purchase on Amazon or through a HBO Max subscription.

#6: Monster (2003)

Not only did Monster earn Charlize Theron an Academy Award, this drama was filmed entirely in the Orlando region. Locations include Kissimmee, Orlando, Sanford and the Daytona International Speedway.

#5: Sisters (2015)

This American comedy featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler filmed in various locations around the central Florida area, including establishing shots at the Orlando International Airport as well as in downtown Orlando.

#4: Sharknado 3 (2015)

The majority of filming forSharknado 3: Oh Hell No! an American made-for-television action comedy horror film, occured at Universal Studios Orlando. The film is available on Amazon Prime.

#3: Tomorrowland (2015)

Key locations in the film were found in the Orlando region including locations in Altamonte Springs, New Smyrna Beach and Kennedy Space Center.

#2: The Florida Project (2017)

Sean Baker’s second film was nominated for several honors last awards season, for Willem Dafoe’s Supporting Actor role. The entire project was filmed in Kissimmee and Osceola County and featured local talent that was found specifically for this project. The film is available on Netflix.

#1: The One and Only Ivan (2020)

The One and Only Ivan, a 2020 American fantasy film inspired by the story of Ivan the gorilla, who was brought to the United States in captivity in 1962. The movie filmed establishing shots and background scenes around the Orlando region. The movie is now streaming on Disney+.

How many of these locations have you been to?

Famous orlando movie locations

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