There is no doubt that anyone who visits Atlanta ends up having a love affair with the vibrant and impressive city. It is no different for Hollywood and Atlanta, and the surrounding area, has become a popular filming local for directors and producers alike. So, cuddle up on the couch and grab a bowl of warm popcorn and see if you can recognize any of your favorite Atlanta hotspots in the following films.
Zombieland is a 2009 horror-comedy that is headlined by Wood Harrelson. This popular zombie flick is about a social awkward student who is trying to survive during the zombie apocalypse. He joined forces with shotgun-armed tough guy on a mission to find a Twinkie. Along the way they meet sisters who are own their own journey to a zombie-free amusement park.
You may recognize several landmarks, from Atlanta and the surrounding area, which were used during the filming of Zombieland. Filming locations include the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA, One Park Place in Atlanta, and various locations throughout Decatur, GA. Furthermore, the house used to film Bill Murray's applauded cameo is in Atlanta - and for sale!
Click here to view the listing for 490 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA which was a starring feature, as Bill Murray's house, in Zombieland.
The Blind Side
The Blind Side tells the true story of Michael Oher, the destitute and displaced teenager who became an all-star NFL player after being taken in by a kind family. Sandra Bullock won her first Oscar for her role as Leigh Anne, the caring mother who adopted Michael Oher.
Despite taking place in Memphis, Tennesse, The Blind Side was filmed in Atlanta. The Tuohy family home is a private residence in the exclusive Buckhead neighborhood. Other filming locations include Agnes Scott College in Decatur and Atlanta International School in Buckhead, GA.
Killers is a 2010 comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher as a newlywed couple who find out that their seemingly harmless neighbors may actually be contracted assassins. This well-received action-comedy brought in nearly $99,000,000 in the worldwide box office.
Filming of Killers didn't just take place in the city of Atlanta, but in many of Atlanta's trendy suburbs. You will find many scenes which take place in an idyllic suburban neighborhood. The look of this Stepford-esque community was created in Douglasville, Marietta and Woodstock.
Fast Five is the fifth installment of the wildly successful The Fast and The Furious franchise. The Fast and The Furious is the film that helped to launch the careers of both Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Fast Five features the original cast who convene to accomplish one last heist in order to secure their freedom. Skirting between both the law and the criminal underworld, the team dodges bullets while defying the law of physics in the sleekest cars imaginable.
The majority of the film actually takes place in Rio De Janiero. The director managed to combine scenes filmed in Atlanta, California and Puerto Rico and convince movie-goers that the entire film was shot in Rio. Most of the stage work, and some outside, scenes were filmed in Atlanta to provide the cast and crew a break from the grueling heat of Puerto Rico.
Contagion is a 2011 thriller which featured one of the most impressive ensemble casts of the year. Starring Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Laurence Fishbourne, the movie takes place in various locations across the country, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As many natives known, the CDC has their real life headquarters in Atlanta. The CDC allowed film makers onto the Atlanta campus to film exterior shots of the famous headquarters.
Prisoners is one of the best-reviewed films of 2013. Starting Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, Prisoners tells the story of two little girls that go missing, their families desperate to have them home, and the jaded police officer working to solve the case.
The entire film was shot in a suburb of Atlanta - Conyers, GA. There are also a couple of recognizable landmarks used in the surrounding area. The gas station on Highway 78 at Troy Smith Road, and The Old Mill on the Yellow River were both used for emotional scenes in the film.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Catching Fire is the wildly successful sequel to The Hunger Games was filmed in various locations in Atlanta. Adapted from a beloved and applauded series novels, The Hunger Games tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenager living in a post-apocalyptic world where children are pitted against each other in a fight to the death.
While the original Hunger Games movie was filmed in North Carolina, locals in Atlanta were thrilled to hear that the sequel, Catching Fire, would be filmed in their town. Furthermore, the third and fourth Hunger Games films - Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 - are both being filmed in Atlanta as well.
Recognizable landmarks include the Georgia World Congress Center, the Goat Farm Arts Center, and the Swan House - one of the most photographed landmarks in Atlanta. Look for glimpses of the stunning Swan House in the scenes that feature President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2 makes our list as one of the most recent movies to have been filmed in Atlanta. Taking place in New York City in the thriving 1970s, Anchorman 2 is the hilarious sequel to Will Ferrell's applauded 2004 film.
You may not recognize Atlanta, as it was slowly transformed into a vintage representation of NYC. New York taxi cabs, pay phones and fake storefronts were all prominent features along Atlanta's famous Peachtree Street during filming.
Other sights to look for include Peachtree Center, Piedmont Park, Woodruff Park and the Atlanta Motor Speedway. There is no shortage of Atlanta landmarks that can be used to start an arousing game of "I Spy".