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3 Movies with the Main Filming Locations in Oregon

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Filmmakers from worldwide flock to Oregon to feature the state in some of the most outstanding films!

Oregon is between Washington State and California in the Pacific Northwest. Its uniqueness is because Great Britain and the United States disputed ownership of portions of land there as late as the 19th century. However, it was not until the Oregon Treaty, signed in 1846 and ratified in 1848, ended. Then, in the Civil War loomed, the state was admitted to the Union in 1859.

In the 1860's Snake War, residents were battling the tribes in the region while the North fought the South. Volunteers never really encountered conflict unless they sought it out. Although slavery was outlawed in Oregon in 1844, freed slaves were also forced to leave the region under lashing or challenging labor threats.

There have always been polarizing conflicts in Oregon, whether progressivism vs. conservatism or British settlers vs. American ranchers. This is still true when looking at the pros and cons of living in Oregon today. You'll find people who are very different from you living there, yet everyone still manages to get along.

Here are some movies set in Oregon:

Into the Wild (2007)

Into the Wild is about Christopher McCandless, who received his undergraduate degree from Emory in 1990. Carine McCandless, his teenage sister, and Walt McCandless, the president of his family, watched him earn his degree. Instead of taking his parents' offer of a new car, Chris tells them that he is considering attending Harvard Law School, having received excellent grades in classes emphasizing global social consciousness. However, Walt, Billie, and Carine will learn by the end of the summer that Chris has no intention of attending Harvard because he moved away without speaking to his family, arranging with the post office to hold his mail while running away from home. The authorities believe Chris' Datsun was abandoned in the Arizona desert on purpose rather than abducted. Walt and Billie intend to continue searching for Chris until they discover what happened to him conclusively.

Filming locations:

  • Astoria, Oregon, USA
  • Beaverton, Oregon, USA
  • Mount Hood, Oregon, USA
  • Sisters, Oregon, USA
  • Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Oregon, USA

The Ring Two (2005)

In The Ring (Party 2), six months after the lethal videotape incidents, new clues indicate a new evil is lurking in the shadows. A nervous teen male forces his date to watch a scary video. A friend calls to ask if he can as it has been seven days, but water seeps into the room; when he goes out, he notices the girl's eyes are covered. The teens (Kelly Stables and Daveigh Chase) scream as Samara crawls from the TV.

Naomi Watts plays newspaper reporter Rachel Keller, who has moved to a small Oregon town with her son Aidan to escape the terrifying events that happened to them in Seattle. Astoria Gazette hears via the police scanner about the police's investigation of a mysterious death involving a teenager. Now working for the local paper, Rachel learns the police are investigating the death.

Filming locations:

  • Astoria, Oregon, USA
  • Oregon, USA

Pay It Forward (2000)

Pay It Forward is about Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and frightened his abusive father. It is presented with a fascinating assignment by his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The homework is to come up with a way to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conveys the idea of repaying a favor, not backward, but forward--repaying good deeds not through payback but by performing three new good acts. Trevor's efforts to implement his idea leads to a revolution not only in his mother's and his teacher's lives but also in the lives of an ever-widening circle of people utterly unknown to him.

Filming locations:

  • St. Johns Bridge, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Oregon, USA

Bonus: More movies set in Oregon:

  • Mr. Holland's Opus (1994)
  • Double Jeopardy (1998)
  • Halloweentown (1998)
  • Free Willy (1993)

Do you know more movies set in Oregon? Let us know in the comment section below!