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3 Famous Movies and Films Set in Georgia

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Georgia has become known for its filming locations, but it seems appropriate that so many movies and films were set in this famous state. After all, many of the events that inspired them took place or have connections to the state. You can always find Georgia locations in movies these days, so keep an eye out for them. 

Here are three must-watch famous movies and films set in Georgia: 

Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures revolves around a story of a team of African-American female mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the most special operations in U.S. history. Based on the incredible real-life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers," we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds. These women are specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Gobels Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines. In contrast, their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Filming locations:

  • East Point, Georgia, USA
  • Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia, USA
  • Canton, Georgia, USA
  • Monroe, Georgia, USA
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Columbus, Georgia, USA
  • Madison, Georgia, USA
  • Norcross, Georgia, USA
  • Emory University - 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Marietta, Georgia, USA

42 (2013)

42 is a story of Jackie Robinson was a Negro League baseball player in 1946 who refused to accept racism. Branch Rickey is a Major League baseball executive with a bold idea. Therefore, Rickey recruits Robinson to break the unspoken color line by becoming the first modern African American Major League player. Robinson and his family face unrelenting racist hostility both on and off the field, from players and fans alike. Jackie's abuse endures without complaining contradicts his nature, but he finds allies and hope in the strangest places.

Filming locations:

  • Macon, Georgia, USA
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Georgia, USA

Selma (2014)

Selma happened toward the end of 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. A bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan kills four black girls walking downstairs in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Annie Lee Cooper tries to register to vote in Selma, Alabama but is prevented by a white registrar. Johnson agrees with King's idea that black people should be able to register to vote without obstacles. Still, the president responds that he has more important projects, although he understands Dr. King's concerns. King was accompanied to Selma by Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, James Orange, and Diane Nash. Johnson is told that King is a problem by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who suggests they disrupt King's marriage. SCLC activist James Bevel greets them, and others appear. When Coretta Scott King has concerns about her husband's upcoming work in Selma, she calls Mahalia Jackson to inspire him with a song. A confrontation ensues before the courthouse as the police enter the crowd as King, SCLC leaders, and black Selma residents march to get registration forms. 

Filming locations:

  • Marietta, Georgia, USA
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • (Georgia State Capitol Building)
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  • Covington, Georgia, USA
  • Acworth, Georgia, USA
  • Conyers, Georgia, USA
  • Rutledge Baptist Church - 112 West Main Street, Rutledge, Georgia, USA
  • Academy of Medicine, Georgia Tech, Georgia, USA
  • Town House Cafe - 1145 Washington Street SW, Covington, Georgia, USA

Do you know more movies that were set in Georgia? Let us know by sharing them in the comment section below!

Bonus: Here are more movies and films set in Georgia:

  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • Deliverance (1972)
  • Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
  • Squirm (1976)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989)


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