18 movies that earned big bucks, all set in or filmed in Alabama – AL.com

18 movies that earned big bucks, all set in or filmed in Alabama – AL.com

Tom Hanks playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide in "Forrest Gump." (Paramount)
Alabama has earned its place on the silver screen. Plenty of movies we know and love were set in Alabama or filmed in the state, and some of them have been huge moneymakers.
Here are 18 movies with Alabama ties that earned big bucks, according to Box Office Mojo by IMDB Pro. All figures mentioned below were pulled from the Box Office Mojo website, which “tracks box office receipts both domestically and internationally,” or from IMDB.
Released: 1994.
Storyline: “The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and other historical events unfold from the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field.
Set in Alabama? Yes. The main character grows up in the fictional town of Greenbow, Ala., and plays football for the University of Alabama under Paul “Bear” Bryant. Gump returns to Alabama after some of his adventures, and lives there at the end of the storyline.
Filmed in Alabama? No. South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia were used in place of Alabama.
Budget: $55 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $678,226,133.
Released: 2018.
Storyline: “A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali.
Set in Alabama? Yes. One important scene in the movie is set in Birmingham. The two main characters arrive in Birmingham for a Christmas concert and the Black pianist is denied entry to a restaurant, even though he’s the star of the show at that same venue.
Filmed in Alabama? No. Key filming locations were New Orleans and New York City.
Budget: $23 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $321,752,656.
Released: 1977.
Storyline: “Roy Neary, an Indiana electric lineman, finds his quiet and ordinary daily life turned upside down after a close encounter with a UFO, spurring him to an obsessed cross-country quest for answers as a momentous event approaches,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban.
Set in Alabama? No. The movie is set in Indiana and Wyoming.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Most of the movie was filmed in Mobile, Fairhope and Bay Minette.
Budget: $20 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $306,889,114.
Released: 2006.
Storyline: “Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell.
Set in Alabama? Yes. Borat’s travels take him all over the country, including a stop in Alabama.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Some scenes were filmed in Birmingham, where Borat seeks advice from an etiquette coach and attends a private dinner at the Magnolia House.
Budget: $18 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $262,552,893.
Released: 2017.
Storyline: “A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener.
Set in Alabama? No. Most of the action is set in upstate New York.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes, in Fairhope and Mobile.
Budget: $4.5 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $255,745,157.
Released: 2010.
Storyline: “High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx.
Set in Alabama? Yes. It’s a road movie, and part of the storyline happens near Birmingham.
Filmed in Alabama? No. Much of the movie was filmed in and around Atlanta, as well as New Mexico and Arizona.
Budget: $65 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $211,780,824.
Released: 2002.
Storyline: “A young woman who has reinvented herself as a New York City socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband after seven years of separation,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen.
Set in Alabama? Yes. Most of the action is set in the fictional town of Pigeon Creek, Alabama.
Filmed in Alabama? No. The primary filming location was in Georgia. There’s even a “Sweet Home Alabama” film tour that pinpoints Georgia locations used in the movie.
Budget: $30 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $180,622,424.
Released: 2006.
Storyline: “Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby’s talent and devotion are put to the test,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole.
Set in Alabama? Yes, partly. Some pivotal race scenes happen at Talladega Superspeedway.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Part of the movie was filmed in Alabama at Talladega Superspeedway. However, most of the movie was filmed in North Carolina.
Budget: $72.5 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $163,362,095.
Released: 1992.
Storyline: “An ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can stop a group of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. battleship,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Steven Seagal, Gary Busey, Tommy Lee Jones, Erika Eleniak.
Set in Alabama? No. The action happens on the U.S. Navy Battleship Missouri in Hawaii.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Filming took place aboard the Battleship U.S.S. Alabama, docked at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile
Budget: $15.76 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $156,563,139.
Released: 1989.
Storyline: “An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone.
Set in Alabama? Yes, partly. Most of the action is set in Atlanta, but the storyline includes scenes where Hoke, the chauffeur, drives Miss Day to Mobile so she can attend her brother’s 90th birthday party.
Filmed in Alabama? No. The movie was filmed in and around Atlanta.
Budget: $7.5 million (estimated).
Gross earnings worldwide: $145,793,296.
Released: 1977.
Storyline: “The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor-trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason, Mike Henry.
Set in Alabama? Yes, partly. The action takes place on the road from Texarkana to Atlanta, and some scenes are set in Alabama. Also, a couple of Alabama lawmen show up in the storyline.
Filmed in Alabama? No. Most of the movie was filmed in Georgia, in and around Atlanta.
Budget: $4.3 million (estimated).
Gross earnings worldwide: $126,737,428.
Released: 2003.
Storyline: “A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father’s life,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange.
Set in Alabama? Yes. Much of the movie is set in Alabama, in the fictional town of Ashton. Auburn also is part of the storyline.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Alabama was the primary location; scenes were filmed in Wetumpka, Montgomery, Tallassee and more. Scenes in the ghost town of Spectre were filmed on a custom set at Jackson Lake Island.
Budget: $70 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $123,218,424.
Released: 1991.
Storyline: “A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker.
Set in Alabama? Yes. The movie is based on a novel by Birmingham native Fannie Flagg. The storyline is set in the fictional town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, and much of the action takes place at the Whistle Stop Cafe, a restaurant inspired by the Irondale Cafe near Birmingham. Flagg’s aunt, Bess Fortenberry, bought the cafe in 1932 and spent about 40 years running the place with the help of two friends, Sue Lovelace and Lizzie Cunningham.
Filmed in Alabama? No. Most of the movie was filmed in Georgia.
Budget: $11 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $119,418,501.
Released: 2013.
Storyline: “In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Lucas Black, Christoper Meloni, Andre Holland.
Set in Alabama? No. Most of the action focuses on Robinson’s first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in New York.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Georgia was the primary filming location, but some scenes were filmed at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field. Chattanooga’s Eagle Stadium was used for filming, as well.
Budget: $40 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $97,510,197.
Released: 1978.
Storyline: “Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he’s still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field, Brian Keith.
Set in Alabama? No.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Parts of the movie were filmed in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.
Budget: $6 million (estimated).
Gross earnings worldwide: $78,000,000.
Released: 2014.
Storyline: “A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson.
Set in Alabama? Yes. The movie’s title and synopsis make that clear.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Much of the production filmed in Georgia, but key scenes were shot in Selma and Montgomery, specifically locations where the historic events actually took place.
Budget: $20 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $66,787,908.
Released: 1992.
Storyline: “Two New Yorkers accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college call in the help of one of their cousins, a loudmouth lawyer with no trial experience,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Fred Gwynne.
Set in Alabama? Yes. The action in this “fish out of water” comedy takes place in fictional Beechum County, Alabama.
Filmed in Alabama? No. The movie was filmed in Georgia.
Budget: $11 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $64,088,552.
Released: 2019.
Storyline: “World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner,” Box Office Mojo says.
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson.
Set in Alabama? Yes. The movie is based on a memoir by Stevenson, a legal crusader who founded the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery. The storyline of the film focuses on Stevenson’s efforts to exonerate Walter McMillian, a Black man who’d been sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of an 18-year-old white woman in Monroeville.
Filmed in Alabama? Yes. Most of the movie was filmed in Montgomery.
Budget: $25 million.
Gross earnings worldwide: $50,401,502.
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