Absolute Power (1997)
Clint Eastwood stars as the sensitive thief who can save the entire American political system from complete corruption. Too bad he wasn't around during the Reagan administration. Eastwood discovers presidential corruption during his final heist before being arrested, but not before he and Gene Hackman appear in several sites around Baltimore. The Towson Court House doubles as the site of a presidential press conference, Brooklandville's Maryvale Prep is the mansion, and Eastwood shows the thief's artsy side while sketching at the Walters' Art Gallery. Northeast Baltimore homes constitute most of the scenes set in D.C. and the cliff scenes were filmed at Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris and Laura Linney.
Accidental Tourist (1988)
Macon Leary is the author of a travel book for people who want to travel with minimum fussand as little impact as possible on their lives. Arriving back from a working trip, his wife announces she can no longer deal with the fact that he is dealing with the death of their son the same way that he travels -- with minimum impact. Macon subsequently meets the quirky Muriel, who it seems is just the opposite of Macon. Based on the book by Roland Park resident Anne Tyler. Filmed in the same area. Does the movie's Meow Bow pet store look familiar? It's everybody's favorite video store, Video Americain. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis.
Alien Factor (1977)
A spaceship filled with specimens for an intergalactic zoo crashes and townspeople turn upmutilated in this extremely low budget feature. Baltimore filmmaker Don Dohler's first movie. Directed by Don Dohler. Starring Don Leifert and Tom Griffith.
Along Came a Spider (2001)
The young daughter of a senator is plucked from school mysteriously by one of her teachers. The kidnapper soon makes a call to an older police officer who is aided by one of the secret service agents originally assigned to protect the girl. Everything seems to be going fine, but (of course) twists and turns ensue, further complicating the plot. Large chunks of the movie were filmed in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Directed by Lee Tamahori. Starring Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter and Penelope Ann Miller.
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
It's a shame the Naval Academy doesn't ask its undergrads to become proficient in song and dance. Granted, only in a Navy movie with Sinatra and Gene Kelly would the skills prove terribly necessary. Apparently, the two stars' artsy abilities didn't rub off on the Academy while filming some scenes in Annapolis. Directed by George Sidney II. Starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson.
...And Justice for All (1979)
When a corrupt judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland must defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client due to a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma, especially when the judge admits he is guilty. Filmed in a Baltimore courtroom with multiple appearances of Baltimore sites including Baltimore City Court House, City Hall, the War Memorial and its plaza, Mount Vernon Place, Federal Hill, Maryland State Penitentiary and Fort McHenry. Other scenes were filmed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and in Lutherville. Directed by Norman Jewison. Starring Al Pacino, Jack Warden and John Forsythe.
Two Naval cadets battle for the love of a woman in this film shot in Annapolis. Directed by Christy Cabanne. Starring John Mack Brown, Hugh Allan, Jeanette Loff and Maurice Ryan.
Annapolis Farewell (1935)
Why can't they all just get along? Once again, two Naval cadets battle it out, but this time over a football game, not a girl. Filmed in Annapolis. Directed by Alexander Hall I. Starring Sir Guy Standing, Rosalind Keith, Tom Brown and Richard Cromwell.
Annapolis Salute (1937)
Naval cadets go head to head over, yes, a woman, but must resolve their quarrels on thebattlefield in Korea. Partially filmed in Annapolis. Directed by Christy Cabanne. Starring James Ellison, Marsha Hunt, Harry Carey and Van Heflin.
Directed and written by Baltimore native Barry Levinson, "Avalon" chronicles the story of a Jewish family in Baltimore beginning with the patriarch's arrival in 1914. Includes shots of East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore City Court House, the Broadway Pier in Fells Point, Wilkins Avenue, the Key Monument at Eutaw Place, St. Mary's Seminary on Northern Parkway, Hollins Market, The Senator Theatre, Green Spring Inn and Lutherville. Directed by Barry Levinson. Starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Joan Plowright, Elizabeth Perkins, Aidan Quinn and Kevin Pollak.
Barry's Gift (1999)
Barry Russell has a special talent. You see Barry can resurrect the dead at will. A pretty nifty trick except that dead people just aren't ever the same after a few years in the cold ground. In fact they are usually pretty darn crabby. The movie was filmed entirely in Baltimore. Directed by Francis Xavier. Starring Lance Irwin, Richard Ruxton and Vincent De Paul.
Bedroom Window (1987)
A couple having an office affair turns detective duo in pursuit of a rapist/killer. Scenes of Mount Vernon proliferate the movie. Also includes shots of South Broadway and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Directed by Curtis Hanson. Starring Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern and Isabelle Huppert.
Oprah Winfrey stars in the film based on Toni Morrison's award winning novel about a former slave's struggle with the ghosts of her past. Some Ohio homestead scenes were filmed at Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Cecil County. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton.
Blair Witch Project (1999)
Ostensibly, three student filmmakers discover secrets of the supernatural while filming a camping trip in the woods. Filmed entirely in Burkittsville in Frederick County; Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County; and Patapsco Valley State Park along the border of Howard County and Carroll County. The shack at the end of the film was one director Eduardo Sanchez remembered from growing up in the area. Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. Starring Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
How do you follow up a cult indie hit filmed in the backwoods of Maryland? Easy -- change characters, flip a few plot points and head back to Maryland. Jeff Donavan decides to start his own Blair Witch tour of the Black Hills as a result of the Blair Witch film's success. When four visitors stop by the area to rest, they discover five hours of their memory is gone. Poof. Vanished. The group seeks out Jeff's help and realizes that maybe the Blair Witch isn't just a movie. Filmed in Baltimore's Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park and many wooded areas all over Maryland. Directed by Joe Berlinger. Starring Kim Director, Jeffrey Donovan, Erica Leerhsen, Tristine Skyler and Stephen Barker Turner.
Boy of Pigs (TBA)
Gretchen Mol and child star Cameron Bright star in this film set in 1963 Washington, when a young boy comes of age as he gets caught up with Mol, one of JFK's lovers and some CIA intrigue. The movie, in which Baltimore stands in for Georgetown, filmed in Bolton Hill and Mount Vernon in November 2006.
Boy finds girl unconscious in a horse field. Winona Ryder stars in this film set at a prepschool that is actually St. John's College in Annapolis. Other scenes filmed in and around Baltimore. Directed by Stacy Cochran. Starring Winona Ryder, Lukas Haas and Skeet Ulrich.
Broadcast News (1987)
The film follows the story behind the news as a female news producer falls for a shallow anchorman. Some scenes filmed at BWI. Directed by James L. Brooks. Starring William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks.
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
This film from Baltimore director John Waters is about a young filmmaker who kidnaps a movie star and forces her to act in his films. Filmed in and around Baltimore. Directed by John Waters. Starring Stephen Dorff and Melanie Griffith.
Chainsaw Sally (2004)
After witnessing the murder of her parents as a young girl, Sally is incited to become a chainsaw-wielding serial killer by night while disguising herself as a librarian by day. The low-budget horror flick was filmed in locations throughout Baltimore and Perryville. Directed by Jimmyo Burril. Starring April Monique Burril, Mark Redfield and David Calhoun.
Chances Are (1989)
The chances are slim that a reincarnated man will meet and fall in love with his daughter from his first life. But, really, who looks to Hollywood for anything even remotely resembling real life? Featuring Cybil Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr, Ryan O'Neal, and Mary Stuart Masterson in scenes filmed around Maryland. Directed by Emile Ardolino. Starring Cybil Shepherd, Robert Downey, Jr., Ryan O'Neal and Mary Stuart Masterson.
Gambling at the horse track leads to greed and kidnapping. Partially filmed at Havre de Grace race track. Directed by Richard Stanton. Starring Thomas J. Carrigan, Jean Acker and Ellen Cassidy.
A Child of the Regiment (1910)
Silent movie that is the earliest known narrative filmed in Maryland. Most scenes shot on location at Fort McHenry. Details on director and cast unavailable.
Civilian Clothes (1920)
Dead husbands always turn up at the worst times. A woman believes that World War I has left her a widow, but once she makes plans to remarry, guess who shows up. Battle scenes filmed in Anne Arundel County. Directed by Hugh Ford. Starring Thomas Meighan, Martha Mansfield and Maude Turner Gordon.
Clara's Heart (1988)
A bond between a teenager and a housekeeper unlocks a secret in the housekeeper's past. Is it that she once swept dirt under the rug? Filmed in Talbot County's Easton/St. Michael's area and Baltimore City. Locations include Easton Junior High School, the Metro from Owings Mills, St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church and Mount Vernon Place. Directed by Robert Mulligan. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan and Neil Patrick Harris.
The Contender (2000)
When the vice president suddenly dies, the on-his-way-out president decides to make a statement by hiring a woman to fill the position. A recently turned Democratic senator appears to be the perfect candidate until allegations against her begin to rise. A conniving Republican chairman leaks the information to the press knowing full well that it will then be brought to hearings. This semi-low budget Oscar-nominated movie (for Allen and Bridges) was primarily filmed in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Written and directed by Rod Lurie. Starring Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Christian Slater.
Cry Baby (1990)
Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake and Iggy Pop star in a musical directed by Baltimore filmmaker extraordinaire, John Waters. Who cares what the plot's about? Ricki Lake's singing! Filmed in Baltimore and at the old Franklin High School in Reisterstown, the Maryland Training School for Boys and the Enchanted Forest in Howard County. Directed by John Waters. Starring Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Polly Bergen and Ricki Lake.
The Curve (1998)
Midterms have driven people nuts before, but this film takes it to an extreme. Filmed in and around Baltimore's Towson University, Johns Hopkins University, Fells Point and Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County. Directed by Dan Rosen. Starring Matthew Lillard, Keri Russell and Randall Batinkoff.
A look-alike is hired to impersonate the President after he suffers a debilitating stroke and finds himself at the center of a political coup. Features a scene with Dave ( Kevin Kline) throwing out the first ball of the season at an Orioles game. Directed by Ivan Reitman. Starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella and Kevin Dunn.
Deep Impact (1998)
When a young boy discovers a new comet racing on a direct collision course with earth, he sets in motion what will soon become a worldwide event. An NBC reporter, thinking she is following a sex-scandal story, discovers that "Ellie" is not the name of someone's mistress, but the name of earth's possible doom. Soon enough the comet is publicly acknowledged and an obvious panic ensues. Scenes for the movie were filmed on the Francis Scott Key Bridge, throughout several locations in Washington, D.C., and in parts of West River. Directed by Mimi Leder. Starring Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni and Elijah Wood.
Desperate Living (1977)
John Waters directs a film about two women fleeing from the world of Maryland's white trash. Filmed in and around Baltimore. Directed by John Waters. Starring Liz Renay, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe and Edith Massey.
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
A bad guy is on the loose and a good guy is out to get him through the most difficult and explosive ways possible. Although the movie is set in New York and Canada, it was filmed in Baltimore and Jessup County because Bruce Willis was already in the area filming "Twelve Monkeys." Directed by John McTiernan. Starring Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons and Samuel L. Jackson.
Five twentysomethings decide to put their lives on a different course through small steps. They decide not to spend all their time at the local diner anymore. Filmed by Baltimore native Barry Levinson in the Hollywood Diner under Jones Falls Expressway. Directed by Barry Levinson. Starring Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke and Kevin Bacon.
A Dirty Shame (2004)
In his latest silver screen gem, John Waters returns to his home town to explore the sexual awakening of a mother/grocery store owner who "gets the itch" after a serious head injury. The family's home and grocery store are both on Harford Road. Directed by John Waters. Starring Tracey Ullman, Selma Blair and Johnny Knoxville.
The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
Are con man and Congressman synonyms? Maybe not in every instance, but they are in this film starring Eddie Murphy. Some scenes filmed in Baltimore. Directed by Jonathan Lynn. Starring Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Joe Don Baker.
Divine Trash (1998)
A documentary about John Waters filmed in any city other than Baltimore would be absurd. This film intersperses a Waters interview from 1972 with recent interviews with his friends, family and the stars of his films. There is also an interview with the last Maryland censor. The film takes a close look at the creation of Waters' film "Pink Flamingos." Directed by Steve Yeager. Starring John Waters, Susan Lowe and Jean Hill. Also with Steve Buscemi, Divine and Mink Stole.
Enemy of the State (1998)
The film pits Will Smith against the D.C. intelligentsia. Set in D.C., but actually filmed in Baltimore. A plant on the outskirts of town was blown up for the film. Directed by Tony Scott. Starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight and Lisa Bonet.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a government tough guy who protects a woman in distress. Some scenes filmed in Maryland. Directed by Chuck Russell. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Vanessa L. Williams and James Coburn.
Failure to Launch (2006)
Sarah Jessica Parker filmed a scene in Annapolis and co-star Matthew McConaughey spent time filming in Easton for this story about a slacker who moves back home rather than start a family of his own.
Fear of Clowns (2004)
An artist tries to conquer her paralyzing fear of clowns by painting them only to find that her fear is justified when a murderous circus veteran tries to kill everyone around her. The horror flick was filmed entirely in Maryland. Written and directed by Kevin Kangas. Starring Jacky Reres, Mark Lassise and Rick Ganz.
Female Trouble (1975)
You don't give your kid cha-cha heels for Christmas and let her become a mass murderer. Jeez. So goes the life of Dawn Davenport, a John Waters character played by Divine. Filmed in and around Baltimore. Directed by John Waters. Starring Divine, Ted Brooks and Elizabeth Coffey.
The First Kiss (1928)
Did pirates scour Baltimore's shores looking for gold and crabs? Maybe. One Baltimorean turns pirate in this movie filmed in St. Michaelis in Talbot County. Directed by Rowland V. Lee. Starring Fay Wray, Gary Cooper and Lane Chandler.
First Sunday (2007)
Ice Cube stars as an ex-con who needs to raise money to prevent his wife from leaving town with his son. Out of desperation, he and his pal (played by Tracy Morgan) decide to try to rob a church. This comedy, written and directed by Morgan State University graduate David E. Talbert, is set in Baltimore, but only a few exteriors were shot downtown.
Forest for the Trees (1998)
Zach McAllister is an overworked law student who decides that he needs a little relaxation. What better then a five-day bicycle trip through the peaceful autumn woods of Western Maryland with his wife, his lover, and his lover's boyfriend to soothe the pain? Not exactly the stress free vacation he was seeking. The movie was filmed entirely in the area -- mostly in Cumberland and Westminster, but parts were shot in Harper's Ferry, W. Va., as well. Directed by Jonathan Slade. Starring Patrick Egan and Mandy Kriss.
For Richer or Poorer (1997)
Tim Allen hides from the IRS amidst the Amish and, surprisingly, doesn't fit in well. Most scenes filmed in Baltimore. Directed by Bryan Spicer. Starring Tim Allen, Kirstie Alley and Michael Lerner.
The Galaxy Invader (1985)
If your wife is missing her front teeth and your children don't know what shoes are, you should be scared for many reasons, but in this sci-fi flick you should be scared because the aliens are out terrorizing trailer park trash. Directed by Baltimorean Don Dohler. Starring Richard Dyszel and Pam Dohler.
Ghosts of Hamilton Street (2003)
Brody Campbell can't seem to win in this award-winning, home grown production. After he wishes his world would go away, the people around him suddenly start disappearing. The entire film was shot in Maryland, in both Annapolis and Baltimore, and even the actors are local.
The Goddess (1958)
A young girl escapes Baltimore for a life of glamour in Hollywood. Loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe and filmed in Ellicott City. Directed by John Cromwell. Starring Kim Stanley, Lloyd Bridges and Steven Hill.
Gods and Generals (2002)
This prequel to "Gettysburg" (1993) also concerns the Civil War, but centers on a slightly earlier time period. Filmed at Antietam Battlefield, and Sharpsburg. Written and Directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. Starring C. Thomas Howell, Kevin Conway, and Patrick Gorman.
Guarding Tess (1994)
Tough guy Secret Service agent finds himself stuck at the side of a former first lady played by Shirley MacLaine. A house on South Road in Mount Washington filled in for the Ohio setting. Directed by Hugh Wilson. Starring Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton and Edward Albert.
Hair Show (2004)
In the Magic Johnson-produced ode to coiffeurs, Mo'Nique plays a Charm City hairdresser who teams up with her sister to take on a rival salon in a hair-battle-to-the-death. Directed by Leslie Small. Starring Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson and Kelitta Smith.
A fat teen teaches Baltimore a lesson about integration. Probably not a good plot for a children's book, mainly because it's directed by John Waters. Filmed in and around Baltimore. Directed by John Waters. Starring Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry and Ricki Lake.
Matthew Porterfield, a native Baltimorean who grew up in the neighborhood of Hamilton, sets this drama in his Northeast Baltimore neighborhood. In it, a teenage girl tries to spend one last day with her baby's father before heading off to the Eastern Shore.
Head of State (2002)
Rock's directorial debut casts him as Mays Gilliam, a down on his luck D.C. Alderman who is about to lose his job. The untimely death of the Democratic Party's presidential nominee is Gilliam's saving grace as it pushes him from obscurity to the forefront of the presidential campaign. You'll laugh out loud as you see what would happen if Chris Rock were in the White House. Portions of the film were shot in Baltimore including Camden Yards and Penn Station. Some filming was also done at North Carroll Middle School in Hampstead. Directed by Chris Rock. Starring Chris Rock, Bernie Mac and Robin Givens.
He Said, She Said (1991)
A pair of Baltimore Sun journalists duke it out on the air and in real life about thedifferent ways men and women see the world. Filmed at Sunpapers Building, Baltimore City Hall, Bolton Hill and the top of the Clarion Hotel. Directed by Ken Kwapis and Marisa Silver. Starring Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Perkins, Nathan Lane and Sharon Stone.
Her Alibi (1989)
A painfully bad detective novelist gets involved with a real life murder case by providing an alibi for a suspected female killer. She may be guilty and he may be falling in love. Entire film done in Baltimore area. Directed by Bruce Beresford. Starring Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova and William Daniels.
The Hero of Submarine D-2(1916)
In movies, the "one man can make a difference" cliche´ always proves true. For instance, a lieutenant commander at the U.S. Naval Academy foils a foreign plot to destroy the U.S. fleet all by himself. Some scenes filmed at the Naval Academy. Directed by Paul Scardon. Starring Charles Richman, James Morrison and Anders Randolph.
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Thanksgiving is a time to huddle around the TV for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, eat turkey and fight with your family. Jodi Foster directs a film questioning why we keep going back for more during the holiday. Scenes filmed in Baltimore locations like BWI and the BMA. Directed by Jodie Foster. Starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Claire Danes and Charles Durning.
A cop investigates killers, arms smugglers and his Jewish heritage. This film served as the predecessor to the popular TV show of the same name. Like the TV program, filmed in Baltimore. Directed by David Mamet. Starring Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy and Vincent Guastaferro.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
A heart-wrenching drama of a young psychiatrist's attempt to treat a teenage schizophrenic. Filmed in Montgomery County. Directed by Anthony Page. Starring Norman Alden and Bibi Andersson.
The Invasion (2007)
Nicole Kidman and Daniel (James Bond) Craig star in an update of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," part of which was filmed in Baltimore over an estimated 45 days in fall of 2005. For a change, Baltimore wasn't just a stand-in for another city, as much of the movie takes place in Charm City.
Ladder 49 (2003)
Joaquin Phoenix portrays a firefighter trapped in a burning building. Confronted with death, the firefighter recalls the events of his life. Look for scenes filmed in Baltimore including the 2003 St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Shamrock 5K Race. Other scenes were filmed around Curtis Bay just south of the Inner Harbor. Directed by Jay Russell. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta.
Liberty Heights (1999)
Barry Levinson's fourth film in his Baltimore series. The film chronicles a Baltimore Jewish family's attempt to confront questions of race and ethnicity. Filmed in Baltimore City and Frederick County. Redwood Street masquerades as "the block" and the Hippodrome as the Royal Theatre. Directed by Barry Levinson. Starring Adrien Brody, Bebe Neuwirth and Joe Mantegna.
Life 101 (1995)
Corey Haim is the typical nerd (glasses and all) who falls hard for his beautiful classmate played by Amy Dolenz (daughter of the Monkees' Mickey Dolenz). Life lessons abound about love, drugs, activism, and, most importantly, Playboy Magazine. Though it is set in the deep south, the entire movie was filmed at the University of Maryland's College Park campus. Directed by Redge Mahaffey. Starring Corey Haim, Amy Dolenz and Keith Coogan.
A Korean vet returns from the battlefront and falls for a young psychiatric patient in his small Maryland hometown. Filmed in the Montgomery County towns of Rockville, Barnesville and Great Falls. Directed by Robert Rossen. Starring Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda and Kim Hunter.
Little Miss Hoover (1918)
A government spy's knowledge extends beyond ransacking small Latin American countries. Inthis movie, the undercover agent helps a young woman grow crops for war relief. Some scenes filmed in Maryland. Directed by John S. Robertson. Starring Marguerite Clark, Eugene O'Brien and Alfred Hickman.
Little Red (2000)
This low-budget indie follows the life of a high school student trying to save his long-time girlfriend from the grips of a drug addiction. Filmed entirely in Baltimore. Directed by Clay Valenti. Starring Brandon Price, Char Clay and Ben Farr.
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
The fourth film in the action series starring Bruce Willis as police officer John McClane filmed in Baltimore in September 2006.
Major League II (1994)
Charlie Sheen leads a bumfoozled Cleveland Indians baseball team to success, sort of. Filmed at Camden Yards. Directed by David S. Ward. Starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Corbin Bernsen.
A Man Called Peter (1955)
The true story of a Scottish boy who becomes Chaplain of the Senate. He preaches at the U.S. Naval Academy, which was filmed on location. Directed by Henry Koster. Starring Richard Todd, Jean Peters and Marjorie Rambeau.
Men Don't Leave (1990)
Abruptly widowed mother tries to raise two sons in this movie set and filmed in Baltimore. Directed by Paul Brickman. Starring Jessica Lange, Arliss Howard, Joan Cusack and Kathy Bates.
The Meteor Man (1993)
Robert Townsend becomes a super hero. He's not very good at it, but that doesn't stop his neighbors from asking him to protect them from the Golden Lords, a local street gang. Filmed in Baltimore. Directed by Robert Townsend. Starring Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs, James Earl Jones and Robert Guillaume.
Midshipman Jack (1933)
Yet another movie about two Navy cadets vying for the same woman. One cadet jeopardizes his own career and the career of his competitor. Of course, in the fairy tale world of the Naval Academy everything works out. He keeps his job and gets his woman. Filmed at the Naval Academy and other Annapolis locations. Directed by Christy Cabanne. Starring Bruce Cabot, Betty Furness and Frank Albertson.
Minority Report (2002)
Tom Cruise stars in this futuristic thriller about a Washington D.C. cop mourning the loss of his son. Cruise's character belongs to a police unit known as "Pre-Crime," which arrests murderers before they can commit their heinous acts. Filming locations in The District include the Ronald Reagan Federal Building, as well as a Gap store in Georgetown. Other locations include Wisconsin Avenue and the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Parts of "Minority Report" were also filmed in northern Virginia, including Beaverdam Park.
Mondo Trasho (1969)
A hit and run accident ends with a young Baltimore woman having visions of the Virgin Mary and an assault by a crazed foot fetishist. Thank God for John Waters! Filmed in and around Baltimore. Directed by John Waters. Starring Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, Mink Stole and David Lochary.
Mosquito Coast (1986)
A crazy guy with a utopian vision (an all too familiar occurrence) moves his family to the Central American jungle and tells them America no longer exists. They leave the U.S. via Baltimore Harbor. Directed by Peter Weir. Starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and River Phoenix.
Multiple Maniacs (1971)
"Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions" takes a wrong turn after Lady Divine is raped by a 15-foot lobster. Watch the group's escapades as they attempt to leave behind their covert lives as psychotic kidnappers. Directed by Baltimorean John Waters and filmed in Baltimore. Starring Divine, David Locary, Mary Vivian Pearce and Mink Stole.
Navy Blue and Gold (1937)
A movie about male bonding at the Naval Academy. What else would you do there? Three different men: one an arrogant football player, one rich with a beautiful sister and one with a Navy skeleton in his closet, come together during their time at the Academy. Some scenes filmed on location. Directed by Sam Wood. Starring Robert Young, James Stewart, Florence Rice, Billie Burke and Lionel Barrymore.
Nothing But a Man (1964)
A young black man in Alabama seeks respect from those around him, especially the minister's daughter with whom he falls in love. He longs to be called "man" rather than "boy." Final cemetery scene filmed in Baltimore. Directed by Michael Roemer. Starring Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln and Gloria Foster.
No Way Out (1987)
Love and espionage intertwine as a Navy officer becomes romantically involved with his boss's mistress who turns up dead. Some scenes filmed in Maryland. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman and Sean Young.
Patriot Games (1992)
The sequel to Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October" features Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) in England trying to foil an assassination attempt on the Royal Family. Irish terrorists then target Ryan's family back in America. Filmed in Anne Arundel County and Calvert County at locations such as the U.S.Naval Academy, the Maryland State House, and Calvert Cliffs State Park. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Starring Harrison Ford, Anne Archer and Patrick Bergin.
Pit beef, rats and a laundromat play heavily in this John Waters film about a Baltimore boydiscovered by the New York art crowd. Filmed in Baltimore, mainly in Hampden. Directed by John Waters. Starring Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Lili Taylor and Mary Kay Place.
Pelican Brief (1993)
The film version of the third John Grisham novel featuring Julia Roberts as Darby Shaw, a law student whose brief about the assassination of two Supreme Court justices makes it into the wrong hands. Some scenes filmed in Montgomery County. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Starring Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard and John Heard.
Pink Flamingos (1972)
An indie classic directed and written by John Waters about a Baltimore family's fight to retain title of "Filthiest Family Alive." Filmed in and around Baltimore. Directed by John Waters. Starring Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce and Mink Stole.
Pizza Palace (2005)
It's a coming-of-age dramatic comedy about growing up Greek-American in Baltimore and if you're a Greek-American living in Baltimore you might just be in it. The movie was written by Kyriakos Marudas and directed by Rob Lopez.
Anyone would be entranced by a man named Todd Tomorrow and this John Waters housewife is no exception. She leaves her pornographer husband and dirty children to follow her dreams. Filmed in and around Baltimore. Directed by John Waters. Starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey and David Samson.
Pool Days (1993)
Justin is a senior in high school ready to take responsibility in his life. He decides to take a job as a lifeguard for a local fitness center. Surrounded by beautifully tanned bodies and warned by his employer to keep an eye on the steam room to report any men engaging in unwanted activities, Justin must decide which way his emotions really go. A woman and a man both hit on Justin. He tests his feelings for both and then attempts to figure out where his priorities really lie. Much of this film was shot in Bethesda and Takoma Park. Directed by Brian Sloan. Starring Josh Phillip Weinstein, Nick Kokotakis and Kimberly Flynn.
Random Hearts (1999)
A man and a woman fall in love after their respective spouses die in a fiery plane crash. The crash was filmed in the Patapsco River. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Starring Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas and Charles Dutton.
Red Dragon (2002)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter resides at a Baltimore Psychiatric Hospital in this prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs." Some scenes were filmed in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun building, for instance, stands in for the tabloid at which Philip Seymour Hoffman's sleazy reporter works.
The Replacements (2000)
The movie tells the story of trying to scrape together a scab football team during the 1987football strike. The bottom dwellers of society rise to the surface when called to help maintain the tradition of the gridiron. Almost all of the football scenes were filmed at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, sometimes during actual Ravens games. A few scenes were filmed at Redskins Stadium in Landover, Prince George's County. Directed by Howard Deutch. Starring Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman and Brooke Langton.
This film earns the title of Made in Maryland not only for being set on the Eastern Shore, but first time writer-director Doug Sadler is also a longtime Easton resident. The film even played at the 2001 Maryland Film Festival. It's the story of two sisters on the run from their mother's abusive boyfriend. They head to New Orleans in search of their natural father, and a dark road film with a twist ending ensues.
The Ritchie Boys (2004)
This Oscar-worthy documentary focuses on a group of German-speaking Jews who fled Europe before World War II -- and a few American-born soldiers -- who received U.S. intelligence training at Camp Ritchie, then voyaged back across the Atlantic to serve as interrogators and psychological warfare experts. These soldiers saw D-Day, the liberation of Paris, the opening of concentration camps and some were prisoners of war. The documentary, directed by German filmmaker Christian Bauer, was filmed at Fort Richie in Cascade, Md., and tells the story of these heroes, some of whom were reunited for the film.
Rocket Science (2007)
This quirky high school tale mirrors the experience of the writer/director, Jeffrey Blitz, a Johns Hopkins graduate. The plot revolves around a shy, awkward high school boy named Hal Hefner who struggles with a severe stuttering problem on top of the adolescent woes associated with meeting girls, breaking out of one's shell at school and dealing with parents who are divorcing. The film was shot in various locations in and around Baltimore.
The Runaway Bride (1999)
Favorite romantic comedy couple Julia Roberts and Richard Gere reunite in a movie about a woman who leaves her fiance at the altar and a cynical newspaper columnist attempting to cover her life story. The movie is set in a fictional Maryland town, Hale, but was filmed in real Maryland towns including Berlin and Snow Hill in Worcester County, New Windsor in Carroll County and Baltimore City. Most shots intended as New York City were actually shot in Baltimore, as well. Directed by Garry Marshall. Starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack and Hector Elizondo.
The Salon (2007)
This "Barbershop" for women (not to be confused with "Beauty Shop") features Vivica A. Fox as a beauty shop owner struggling with love and fighting to save her business. Set in Baltimore, the film was written, directed and produced by Mark Brown ("Barbershop" and "Barbershop 2"), a graduate of Takoma Park Academy. Parts were filmed in Fells Point and City Hall, and Mayor Martin O'Malley makes an appearance as himself. In theaters in festivals and limited release in 2005, it reached a bigger audience in May 2007.
If it's June, but you long for the friendly competition of an Army/ Navy game, then this movie will fill the bill. Two brothers attending the U.S.Naval Academy and West Point face off on the field. Filmed in Annapolis. Directed by John Ford. Starring George O'Brien, Helen Chandler and Frank Albertson.
Relive the 1980s band scene with Mystery, four girls and a guy, who play a bar on the coast for the summer. This could be their chance to hit it big. Look for up and coming stars as well as portions of the film shot in Baltimore. Directed by Joan Freeman. Starring Justine Bateman, Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts.
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
High moral values should be left in your suitcase at Dulles if you're moving to the Hill. That's what Alan Alda finds out when he becomes a Congressman. Most scenes set in his Connecticut house were actually filmed in a Roland Park building. Directed by Jerry Schatzaberg. Starring Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep and Rip Torn.
Serial Mom (1994)
A black comedy about a suburban housewife turned serial killer. Directed by Baltimorean John Waters and filmed in and around the city. Directed by John Waters. Starring Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard.
Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
A White House staffer finds the bad seed at the upper echelons of the government. No, it's not set during the Nixon administration. Partially filmed in Baltimore. Directed by George P. Cosmatos. Starring Charlie Sheen, Linda Hamilton, Donald Sutherland and Stephen Lang.
Shipmates Forever (1935)
A nightclub act learns about honor, duty and ugly white shoes while attending the U.S.Naval Academy. Some scenes filmed on location. Directed by Frank Borzage. Starring Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler and Lewis Stone.
Scenes from the Mark Wahlberg thriller, based on the novel "Point of Impact" by former Sun movie critic Stephen Hunter, were shot in Federal Hill in October 2006.
Silent Fall (1994)
A Maryland psychiatrist helps an autistic child reconstruct his memory of a gruesome murder. Filmed in Baltimore and St. Michael's, Talbot County. Directed by Bruce Beresford. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton and John Lithgow.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
A Baltimore Sun journalist falls for a widowed Seattle man via his son's call to a national radio talk show. Filmed in Annapolis, Fells Point, Mount Vernon and at the Sun Building, Women's Industrial Exchange, and the Peabody Library. Directed by Nora Ephron. Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan and Ross Malinger.
Something the Lord Made (2004)
Alan Rickman and Mos Def star in this made-for- HBO movie based on the true story of Dr. Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, a white surgeon and a black lab technician who together pioneered heart surgery in the 1940s at JohnsHopkins Hospital. Filming took place at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville and in that town's downtown, as well as at Hopkins Hospital.
Species II (1998)
In high school health education, teachers talk about STDs and pregnancy, but no one ever warns you about having sex with people with aliens growing inside them. Species II could become a mandatory film in classrooms if any astronauts went to Mars like these guys and came back with new little friends inside them. The huge set was built in an old General Electric plant in Columbia. Scenes were also filmed in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Prince George's and Howard Counties. Directed by Peter Medak. Starring Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge and Mykelti Williamson.
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
Annie and her police force beau Alex decide to take a romantic ocean vacation together. When they get on board their cruise ship things begin to go bad as one of the passengers, a disgruntled computer genius named Geiger, decides to sink the ship. This leaves only Alex to foil Geiger's plans and bring everyone back to safety. Filmed in unspecified parts of Maryland. Directed by Jan de Bont. Starring Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric and Willem Dafoe.
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
An '80s classic about a group of friends who love each other, hate each other and wander haplessly through their early 20s creating melodrama at every step. Filmed at University of Maryland, College Park. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore and Ally Sheedy.
Step Up (2006)
Director Duane Adler, a former Maryland resident, set his modern-day "Fame" tale in Baltimore at the fictional Maryland School for the Arts. A troubled teen finds direction as a dancer at the school in the movie, the set of which was built at the Fells Point recreation pier, formerly home base for "Homicide: Life on the Street." It's not hard to spot the Baltimore influences in the movie. The Domino Sugar sign and Key Bridge are visible in some scenes, and mentions are made of Hampden and Canton.
Sum of All Fears (2002)
When the capital of Chechnya is flattened by a nuclear bomb tension begins to grow between Russia and America. The Director of Central Intelligence recruits Jack Ryan to supply insight. He is sure that Russia is not to blame for the incident, but his colleagues aren't exactly in agreement. When a second bomb detonates outside Baltimore during the Super Bowl, the world is pushed toward an impending war. Filmed in Baltimore, around Maryland and Washington, D.C. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber.
Swarm of the Snakehead (2006)
A comedy-horror based on the "frankenfish" discovered in a Crofton pond in 2002, "Swarm" was filmed in Easton and Oxford on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In addition to the local scenery, the movie features local musicians and actors, including Miss Teen Maryland USA Jamie Linck O'Brien.
This drama which probes into the hardships and hopes of a crabbing family on Maryland's Eastern Shore received ovations when it opened at the Sundance Film Festival 2005. Emma (Tara Gallagher), an imaginative 11-year-old, needs an expensive operation. Her father, Will (Robert Knott), loses his boat and his family's livelihood. A disturbed and beautiful woman (Sarah Paulson) returns home to face her past, becomes Emma's confidant, and puts brothers Clyde (Shawn Hatosy) and Mike (Michael Mosley) against each other. As relationships are tested and dark secrets revealed, mother, Julia ( Cherry Jones), tries to hold the family together. Doug Sadler, an Easton resident since 1981, wrote and directed this look at a fishing family and filmed it in Oxford, Bozman and Easton.
What could be more appealing than a fat, bald George Clooney? A fat, bald George Clooney with a beard! Clooney packs on the pounds and ditches the razor to play Robert Baer in the story of the post-Cold War CIA's involvement in the Middle East. Filming locations included the Avenue at White Marsh, downtown Baltimore, a mansion in Guilford, and a yacht in the Inner Harbor. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. Starring George Clooney, Amanda Peet and Matt Damon.
Talking to Strangers (1988)
The film chronicles a young man's journey through Baltimore from church confessional to bus. Filmed entirely in Baltimore. Directed by Rob Tregenza. Starring Ken Gruz, Marvin Hunter and Dennis Jordan.
The Tall Target (1951)
A New York City policeman becomes afraid that there will be an assassination attempt on newlyelected President Lincoln. Movie's climax filmed in Baltimore. Directed by Anthony Mann. Starring Dick Powell, Paula Raymon and Adolphe Menjou.
A Temperamental Wife (1919)
A Senator's wife becomes paranoid when she discovers that her husband's secretary is a woman. What she didn't know was that she should be worried about his intern, not his secretary. Partially filmed in Chevy Chase. Directed by David Kirkland. Starring Constance Talmadge, Wyndham Standing and Ben Hendricks.
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Ted was a geek in high school, but a lucky geek who just so happened to have Mary, the most popular girl in school, as his prom date. Unfortunately for Ted, he experiences technical difficulties with his tux and well, the prom date went down the tubes. Thirteen years later Ted realizes he is still in love with Mary, so he hires a private detective to find her. Lots of laughs ensue in this movie partially filmed in Baltimore. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon.
Thunder Afloat (1939)
An American tugboat captains battle it out with German U-boats during World War I. Submarine scenes filmed in Maryland. Directed by George B. Seitz. Starring Wallace Beery, Chester Morris and Virginia Gray.
Tin Men (1987)
Whoever thought of the complicated lives of aluminum siding salesman and the competitive nature of the business? Baltimore filmmaker Barry Levinson did. His childhood home is the house that gets sided and other Baltimore landmarks like the John Eager Howard Room at the Belvedere Hotel, Mount Vernon, Memorial Stadium, Enoch Pratt Free Library and Pimlico Road appear. Directed by Barry Levinson. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito and Barbara Hershey.
True Colors (1991)
Two law students explore the ultimate political question: Can you have a soul and be an effective politician? It appears the answer is "no" as the plunge into politics drives them further apart. Some scenes filmed in Maryland. Directed by Herbert Ross. Starring John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs and Mandy Patinkin.
True Lies (1994)
He can tango. He can two-step. He can lead two lives. Wow. Schwarzenegger is a brilliant actor, sort of. At work he's a tough-edged government agent on the tail of a terrorist. At home he pretends to be a computer salesman. The two finally have to mesh because he must seduce his bored wife. Filmed in Bethesda, Montgomery County. Directed by James Cameron. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold.
Tuck Everlasting (2002)
After a teenager finds a strange family living on her parent's property she learns that they have discovered a spring that holds the key to immortality. All is well and good until the girl goes missing and Ben Kingsley is assigned to find her. Inevitably he finds the spring of immortality and attempts to use it for his own evil purposes. The movie was filmed in Baltimore, Bel Air and Berlin. Directed by Jay Russell. Starring William Hurt, Ben Kingsley and Sissy Spacek.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Bruce Willis is sent back in time to find the source of a monster epidemic that left only one percent of the population alive by 2035, but faces obstacles when he goes back to the wrong year. Most of the movie was filmed in the Mount Vernon area. The engineer's club on Mount Vernon Place is the location for a banquet. The Walters' Art Museum and the old Congress Hotel at the 300 block of West Franklin Street are also featured. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Starring Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe.
Violets Are Blue (1986)
Two high school sweethearts rekindle their lost love while vacationing in Ocean City. Filmed in Ocean City, Worcester County. Baltimore stands in for Dublin, Ireland. Directed by Jack Fiske. Starring Kevin Kline, Sissy Spacek and Bonnie Bedelia.
Washington Square (1997)
A young aristocratic woman falls in love, but her father doesn't feel anywhere near as warm towards her new beau. Based on the Henry James novel, the movie is set in mid-19th century New York, but was completely filmed in Baltimore, primarily in Union Square and Fells Point. The Paris scene was in Mount Vernon. Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Ben Chaplin and Maggie Smith.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson prey on bridesmaids in this comedy, winding up at a high-society wedding at an Eastern Shore estate. Much of the movie was shot on the Eastern Shore, in and around St. Michaels, including The Inn at Perry Cabin, where some cast and crew stayed during filming. The Annapolis schooner Woodwind II also plays a role, helmed by Christopher Walken sailing along the Choptank River.
The Whip (1917)
A crooked bookmaker makes an attempt to nab the sweetheart of an honest man while a baron in cahoots with the bookmaker tries to throw a horse race. Of course, there's a train scene and it was filmed in Maryland. Directed by Maurice Tourneur. Starring Alma Hanlon, June Elvidge and Irving Cummings.
Another take on the reality TV phenomenon. Young filmmaker Jonathan is attempting to make a movie about a past relationship, but with a "real-life" couple, Bob and Marianne. However, Jonathan's constant tinkering with Bob and Marianne's "screen life" begins to cause tension between the young lovers. Started as a student project when filmmakers Evan Guilfoyle and Jonathan D. G. Schultz (who is also featured in the film) were still students at UMBC, the film took four years to make for $36,000. It was shot without a script, constructed from improvisation during rehearsals and was filmed almost entirely in Baltimore. It also has music from local bands like Cass McCombs and Sonna and features a live performance by Oxes.
xXx: State of the Union (2005)
This sequel to 2002's "xXx" features Ice Cube as Darius Stone, the new xXx. Stone, the latest non-traditional recruit to the xXx program is sent to Washington to stop a military splinter group trying to overthrow the American government. It's less James Bond and more John Woo, but what it lacks in plot and character development it more than makes up for in explosions and special effects. The cast also includes Willem Dafoe, Xzibit and Samuel L. Jackson (who, along with Michael Roof are the only cast members returning from the original "xXx"). Various parts were filmed in Baltimore.
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