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Movies Made in Jacksonville


It's hard to believe Jacksonville was once known as "The Winter Film Capital of the World." Thousands of films were shot in Jacksonville during the golden era of silent films. Unfortunately, the majority of silent films were destroyed when the technology was deemed dated.

The First Coast is no longer Hollywood of the East, but a handful of notable films have been made either partially or fully in Jacksonville.

1. Creature from the Black Lagoon

This 1954 horror classic was one of the first films shot in 3D. Parts of the film were shot in Jacksonville, while other parts were shot just south of St. Augustine. The Lobster House, a popular restaurant, can be seen clearly in certain parts of the film. The building is now occupied by River City Brewery.

2. G.I. Jane

Much of this 1997 Demi Moore drama was shot in Jacksonville. Remember "Hell Week"? The Navy SEAL training scenes were shot in Huguenot Memorial Park.

3. The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

This 1987 film derived from the popular children's books was partially shot at the WJCT soundstage in Jacksonville. Other parts of the film were shot in nearby Amelia Island.

4. Tigerland

This war drama staring Colin Farrel was partially shot in Jacksonville. The most notable Jacksonville scene was shot in an alley behind the historic Florida Theatre downtown.

5. Like Dandelion Dust

This Christian independent film, shot entirely in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra, was based on a Karen Kingsbury novel. It won more than 30 awards. The film stars Mira Sorvino.

6. Forces of Nature

The romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock was largely film in South Carolina and Savannah; however, the bridge scene toward the end of the film was shot in Jacksonville and the city is mentioned by name once.

7. The Manchurian Candidate

Parts of this 2004 remake of the classic film were shot in Amelia Island, and one scene was shot in Huguenot Park on Heckscher Drive. The film starred Denzel Washington.

8. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

This 1998 drama starring Halle Berry and Vivicia A. Fox was partially shot in Jacksonville, although the majority of the film was shot in California.

9. Lonely Hearts

This 2006 film stars John Travolta, Selma Hayek and Jared Leto. It was largely shot in Jacksonville, although parts were shot in Amelia Island. Locations include the Riverside-Avondale district and historic parts of downtown Jacksonville.

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