Big Fish is another movie that was filmed in Alabama. Released in 2003, it tells the story of father and son, Edward and William Bloom. Will has been estranged from his father for three years due to his father’s preposterous storytelling. Upon hearing that his dad will soon pass away from cancer, Will and his pregnant wife travel to Ashton, Alabama to be with him in his last days. Big Fish was mostly filmed in Wetumpka, Alabama, but it was also filmed on location in Montgomery and Tallassee.
The critically-acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird filmed several scenes in Monroeville, Ala., but most of it was filmed on the Universal backlot in Hollywood where the small town was recreated. The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three of them including Gregory Peck for Best Actor and Horton Foote for Best Adapted Screenplay. Based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the fictional small town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the early 1930s. Taking place over the course of three years, it follows sister and brother Scout and Jem Finch as they grow up and learn about the racism that plagues their town.
Other popular movies that were filmed in Alabama include Forrest Gump, Selma, Talladega Nights, and Sweet Home Alabama.
Danielle Castille, from Birmingham, Alabama, is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama, with a major in public relations.