7 Of The Most Famous Movies In Savannah
Did you know that there’s actually many famous movies filmed in Savannah? Yep, this pretty part of Georgia has been the setting for lots of top films, including Forrest Gump, The Last Song with Miley Cyrus and Oscar winning 1989 film Glory. Savannah’s unique ability to easily blend into different time periods and its variety of locations makes it a popular choice for directors.
Next time you’re in town, add these Savannah film locations to your to-do list. It’s a fun way to explore the city and nearby Tybee Island.
Here is a List of The 7 Most Famous Movies in Savannah
1. Forrest Gump (1994)
Best movie locations: Chippewa Square, the bench in the Savannah History Museum.
Although most of this iconic movie is in Alabama, filming mostly took place in and around Beaufort, South Carolina. But, some of the best Forrest Gump film locations are right here in Savannah. Chippewa Square hit the big screens as Forrest sat on a bus bench and told passersby his life story. The bench is now in the Savannah History Museum, but a stop in the square is still a must-do.
The film, starring Tom Hanks, tells the tale of one man’s extraordinary life alongside his best friend Jenny, featuring pivotal moments including the March on Washington and the Vietnam War.
2. The Last Song (2010)
Best movie locations: Tybee Island Wedding Chapel,
Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Last Song stars Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth and was the first film to be filmed on. Tybee Island. Most of the filming occurred on the island’s beach and pier, with key scenes also in Georgia Aquarium and Wormsloe Historic Estate. The beautiful chapel was built for the film and moved to U.S. 80 to become a local wedding chapel, where you actually get married!
The coming-of-age teen romantic drama film will have you in tears. It follows the story of an estranged father trying to rekindle his relationship with his daughter (Miley, who naturally falls for local boy Liam Hemsworth).
3. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Best movie locations: The Mercer Williams House, Forsyth Park, Bonaventure Cemetery.
Clint Eastwood directed, and Kevin Spacey and John Cusack starred in this famous adaption of the book by John Berendt, which tells the account of a real-life event in Savannah. Most of the film is shot entirely in Savannah, so there’s plenty of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil film locations you can visit here.
The Mercer Williams House on Monterey Square is the scene of the crime that plays a key role in the story, and is now a museum you can visit. Forsyth Park, Savannah’s most famous park, also features in the film.
4. Something To Talk About (1995)
Best movie locations: Six Pence Pub on Bull Street.
Starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid, this 1995 comedy-drama was showcases various locations around Savannah, Georgia; South Carolina; and Georgia near Beaufort. Famous Savannah locations include the Six Pence Pub on Bull Street. The iconic pub is the location of a memorable scene with Julia Roberts and her movie husband. It looks just the same as it does in the movie, and is popular with visiting film fans. A house at the corner of West Jones and Lincoln streets is the location for Grace’s house near the end of the movie.
5. Glory (1989)
Best movie locations: The Roundhouse Complex at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, the Mercer Williams House and Battlefield Memorial Park.
Glory is a Civil War drama that tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first black regiment in the US army. Starring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Cary Elwes, filming took place in Georgia. The movie feature many iconic Savannah locations. Places from the film you can visit include the Roundhouse Complex at the Georgia State Railroad Museum as well as the Mercer Williams House and Battlefield Memorial Park. As part of the Savannah History Museum, you can walk the grounds and learn the history of the Revolutionary War in Savannah.
6. Lady & The Tramp (2019)
Best movie locations: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Lafayette Square.
The Lady and the Tramp is a Disney+ live-action adaptation, remaking the 1955 classic cartoon. As for *that* famous spaghetti meatball scene? The dog restaurant was remade in an alleyway off historic Factors Walk in Savannah. You can see the Savannah City Hall in the background of some scenes on Johnson Square, the setting of Tramp’s sandwich heist!
Other recognisable locations include Wright Square, The Georgia State Railroad Museum and Cathedral of St. John’s the Baptist, which features in the opening scene. You can enjoy a stroll around Lafayette Square and take a tour of the chapel during visiting hours.
7. Baywatch (2017)
Best movie locations: Tybee Island Pier.
Georgia welcomed Hollywood heartthrobs Zac Efron and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for 2017’s Baywatch. The re-imagining of the classic TV show didn’t win any major awards, but it’s an easy and enjoyable watch. The movie is set in the fictional Emerald Bay in Broward County in Florida. However, filming locations are in Florida and Georgia. Beach scenes from the movie are at Tybee Island beach on the north and south end of the waterfront.
You’ll also spot other Savannah and Tybee Island locations. The morgue scene is at Savannah’s Memorial University Medical Center and the jet ski chasing scene was shot near Estill Hammock Marina, also in Tybee Island.
Want to discover more film locations in Savannah? You can see information about movie tours and other famous films in the area here.