Maryland On The Big Screen

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MovieWhen you relocate to Maryland, you could find yourself in the middle of a movie set. 

You may see Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood, Meg Ryan, George Clooney or another film star browsing the historic streets of Annapolis when they're in town again to shoot their next movie.

That's because the film industry generates about $70 million annually in Maryland.

As Maryland's Film Office points out, Maryland is "America in Miniature", offering varied settings that range from the gritty inner city of HBO's The Wire (2002-06) to the idyllic period towns of Disney's Tuck Everlasting (2001); from the urban landscape of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street (1991-98) to the historic civil war battlefields of Ted Turner's Gods and Generals (2001); from the Amish farmland doubles of Universal's For Richer or Poorer (1997) to the Washington D.C. doubles of Touchstone's Enemy of the State (1997), shot in Baltimore.

They go on to say "Maryland offers a rich array of landscapes from which to choose - from the mountains in the west across the rolling hills and farmlands of central Maryland to the beautiful waterfront and sandy beaches of the Eastern Shore. Architecture that spans the centuries from colonial to modern and illustrates a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds can be found throughout the state." A slideshow featuring some of this beautiful Maryland scenery is located on the Maryland Film Office website.



Whether you are transferring into the area for a job at the U.S. Naval Academy, or visiting there as a tourist, you may recognize the grounds and buildings inside the Academy gates or on the nearby streets of Annapolis from the Harrison Ford movie, Patriot Games.








If you visit the towns of Berlin and Snow Hill in Worcester County or New Windsor in Carroll County, you may notice a resemblance to the fictional Maryland town of Hale in Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  Other scenes for the movie were shot in Baltimore. 






John Travolta fans may have seen his Ladder 99, shot in and around the City of Baltimore including Curtis Bay, near the Baltimore Inner Harbor, and at events such as the 2003 St. Patrick's Day Parade.





Are you a sports fan?  When you go watch the Orioles play at Camden Yards, you'll be in the same stadium where most of Major League II was shot.  In fact, I remember when they were advertising for extras to fill the stands - I seriously considered going. 

If you go to a home game for the Baltimore Ravens or Washington Redskins, you'll see them play in M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore or FedEx Field in Largo, where The Replacements was filmed.






'Bet you didn't know that some scenes for Sleepless in Seattle were filmed in Annapolis, at Fells Point, and at the Sun building.






Die Hard: With a Vengeance was set in New York and Canada but it was actually filmed in Baltimore and Jessup, in Anne Arundel County.








When you fly home for the holidays out of BWI Airport, you'll be walking through the same airport where Home for the Holidays was filmed.  Other scenes were shot at the Baltimore Museum of Art. 






Scenes for Syriana were shot in several locations around the Baltimore area, including the Avenue at White Marsh, downtown Baltimore, a mansion in Guilford and a yacht in the Inner Harbor. George Clooney and Matt Damon were reportedly just as charming and handsome in real life, as on-screen.





If  you happen to stay at The Inn at Perry Cabin when you visit St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore, you'll probably recognize it from scenes shot there and at other local sites for Wedding Crashers. 

The Annapolis schooner Woodwind II also plays a role, helmed by Christopher Walken sailing along the Choptank River.





Clint Eastwood starred in Absolute Power, which was centered around Northeast Baltimore.  The cliff scenes were filmed at Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County and other scenes were shot in Towson and Brooklandville . 








Ohio homestead scenes in Beloved were filmed at Fair Hill Natural Resources area in Cecil County.  Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover starred in this film adaptation of Toni Morrison's award winning novel about a former slave's struggle with the ghosts of her past.



There are many more films featuring scenes in Maryland, as far back as the 1945 movie about the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Anchors Aweigh, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson. 


When you started planning for your relocation to Maryland and Anne Arundel County, this probably wasn't something you were expecting.  Yet, as you can see, it's actually quite a common occurrence in Maryland.

Celebrity-watching is further enhanced in Maryland by visits from big-name performers in film and music who travel to Washington, D.C. to advocate for their favorite issues  - and then make side-trips to Maryland.  We have a few celebrities living in the immediate area, too, such as Pat Sajak and Walter Cronkite, not to mention some retired politicians.  For example, Vice-President Chaney has already purchased a home on the Eastern Shore for his retirement, and a number of prominent Senators and Congressman are Naval Academy alum who visit from time to time - sometimes as speakers, and occasionally for a home football game.

Now you have one more thing to tell your friends and relatives about moving to Maryland! 

And who knows, maybe someday soon you'll be telling them to watch for you in a crowd scene on the big screen.



Other films  that  include scenes shot in Maryland:

Accidental Tourist - Based on the book by Ann Tyler, a resident of Roland Park and filmed in that area. Starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis, the movie is about an author of a  book for people who want to travel with the least amount of trouble in their lives

Dirty Shame- The home and workplace of the main character are located on Harford Road in Baltimore.  Cast includes Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, and Chris Isaak. 

Along Came a Spider - Starring Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter and Penelope Ann Miller.  Much of the movie was filmed in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  It's a movie about a daughter of a senator who is taken from school by one of her teachers 

And Just For All- Filmed in a Baltimore courtroom and other 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

Avalon- This movie was written and directed by Barry Levinson a Baltimore native. The movie is a story of a Jewish family in Baltimore beginning with the patriarch's arrival in 1914.   Some of the sets include the Baltimore City Court House, the Broadway Pier in Fells Point and the Hollins Market.

Blair Witch Project- Filmed entirely in Maryland - 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.  

Cecil B. Demented - Filmed in and around the city of Baltimore. 

The Contender - Filmed primarily in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. by Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliott, and Philip Baker Hall

Deep Impact - Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, and Elijah Wood.  Filmed in various parts of Washington, D.C., Baltimore

Distinguished Gentleman - Eddie Murphy appeared in this film, shot in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Eraser - Scenes filmed in Maryland in this Arnold Schwarzenegger movie with James Caan, and Vanessa Williams. 

Failure to Launch- Sarah Jessica Parker filmed a scene in Annapolis and her co-star Matthew McConaughey spent time filming in Easton, on the Eastern Shore, for this story about a slacker who moves back home rather than start a family of his own.

For Richer or Poorer - Starring Tim Allen, Kirstie Alley, Jay O. Sanders, and Michael Lerner. Filmed primarily in Baltimore and Westminster. 

From Within - Elizabeth Rice poses on the set at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Hospital in Cecil County. 

Guarding Tess -  Nicolas Cage, Edward Albert, Susan Blommaert, and Stephen S. Chen were in this movie, set at Mount Washington, in Baltimore

Hamilton -A film by Baltimore native Matthew Porterfield set in the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood of the title. 

Invasion - Ncole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, and Jackson Bond were in the area for filming in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. 

Liberty Heights-  Werner's Restaurant was one of the many places in Baltimore used during the filming of Barry Levinson's movie "Liberty Heights." (Sun photo by Algerina Perna)

Minority Report - Tom Cruise and Max von Sydow, Steve Harris, and Neal McDonough were in town for scenes shot in Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Pecker- Filmed entirely in Baltimore, primarily in the Hampden area, by Bess Armstrong, Mo Fischer, Edward Furlong, and Patricia Hearst  

Random Hearts- The plane crash was filmed on the Patapsco River. Cast includes Dylan Baker, Christina Chang, Bill Cobbs, and Peter Coyote.

Red Dragon - Scenes were filmed in Baltimore, including a scene using The Baltimore Sun building as a location for a tabloid newspaper.   Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, and Harvey Keitel appeared.

Riders- This film is set on the Eastern Shore, writer-director Doug Sadler is also a longtime Easton resident. The film played at the 2001 Maryland Film Festival.

Rocket Science - Some scenes were shot at various Baltimore locations in 2005.  Cast includes Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Dionne Audain, and Nicholas D'Agosto.

Salon- Filmed in Baltimore in 2005 and released in 2007, starring Vivica Fox

Serial Mom - Shot in and around the city of Baltimore.  I'm not familiar with the names in this cast: John Badila, Tim Caggiano, Mary Jo Catlett, and Patricia Dunnock.

Shadow Conspiracy - Filmed partially in Baltimore, with Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton, and Stephen Lang.

Shooter  - Based on a book by former Sun movie critic Stephen Hunter and filmed partly in Federal Hill and several other Maryland locations. (Paramount Pictures)

St. Elmo's Fire - Filmed at University of Maryland, College Park, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore and Ally Sheedy

Step Up - Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum are dancers at a fictional Maryland Institute for the Arts, filmed and based in Baltimore. (AP photo / Walt Disney Pictures / August 7, 2006)

Sum of All Fears - With Ben Affleck, Alan Bates, John Beasley, and Michael Byrne.  Filmed in Baltimore as well as around Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Swimmer - Starring Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, and Tony Bickley.  Filmed in Oxford, Bozman and Easton, on the Eastern Shore (Sun photo)

There's Something About Mary - Starring Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, and Lee Evans . Shot partly in Baltimore.

True Lies - Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold,  Some scenes were filmed in Bethesda.

Twelve Monkeys - Another Bruce Willis film shot mostly in Maryland.  Why don't I remember ever hearing about this one?

Violets Are Blue - Two high school sweethearts rekindle their lost love while vacationing in Ocean City. The movie was filmed in Ocean City, Worcester County with Baltimore scene for Dublin, Ireland.

Washington Square - Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Maggie Smith, and Ben Chaplin.  Filmed completely in Baltimore.


This information was gathered from a number of sources including The Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Film Office, The Baltimore Examiner, and online reviews; I accept no responsibility for the accuracy of this content.  All photos are VHS, CD or DVD covers of the actual films.


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Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
I had no idea that Maryland was the location for so many movies.  That's a lot of dollars pumped into your economy by that industry.  Marvelous!
Feb 13, 2008 10:59 PM #3
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Wow!  This is an incredible list of films.  It is funny when you see a movie and you recognize the location and it isn't where the story in the film says it is.  Our area does get its share of movie crews!
Feb 13, 2008 11:06 PM #4
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
MARGARET - This is quite a list that you've put together.  How did you find out all of this information?  Most of what I recognize in movies is from Manhattan.  The most interesting one was in the movie "You've Got Mail."  In the movie, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan go to see a movie together.  As we were watching them watch the movie, I realized that they were actually in the theater that we were in watching them.  Sound confusing?  LOL
Feb 13, 2008 11:14 PM #5
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Jesse & Kathy - We often read about road closings for filming or, in fact, hear via the grapevine about celebrity spottings in restaurants and stores - yet I had no idea the list was this extensive.  There were about a dozen others, as well, but I thought this list was long enough.

Georgina - As I mentioned to Jesse & Kathy, I'm aware of this going on from news reports and celebrity-spottings talked about when people get together for meetings or social events.  I've also read about the Maryland Film office.  A google search revealed some newspaper articles that provided some of this information.

Cynthia - Patriot Games is one of my favorite movies - As we watched it on the big screen, we saw scenes that we encounter every day in Annapolis.

Cindy - This was a lot of fun to put together.  Time-consuming, but fun.  We do live in a very interesting area!

Adam - Maryland Film Office often publicizes it when celebrities and film crews are in town, sometimes we experience the excitement when there are street closings, sometimes they advertise for extras a few weeks in advance, and sometimes we just hear about it through the grapevine.  Knowing all this, I did some online research to assemble this list.

Feb 13, 2008 11:16 PM #6
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Margaret, what a wonderful list of movies filmed in Maryland.  If you were to add in all the films shot in D.C. and Virginia, I'm sure that the Capital Area list would be two or three times as long.  Good work on putting this together.
Feb 13, 2008 11:22 PM #7
Lisa Ryan
Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty - Montgomery, NJ
Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town
Margaret what a fun blog!  New Jersey is also very well known for the number of films that have been done here. Off the top of my head I can think of two recent ones, A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe and IQ with it was Walter Matthau as Einstein, filmed right here in Princeton.
Feb 14, 2008 12:31 AM #8
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


WOW!!! Impressive information!!! Thanks,   Fran

Feb 14, 2008 12:35 AM #9
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Brian, so true!  Especially D.C.

Lisa, This was fun (well, it was fun to read after I finished it!) and I thought that anyone relocating to this area would find it interesting.

Fran - Yes, more than you ever wanted to know, right?

Feb 14, 2008 01:01 AM #10
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Margaret:  You live in such an exciting area and so rich with history.  I love reading about your area in your posts.  Some popular movies have been filmed there and I did not know that.  Great info.
Feb 14, 2008 01:55 AM #11
Katie Landon Lewes
Jack Lingo REALTORS - Lewes, DE

 Chocolate Valentine Wow, I knew there were alot of Movies filmed in MD but that is a ton!!!  Ummmm I know Matthew McCaughny (I am not sure how to spell it) and Jessica Parker filmed a movie in Cape Henelopen a few years ago he was hanging out with the locals in a place called Striper Bites.  I missed it.  I will have do some research.

Happy Valentines Day!

Feb 14, 2008 03:52 AM #12
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Margaret - I find it interesting how many states have seen the economic benefits from movie production - from Arizona to Maryland to Florida.
Feb 14, 2008 11:28 AM #13
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Sharon - That's true!  And what we see is NOT what we see, i.e. Maryland is the setting that claims to be ohio....

Katie - I kinda had fun with this.  You could probably dig up info like this for your area, given the ocean front.

Donna - Being on ActiveRain has given me a new appreciation for our area, and a new appreciation for areas that I didn't know existed - like the North Georgia mountains, for example.   lol.


Feb 14, 2008 01:06 PM #14
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
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Margaret - For years now Toronto has been considered Hollywood North. Movies and TV programs have been shot in and around the Toronto area including Uxbridge with our most famous being the TV program Road To Avonlea with the outdoor set located just south of town. Unfortunately for the town when the series was finished the production company had the set demolished.


Feb 15, 2008 01:25 AM #15
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Kathy, sounds like a blog in the making...
Feb 15, 2008 02:39 AM #16
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
That was a very entertaining and informational read on the movies that were made in part or whole in the Maryland area. Have you met many actors/actresses yourself?  That would be fun.
Feb 15, 2008 06:21 AM #17
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Margaret, I don't know what impresses me more, Your exhaustive list of Hollywood East movies or all the work you did to compile the list. All i can say is "Wow."

Bill Roberts

Feb 16, 2008 03:28 PM #18
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Bill - I found it to be an informative and interesting project, so it was fun (while exhaustive).  The list itself was easy to compile from those sources, but I did take the time to tie the films together in the context of places you might go in Maryland.  That was a bit more challengng.

Sally - No, I usually manage to avoid the place where they're shooting films.  We do find ourselves having breakfast at the same diner as a famous politician having breakfast with their family, from time to time.  We don't patronize the same restaurants at dinner-time.  lol

Feb 16, 2008 05:44 PM #19
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Margaret- What a fun post you put together. Isn't National Treasure also on the list? Of was that just Washington DC? 
Feb 17, 2008 09:13 AM #20
Lori Gilmore
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Joliet, IL
Realtor - Will County Illinois

Wow, I had no idea that so many movies were filmed in your area. . . .great information here.

Feb 18, 2008 02:46 AM #21
Maggie Baumbach
Search Homes for Sale in Maryland at - Reisterstown, MD

Great job, I knew some of them since I am a native but I think there are quite a few that got by me, some movies I did not even know existed.  It is fun to pick out places on screen.

Dec 11, 2008 02:31 PM #22
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