Saturday, December 5, 2009

Movies Filmed in Tampa Bay

If you're anything like me, you love getting that "I've been there" moment from watching movies. It really got me thinking about all of the movies that have had filming locations right here in our own backyard. Because of that, I decided to compile a list all of the major movies that have been filmed in the Tampa Bay area.

Spring Breakers (2013)
Location: St. Pete Beach, Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, & Gandy Bridge
Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens
Spring Breakers Movie Trailer (Not Yet Available)

Magic Mike (2012)
Location: Sunday's Fine Dining, The Bricks of Ybor, & The Amphitheater in Tampa, Sunset Beach at Caddy's, Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, WIlson's Sports Bar in St. Petersburg, & Three-Rooker Bar
Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey & Joe Manganiello
Magic Mike Movie Trailer

Dolphin Tale (2011)
Location: Clearwater Marine Aquarium other Pinellas County locations
Starring: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd & Morgan Freeman
Dolphin Tale Movie Trailer

A Fonder Heart (2011)
Location: Clearwater, FL (St. Pete Clearwater Airport / Indian Rocks Beach)
A Fonder Heart Trailer (Not Yet Available)

Burial At Sea (2009) -Also known as "Immortal Island"
Location: Fort DeSoto and University of Tampa
Burial At Sea Movie Trailer

Misconceptions (2008)
Location: Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and other locations in Pinellas County
Misconceptions Movie Trailer

Grace Is Gone (2007)
Location: Plant City and Fort DeSoto
Grace Is Gone Movie Trailer

100 Tears (2007)
Location: Tampa & Ybor City
100 Tears Movie Trailer

Coldplay - The Hardest Part Music Video (2006)
Location: St Petersburg, Florida Yacht Marina
The Hardest Part Music Video

The Punisher (2004)
Location: Fort DeSoto, The Claw Golf Course, The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and Downtown Tampa
The Punisher Movie Trailer

American Outlaws (2001)
Location: Fort DeSoto Park
American Outlaws Movie Trailer

Oceans Eleven (2001)
Location: Derby Lane Greyhound Racetrack in St. Petersburg, Florida
Oceans Eleven Movie Movie Trailer

Great Expectations (1998)
Location: Sarasota Ca d'Zan Mansion
Great Expectations Movie Trailer

A Time To Kill (1996)
Location: Tampa, Florida
A Time To Kill Movie Trailer

China Moon (1994)
Location: Lakeland, Florida
China Moon Movie Trailer

Cop And A Half (1993)
Location: Tampa, Florida
Cop And A Half Movie Trailer

Thunder in Paradise (1993) TV Movie/Pilot
Location: In/around the Don Cesar Hotel
Thunder in Paradise Intro

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Location: Former Sereno Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida (Building demolition)
Lethal Weapon 3 Movie Trailer

My Girl (1991)
Location: Thomas Lee Wilson House in Bartow, FL and the old Plant City High School
My Girl Movie Trailer

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Location: Lutz, Florida and the Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland, Florida
Edward Scissorhands Movie Trailer

Goodfellas (1990)
Location: Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida
Goodfellas Movie Trailer

Cocoon (1985)
Location: St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, The Coliseum, Snell Arcade, and other locations in St. Petersburg, Florida
Cocoon Movie Trailer

Summer Rental (1985)
Location: Madeira Beach, Florida
Summer Rental Movie Trailer

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Location: Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida
Once Upon A Time In America Movie Trailer

Smokey and the Bandit 3 (1973)
Location: Clearwater, FL

Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)
Location: Clearwater, FL

Black Like Me (1964)
Location: Tampa (Central Park Area)

Strategic Air Command (1955)
Location: Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa

The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)
Location: Sarasota, Florida
The Greatest Show On Earth Movie Trailer

A Guy Named Joe (1943)
Location: Drew Field (Air scenes and backdrop shots)
A Guy Named Joe Movie Trailer

HMS Bounty Replica Ship
Location: Sometimes located at The St. Pete Pier
This replica ship has been used in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1962), "Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3" , "SpongeBob Squarepants Movie" (2004), and the "adult" movie "Pirates" (2005).
Mutiny On The Bounty Movie Trailer


  1. hi,You have a very good blog that the main thing a lot of interesting and useful! Bridging Tampa Bay , thanks

  2. HMS Bounty is usually docked in Fall River, Mass.

  3. Also, there is a movie called "Scream Bloody Murder" that was fimed in a house near Bay to Bay. I don't know the address of the house offhand, but my mother and father were actually married at the same house before it was used for the movie. Are you able to find any info on it? Thanks.
    - Crystal

  4. At the time that this blog post was originally written, the Bounty was a regular at the St Pete Pier. According to, it says that the ship spends time all along the US East Coast and Europe. You can also keep track of its current location here:

    Crystal- It looks as though there was a movie called "Scream Bloody Murder" with a bigger budget that came out the year after the movie you are thinking of. The movie you are talking about was filmed in 1972 and was also known as the title "My Brother Has Bad Dreams".

  5. To the Person mentioned Scream Bloody Murder, I've actually wanted to see that movie when i found out it was filmed in Tampa, i actually found it on You tube, but i wanted to tell you that i live on Bay to Bay and i pass by the house a number of times, really wanting to walk up and tell the residents about the movie if they didn't know ha ha

    1. Do u know.around where that house is located whats the neareast intersection

  6. Also The Parent Trap 2 was filmed here.

  7. the rob zombie video for american witch features scenes filmed at festival park zepherhills (a.k.a. 98 rocks livestock) in 2006

  8. Crystal...the house that was in Scream Bloody is on the corner of Clark and Bay to Bay on the left. My parents lived off Clark so that's how I found out.

  9. Elvis also filmed a movie up in Crystal River. It was called "Follow That Dream", and it was filmed in 1962. Me and the wife had our honeymoon up there and stmbled across the site. There is a sign at the beginning of the main road that explains it all. We just had to watch the movie. Amazing how different it looks now.

  10. Yes, I remember that "Scream Bloody Murder" was filmed at the big house at Bay to Bay and Clark in the early seventies. I grew up on Granada which is 2 streets north of Bay to Bay. My parents knew the family that lived in that house at one time I think their name was the Alberts.

  11. What about Chris angel demolishing.that hotell in clearwater.

  12. Parent Trap 2 was filmed in Tampa at Harbor Island around 1992-1993. I was there on set to watch.

  13. Health starring James Gardner, Lauren Bacall, and Carol Burnett was filmed at the Don Ce Sar on St. Pete Beach, FL.