24 Movies That You Might Not Know Were Filmed In Louisville

Louisville is no Hollywood, but we do have a few films to our name. Whether their filmmakers were drawn to the area by Kentucky’s tax incentive program, the iconic Churchill Downs or familial ties, we’re just excited to see our local haunts on the big screen.

We’ve got some biggies, like the classic Bond film “Goldfinger,” several starring well-known actors and indie films by local filmmakers that make us proud.

Now, grab some popcorn and enjoy the list. Some of them might surprise you.

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Mom and Dad (2017)

Local filming location: Louisville
Yep, Nicolas Cage shot a film in Louisville. In this horror comedy, the parents (in this case, ol’ Niccy and Selma Blair), are out to murder their own kids — as are all the adults in town. You might recognize St. Xavier High School in the film, as well as DeSales High School.
Photo via Armory Films
Eight Men Out (1988)
Local filming location: Churchill Downs Railroad Station 
“Eight Men Out” is a classic sports film about the infamous Black Sox cheating scandal at the 1919 World Series. Scenes at a New York racetrack were actually filmed in Louisville.
Photo via Orion Pictures

Eight Men Out (1988)

Local filming location: Churchill Downs Railroad Station
“Eight Men Out” is a classic sports film about the infamous Black Sox cheating scandal at the 1919 World Series. Scenes at a New York racetrack were actually filmed in Louisville.
Photo via Orion Pictures
Goldfinger (1964) 
Local filming location: Bowman Field, Fort Knox 
The plot of this classic Bond flick centers around a plan to steal from Fort Knox, shots of which, of course, feature frequently in the movie. The Louisville connection is Bowman Field, where the character Pussy Galore’s team of female pilots meets with James Bond.
Photo via Eon Productions

Goldfinger (1964)

Local filming location: Bowman Field, Fort Knox
The plot of this classic Bond flick centers around a plan to steal from Fort Knox, shots of which, of course, feature frequently in the movie. The Louisville connection is Bowman Field, where the character Pussy Galore’s team of female pilots meets with James Bond.
Photo via Eon Productions
Stripes (1981)
Local filming location: Downtown Louisville, River Road, George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge 
The first few minutes of this Bill Murray war comedy are set in a drive around downtown Louisville. You’ll recognize River Road, the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, and what used to be the Stewart Dry Goods Company Building (501 S. 4th Street, now an Embassy Suites.)
Photo via Columbia Pictures

Stripes (1981)

Local filming location: Downtown Louisville, River Road, George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge
The first few minutes of this Bill Murray war comedy are set in a drive around downtown Louisville. You’ll recognize River Road, the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, and what used to be the Stewart Dry Goods Company Building (501 S. 4th Street, now an Embassy Suites.)
Photo via Columbia Pictures
Secretariat (2010)
Local filming location: Churchill Downs, Wagner’s Pharmacy
You can’t get away with filming a movie about a Kentucky Derby award-winning horse and not film at Churchill Downs. “Secretariat” was Disney’s *ahem* not totally accurate biopic about a horse and its owner, and it included lots of filming at the historic race track — and plenty of Louisville extras.
Photo via Disney

Secretariat (2010)

Local filming location: Churchill Downs, Wagner’s Pharmacy
You can’t get away with filming a movie about a Kentucky Derby award-winning horse and not film at Churchill Downs. “Secretariat” was Disney’s *ahem* not totally accurate biopic about a horse and its owner, and it included lots of filming at the historic race track — and plenty of Louisville extras.
Photo via Disney
Devil’s Revenge (2019)
Local filming location: West Broadway, other Louisville locations
William Shatner stars in this horror film that’s filled with recognizable shots of Louisville, including Jefferson Community and Technical College. Here’s the description: “A down-on-his-luck archaeologist returns from a cave expedition that contains a cursed relic that's also a portal to Hell. He discovers that the only way to stop the curse on his family is to go back to the cave and destroy the relic.”
Photo via Cleopatra Entertainment

Devil’s Revenge (2019)

Local filming location: West Broadway, other Louisville locations
William Shatner stars in this horror film that’s filled with recognizable shots of Louisville, including Jefferson Community and Technical College. Here’s the description: “A down-on-his-luck archaeologist returns from a cave expedition that contains a cursed relic that's also a portal to Hell. He discovers that the only way to stop the curse on his family is to go back to the cave and destroy the relic.”
Photo via Cleopatra Entertainment
Rust Creek (2018)
Local filming location: Louisville 
Local filmmaker Stu Pollard is behind this thrilling film about a woman who gets lost in the sticks while on her way to a job interview and is subsequently assaulted by two meth-making creeps. It’s filmed throughout Kentucky and Louisville, including scenes in Fern Creek, St. Matthews, Floyds Fork and Iroquois Park, according to the Courier Journal.
Photo via Lunacy

Rust Creek (2018)

Local filming location: Louisville
Local filmmaker Stu Pollard is behind this thrilling film about a woman who gets lost in the sticks while on her way to a job interview and is subsequently assaulted by two meth-making creeps. It’s filmed throughout Kentucky and Louisville, including scenes in Fern Creek, St. Matthews, Floyds Fork and Iroquois Park, according to the Courier Journal.
Photo via Lunacy
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
Local filming location: Louisville 
”The Art of Self-Defense” is a dark comedy film starring Jesse Eisenberg, who can often be found in Bloomington, Indiana — not far from Louisville — where his wife’s family is from. A review for the film in Cinema St. Louis said that the location crew deserved to be praised for “unearthing such marvelously banal and shopworn spaces.” Ouch. It features familiar parking garages and shotgun homes.
Photo via End Cue

The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

Local filming location: Louisville
”The Art of Self-Defense” is a dark comedy film starring Jesse Eisenberg, who can often be found in Bloomington, Indiana — not far from Louisville — where his wife’s family is from. A review for the film in Cinema St. Louis said that the location crew deserved to be praised for “unearthing such marvelously banal and shopworn spaces.” Ouch. It features familiar parking garages and shotgun homes.
Photo via End Cue
Simpatico (1999)
Local filming location: Churchill Downs 
”Simpatico,” based on the Sam Shepard play of the same name, stars Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone and takes place partly in Kentucky, revolving around shady characters in the horse racing scene. Churchill Downs is a fixture in the story, and it’s also where the movie actually filmed.
Photo via Emotion Pictures

Simpatico (1999)

Local filming location: Churchill Downs
”Simpatico,” based on the Sam Shepard play of the same name, stars Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone and takes place partly in Kentucky, revolving around shady characters in the horse racing scene. Churchill Downs is a fixture in the story, and it’s also where the movie actually filmed.
Photo via Emotion Pictures
Elizabethtown (2005)
Local filming locations: The Brown Hotel, Highland Middle School, Cave Hill Cemetery, Fourth Street Live!, the Cherokee Park tunnel on I-64 
A number of big-name stars, including Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst came to Kentucky to film this rom-com. Local filming spots include the Brown Hotel, Highland Middle School and Cave Hill Cemetery. Louisville band My Morning Jacket has a song on the soundtrack, “Where to Begin,” and plays the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Free Bird” in the movie as a fictional band called Ruckus.
Photo via Paramount Pictures / Cruise/Wagner Productions / Vinyl Films

Elizabethtown (2005)

Local filming locations: The Brown Hotel, Highland Middle School, Cave Hill Cemetery, Fourth Street Live!, the Cherokee Park tunnel on I-64
A number of big-name stars, including Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst came to Kentucky to film this rom-com. Local filming spots include the Brown Hotel, Highland Middle School and Cave Hill Cemetery. Louisville band My Morning Jacket has a song on the soundtrack, “Where to Begin,” and plays the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Free Bird” in the movie as a fictional band called Ruckus.
Photo via Paramount Pictures / Cruise/Wagner Productions / Vinyl Films
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