50 movies filmed in Utah: 'The Sandlot,' 'Hulk' and more

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From John Ford Westerns to sci-fi thrillers, Utah has hosted a steady stream of filmmakers for more than 70 years. According the Utah Film Commission, more than 900 films have been shot in Utah. Some movies only show brief snippets of Utah's landscape, while others are shot entirely in the state.

Here is a list of just 50 films shot in Utah. Which one are you most surprised to see?

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Plano, TX

So many times when a movie is supposedly set in Texas, it was filmed in Utah.

Kearns, UT

You're leaving a comedic classic off that list in my opinion. 2009 film "Gentlemen Broncos" which was fictionally set in "Saltair, Utah". It was mostly filmed in Tooele and features the Great Salt Lake many times in the film. It's an odd/quirky movie, but well-acted by the lead character (Michael Angarano) and supported hilariously by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords) and Sam Rockwell.

Park City, UT

Just saw Lone Ranger with friends from Texas who were in town vacationing. They joked about how nothing in Texas looks like what was supposedly Texas! Too funny! It would be like shooting the everglades and calling it Nevada!

Spider Rico
Greeley, CO

@Tai - The reason Gentlemen Broncos was left off this list is because it was possibly the worst film ever made. There is a little-known film "Savannah Smiles" filmed in Utah in 1982.

Salt Lake City, UT

"In what is disputed to be John Ford's best Western,"

A think you mean "reputed to be," especially since it is on every "100 greatest movies" list.

Redmond, Washington

What about Savannah Smiles? That is one of the best movies I have ever seen?

Go 273 river miles
Draper, UT

I can't believe you left out "Fletch". It cast such a great light on Provo.

Salt Lake City, UT

Like "Tai" and probably others, I've got one that surely be on the list. Namely, the 1962 cult classic horror movie, "Carnival of Souls", by Herk Harvey. It's not quite a movie about zombies, but comes pretty close.

It was filmed almost entirely in Salt Lake, with important parts of it in and around the remnants of Saltaire, principally in the giant, world famous dance arena **before** it burned down and was replaced by the sorry pretender we now see.

It cost only $33K but is now right up there with other infamous classics like "Plan 9 From Outer Space" as something so bad it's good. Actually, "Carnival of Souls" is **much** better than Plan 9, but it's still painfully delicious to watch.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Again, a pretty weak list yet again. How about Melvin and Howard, Takedown (wrestling movie with pretty much a Utah cast), and of course 3 o'clock High filmed at Ogden High School. How about Breakdown. These are some solid to even very good movies. Of course there was the one Airport movie with Charlton Heston, not so great but how many movies get our airport featured. I think many of the I" know what you did last summer" movies were filmed in Utah as well as Halloween 2. Come on, let's get with it D-News!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Reuben and Ed...classic


Also left off the list was "Ocean's 11" where the Malloy Brothers ("Casey Affleck" and "Scott Caan" are racing their trucks at the old SUNTANA RACEWAY in Springville.

Ronald Fox
North Salt Lake, UT

Fun movie, spent a ton of money in the state.Great for the State. Too bad it absolutely ruined Utah and US History re: the Wedding of Rails that occurred on May 10th 1869. The Central Pacific and the Texas Central RR. (not the Union Pacific) must have been a legal issue. And the Engine was the Jupiter and the No. 119 in the movie it was the Constitution. Well, its the movies and Hollywood, but our kids see this and they think its the truth most times. Teachers and Parents do your job.

Ronald Fox
North Salt Lake, UT

The Movie I was speaking about was the "Lone Ranger"

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

There are many horror movies that have been filmed in Utah as well. I'm surprised to not see them on the list, but it is fun watching some of them and recognizing the towns and scenery.

Altamont, UT

Heard the Lone Ranger sequel is filming in Utah as we speak...anyone know?

Clearfield, UT

Glad someone mentioned Carnival of Souls. A cult classic. There was a old classic filmed at Ogden High about a teacher that becomes romanticaly involved with a student. Can't quite recall the name of the movie. I thought I recognized Lake Powell in Planet of the Apes. I was right.

David Lloyd-Jones
Toronto, 00


Can the magic word be "Dern"? Influential in Hollywood. Sentimental about Utah maybe?


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