Hollywood Hits the Beach: Movies Filmed in the Alabama Gulf Coast

Movies in Orange BeachWith it’s charming towns, white-sand beaches and long-standing history, the Alabama Gulf Coast has been a hidden gem within the movie industry for decades. Several films have captured coastal Alabama beauty in scenes to be shared on the big screen. There have been too many to list here, and the state’s film industry is continuing to thrive, but we’ve recounted some of the best for you. Here are four of the biggest movies filmed throughout coastal Alabama. If you haven’t seen them yet, add these fine films to your summer watch list.

Close EncountersClose Encounters of the Third Kind

Of Steven Spielberg’s prolific body of work, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” is one filmed in Mobile and Fairhope, though set in Indiana. A 1970s sci-fi hit, Close Encounters tells the intriguing story of a blue-collar worker who crosses paths with a UFO.

Executive DecisionExecutive Decision

Released in 1996, “Executive Decision” is an American action thriller featuring an award-winning cast that included Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry and Oliver Platt among others. Following the hijacking of a military aircraft, the fast-paced flick was filmed in Mobile.

USS IndianapolisUSS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Starring Nicolas Cage, “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” recounts the true story of a World War II disaster. The USS Indianapolis sank in 12 minutes, nearly a fourth of the crew drowning along the way. This 2015 film was filmed in various locations throughout downtown Mobile and Orange Beach.


“Darkest Hour” star Gary Oldman filmed scenes for the upcoming supernatural thriller, “Mary” last fall in Orange Beach. Set for release later this year, “Mary” follows a family that buys an old ship and discovers chilling secrets while onboard. Scenes were shot at Perdido Pass and Bear Point.