Oregon really is the ideal filming locale. It probably has a lot to do with the diverse climates. If you’re in need of gloom and overcast, Portland, the Willamette Valley, and the coast has that covered. If it’s desolate desert scenes, central, southern, and eastern Oregon can serve as excellent alternatives to saturated California. Here are some famous films that were shot in Oregon.
18) Twilight, 2008, Portland area, Estacada, North Coast, St. Helens
The vampire movie that set off a series frenzy was naturally filmed in Oregon, as the novels were also set in the Northwest.
17) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of the Ooze, II, 1990, Astoria
Fans of this 1990s cartoon should know that the sequel film was shot in Astoria.
16) The Ring, 2002, Columbia River Gorge, Newport
One of the creepiest films of the the 2000s, it was filmed in the Gorge and Newport.
15) The Shining, 1980, Timberline Lodge
Fans of this classic horror flick know the film was set in the fictional Overlook Hotel. Exterior shots of that were actually the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood.
14) The Postman, 1997, Central Oregon
Produced and directed by Kevin Costner, this film depicts a dystopian U.S., in which a postman (also Costner), is charged with delivering old mail throughout the Pacific Northwest.
13) Short Circuit, 1986, Astoria, Columbia River Gorge, Portland
This sci-fi comedy starring a lovable robot was shot in several Oregon locations.
12) Stand By Me, 1986, Brownsville, Cottage Grove, Eugene
This touching coming-of-age drama starred several up-and-coming young talents, including Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman and the late River Phoenix.
11) The Goonies, 1985, Astoria, Cannon Beach
Perhaps Oregon's most-beloved film in recent history, this movie famously incorporated Cannon Beach's Haystack Rock into the shooting.
10) Pay It Forward, 2000, Portland
Back when Haley Joel Osment was still a cute child actor, he co-starred along with Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey in this heart-warming film.
9) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975, Central Coast, Salem
Based on the novel by the same name, this controversial film used Oregon's State Hospital in Salem, as well as the Central Coast.
8) My Own Private Idaho, 1991, Maupin, Portland
This film dives into the world of drug addiction, prostitution and issues of class on the streets of Portland.
7) Mr. Holland's Opus, 1995, Portland
If you were ever in the school band, this movie probably tugged at your heart strings a bit. And, it was filmed in Portland, at Ulysses S. Grant High School.
6) Free Willy, 1993, Astoria, Portland
A touching, yet ironically sad film in that the whale featured in it endured a lifetime in captivity in real life.
5) Kindergarten Cop, 1990, Astoria
Long before Arnold Schwarzenegger became the Governator, but after he reached super hero fame, he starred in a series of family-oriented films, including this one.
4) Maverick, 1994, Columbia River Gorge
This cowboy comedy starred Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, and James Garner.
3) National Lampoon's Animal House, 1978, Cottage Grove, Eugene
The college comedies that beats all college comedies was actually filmed at U of O.
2) Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, 1994, Bend
This quirky, comedic-drama shot in Bend was directed by Gus Van Sant and was dedicated to River Phoenix, the breakout Oregonian actor who died from a drug overdose.
1) Drugstore Cowboy, 1989, Portland
Another Gus Van Sant film, this crime comedy featured Matt Dillon, Heather Graham, and Kelly Lynch.
You might have been surprised to learn that some of these movies were filmed in Oregon. But tell us, which Oregon-filmed movies do you love?