Top Movies Filmed in Houston

Houston is a long way from Hollywood, but it has been a great place over the years for filming movies. Did you know all the films were shot in Houston?

Urban Cowboy (1980)
This iconic and volatile love story between cowboy Bud and cowgirl Sissy was filmed in Pasadena, where the action centers around Gilley’s Club, a bar/honkey tonk that re-opened in Dallas in 2003.

RoboCop 2 (1990)
This movies was set in Detroit, but mostly filmed in Houston, including Wortham Theater Center and various locations around downtown.

Reality Bites (1994)
Ben Stiller’s directorial debut, staring Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder, shot in several Houston locations, including Montrose and the Heights.

Powder (1995)
Filmed in Sugar Land, other recognizable locations from the film include Prairie View A&M University and the White House of Texas in Montgomery.

Apollo 13 (1995)
One of the greatest astronaut movies of all time, part of the film was — unsurprisingly — shot at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Tin Cup (1996)
This Kevin Costner golf movie was filmed at Kingwood Country Club. The famous final scene of the movie, which was supposed to be 18th hole in the U.S. Open, was actually Deerwood’s par-4 fourth hole.

Independence Day (1996)
In one noteworthy scene, Houston is largely destroyed by a nuclear missile. Before giving the signal to initiate the desperate attack that would kill thousands of Americans, the President said, “May our children forgive us.”

Selena (1997)
The movies opens with Jennifer Lopez, as Selena, performing to a sold-out crowd of 65,000 at the Houston Astrodome.

Armageddon (1998)
The awesome departure scene, where Liv Tyler runs into the arms of Ben Affleck while Aerosmith’s hit “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” plays takes place at Ellington Air Force Base.

Rushmore (1998)
Houston native Wes Anderson filmed at his alma mater, St. John’s Preparatory School, and at locations all across Houston.

Arlington Road (1999)
This movie, starring Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges, was filmed in Pearland and on location at the University of Houston.

Space Cowboys (2000)
Scenes were filmed on location at the Johnson Space Center, and the production touted it was the first accurate representation of Mission Control.

Friday Night Lights (2004)
In real life, the Carter-Permian game was played in Austin, in front of 10,000 people, during a heavy downpour. In the movie, the game took place in front of 55,000 people in the Astrodome.

The Tree of Life (2011)
While this movie, starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, filmed at the zoo, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Museum of Natural Science, none of these locations made it into the film, but scenes at Pennzoil Place, Wells Fargo Plaza and One Allen Center made the cut.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
One of the highest-grossing films of all time was partially shot at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. The scene takes place in the late ’60s with 130 extras.

Boyhood (2013)
Richard Linklater shot with film with the same cast over a 12-year period. Scenes in the movies were filmed at the University of Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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