Texas made: Here are the 5 highest-, lowest-rated movies filmed in Lone Star State (2023)

Did you know more than 1,100 movies have been filmed in Texas since 1910?

According to the Texas Film Commission, countless films, TV shows and music videos have been shot across the Lone Star State.

Critics view some of those films as perfection, including 2000's "Cast Away" and 2007's "No Country for Old Men." But on the opposite end, badly reviewed movies include 1996's "Escape from L.A." and 2001's "Pearl Harbor."

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Professional critics aside, the general public can rate and review films on websites including IMDb (the Internet Movie Database), Letterboxd and Rotten Tomatoes.

The Caller-Times searched through the 1,100-plus list of films filmed in Texas, did a lot of math and figured out what the five highest-rated films are, as well as the five lowest-rated. Which ones have you seen, and do you agree?

Highest-rated

"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)

In 1938, an art collector asks Indiana Jones to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archeologist has gone missing while searching for the treasure, and the missing man is his father. Indiana discovers his dad was abducted by Adolf Hitler's Nazis who are trying to get to the sacred artifact first to recover the power of eternal life. Will Indiana and his team stop Hitler's scheme?

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Ranking: An average audience score of 85.3%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
8.2 out of 104 out of 594 out of 100

Where was it filmed? As Indiana Jones and his father ride off into the sunset at the end, that final shot was filmed at Amarillo's Palo Duro Canyon.

Where can I watch it? The film is available on Showtime, or you can rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+.

"Office Space" (1999)

Thanks to hypnotherapy, Peter Gibbons decides not to go to work while his company Intech is laying people off and ends up getting promoted. When said layoffs affect his two best friends at his job, the three plan to drop a virus in the company's banking system and embezzle a small amount of money. But will the revenge plot go wrong?

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Ranking: An average audience score of 82%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
7.7 out of 103.8 out of 593 out of 100

Where was it filmed? "Office Space" was filmed in Dallas, but primarily in Austin. A long shot of a highway at the beginning of the movie was filmed in Dallas, while Peter's apartment, Intech and other locations were shot in Austin.

Where can I watch it? It is available to stream for free on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+, but the former contains ads.

"Rushmore" (1998)

In this coming-of-age story, Max Fischer, an eccentric private school student, strikes up a friendship with a rich businessman. The unlikely friends both fall in love with a first-grade teacher. How will this odd love triangle end?

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Ranking: An average audience score of 81.7%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
7.6 out of 103.9 out of 591 out of 100

Where was it filmed? Filming took place in Houston and Baytown with most shots in the former, the director's hometown. Some locations in Houston include Delmar Stadium, Lamar High School, St. John's School and Historical Hollywood Cemetery.

Where can I watch it? "Rushmore" is not available to stream at the moment, but you can rent it for $3.99 at Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+.

"Dazed and Confused" (1993)

It's the last school day for Lee High School in 1976 in Austin, which means the seniors will haze the incoming freshmen. Remember, it's the ’70s. Meanwhile, everyone else is trying to get a head start on a wild summer break. Although it was a commercial disappointment at the box office, "Dazed and Confused" has become a cult classic over the years.

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Ranking: An average audience score of 81.3%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
7.6 out of 103.9 out of 590 out of 100

Where was it filmed? The film takes place in Austin, so most filming was done in the capital of Texas, including shots at the high school, hamburger shop and several students' houses. Other locations in Texas included Georgetown, Seguin and Sunset Valley.

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Where can I watch it? "Dazed and Confused" is available to stream on Peacock and can be rented for $3.99 on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+.

"Alita: Battle Angel" (2019)

The year is 2563, and a scientist Dr. Dyson Ido finds part of a female cyborg in a junkyard. He brings it to his laboratory, brings her to life and names her after his deceased daughter, Alita. She cannot remember who she is or where she came from, but to find her true purpose she must fight and kill.

As she begins to discover clues about her past, will she be able to figure out her destiny and break the cycle of death and destruction in the 26th century?

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Ranking: An average audience score of 76.3%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
7.3 out of 103.2 out of 592 out of 100

Where was it filmed? The film was shot in Dallas and Austin, with most filming at Troublemaker Studios in Austin.

Where can I watch it? It is not available to stream, but you can rent "Alita: Battle Angel" for $3.99 at Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+.

Lowest-rated

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" (1995)

In the fourth installment in the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise, a group of teenagers get in a car crash after their prom and seek help from an insurance agent, who says her boyfriend, Vilmer, can tow their car. Unbeknownst to the teens, Vilmer is part of Leatherface's family and proceeds to terrorize the group.

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Ranking: An average audience score of 29.7%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
3.3 out of 101.9 out of 518 out of 100

Where was it filmed? It was shot in Austin, Bastrop and Pflugerville. The family's house and the high school are both in Pflugerville, with the former being a tourist destination for horror fans.

Where can I watch it? "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" is not available to stream, but you can rent it for $3.99 at Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+.

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"Spy Kids 3: Game Over" (2003)

Kid agent Juni Cortez, now retired from being a spy, is trying to live a normal life when he discovers his sister, Carmen, is missing. Carmen was kidnapped by a new nemesis, the Toymaker, but she is trapped inside of a video game.

The only way Juni can reach her is by going into the third-dimensional world himself. With only 12 hours to complete his mission, will Juni be able to save his sister and defeat the evil Toymaker?

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Ranking: An average audience score of 38%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
4.3 out of 102.3 out of 525 out of 100

Where was it filmed? The film was shot mostly at Troublemaker Studios in Austin, with nearly 90% of it on a green screen. The opening scene at Agua Park was shot at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels.

Where can I watch it? "Spy Kids 3: Game Over" is available to stream on Apple TV+ and HBO Max.

"The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D" (2004)

Ten-year-old Max spends a majority of his time writing and dreaming about his imaginary friends, Sharkboy and Lavagirl. One day, his dream becomes reality and his two superheroes come to him for help against Mr. Electricity, a supervillain determined to deprive children of their sleep. Will Max succeed in saving a world he created, or will his dreams turn into a nightmare?

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Ranking: An average audience score of 39%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
3.6 out of 102.4 out of 533 out of 100

Where was it filmed? Similar to director Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids 3: Game Over" film, this movie was shot primarily in front of a green screen at Troublemaker Studios in Austin.

Where can I watch it? It can be streamed on Apple TV+ and HBO Max.

"Blank Check"(1994)

Preteen Preston Waters is tired of being picked on by classmates and brothers and tired of his stingy parents. After being nearly run over by Carl Quigley, a money-laundering crook, Preston mistakenly receives a blank check from Carl — which the youngster cashes for $1 million. Will Preston be able to evade being caught or will he get lost in the riches he came into?

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Ranking: An average audience score of 43.3%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
5.2 out of 102.2 out of 534 out of 100

Where was it filmed? "Blank Check" was filmed in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. The home Preston purchases is the Pemberton Castle, a historical landmark in Austin. The theme park Preston goes to at the beginning of the movie is Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio.

Where can I watch it? It is available to stream on Disney+.

"Machete Kills" (2013)

In the sequel to 2010's "Machete," the titular character is recruited by President Rathcock to take down an arms dealer who plans to launch a weapon into space to obliterate Washington. Will Machete be able to save the United States capital or will he finally meet his match?

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Ranking: An average audience score of 47.3%.

IMDbLetterboxdRotten Tomatoes
5.6 out of 102.6 out of 534 out of 100

Where was it filmed? The film was shot in Austin at Troublemaker Studios. The exterior of Voz Tech in the movie was filmed at Austin Executive Airport in Pflugerville.

Where can I watch it? "Machete Kills" is available on STARZ, or you can rent it for $3.99 on Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime Video.

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FAQs

What five movies are set in Texas? ›

10 great films set in Texas
  • Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
  • Giant (1956)
  • Written on the Wind (1956)
  • Rio Bravo (1959)
  • Hud (1963)
  • The Last Picture Show (1971)
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
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Which state has filmed the most movies? ›

California

Which movies have been filmed in Texas? ›

Films shot in Texas.
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  • The Resurrection of Jake the Snake.

How many movies have been filmed in Texas? ›

Did you know more than 1,100 movies have been filmed in Texas since 1910? According to the Texas Film Commission, countless films, TV shows and music videos have been shot across the Lone Star State.

What TV shows have been filmed in Texas? ›

Recent TV series like Fear the Walking Dead, The Son, and Emmy-nominated The Long Road Home, Fixer Upper, The Leftovers, American Crime and Friday Night Lights also filmed in our state.

What is the most filmed location in the United States? ›

According to a report by Giggster, a website that helps book filming locations and event venues, Central Park is the most filmed location in America. It has had at least 352 movies filmed across its acreage, with an average box office gross (from the top three movies) of $117,310,000.

What city has the most filming? ›

The World's Most Popular Cities for Film Sets

It might come as no surprise that the home of Hollywood is the setting for most movies, with 543 films shot in Los Angeles.

Which city has the most movies filmed in? ›

The most-filmed location in the world is Central Park in New York City, with 532 movie credits.

Were any westerns filmed in Texas? ›

Big Bend National Park | BARBAROSA (1982), ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (2000), THREE BURIALS (2005), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) The magnificent landscapes of Big Bend National Park set the scene for many stunning shots found in westerns filmed in Texas.

What movie is filming in Taylor Texas? ›

Blood Relatives (2022)

Where is Friday Night Lights filmed? ›

Filming. All five seasons of Friday Night Lights were filmed in Austin and Pflugerville. With the show yielding roughly $33 million a year in revenue, other states courted the production company after the state of Texas failed to pay all the rebates it had promised to the show's producers.

What is being filmed in Bartlett Texas? ›

Interest in making a movie based on the locally penned book "Chocolate Lizards" never melted away. And that's paying off deliciously. Filming is underway in Bartlett, a small, mostly deserted town that straddles Bell and Williamson counties and is northeast of Austin.

What movie is filming in Manor Texas? ›

Honor Among Thieves (2021)

Where was Lonesome Dove filmed? ›

In April and May of 1988, Texas novelist Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, Lonesome Dove, was filmed in Texas (and later in New Mexico) for CBS Television. The miniseries will be broadcast this fall.

Is the film industry big in Texas? ›

In addition to film and television projects, commercial production continues to thrive in Texas. Texas is home to more than 50 advertising agencies, many of which are worldwide industry leaders in terms of clients, revenue and size. The most recognized brands in the world regularly film commercials in Texas.

What are they filming in Austin? ›

Here are some projects filming in Austin in the Fall of 2021.
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  • Love and Death. HBO Max's Love and Death is set to film in Austin this fall. ...
  • Hypnotic. ...
  • Fear the Walking Dead.
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What movie was filmed in Alpine Texas? ›

Boyhood (I) (2014)

What are they filming in Buda TX 2022? ›

Dark Red (2022)

In a small Texas town, an African-American female Detective is faced with tough questions about her role in law enforcement as a serial killer shakes up the social status quo by killing in the name of inequality.

Is Lone Star 911 filmed in Austin? ›

Despite being set in Austin, Texas, nearly all filming of the series occurs in Los Angeles, California.

What TV show is filmed in Waco Texas? ›

The series stars Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines, a married couple who own a home renovation and redecoration business in Waco, Texas.

Where are most cowboy movies set? ›

Welcome to Southern Arizona, the capital of cowboy Western movie production outside of Hollywood, since 1915. There is movie magic all over Southern Arizona – and it's a lot easier to find than Humphrey Bogart's quest in Treasure of the Sierra Madre (filmed here in 1948)!

What US city has been in the most movies? ›

As the epicenter of the American film industry, it's no surprise many movies are shot in Los Angeles, particularly those about the film industry.

Where are most sitcoms filmed? ›

Television shows have been set in all 50 U.S. states, but most viewers know that many of the series weren't actually filmed in these locations. While it's true that the vast majority of shows made in the United States go into production in Los Angeles and Georgia, that's obviously not always the case.

Where are most commercials filmed? ›

Most of the commercials are filmed just north of Los Angeles. This portion of the highway boasts winding roads with dramatic cliffs on the east and a shoreline on the west, which looks out onto some gorgeous sunsets that often make their way into commercials.

Where are most movies filmed now? ›

The US states featured in the most movies
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  • Arizona. Number of movies: 91. In second place The state of Arizona features in 91 films, all of which use Monument Valley as a location. ...
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Where are most movie studios located? ›

Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Warner Bros. in Burbank, California. Universal Studios in Universal City, California. Sony Pictures in Culver City, California.

Is it cheaper to film in London? ›

The city of London offers tax incentives for filmmakers that can't really be found anywhere else in the world. Its common for London to refund anywhere from 20 to 25 percent of a production's budget back to them in return for all the additional revenue that the film has brought to London.

Why are most movies filmed in Canada? ›

To save money on production costs, mostly. The Canadian dollar is typically worth less than the American one, so American producers can hire Canadian casts and crews at rates that are basically less than they would pay American counterparts.

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They are required to pay for crowd control, lots of insurance, and a permit. The company basically rents the street for a few days, and it can be very lucrative for the city. The production company blocks off the area, and uses necessary security measures to prevent people for accessing the area.

Where was a small town in Texas filmed? ›

A Small Town in Texas is a 1976 action film directed by Jack Starrett and starring Bo Hopkins, Susan George, and Timothy Bottoms. It was filmed in Lockhart, Texas.

Where was Texas Chainsaw Massacre filmed? ›

The primary filming location was an early 1900s farmhouse located on Quick Hill Road near Round Rock, Texas, where the La Frontera development is now located. The small budget and concerns over high-cost equipment rentals meant the crew filmed seven days a week, up to 16 hours a day.

What movies were filmed in Big Bend National Park? ›

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Big Bend was used as the setting for the suspenseful chase, which ends after Moss swims across a river, barely escaping to safety.

Is The Walking Dead filmed in Austin? ›

The series began airing in 2015, and the story began at the start of the outbreak. Throughout the series, the survivors have relocated from Los Angeles to Mexico to Texas, where the current season is set. Filming for this series has always taken place in Austin, Texas, but in 2022 that location will change.

Was Transformers filmed in Taylor Texas? ›

Filming for “Transformers 4,” the latest installment of Michael Bay's blockbuster movie franchise, wrapped up in Lockhart last week, with other scenes shot in Taylor, Elgin and Pflugerville.

What movie is being filmed in Pflugerville TX? ›

Hues of Blue (2021)

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TMU is accredited and offers 41 undergraduate degree programs and ten graduate degree program that are designed to help you fulfill God's calling on your life.

Why is Friday Night Lights filmed so shaky? ›

The films Friday Night Lights (2004), Cloverfield (2008) and American Honey (2016) have been described as making viewers nauseated or sick. Director Christopher McQuarrie has criticized the technique as a gimmick used to try and hide the lack of real energy in a scene.

What city is Dillon, Texas based on? ›

Both the 1990 FNL book and the 2004 FNL film were set in the real life west Texas town of Odessa whose population hovered around 90,000 for decades until the most recent oil boom pushed that number closer to 115,000.

Where was Walking Dead filmed? ›

"The Walking Dead" is the most-watched television series in basic cable history, based on the graphic novels by the same name, and has filmed exclusively in Georgia. It put locations in Atlanta, nearby Senoia and beyond on the map for fans of the show. The set for Alexandria is a real neighborhood in Senoia, Georgia.

What movie is being filmed in Kyle Texas? ›

Avengers:Age of Ultron actress Elizabeth Olsen is in the movie that will be filmed in Hutto and also in Kyle, TX.

What are they filming in La Grange TX? ›

Filming Location: Cottonwood Inn, La Grange

An HBO Max TV series called “Love and Death” filmed on 14 and 15 February in and around the iconic Cottonwood Inn Motel in La Grange located at 1494 W. State Hwy. 71.

Was Lonesome Dove a real town? ›

The actual town of Lonesome Dove was built on the nearby Texas/Mexico border at the Rio Grande River on the Moody Ranch. The ranch is a working cattle operation and unfortunately can't accommodate sightseers. Alamo Village is just seven miles north of Brackettville, which lies 140 miles west of San Antonio.

What does Gus's grave say in Lonesome Dove? ›

Uva uvam vivendo varia fit. This Latin phrase from Lonesome Dove is neither nonsense nor bad Latin. It means "A grape becomes mottled by being a grape," with the sense: it is the nature of a grape to become "mottled" as it ripens.

Was Lonesome Dove a true story? ›

Yes, if you didn't know, Lonesome Dove is loosely based on a true story and Woodrow Call & Augustus McCrae were based on real people.

Were any westerns filmed in Texas? ›

Big Bend National Park | BARBAROSA (1982), ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (2000), THREE BURIALS (2005), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) The magnificent landscapes of Big Bend National Park set the scene for many stunning shots found in westerns filmed in Texas.

What movie is filming in Taylor Texas? ›

Blood Relatives (2022)

Where was the movie Dirty Harry filmed? ›

Dirty Harry was filmed at real places in and around San Francisco, and Marin County, California.

Where was Texas Chainsaw Massacre filmed? ›

The primary filming location was an early 1900s farmhouse located on Quick Hill Road near Round Rock, Texas, where the La Frontera development is now located. The small budget and concerns over high-cost equipment rentals meant the crew filmed seven days a week, up to 16 hours a day.

Where was a small town in Texas filmed? ›

A Small Town in Texas is a 1976 action film directed by Jack Starrett and starring Bo Hopkins, Susan George, and Timothy Bottoms. It was filmed in Lockhart, Texas.

Is the film industry big in Texas? ›

In addition to film and television projects, commercial production continues to thrive in Texas. Texas is home to more than 50 advertising agencies, many of which are worldwide industry leaders in terms of clients, revenue and size. The most recognized brands in the world regularly film commercials in Texas.

Where is Friday Night Lights filmed? ›

Filming. All five seasons of Friday Night Lights were filmed in Austin and Pflugerville. With the show yielding roughly $33 million a year in revenue, other states courted the production company after the state of Texas failed to pay all the rebates it had promised to the show's producers.

Is The Walking Dead filmed in Austin? ›

The series began airing in 2015, and the story began at the start of the outbreak. Throughout the series, the survivors have relocated from Los Angeles to Mexico to Texas, where the current season is set. Filming for this series has always taken place in Austin, Texas, but in 2022 that location will change.

What movie is being filmed in Buda TX? ›

Dark Red (2022)

Was Transformers filmed in Taylor Texas? ›

Filming for “Transformers 4,” the latest installment of Michael Bay's blockbuster movie franchise, wrapped up in Lockhart last week, with other scenes shot in Taylor, Elgin and Pflugerville.

Who turned down the role of Dirty Harry? ›

Burt Lancaster, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman were all approached to play Dirty Harry, and all of them turned the role down down, although Newman recommended 41-year-old Eastwood for the part.

What does Dirty Harry mean slang? ›

Noun. Dirty Harry (plural Dirty Harrys) (figuratively) A police officer who is reckless, disregards practices and policies, or who practices vigilantism, or has a questionable use of force and officer involved shooting incidents.

What gun did Dirty Harry use? ›

In the 1971 movie Dirty Harry, actor Clint Eastwood introduced the world to the double-action Smith & Wesson Model 29 . 44-cal. Magnum revolver—"the most powerful handgun in the world."

Is the Texas Chainsaw house still standing? ›

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre House

The primary location for the movie was a house that sat in an area known as Quick Hill in present day Round Rock. The home was moved from its original location to Kingsland in 1998. Today, the house has been refurbished and operates as a cafe on the grounds of the Antlers Inn.

Who survived Texas Chainsaw 2022? ›

It explains how there was only one survivor from the brutal attack: Sally Hardesty.

Who owns the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Mansion? ›

Through its life, the Victorian house was home to a succession of families and students, and served as a movie set in 1973 for “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” The house was purchased by The Antlers Inn in 1998.

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