Oregon Coast Movies

Oregon coast movies are Hollywood's love affair.

You think that we are the only ones who love the Oregon Coast? Hardly! Hollywood has been infatuated with it for many, many years. Beginning as early as 1908, film makers have found that the beauty of the Oregon Coast makes a perfect backdrop for their next big feature film. 

Undoubtedly there are quite a few movies that you had no idea were made here, especially if you're not from the Pacific Northwest.

Before my research, some even surprised me.

Once you find out what was filmed where, though, it is a lot of fun to not only be able to acknowledge the movie's setting, but you also begin to look for landmarks. "Hey, I know that house! Hey, I know that restaurant! Hey, I know that store!" It quickly becomes a type of "Where's Waldo" game. 

Once a few Hollywood moguls caught the Oregon Coast love bug, others soon followed....in droves. They fell head-over-heels for the gorgeous surroundings. It added character to their movies.

Intrigue, mystery, adventure. The romantic coastal communities, often inclement weather and sometimes dense fogs added the elements for a great story to be told. They found out what we have known all along. Silly Hollywood! ;) 

Here is a list of the movies made right here in my favorite stomping grounds:

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  • The Fisherman's Bride - made 1908, this is the earliest of the Oregon coast movies filmed in Astoria.

  • The Great Race - made in 1965 in portions of Gearhart. Starring Tony Curtis in a comedy about an early 20th century car race across 3 continents. 

  • Sometimes a Great Notion - starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda. Made in 1970 and filmed along the Central Oregon Coast, it's a film about a family of NW loggers, based on the classic novel by Ken Kesey. You can find the house used in the film on the Siletz River in Kernville, Oregon.
     
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - made in 1975 and was filmed in Salem and along the Central Oregon Coast. Winner of 5 Academy Awards, starring Jack Nicholson as a state mental patient. Also starring Danny Devito and Christopher Lloyd.
     
  • 1941 - made in 1978 and portions were filmed in Cannon Beach and Gold Beach. Starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Nancy Allen, this comedy about the happening in California at the start of WWII was directed by Steven Spielberg.
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  • Premonitions - made in 1980, filmed in Coos Bay.
     
  • Hysterical - made in 1983 and filmed in Cannon Beach, Newport and Depoe Bay. Starring the Hudson Brothers. "A burned out writer retreats to a northwest town called Hellview to write the great American novel."
     
  • California Mix - made in 1981 and filmed in Astoria.
     
  • Cry For The Stranger - made in 1982 and filmed in Florence.
     
  • The Goonies - One of the most well-known Oregon Coast movies and a Steven Spielberg film, The Goonies was made in 1984 and filmed in Astoria. A gaggle of adventurous kids attempt to stay one step ahead of a bunch of bad guys as they "Follow a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship..."
     
  • Short Circuit - made in 1985, filmed in Astoria, Portland and along the Columbia Gorge. Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy star in this sweet and funny film about a mischievous robot called Number 5 that comes to the conclusion he is human.
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  • The Haunting Of Sara Hardy - made in 1989, this Made-for-TV movie was filmed along the North Coast area. Young Sarah witnesses her mother's suicide and now, as an adult, is being haunted by her voice...or is she?
     
  • Kindergarten Cop- Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, this famous Oregon Coast movie was made in 1990 and filmed in Astoria. An undercover cop poses as a Kindergarten teacher to catch a dangerous criminal.

     
  • Shattered - made in 1991, portions of this Oregon Coast movie was filmed in Manzanita, Oregon. Starring Tom Berenger and Bob Hoskins, a film about a man who suffers amnesia resulting from a car accident and, through flashbacks, is discovering discrepancies with his real past and what his wife and friends are telling him.

     
  • Fallen Fortress At Cape Lookout - made in 1990, this Made-for-TV movie was filmed at Cape Lookout, near Tillamook.


  • Come See the Paradisemade in 1990 and filmed in Astoria, Portland, and the Willamette Valley. Starring Dennis Quaid, this love story set at the outset of WWII revolves around the trials of an Irish-American soldier and his Japanese-American wife.


  • Point Break - released in 1991, portions of it was filmed in Wheeler and Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach. "Young FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover at the suggestion of his partner (Gary Busey) to learn if a group of wild surfers is actually a gang of bank robbers.
     
  • Claire of the Moon released in 1992 and filmed in Portland and along various portions of the Oregon Coast. "One woman's journey into her sexual identity."
     
  • The Temp - made in 1993 and starring Timothy Hutton, this Oregon coast movie was filmed along the northern section of the coast. At the Mrs. Appleby's cookie company, some people are dying toget ahead. Junior executive Peter Derns just found the temp of his dreams or the killer of his nightmares.
     
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III - released in 1993 and filmed in Astoria, this is one of the Oregon Coast movies that was a smash with both the kiddies and comic book fans.
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  • Free Willy - released in 1993 and filmed in Astoria and Portland. "When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale."
     
  • Frameup - filmed in 1992 in Newport.
     
  • Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home - made in 1995, a portion of this Oregon Coast movie was filmed in Astoria. The further adventures of the famous Killer Whale.
     
  • The Ox And The Eye - made in 1994 and filmed in Portland and Coos Bay.
     
  • Eban and Charley - made in 2000, between Portland, Astoria and Seaside. After family loss and trouble, a 15-year old boy find comfort and solace in the arms of a 29-year old school teacher.
     
  • The Ring - made in 2002 and filmed in Newport and the Columbia Gorge. A reporter discovers a videotape that is linked to several deaths and attempts to solve the mysteries before it's too late.
     
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 - made in 2004, portions of it was filmed in Florence. Michael Moore investigates the post-9/11 Bush Administration and beyond.
     
  • The Ring Two - made in 2005, partially filmed in Astoria. The mysterious videotape that leads only to death rears it's ugly head for a second round of terror.
     
  • Cthulhu - made in 2007, portions of this Oregon coast movie was filmed entirely in Astoria. An adaption of HP Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
     
  • Into the Wild made in 2007 and filmed in Astoria. Directed by Sean Penn, this Oregon coast movie is the true story of Christopher McCandless who tosses his wealthy, privileged life aside to hike into the wild and find adventure.

 

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As you can plainly see, there is quite a batch of Oregon Coast movies that have been made all up and down the coastline. I can't blame the creative minds behind those films. They know true beauty when they see it....although, I can't quite explain Woody Allen.
 

 

 

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