Austin is a cultural mecca known for being pleasantly weird and delightfully unexpected. Between the amazing arts and culture scene to the captivating nightlife and world-class food, Austin has it all. It’s no wonder, then, why there’s a huge film industry here. Combined with the tech sector, arts, culture, and its varied terrain and interesting landscape, Austin is often the perfect backdrop for movies and there are several films in particular that have been made famous thanks, in part, to being filmed in Austin.
Here’s our top six famous movies filmed in Austin:
1 - Dazed and Confused
Arguably one of the most famous movies to be filmed in Austin, Dazed and Confused is a coming-of-age movie that follows the lives of teenagers in the 1970s. Starring a young Matthew McConaughey, this film captures a lot of what makes Austin so iconic and special. Locations like The Moontower, West Enfield Park, and Burger Stadium are heavily featured in the film, creating a true homage to what it was like to grow up in Austin in the 1970s.
2 - Death Proof
Iconic director Quentin Tarantino often favors Austin as a shoot location for many of his films. In addition to using Austin for some scenes in Kill Bill, Tarantino filmed the majority of Death Proof right here in Austin. For instance, the bar where the female protagonists meet the evil stuntman, Mike; happens to be the Texas Chili Parlor. Other scenes were filmed at Guero’s. The chase scenes and hospital scenes were also filmed in Austin.
3 - Office Space
For young professionals in the early 2000s, no movie comes close to capturing the ennui and desperation of working a job you hate. Whether you’re in the corporate sector like Ron Livingston’s character or you work in the flair-loving service industry like Jennifer Aniston’s character, everyone could find something to relate to in the film. Especially the one famous printer scene! Major scenes in the movie include the office for Initech, which is located just south east of the I-35. The restaurant where Jennifer Aniston worked was also in Austin; however, it no longer exists and is currently occupied by a bank.
4 - Sin City
You might notice that many of director Robert Rodriguez’s movies are filmed in Austin. This is because his production company, Troublemaker Studios is based in Austin. Although Sin City was filmed primarily using green screens, you can notice a few Austin Easter eggs in the final cut. For instance, shots of the city resemble the Austin skyline quite closely! Rodriguez also films many other movies at Troublemaker Studios including the famous Spy Kids franchise.
5 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This one has “Texas” in the name, but did you know that this iconic horror film shot most of its scenes just north of Austin on Quick Hill Road? For the scenes taking place in the seriously dysfunctional Sawyer home, an old house near Austin was used. After the movie wrapped in 1974, the home sat unused for several years before it was moved to the Antler’s Hotel.
6 - Varsity Blues
The same way Dazed and Confused paved the way for coming of age stories for a certain generation, Varsity Blues was another film that captured a teen audience in the late 1990s and early 2000s. High school football is a big deal in Texas, and this movie was able to tell a story that was relatable to many. Both The Landing Strip in East Austin and the Georgetown High School Stadium were used in the filming of this movie.
We’re just scratching the surface here when it comes to movies filmed in Austin. Behind the scenes, there’s always way more going on than you can ever know and you might be surprised to find that some of your favorite movies were made right here. To learn more about Austin and to get the scoop on the best real estate advice in the city, contact Keller Williams Austin at 512-567-7778 today.