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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - three people in a phone booth

Arizona On The Silverscreen 1980-1989 (Part 5)

Here’s Part 5 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1980-1989.

  • Stir Crazy 1980 Florence, Tucson
  • Used Cars 1980 Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson
  • Tom Horn 1980 Tucson
  • Let’s Spend the Night Together 1981 Arizona State University
  • Private Lessons 1981 Phoenix
  • The Cannonball Run 1981 Tucson
  • Hanky Panky 1982 Grand Canyon
  • Koyaanisqatsi 1982 Grand Canyon
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation 1983 Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
  • Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 1983 Yuma
  • Roadhouse 66 1984 Kingman
  • Starman 1984 Meteor Crater, Sedona
  • The Karate Kid 1984 Sedona
  • Cannonball Run II 1984 Tucson
  • Revenge of the Nerds 1984 Tucson, University of Arizona
  • Murphy’s Romance 1985 Florence
  • Just One of the Guys 1985 Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
  • The Zoo Gang 1985 Prescott
  • Lost in America 1985 Safford
  • The Postman 1985 Sahuarita
  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side 1986 Canyon de Chelly
  • American Anthem 1986 Flagstaff, Phoenix, Sedona
  • Nobody’s Fool 1986 Prescott
  • ¡Three Amigos! 1986 Tucson
  • Bodies, Rest and Motion 1986 Tucson
  • The Wraith 1986 Tucson
  • Campus Man 1987 Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Near Dark 1987 Casa Grande
  • Raising Arizona 1987 Florence, Tempe, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Scottsdale
  • White of the Eye 1987 Globe
  • O.C. and Stiggs 1987 Phoenix
  • Creepshow 2 1987 Prescott
  • Can’t Buy Me Love 1987 Tucson
  • Spaceballs 1987 Yuma
  • U2: Rattle and Hum 1988 Arizona State University
  • Midnight Run 1988 Globe, Sedona, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Williams
  • Rambo III 1988 Yuma
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 1989 Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
  • Major League 1989 Tucson
Chewbacca and Han Solo aiming blasters at the viewer - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 Yuma

Arizona On The Silver Screen 1970-1979 (Part 4)

Here’s Part 4 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1970-1979.

  • The Great White Hope 1970 Globe
  • Billy Jack 1971 Prescott
  • Bless the Beasts and Children 1971 Prescott
  • Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 Flagstaff, Kingman
  • Joe Kidd 1972 Tucson
  • Junior Bonner 1972 Prescott
  • Night of the Lepus 1972 Tucson
  • Ulzana’s Raid 1972 Nogales
  • Electra Glide in Blue 1973 Carefree, Phoenix, Sedona
  • Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore 1974 Tucson
  • Death Wish 1974 Tucson
  • Harry and Tonto 1974 Sedona
  • The Trial of Billy Jack 1974 Canyon de Chelly, Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Tucson
  • A Star Is Born 1976 Tempe, Tucson
  • Hawmps! 1976 Tucson
  • The Gumball Rally 1976 Flagstaff, Prescott
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 Tucson, Page, Patagonia
  • Damnation Alley 1977 Meteor Crater
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 Page
  • Haunted 1977 Apache Junction
  • Kingdom of the Spiders 1977 Sedona
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 Yuma
  • The Gauntlet 1977 Phoenix, Superior
  • Comes A Horseman 1978 Flagstaff
  • The Frisco Kid 1979 Mescal
  • The Villain 1979 Tucson
  • Wanda Nevada 1979 Prescott
Men on choppers driving across the desert

Arizona On The Silver Screen 1960-1969 (Part 3)

Here’s Part 3 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1960-1969.

  • Cimmaron 1960 Tucson
  • Guns of the Timberland 1960 Williams
  • Psycho 1960 Phoenix
  • The Comancheros 1961 Sedona
  • How the West Was Won 1962 Prescott, Superior, Tucson
  • Rio Lobo 1962 Tucson
  • Captain Newman, M.D. 1963 Fort Huachuca
  • Lilies of the Field 1963 Tucson
  • McLintock! 1963 Nogales, Tucson
  • The Nutty Professor 1963 Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Arizona Raiders 1965 Tucson
  • The Flight of the Phoenix 1965 Yuma
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 Page
  • Beau Geste 1966 Yuma
  • El Dorado 1967 Tucson
  • Hombre 1967 Tucson
  • The Trip 1967 Yuma
  • Planet of the Apes 1968 Page
  • A Boy and His Dog 1969 Phoenix
  • Charro! 1969 Apache Junction
  • Easy Rider 1969 Flagstaff, Tucson
  • Mackenna’s Gold 1969 Monument Valley
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Arizona on the Silver Screen 1950-1959 (Part 2)

Here’s Part 2 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1950-1959.

  • Copper Canyon 1950 Sedona
  • Winchester ‘73 1950 Tucson
  • David and Bathsheba 1951 Nogales
  • Arena 1953 Cottonwood
  • The War of the Worlds 1953 Florence, Phoenix
  • Apache 1954 Sedona
  • Johnny Guitar 1954 Sedona
  • Oklahoma! 1955 Nogales
  • A Kiss Before Dying 1956 Tucson, University of Arizona
  • Bus Stop 1956 Phoenix
  • Motorama 1956 Page
  • Pardners 1956 Phoenix, Apache Junction
  • 3:10 to Yuma 1957 Sedona
  • Aces: Iron Eagle III 1957 Tucson
  • Battle Hymn 1957 Nogales
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Phoenix, Tucson
  • The Big Country 1958 Canyon de Chelly
  • Rio Bravo 1959 Tucson
Photo of a man on a horse on the edge of a butte

Arizona on the Silverscreen 1927-49 (Part 1)

Many films have been shot in Arizona because of its movie-making friendly weather. Arizona also has a wide range of geographical zones that allow for such extreme differences, such as Old Tucson for Westerns to the Imperial Sand Dunes near Yuma for such films as “Star Wars” and “Jarhead,” as well as Route 66 in the North for movies such as “Roadhouse 66″ and “Natural Born Killers.”

In fact, a snowstorm prevented Flagstaff from becoming the center of the motion picture industry in 1911. Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse Laskey had decided to relocate their New York-based motion picture company to an area with access to more bright, sunny landscapes for outdoor filming.

When their train arrived in Flagstaff, the sky was a deep blue. The movie moguls were surrounded by the majestic pines, and the snow capped San Francisco Peaks made an awe-inspiring backdrop. Unfortunately, two days after their arrival a storm brought high winds, icy rain and snow that soon turned the town into a winter wonderland, unsuitable for film making.

Regardless, Arizona has had its fair share of limelight. Below is a list of the films shot in Arizona from 1927-1949 with many more to come.

  • Wings 1927 Tucson
  • The Painted Desert 1931 Tuba City
  • Lost Horizon 1933 Tucson
  • The Garden of Allah 1936 Yuma
  • Gunga Din 1939 Yuma
  • Stagecoach 1939 Mesa
  • Arizona 1940 Tucson
  • The Grapes of Wrath 1940 Topock
  • The Thief of Bagdad 1940 Grand Canyon
  • The Westerner 1940 Tucson
  • Casablanca 1942 Flagstaff
  • Flying Tigers 1942 Flagstaff
  • Road to Morocco 1942 Yuma
  • The Outlaw 1943 Yuma
  • The Uninvited 1944 Phoenix
  • Along Came Jones 1945 Nogales
  • Leave Her to Heaven 1945 Prescott, Sedona
  • The Bells of St. Mary’s 1945 Tucson
  • Duel in the Sun 1946 Tucson, Yuma
  • Song of the South 1946 Phoenix
  • Angel and the Badman 1947 Sedona
  • The Sea of Grass 1947 Canyon de Chelly
  • Blood on the Moon 1948 Sedona
  • Red River 1948 Tucson
  • Lust for Gold 1949 Superstition Mountains