8 Classic Movies Filmed in Dallas
Move over, Hollywood
In an attempt to appreciate our great city while also staying cool indoors, we’re skipping our usual Netflix binge night and opting for an overload of flicks filmed in and around Dallas. (Because… hometown pride.)
This film is chock-full of A-listers (Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon). But get this: Director Oliver Stone held casting calls for extras at the Stoneleigh Hotel, where one day over a hundred Jackie O. look-alikes filled the lobby in pink suits and pillbox hats vying for the chance to play the widowed First Lady.
“Bonnie and Clyde”
Although the two criminal lovebirds--played by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway--met a fatal end in Louisiana, they were both buried in different cemeteries in Dallas, which prompted Hollywood to film the 1967 movie in our backyard. And it was a real rabble-rouser for its time with all the violence and sex and whatnot.
The first movie in the RoboCop franchise is set in Detroit but was actually filmed in Dallas because of the city’s futuristic-looking buildings, from City Hall to Reunion Tower. (We were so ahead of our time.)
“Born on the Fourth of July”
Another Oliver Stone film, this war drama won numerous awards--including two Oscars--and cemented Tom Cruise as a serious actor. The movie was filmed at locations throughout the city, including SMU and the well-known dive bar Milo Butterfingers off Greenville. (That’s right, Tom Cruise was in a Dallas dive bar.)
“Boys Don’t Cry”
Filmed in Greenville (with the cast and crew often staying in Dallas hotels such as the Anatole and Fairmont), this movie was the first mainstream telling of the trials and tribulations of the transgender community. Hilary Swank won an Oscar, and since the 2000 Academy Awards, every woman in the city has been working out her arms to look like Swank’s.
“Dr. T & the Women”
This under-the-radar movie put many Dallas socialites on the silver screen (we noted y’all, Holly Pellham Davis and Janine Turner) and gave us stunning scenes set at NorthPark Center, the Dallas Arboretum and the grassy knoll. It also brought Richard Gere, a then-angelic Tara Reid, Farrah Fawcett, Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, Shelley Long and Laura Dern to our fair city.
The sweet Disney flick about an aging baseball player played by Dennis Quaid was filmed at the ballpark in Arlington (now Globe Life Park) and features former Ranger Alex Rodriguez. Many scenes were shot after official Rangers games, making the fans in the stadium look more authentic.
You know you love this one. And why not, with all those scenes of Dallas, Farmers Branch, Fort Worth, Irving and the larger-than-life “Big Ben’s” sporting-goods store, which is oddly similar to many of our own Texas-sized outdoor-enthusiast stores. (Bass Pro Shops, anyone?)