Atlanta is one of the largest cities in the United States so it's not hard to find 5 movies set in Atlanta that features its schools, downtown skyline and diverse neighborhoods. While it is often overshadowed by New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, more and more movies are being made in Atlanta, one of the South's most important cities. This list, which includes both classics and recently-made movies, presents some of the most memorable movies that features city's landscape and lifestyle.
"The Blind Side" 2009's "The Blind Side" showed everyone that Sandra Bullock, an actress who has made quite some poor movie choices over the years, can actually act. Based on the book "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game," "The Blind Side" depicts the real-life story of how an affluent, white couple took in Michael Oher, a disadvantaged young African-American who would go on to become a professional football player. Sandra Bullock earned an Oscar for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy and the movie earned more than $200 million at the box office. While the story is based in Memphis, Tennessee, Atlanta doubled for Memphis in the film version. Some of the school scenes were filmed at The Westminster Schools and Atlanta International School.
"Driving Miss Daisy" Released in 1989, "Driving Miss Daisy" is a classic comedy-drama about an old Jewish widow's friendship with her African-American driver. The movie won several Oscars, including one for Best Picture. Atlanta was featured prominently throughout the movie. One of the main characters lives in the Druid Hills neighborhood while another works in the Fulton Supply Company, one of Atlanta's historical industrial companies.
"Drumline" Another one of the best movies set in Atlanta is 2002's "Drumline." While "Drumline" is pure fluff, it gets our mention for its energetic scenes and portrayal of the marching band culture at historically black colleges. Drumline is about a young drummer from New York who enters a fictional university in Atlanta and causes trouble with the marching band's leader. The movie's marching band showdown, which featured the actual bands of Atlanta's Clark Atlanta University and Morris Brown College, was filmed at the Georgia Dome.
"Deliverance" "Deliverance" is a 1972 thriller about four Atlanta businessmen who get more than they bargained for when they drive from the city to explore the Georgia wilderness down the Cahulawassee River. By the end of the movie, one man is dead, one is raped, one is seriously injured and the fourth is traumatized. "The New York Times" considers the movie as one of the best 1,000 films of all time.
"ATL" One of the best movies set in Atlanta to examine the city's hip hop culture and urban life is 2006's "ATL," named after the city's nickname. The movie revolves around the lives of four teens as they try to overcome their struggles and reach their dreams in Atlanta. Famous musicians from Atlanta, including Big Boi and Monica, have cameos in the film.