Besides being the capital of Georgia, Atlanta is a popular setting and location for major motion pictures, as this list of Atlanta movies illustrates. Often considered the heart of the South, Atlanta is a population, transportation and corporate hub. The city also has a rich and romantic history most often linked to the Civil War. Here are a few Atlanta movies worth checking out:

  1. "Gone with the Wind" Undoubtedly the best-known and most beloved film involving Atlanta's rich Southern history, "Gone with the Wind" is a love story set during the Civil War. The movie, released in 1939, tells the tale of the relationship between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler and follows O'Hara's life from childhood all the way through the shocking burning of Atlanta during the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era.

  2. "Sharky's Machine" Burt Reynolds plays Tom Sharky, an Atlanta police officer in this cult thriller released in 1981. Sharky is a police officer with a dose of too much testosterone that leads him into trouble and gets him demoted. However, in his new role as a drug investigator, Sharky forms a team to go after a crime boss. This movie also stars Charles Durning and Rachel Ward. 

  3. "Endurance" In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Haile Gebrsellasie of Ethiopia made history by winning the gold medal in the 10,000 meter race. This movie is a documentary about Gebrsellasie's life, interweaving scenes from his youth and news from his homeland with footage of his race in Atlanta. At the same time the viewer sees his family back in Ethiopia, sharing his moment watching on television. This movie, released in 1999, has been hailed as inspirational.

  4. "The Battles for Atlanta" Subtitled "The Battles that Broke the Backbone of the South," this historical documentary chronicles the history of the turning point of the Civil War of the United States. The documentary was based on historical reenactments of the battles that took place in 2009 on the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the historic conflict. This film was produced by Lionheart Filmworks, a major producer of historical documentaries.

  5. "Atlant." A small budget, independent film released in 2004, "Atlanta" tells the story of 18-year-old Jim Adams. Adams' life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers that his girlfriend Amy is pregnant. Adams mistakenly concludes that Amy has been unfaithful and ends the relationship. Fast-forward fourteen years and the viewer receives the essential conflict in the plot—Amy wants to move to Atlanta but their daughter, Jessie, wants to stay and live with her father.