Feature Films & Television

Arizona has a rich and diverse film history from Sci-Fi and Action Adventures to Comedies and Westerns. For filmmakers, Arizona truly is America's Backlot!

Check out some of your favorite movies below that have been filmed in part or in whole in Arizona.

 (Don't worry, we have many more to upload.)

Do you recognize any of the film locations? Were you involved in any of these productions? We are always looking to confirm film location information with those directly involved in the production, so we encourage you to share details with us about movie locations, production photos or just tidbits of awesome movie nostalgia! Just send us an email at [email protected]!

(Sources: IMDB, IMDBPro, Media Reports)  

Paramount Pictures Transformers: The Last Knight


(2017) Action-Adventure, Sci-Fi | Michael Bay | IMDb 
Paramount Pictures

AZ Locations: Luke Airforce Base, Peoria, Glendale 

Uncork'd Entertainment The Covenant

(2017) Horror | Robert Conway | IMDb 
FunHouse Features 
AZ Locations: Globe/Miami

Fathom EventsIs Genesis History?

(2017) Documentary | Thomas Purifoy | IMDb 
Compass Cinema
AZ Locations: Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff (Meteor Crater), Sedona, Chino Valley (Night Sky, Van Andel Creation Research Center)

Wild Bunch DistributionHell or High Water

(2016) Crime, Drama, Thriller | David Mackenzie | IMDb
CBS Films
AZ Locations: Safford and Thatcher

Home Box Office (HBO)Westworld

(2016) TV Series | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | IMDb
Bad Robot
AZ Locations: Kayenta, Agathla Peak, Monument Valley (Riding scenes) 

Columbia PicturesThe Magnificent Seven


(2016) Action, Adventure, Western | Antoine Fuqua IMDb
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Village Road Show
AZ Locations: San Francisco Peaks, Coconino National Forest  

Broad Green PicturesBad Santa 2

(2016) Comedy | Mark Waters | IMDb
Broad Green Pictures
AZ Locations: Phoenix

Warner Bros. How to Be Single

(2016) Comedy, Drama, Romance | Christian Ditter | IMDb 
New Line Cinema
AZ Locations: Grand Canyon National Park 

Paramount Maximum Ride

(2016) Action, Adventure, Comedy | Jay Martin | IMDb 
AZ Locations: Phoenix

Twentieth Century FoxThe Revenant

(2015) Action, Adventure, Drama | Alejandro González Iñárritu | IMDb 
New Regency Productions
AZ Locations: White Mountains, San Francisco Peaks 

Warner Bros.Vacation

(2015) Adventure, Comedy |  John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein | IMDb
AZ Locations: Historic Navajo Bridge - Highway 89A, Marble Canyon 

Universal PicturesFurious 7

(2015) Action, Crime, Thriller | James Wan |IMDb 
Universal Pictures
AZ Locations: Cars dropped from a Lockheed C-130 Hercules high above the Arizona desert over Eloy. 

The OrchardCartel Land

(2015) Documentary |Matthew Heineman | IMDb 
A&E Indie Films
AZ Locations: Phoenix, Altar Valley, Nogales, Tucson, Sasabe (vigilante patrols) 

Paramount PicturesTransformers: Age of Extinction

(2014)  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Michael Bay | IMDb
Paramount Pictures
AZ Locations: Kayenta  

Universal Pictures A Million Ways to Die in the West

(2014) Romance, Comedy | Seth MacFarlane |IMDb 
Bluegrass Films
AZ Locations: Mexican Water, Monument Valley 

Roadside AttractionsThe Homesman

(2014) Western, Drama | Tommy Lee Jones | IMDb 
AZ Locations: Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Arivaca

Walt Disney PicturesThe Lone Ranger

(2013) Action, Adventure, Western | Gore Verbinski | IMDb
Walt Disney Studios, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
AZ Locations: Monument Valley, Canyon De Chelly, Kayenta

Dimension FilmsPiranha 3D

(2010) Comedy, Horror | Alexandre Aja | IMDb
Dimension Films
AZ Location: Lake Havasu 

Universal PicturesThe Kingdom

(2007)  Action, Drama, Thriller | Peter Berg | IMDb 
Universal Pictures
AZ Locations: Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa (ASU Polytechnic Campus)

Lionsgate3:10 to Yuma

(2007) Action, Drama, Crime | James Mangold | IMDb
AZ Locations: Clifton, Safford, Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Warner Bros.Eight Legged Freaks

(2002) Action, Adventure, Comedy | Ellory Elkayem IMDb
Warner Bros. / Village Roadhouse Pictures
AZ Locations: Tonopah, Superior (Magma Hotel), Sonoran Desert, Glendale, Page 

USA Films Traffic

(2000) Crime, Drama, Thriller | Stephen Soderbergh IMDb
Compulsion Inc.
AZ Locations: Nogales

Paramount PicturesForrest Gump

(1994) Drama, Romance | Robert Zemeckis | IMDb
Paramount Pictures
AZ Locations: Monument Valley, Flagstaff, Twin Arrows.

Home Box Office (HBO)Blind Justice

(1994) TV Movie, Action, Western | Richard Spence | IMDb
Home Box Office (HBO)
AZ Locations: Gold Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Superstition Wilderness, Sonoran Desert, Tonto National Forest, Apache Trail, Tortilla Flat, Apache Junction, Apacheland Studios, Gold Canyon, Superior 

Warner Bros.Arizona Dream

(1993) Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | Emir Kusturica IMDb
AZ Locations: San Rafael Ranch State Park, Patagonia, Douglas

TriStar PicturesUniversal Soldier

(1992) Action, Sci-Fi | Roland Emmerich | IMDb 
Studio Canal
AZ Locations: Hualapai Indian Reservation, Bagdad, Verde Valley, Hoover Dam (Arizona-Nevada Border), Ashfork, Chloride, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Kingman, Sedona, Prescott (Veterans Administration Medical Center)

Feature (Independent)Dark Wind

(1991) Drama, Mystery  | Errol Morris | IMDb
Carolco Pictures 
On-Location (1990): Navajo Nation, Hopi Reservation, Navajo Nation Reservation, Tuba City
Available on Apple TV, Prime 


Orion PicturesBill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

(1989) Adventure, Comedy | Stephen Herek | IMDb
Orion Pictures
AZ Locations (Spring 1987): Phoenix & Scottsdale (San Dimas, CA); Carefree - Southwestern Studios), Scottsdale (7337 E 2nd St, (Police Station), Coronado High School - 2501 N. 74th Street); Mesa (Golfland-Sunsplash Waterpark - 155 W. Hampton Avenue); Tempe (AMF Tempe Village Lanes - 4407 S. Rural Road (bowling alley scenes), 1010 West Southern Avenue (Circle K);  Phoenix (Showbiz Pizza Place - 8039 N. 35th Avenue (The Ice Cream Parlor), Metrocenter Mall - 9801 N. Metro Pkwy W. (Joan of Arc scenes), N. 18th Street & W. Bethany Home Road (Bill's house),  Flagstaff (environs), Coconino National Forest.

Twentieth Century FoxRaising Arizona

(March 6, 1987) |  Comedy, Crime | Joel Coen | IMDb
Twentieth Century Fox  | Circle Films
AZ Locations (1986): Superior, Dudleyville, Carefree (Southwestern Studios), Florence, Apache Junction (Lost Dutchman State Park - 6109 N. Apache Trail (H.I. and Glen's chat in the desert, ending up in beating); Scottsdale (27500 N Alma School Pkwy (Farmers and Mechanics Bank of La Grange, now demolished), N 136th Street & E Del Timbre Drive (H.I. and Ed's trailer), Jokake Inn - North Phoenician Boulevard (Arizona family's house); Mesa (827 E. Main Street (Double Coupons Supermarket), Phoenix (Circle K - 2311 W. Deer Valley Road (Short Stop Convenience Store); 24th Street Water Treatment Plant - North 24th Street (escapees' hole in the ground), Camelback Mountain),  Tempe ( Police Station 120 E. 5th Street, Sun Devil Stadium - 500 East Veterans Way (grown-up Nathan Jr. playing football); Sonoran Desert 

Buena Vista PicturesCan't Buy Me Love

(1987) Comedy, Drama, Romance| Steve Rash |IMDb 
Touchstone Pictures 
Locations: Tucson (Private Homes, The Loft Cinema, Arcade, Winterhaven Neighborhood, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Hill Farm, Pima Air Museum, Scoops, Tucson High School, Tucson Mall) 

Warner Bros.Rio Bravo

(1959) Action, Drama, Western | Howard Hanks | IMDb
Armada Productions
AZ Locations - Tucson, Sonoran Desert, Sierrita & Tucson Mountains, Ironwood Forest National Monument, Picacho Peak State Park, Old Tucson Studios

Columbia Pictures3:10 to Yuma (1957)

(1957) Drama, Western, Thriller | Delmer Daves IMDb
Columbia Pictures
AZ Locations: Yuma (Territorial Prison scene deleted), Wilcox, Dragoon (Triangle T Ranch, Little Dragoon Mountains, Amerind Foundation), Sonoita (Empire Ranch "Contention City"), Tucson (Old Tucson Studios (Contention City backdrop), Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, Sonoran Desert, Tucson Mountains), Elgin (Railroad scenes), Sedona, (Bisbee exterior set, about Mogollon Dr), Texas Canyon, (stagecoach ambush and Evans' ranch) Willcox (Wilcox Playa)