10 Movies Every Arizonan Should See

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If you were a teenager in Phoenix, you definitely have to see this Christian Slater flick.
There are some movies out there that just feel like Arizona. While some were shot in the state or take place in the state, other films get that Grand Canyon touch from the local talent who made them. Here are 10 movies every self-respecting Arizonan should watch to feel some local love on the silver screen.

See also: 10 Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed in Arizona

Tombstone

When you tell people, especially people who live in other countries, that you're from Arizona, they almost always revert to the Wild West depiction of the state. Instead of getting bogged down by that assumption of what life here is actually like, study up. There are plenty of great Arizona gunfighter and outlaw flicks, and Tombstone is a great summary of infamous historical events like the gun fight at the O.K. Corral and the stories of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. After watching, you can wow foreign friends with your cowboy know-how and even tell them how you've visited Tombstone in real life. Plus, Sam Elliott is the best.


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hello54
hello54

"Everything Must Go" was filmed here and fun to watch. Also, +1 for Bill and Ted's. Maybe a "10 More Movies" post is in order.

bloodofheroes
bloodofheroes

No mention of Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure, but a cheap hit piece about Arpaio. You guys are douche bags.

Julia Capozzi
Julia Capozzi

There is this quirky little indy flick that was streaming on Netflix called Dakota Skye. Its about an AZ girl and shot all around the valley. Decent story but even better for Arizonans because it showcases the valley in a unique and lovely way.

NoFestRequired
NoFestRequired

USED CARS and road pic from same director, HWY 61. 


Phil Razzi
Phil Razzi

Dog Years (1997) and angry young man (2003).

Wendy Watson Richardson
Wendy Watson Richardson

Fuck Yeah!! Pump Up the Volume with Christian Slater!!! SUCH a good movie and an even better sound track!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeffrey A. Scritsmier
Jeffrey A. Scritsmier

North shore ... surfer dude was from tempe and learned how to surf at big surf..

dawhit
dawhit

Rounders.  Not the poker movie, the cowboy movie starring Glen Ford and Henry Fonda.  Beautifully shot in Flag and Sedona.

James Towner
James Towner

Revenge of the Nerds was filmed in Tucson

ellipsis
ellipsis

what about the other "Fire in the Sky," the made-for-TV movie about a comet that vaporizes Phoenix?

Nick Marcell
Nick Marcell

Terminal velocity, especially the scene of Charlie sheen skydiving into the old patriots park, and no code of conduct with Charlie and Martin sheen in the old race track out west

Peruker
Peruker

The biggest glaring omission from this list: Speed.

Also, Jerry McGuire.

Michael Stoddard
Michael Stoddard

National Lampoon's Vacation? Just One Of The Guys? American Anthem? Can't Buy Me Love? Arizona Dreams? Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure? Wtf?

Dena N Caleb Brady
Dena N Caleb Brady

Three Kings, What Planet Are You From?, Midnight Run, Terminal Velocity, Firebirds, Jerry Maguire. Just sayin, those are all AZ movies

Trevor Thompson
Trevor Thompson

Bill and Teds. Metro Center. Bills house was filmed off of central and northern

Joanna Webb
Joanna Webb

Savages. Many great shots of sun city. Also Will Ferrell in Everything Must Go.

Juan Carlos ElMorro Perez
Juan Carlos ElMorro Perez

Also both Disneyland and Universal studios have land here in Arizona, our beautiful state. But due to certain laws our great govanor Jan Brewer, building regulations have made it difficult for them to build here.

Steve Sharpton
Steve Sharpton

This is more like a list for Phoenicians, but arizona has a rich cinema history. Revenge of the Nerds, Evolution (at least I thought it was decent), Arizona, 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Planet of the Apes (2001), The Quick and the Dead, My Science Project, Three Kings, Two Lane Blacktop, Cannonball Run, Dead Man, Star Man, The Outlaw Josey Wales and too many others to mention. Now tell me why our stupid state legislature hates Hollywood money? Oh, that's right, they are a bunch of unimaginative buffoons and only want conservative industry money.

rick.chappell
rick.chappell

Along with the others, don't forget the not so great movie "Lost in America" with Al Brooks & Julie Hagerty. NYC Ad executive quits job, tkaes his boatload of cash, buys an RV to go on early retirement. They get to Las Vegas, and the wife gambles away all the money, so they go until they run out of gas. Down to Safford in SE Arizona, where they try to get out from under. 

Krista Peterson
Krista Peterson

None of these are on Netflix. I can't believe Raising Arizona isn't on Netflix. I guess I'm learning that Netflix sux.

Steven FullStop DeRosia
Steven FullStop DeRosia

The Circle K at Southern and Hardy in Tempe is the "Strange things are afoot at the Circle K" from Bill and Ted

Teddy Roy
Teddy Roy

No Bill and Ted!?!! Pure classic and Portions of Bad Santa were filmed at Metro Center and the film was to based out of PHX. Pure job New Times when creating this list.

David Smith
David Smith

"Just One of the Guys" was filmed in scottsdale and Papago Park

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