Michigan might not have the infamous Hollywood sign, but we have had some impressive Hollywood movies filmed here…and with good reason, too. Firstly, there is Detroit, with a gritty, industrial vibe, Gothic-looking churches, a crystal-clear view of Canada over the river, The Detroit People Mover, and a unique skyline backdrop. Michigan also boasts the history-rich college town of Ann Arbor, white sandy beaches of Lake Michigan along the west side of the state, and a little island right at the tip of the mitten that we like to call Mackinac. With that remarkable list of locations, it’s no wonder why more and more movies are being filmed here.
Check out the list below for some of the most recent titles in movies filmed here in Michigan! Some of the titles may surprise you! When you’re watching, see if you can pick out local places you see in the films!
Starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Rachel Bilson, Jumper was filmed and set in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s about a boy who was abandoned by his mother at the age of five…and since then, he’s bullied throughout his school years until the day he learns he has the power to transport himself instantaneously to anyplace on the planet.
Up In The Air (2009)
George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick filmed scenes at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport for the Oscar nominated film, Up In The Air. The film follows a man, whose lives out of a suitcase as he travels around the country as a professional corporate downsizer, along the way he battles the hardship of maintaining friendships and relationships within his family and love life.
Youth in Revolt (2009)
Michael Cera and Zach Galifinakis star in this coming-of-age film about a teenage boy who falls in love with his “dream girl” only to find out she has a boyfriend who is superior to him in every imaginable way. Youth in Revolt was filmed in Frankfort, Lake Leelanau, Ferndale and parts of Ann Arbor.
Real Steel (2011)
For this robot-fighting flick, the director turned staples of Detroit into a futuristic Texas. You will see the GM Renaissance Center, Detroit Riverwalk, and the Cobo Center made over to fit the feel of the high-tech movie. Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly. It’s about a robot-fighting promoter who thinks he has found a winner in a rejected robot.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt came to Ann Arbor to film The Five-Year Engagement. The movie is about a couple who’ve decided to get married, however every possible chance they get to walk down the aisle is derailed, including when they move to Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the film, see the Ann Arbor landmarks: Zingerman’s Delicatessen restaurant, Michigan and State Theatres, and the University of Michigan’s central campus.
Red Dawn (2012)
A movie about a group of teenagers who try to save and protect their town from an invasion attack of North Korean soldiers, Red Dawn, starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, and Josh Hutcherson, was filmed at the Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac. It also features scenes filmed in Detroit, Royal Oak, Grand Ledge, Harper Woods, and Mt. Clemens.