You don't see too many movies where manmade monsters stomp through San Antonio or where visceral car drives immobilize the Alamo City. Most of those action-packed films are saved for movie powerhouses like New York and California, but San Antonio still boasts a few credible movies under its belt! Grab some popcorn, a cool drink and sweet and salty candy because it's showtime! Find out which small- and big-time films were made in San Antonio!
Selena captured the rising stardom and untimely downfall of the revered Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, portrayed by singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. The Alamodome served as a depot for the Astrodome in Houston, where Selena pulled out a populous crowd for one of her concerts.
Miss Congeniality (2000)
We see Sandra Bullock play Gracie Hart, a hard-edged FBI agent who stubbornly goes undercover as a beauty pageant contestant to investigate a possible bomb threat at the Miss United States Beauty Pageant. The film features numerous scenes shot in San Antonio, including the Alamo and River Walk.
Cast Away (2000)
Of course Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) doesn't befriend his volleyball, Wilson, on the secluded banks of Mustang Island, but Noland makes a brief appearance in Canadian,Texas.
This politically-infused film starring George Clooney explores the effects of the oil industry, and while this movie is predominantly filmed in the Middle East, production kicked off in Hondo, Texas.
Starring heart-throb James Dean and Hollywood-beauty Elizabeth Taylor, Giant, a romantic drama, was shot in Marfa, Texas. Space CowboysClint Eastwood's Space Cowboys, featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland, is an epic, contemporary take on the saga of cowboys, and some shots were filmed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
After many of us saw John Travolta in Grease as a leather jacket-wearing cool kid with quick, dancing feet, we knew he could cut a rug, and he brings some of those moves to Gruene Hall in New Braunfels in this fantasy film
Friday Night Lights
Football is America's bread and butter, and this iconic sport is obsessed over by a small Texas town in Peter Berg's Friday Night Lights. Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) takes center stage to inspire his football team, and several scenes of his coaching is shot in the Astrodome.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Steven Spielberg?s third film of Indiana Jones' archaeologist ventures features an end scene in Amarillo.
The award-winning American teen film about a Texas high school football team was shot in Austin.