Top 7 Movies Filmed in Sacramento, California by US Box Office

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Lights, Camera, Action! Hollywood’s Got Nothing on Sacramento: Explore the Movie Magic of the California Capital!

Lights, camera, action! Looking for an exciting adventure that’ll take you from your movie marathon sofa to the real-life sets? Well, buckle up, fellow movie buff, because we’re about to embark on a thrilling journey through the lights, camera, and action of Sacramento, California!

Get ready to experience the silver screen come to life as we explore the filming locations of some of your favorite movies right here in the heart of the Golden State.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sacramento is not only the capital of California but also a bustling hub for movie magic.
  • Visiting filming locations is like stepping into the shoes of your favorite actors and experiencing the movies firsthand.
  • Exploring movie sets in Sacramento allows you to dive deeper into the fascinating world of filmmaking.
  • You’ll discover hidden gems and secret spots around town that may have graced the big screen without you even realizing it.

Now, imagine strolling through the very spot where iconic movie scenes were filmed, the streets echoing with the whispers of famous actors and the laughter of crews.

As you soak up the California sun, you can’t help but feel a sense of excitement build within you. Ready to channel your inner movie star, you embark on a journey to uncover the secrets behind the movies filmed in Sacramento.

Picture yourself walking down the same picturesque streets that were the backdrop of heartwarming rom-coms or adrenaline-pumping action scenes. The joy of recognizing familiar spots and uttering those magical words, “I’ve seen this place in a movie!” will fill your heart with delight. You might even strike a movie-star pose at these filming locations – after all, you’re the leading character in your own adventure!

As you explore the city’s charming neighborhoods, you’ll stumble upon cafes featured in indie flicks, trendy boutiques that once doubled as the set for a glamorous shopping spree, and historic landmarks that served as the backdrop for riveting period dramas. It’s like witnessing movie history unfold right before your very eyes.

But here’s the kicker – chasing movie magic can lead you to more than just filming locations. It opens up a world of discovery, helping you uncover hidden gems of local attractions, mouthwatering eateries, and exciting activities along the way.

Who knows, you might stumble upon that quaint diner from your favorite flick and find the tastiest milkshake you’ve ever had. Or maybe you’ll stumble upon a vibrant mural that caught the director’s eye and ended up on the silver screen. The possibilities are endless!

Lights, camera, adventure! Grab your popcorn, grab your friends, and head on over to our thrilling listicle of movies filmed in Sacramento.

Let the magic of the movies guide your exploration through the captivating streets of California’s capital, and make unforgettable memories in the very locations that made your favorite films come to life!

American BeautyUS Box Office: USD$130,096,601millions

Director: Sam Mendes

Main Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Release Date: 17 May 2000

Filming Locations: Sacramento, California, USA; South High School – 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, California, USA; 20105 Saticoy Rd., Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Police Academy – 1880 N. Academy Drive, Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California, USA; 11388 Homedale Street, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: Lester Burnham, who died aged 43, describes his final weeks oblivious of his mortality. He’s married to realtor Carolyn Burnham and father to teen Jane Burnham. Lester and Carolyn dated but now tolerate each other. Jane, a wallflower, hates her parents; all three struggle at home. Jane’s parents are ignored. Carolyn, new to real estate, aspires to Buddy Kane’s career. Lester’s advertising work is mindless. As his employer downsizes, he must convince a new efficiency specialist to keep his job. Angela Hayes, Jane’s older classmate, transforms Lester’s life. Janie and Angela think Lester’s sexual fascination with Angela means she’s model material; she appeared in Seventeen and wants to be a model. Lester’s obsession with Angela reenergizes him and makes him care only about her. This obsession coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts, his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their inflammatory 18-year-old son Ricky Fitts, who abides by his father’s laws but has his perspective. Ricky likes Jane but finds Angela boring, like Lester. Angela and the Fitts reveal each character’s genuine feelings.

Famous quotes:

Carolyn Burnham: “Your father and I were just discussing his day at work. Why don’t you tell our daughter about it, honey?”

Lester Burnham: “Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.”

Carolyn Burnham: “Your father seems to think this kind of behavior is something to be proud of.”

Lester Burnham: “And your mother seems to prefer that I go through life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a mason jar under the sink.”

Carolyn Burnham: “How dare you speak to me that way in front of her. And I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me, on the same day that you LOSE your job.”

Lester Burnham: “Lose it? I didn’t lose it. It’s not like, “Whoops! Where’d my job go?” I QUIT. Someone pass the asparagus, please.”

Fun Fact about American Beauty:

  • To underscore his view of their altering self-perceptions, director Sam Mendes intended the two girls’ looks to evolve throughout the film, with Thora Birch using less makeup and Mena Suvari gradually using more.

Dr. Dolittle 2 US Box Office: USD$112,952,899millions

Director: Steve Carr 

Main Cast: Eddie Murphy, Cedric the Entertainer, Kristen Wilson, Raven-Symoné

Release Date: 22 June 2001

Filming Locations: Big Bear City, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA; Crissy Field, Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California, USA; Alpine Lake, California, USA; Bear Valley Visitors Center – Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA; Broadway between Franklin & Laguna Streets, San Francisco, California, USA

Main Plot: Dr. John Dolittle, the beloved doctor, returns, but this time he plays matchmaker for the bumbling circus bear Archie, who is fascinated with a lovely Pacific Western bear, Ava. Dr. Dolittle must assist a group of forest animals in preserving their habitat. Dr. Dolittle must educate Archie on the secrets of true romance to protect his species and his home before their habit is extinguished with the help of his unkempt, zany animal buddies. John arranged a meeting in which every animal in the forest, regardless of animal expression, agreed to maintain their habitat by not giving up without a fight.

Famous quotes:

Steve Irwin (II): “I am here with Dr. Dolittle, who can actually talk with animals. We’re here about to capture this alligator right behind us, The trick to capturing this guy is to put your arms around his neck…”

Alligator: “Hey, Dolittle, What I’m doing is letting Steve think I don’t hear him, when he comes for me, I’m gonna turn around and, Bob’s your uncle, snap his arm off!”

[Steve is still talking to camera]

Dr. Dolittle: “Steve, I think he knows we’re here.”

Steve Irwin (II): “Quiet, I don’t wanna spoil the element of surprise, NOW!”


Steve Irwin (II): “Crikey! Me arm!”

Sequel: Dr. Dolittle 3

Fun Fact about Dr. Dolittle 2:

  • When you hear Archie, the Bear, that’s Steve Zahn voicing him. Afterward, he starred alongside Eddie Murphy in “Daddy Day Care.” Previously, he portrayed Phoebe’s ex-husband, a gay ice dancer, on “Friends” (played by Lisa Kudrow). Lisa Kudrow lends her voice to the Bear with Archie the Bear’s heart, Ava, the Bear.

Phenomenon US Box Office: USD$104.64millions

Director: Jon Turteltaub 

Main Cast: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall

Release Date: 3 July 1996

Filming Locations: Auburn, California, USA; Sonoma, California, USA; Petaluma, California, USA; Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California, USA; San Francisco, California, USA

Main Plot: In this film, John Travolta portrays George Malley, the proprietor of a car service center in a sleepy Californian town. George returns home after spending the night celebrating his birthday with buddies at a local watering hole. He stops to stare at an unexplainable light in the sky, then passes out in the middle of the empty street. George’s IQ and awareness skyrocket in the next days and weeks, and he learns to use telekinesis. Even though he has tried to explain what happened to him, most of the townsfolk still look at the “new” George with suspicion. When his newfound talents lead him to anticipate an earthquake accurately, officials from outside his community begin to investigate him, further isolating him.

Famous quotes:

George Malley: “Now, uh… he didn’t say how long.”

Lace Pennamin: “Days, or weeks… they don’t, they don’t know.”

George Malley: “I’m so sorry, Lace. I know how you hate surprises.”

Lace Pennamin: “I tried so hard not to love you.”

George Malley: “How’d you make out?”

Lace Pennamin: “Terrible.”

[they chuckle]

George Malley: “Hey, would you, uh, love me the rest of my life?”

Lace Pennamin: “No. I’m gonna love you for the rest of mine.”

Sequel: Phenomenon II 

Fun Fact about Phenomenon:

  • Auburn, California’s historic downtown, was used for the town scenes. Most businesses are still in operation and continue to benefit from the tourist created by the film. Kane Hodder, who portrayed Jason Voorhees in one of the Friday the 13th films, was born in Auburn.

The General’s Daughter – US Box Office: USD$102,705,852millions

Director: Simon West  

Main Cast: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton

Release Date: 21 January 2019

Filming Locations: Savannah, Georgia, USA; Wormsloe Plantation – 7601 Skidway Road, Savannah, Georgia, USA; Savannah State College, Savannah, Georgia, USA; Tybee Island, Georgia, USA; Steamboat Slough, San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, California, USA

Main Plot: On the urban warfare range at Fort MacCallum, Captain Elisabeth Campbell’s naked body, the daughter of Lieutenant General “Fighting Joe” Campbell, was discovered staked out. Lieutenant General “Fighting Joe” Campbell was a retired United States Army officer. Fort MacCallum was commanded by Lieutenant General “Fighting Joe” Campbell, who served in the United States Army. Army Criminal Investigation Division detectives and former lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are sent to investigate. They find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of sexual impropriety and misguided attempts to rescue face. Because Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill had a romantic history together, the investigation involved them.

Famous quotes:

Colonel Robert Moore: “Do you think I’m involved in this?”

Brenner: “One way or another, yes, I do.”

Colonel Robert Moore: “Then wouldn’t it behoove me to retain the services of an attorney? I know a good one.”

Brenner: “Two problems there. First, the obvious: there are no good ones. Second… you’re not a civilian, Colonel, you’re in the army. You have no rights to an attorney. You have no right to remain silent. And if you don’t cooperate, I may have to put you in jail, and that would make me feel bad.”

Colonel Robert Moore: “You see what you’re doing?”

Brenner: “Hmm? Looking for answers?”

Colonel Robert Moore: “Of course that, but how? How? You’re trying to make me like you. And you know what? It’s working. I do. But now, do you see what I’m trying to do? I’m trying to make you like me, too.”

Fun Fact about The General’s Daughter:

  • Brenner displays his identification card to the gate guard, identifying him as Frank White with the rank of “First Sergeant.” This is false, as the US Army designates the First Sergeant of a company as 1SG. Sarg is not even the exact spelling of the term Sergeant’s initial letters.

Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaUS Box Office: USD$102,003,019millions

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Main Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Gregorio, Georgina Cates

Release Date: 25 October 2013

Filming Locations: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Nord Middle School Amherst, Ohio, USA; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Sacramento, California, USA

Main Plot: In the movie “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” an elderly man named Irving Zisman, who is 86 years old, travels throughout the United States with his grandson Billy, who is just eight years old. This combination of travel companions is completely unexpected. The movie will follow the adventures of Jackass characters Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) as they embark on the craziest hidden camera road trip that has ever been documented on camera. Along the way, Irving will expose the impressionable young Billy to new people, places, and experiences that will expand his understanding of raising a child in today’s world. The pair will come into contact with male strippers, dissatisfied kid beauty pageant entrants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), mourners at a funeral home, patrons of a biker bar, and a whole lot of locals who are unaware of the situation. Combining real individuals in fictitious circumstances creates a truly demented comedic experience.

Famous quotes:

Irving Zisman: [to a woman] “You know when I was overseas, when you used to sleep with a prostitute, they would squeeze lime juice on your schmeckle to see if you had any diseases. And if you went, “Ooooowww” it means you got something ’cause the cuts burn. I never went “Ooooowww”, but one time. It’s all cleared up now, though. Ma’am, it’s all cleared up.”

Bingo Woman #1: “Oh, okay.”

Irving Zisman: “Alright. Just to prove to you I don’t have anything , ladies, I’m gonna squeeze this lime juice on my schmeckle right now.”

Bingo Woman #2: “Oh my god!”

Irving Zisman: “Okay. Watch this. Watch this. Here it goes. Here it goes! Nothing. Nothing. I got nothing. That is free advertising right there. It did sting a little when it got to my bunghole though, I’ll tell you that. That’s just between us girls. I’m gonna have to have that checked out.”

Fun Fact about Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa:

  • Jarrod Brom, one of the segment producers on the video, asked his bride-to-be if she would allow the production to prank their wedding on the condition that none of their friends or family knew what was happening. She had only two requirements: the ceremony and her gown remained unaffected.

The Ugly TruthUS Box Office: USD$88,915,214millions

Director: Robert Luketic 

Main Cast: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner, Eric Winter

Release Date: 30 September 2009

Filming Locations: 1930 Rodney Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA; Weimer, California, USA; Sacramento, California, USA; Lake Skinner Regional Park, Winchester, California, USA

Main Plot: Abby Richter, an ambitious producer of a morning program in Sacramento, California, is in a never-ending search for the perfect man. After her show’s rating declines, Abby is forced to work with Mike Chadway, a cynical man who delivers crass but sincere dating advice regarding human relationships. Then, Abby has a fortuitous encounter with the man of her dreams, her neighbor and orthopedic surgeon Colin Anderson. Now that she has no one to turn to, Abby has no choice but to swallow her pride and accept assistance from Mike, who promises that her Prince Charming will fall into her arms if she follows his instructions to the letter.

Famous quotes:

Abby Richter: “I’m sorry, but Jack Magnun will no longer be able to do ‘The Ugly Truth’, which should really come as no surprise because men are completely unreliable. Take Mike Chadway, for instance. He up and quit the show, without so much as a word. You think you know what men are going to do. You think you know what men want to do, but when it comes right down to that moment where they need to step up and, I don’t know, make a move – they chicken out.”

Mike: “Oh! I am all over this.”

Abby Richter: “The big strong brave men, that we’ve all been reading about in novels and watching in movies since we’ve been nine years old, – -that’s a fallacy. They don’t exist. Men are not strong. Men are not brave. Men, are afraid. Even if they have a moment in a hotel elevator and it’s totally romantic and full of potential, men are incapable of copping to it because, why? Men are weak.”

Mike: “Let me tell you something about women. Women would have us believe that they are the victims; That we break their hearts for sport. That’s crap. They say they want romance, they say they want true love, but all they want is a check list. Is he perfect? Is he handsome? Is he a doctor? For you men who fit the criteria, don’t kid yourselves. Cuz they’re not sleeping with you, they’re sleeping with a carefully calculated set of venal choices. Money over substance, looks over soul, polished over principles. No gesture, no matter how real or romantic will ever compensate for a really impressive list of credentials.”

Abby Richter: “This coming from a man who’s never made a gesture other than this one.”

Fun Fact about The Ugly Truth:

  • The character played by Gerard Butler makes an appearance in the movie as a guest on The Late Late Show hosted by Craig Ferguson (2005). In actual life, Butler and Craig Ferguson are good friends, and the former has been a guest on the latter’s show multiple times.

Another 48 Hrs.US Box Office: USD$80.82millions

Director: Walter Hill

Main Cast: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Kevin Tighe

Release Date: 8 June 1990

Filming Locations: Folsom, California, USA; Los Angeles City Hall – 200 North Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; San Francisco, California, USA; California, USA

Main Plot: Inspector Jack Cates, a rough and brusque San Francisco police officer, tries his luck by turning to his uncooperative former colleague, Reggie Hammond, to settle an old debt from the past still outstanding. He will be forced to give up his badge forever if he fails. An attempt on Reggie’s life pulls him into a new circle of violence. Jack is almost obsessively trying to prove that the elusive criminal mastermind known as the “Iceman” exists. After spending seven long years in jail due to the events that transpired in 48 Hrs. Reggie is ready to experience the freedom of the open air in 1982 when an attempt on his life is made. This time, though, the odds are stacked against the mismatched duo.

Famous quotes:

Reggie Hammond: “All right, knock this shit off! I HAVE BEEN HAVING A VERY BAD DAY! I just got out of jail this morning! Already I’ve been shot at, I was on a bus that flipped over seventeen times, bitch tried to stab me in the bathroom, and somebody blew up my Porsche! I am in a BAD goddamn mood! Now I usually don’t jump in when somebody’s gettin’ beat down, but this man Jack Cates is gonna help me straighten out the rest of my day! So I suggest you all back up, and let us go about our business!”

Barroom Fighter: “Cause you got a gun?”

Reggie Hammond: “No, because I have a gun and I’ll pop a cap in your ass!”

Barroom Fighter: “I don’t think you got the guts to use it!”

[Reggie shoots the barroom fighter in the kneecap, and the man falls over and screams in pain]

Reggie Hammond: “Anybody else want a limp?”

Fun Fact about Another 48 Hrs.:

  • The duration of the original workprint was 145 minutes. Either Walter Hill or Paramount trimmed it down to 120 minutes, then a week before its summer theatrical debut, Paramount chopped an extra 25 minutes, making the final theatrical version 95 minutes long. Except for a brief, uncredited shot of him in the backdrop of one police station scene, Frank McRae’s reprise of his performance from the 1982 film 48 Hours was entirely removed. Brion James, who also returned from the original, had his role drastically reduced to produce an action-comedy with a faster tempo. 

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