Top 5 Movies Filmed in Lexington, Kentucky by US Box Office

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Lights, Camera, Lexington: Unveil the Silver Screen Magic of Kentucky’s Capital City!

Welcome, fellow movie lover, to a thrilling expedition into the glamorous world of films in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. Get ready to embark on a captivating adventure as we explore the movie magic that has graced the streets of this vibrant city. Are you tired of the same old routine and craving excitement? Look no further, for we’ve got your ticket to a remarkable, action-packed getaway!

Key Takeaways:

  • Step into the reel world of your favorite movies.
  • Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of iconic movie sets.
  • Discover hidden gems and unique landmarks along the way.

So, why visit the filming locations in Lexington, you ask? Well, my curious friend, imagine walking in the footsteps of Hollywood stars, reliving unforgettable scenes, and getting a taste of behind-the-scenes magic.

Not only will you experience the thrill of being part of your favorite movies, but you’ll also unearth the charm and beauty of this incredible city.

Picture this: strolling through historic downtown Lexington, feeling the cobblestone beneath your feet, and suddenly realizing that you’re treading the path where memorable cinematic moments came to life. It’s like you’ve stepped right into the silver screen itself – where reality intertwines with the world of make-believe.

Take a moment to pause and imagine the incredible stories woven into the fabric of this city. Lexington has played host to a multitude of genres, from heartwarming dramas to action-packed adventures. With its unique blend of rich history and vibrant culture, it’s no wonder that filmmakers have been irresistibly drawn to this cinematic playground.

But that’s not all – exploring filming locations isn’t just about basking in the glory of the movies. It’s an opportunity to unearth hidden gems and discover the city from a whole new perspective.

You might stumble upon cozy cafes favored by the stars, stumble across eye-catching graffiti murals, or even find yourself lost in the dazzling greenery of picturesque parks where thrilling scenes unfolded. The possibilities are endless, and the adventure awaits!

Now, let’s set the stage for you to create your own movie magic. Are you ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime?

Grab your camera, slip on your walking shoes, and get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Lexington’s movie filming locations. Unveil the secrets and stories that lie behind each scene and satisfy your wanderlust like never before.

Lights, camera, action! Explore the listicle below and start planning your unforgettable visit to the cinematic world of Lexington, Kentucky. Let the reel begin!

Seabiscuit – US Box Office: USD 120.28 million

Director: Gary Ross

Main Cast: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper, David McCullough, Paul Vincent O’Connor, Michael Ensign, James Keane, Valerie Mahaffey, David Doty, Carl M. Craig, Michael O’Neill, Annie Corley, Michael Angarano, Cameron Bowen, Noah Luke, Mariah Bess, Jamie Lee Redmon

Release Date: 25 July 2003

Filming Locations: Hemet, California, USA; Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA; Fillmore, California, USA; Keeneland Racetrack – 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Fairplex – 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, California, USA

Main Plot: Seabiscuit is about a horse’s life story in a race. It was a depression era where victories on a racehorse were the only way you lift up the team’s spirit and their nation. In an era where Americans need heroic figures to help them forget their problems, SEABISCUIT comes to the rescue. Carmaker Charles Howard tried to rebuild his life after his only child died, and it also resulted in his family’s breakup. Charles wants to be part of a horse racing team, and with the support of his second wife, Marcela, he ends up with the underdogs who are also chasing their dreams. The first is trainer Tom Smith, who can spot horses’ capabilities.  Second is the choice of horse for Charles. Tom chooses Seabiscuit, an unconventional choice despite its lineage, and is also small at fifteen and a half hands tall with a slight limp. But Tom sees something about Seabiscuit to make him a winner. They trained the horse from his former losing ways. And the third is the jockey they decided to hire, Johnny “Red” Pollard, who is called red because of his hair color. With Tom and Red having a natural way of understanding the horse’s nature, depression made Red an angry young man, putting him into trouble, in and out of the court. He’s also big for a jockey and always has the issue with his size. Against all odds, Seabiscuit, with his human team beside him, does show his winning abilities and captures the imagination of all the people who believe in their dream, even if he only wins at smaller races. With that, Charles dreams high and wants Seabiscuit to fight Triple Crown winner War Admiral, who, by account, wins and should win. But the owner doesn’t want to race as he feels he has nothing to prove. The movie ends with Red narrating, “You know, everyone thinks that we found this broken down horse and fixed him, but we didn’t. He fixed us, every one of us, and I guess in a way we kind of fixed each other, too.”

Famous quotes:

Tom Smith: You know, you don’t throw a whole life away just ’cause he’s banged up a little.

Red Pollard: [Last line, narrating] You know, everybody thinks we found this broken-down horse and fixed him, but we didn’t. He fixed us. Every one of us. And I guess in a way we kinda fixed each other too.

George Woolf: Wanta know what I think?

Charles Howard: Of course.

George Woolf: I think it’s better to break a man’s leg than his heart.

Charles Howard: The horse is too small, the jockey too big, the trainer too old, and I’m too dumb to know the difference.

Tom Smith: Every horse is good for something.

Fun Fact about Seabiscuit

  • War Admiral was played by one of his descendants, a gelding named Verboom.

Secretariat – US Box Office: USD 59.71 million

Director: Randall Wallace

Main Cast: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis, Dylan Walsh, Otto Thorwarth, Fred Thompson, James Cromwell, Scott Glenn, Michael Harding, Richard Fullerton, Tim Ware, Nestor Serrano, Keith Austin, Kevin Connolly, Eric Lange, Drew Roy, Carissa Fowler

Release Date: 8 October 2010

Filming Locations: Opelousas, Louisiana, USA; Churchill Downs – 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Evangeline Downs, Carencro, Louisiana, USA; Keeneland Racetrack – 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky, USA

Main Plot: Secretariat is a movie directed by Randall Wallace and released on October 8, 2010, about how a daughter continued his late father’s business. Penny Tweedy, a housewife, agrees to take over his father’s failing stables. It is a Virginia-based Meadow Stables. Penny cannot run a business, and not to mention, it is all about stallions. She also has no idea about horse racing. Against all odds, Penny, with the help of her veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, manages to proceed and navigate the male-dominated business. Because of their hardworking ability, they were also able to achieve and win the unbeaten record of the Triple Crown. 

Famous quotes:

Penny Chenery: More than three thousand years ago a man named Job complained to God about all his troubles and the Bible tells us that God answered. Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paused fiercely, rejoicing in his strength and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing, He does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground. He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

Eddie Sweat: Hey, Kentucky! Big old Red done ate his breakfast this morning! And you about to see something that you ain’t never even seen before!

Penny Chenery: This is not about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it! Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.

Penny Chenery: [Chenery speaking to Secretariat the evening before the Belmont Stakes] I’ve run my race. You run yours.

Penny Chenery: I will not live the rest of my life in regret.

Fun Fact about Secretariat

  • In the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat’s winning margin (31 lengths) and winning time (2:24) still stand after 37 years.

Dreamer – US Box Office: USD 32.70 million

Director: John Gatins

Main Cast: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Oded Fehr, Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue, David Morse, Freddy Rodríguez, Luis Guzmán, Ken Howard, Holmes Osborne, Haithem Badrani, John Moyer, Kayren Butler, Tommy Barnes, Frank Hoyt Taylor, David Shamieh, Varkas Everest, Dick Allen

Release Date: 21 October 2005

Filming Locations: Keeneland Racetrack – 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Lafayette, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Frankfort, Kentucky, USA; St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA

Main Plot: Dreamer is a movie directed by John Gatins, released on October 21, 2005, about how an injured horse becomes a dreamer with the help of her human poster. Ben Crane, who finds a severely injured horse that cannot use its legs, thinks it deserves another chance. Ben and his daughter Cale adopt the female horse and save it from being sacrificed by the owner. The arrival of the horse to Crane’s farm will help the bond between Ben and Cale to reconstruct. Soñador, the renamed mare (female horse), despite having a broken leg, maybe could have a chance to return to the racecourse with the help of Cale, Ben, and his father, Pop.

Famous quotes:

[last lines]

Cale Crane: You are a great champion. When you ran, the ground shook, the sky opened and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory, where you’ll meet me in the winner’s circle, where I’ll put a blanket of flowers on your back.

Ben Crane: Once upon a time there was a noble king. He lived in a beautiful castle overlooking green fields. An evil storm cast darkness over his castle, and before he knew it, dark knights had begun to take away his kingdom, one piece at a time. But our king was a warrior, and he knew if he could find his magic horse he could restore the kingdom to greatness. He was not like most kings. He was quiet and kind. Everyone loved the king which he may not have known. He searched and searched and finally rescued his horse from a raging river. But by the time he’d freed his horse, his kingdom was gone and he had given up. But the horse knew better than he. The horse took him over mountain ranges and across raging rivers. When it finally looked like they would die the horse asked him to trust him. The King didn’t know if the horse had really spoken to him or he just hadn’t had anything to eat in a few days. Not soon after the horse tried to climb a mountain so steep that the king was sure it would be their deaths. But the horse reached the top. And at the top, they found his kingdom, restored. All those who loved him greeted he king with pie and coffee.

Ben Crane: I read your story tonight at school.

Cale Crane: The stupid one about the king?

Ben Crane: Yeah, the stupid king.


Ben Crane: [sighs] I make mistakes Cale, I’m sorry.

Cale Crane: [pause] So you like the stupid king?

Ben Crane: Yeah. I like the stupid king.

Cale Crane: I love the stupid king.

Ben Crane: He loves you too.

Palmer: Okay… I’ve found my other pocket. Alright, you listen to me, this is your last chance. I have a certified check for one hundred thousand dollars… and if you take this offer I’ll give your dad his job back. Can’t believe it, Crane’s have finally won one.

Cale Crane: [Cale takes the check and looks back at her dad] Dad?

Ben Crane: If it was me I’d tell him to take his money and his empty trailer and get the hell off our farm. But… that’s just me…

Cale Crane: So you’re running the big colt Goliath’s Boy in the classic?

Palmer: That’s right. Goliath’s Boy is the favorite. And when he wins the cup it’ll be my fifth horse of the year.

Cale Crane: Do you think Goliath’s Boy remembers what Sonya’s butt looks like?

Palmer: Why?

Cale Crane: ‘Cause that’s all he’s gonna be seeing of her on race day.

Chairman: [after looking at the papers of Sonador’s present condition Cale has handed him] You’ve got a horse… Got a shot. But this entry of this race is going to be a check of forty thousand dollars.


Chairman: Did you bring the check?

[a short pause]

Cale Crane: [bluntly] I mailed it.

[the courtroom bursts out laughing]

Cale Crane: [smiling back at the courtroom visitors] … Today.

[courtroom laughs again]

Fun Fact about Dreamer

  • Kurt Russell bought Dakota Fanning a real Palamino horse, which she named Goldie.

Saratoga – US Box Office: USD 5.30 million

Director: Jack Conway

Main Cast: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Frank Morgan, Walter Pidgeon, Una Merkel, Cliff Edwards, George Zucco, Jonathan Hale, Hattie McDaniel, Frankie Darro, Henry Stone, Pat West, Jann Andrews, Kathleen Andrews, Sheila Andrews, Franklyn Ardell, Herbert Ashley

Release Date: 27 October 1937

Filming Locations: Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios – 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Main Plot: Saratoga is an old film directed by Jack Conway. Saratoga is a county in the US state of New York known for its racecourses, horses, mineral springs, etc. In this county, Carol Clayton is a daughter of a horse breeder. Already engaged to the wealthy Hartley Madison and is not a fan of bookie Duke Bradley. Unfortunately, her father owes Bradley a lot of money, and the latter has something to do with her. Brookdale horse farm has been in the Clayton family for generations, but due to Carol’s father, Frank, engaging in some gambling, the horse farm is bankrupt. Carol is determined to pay Duke back- without the help of Hartley, in return for the farm’s title that he’s holding as collateral. 

Famous quotes:

Fritzi ‘Muggins’ Kiffmeyer: We women can do things to a man we love that men wouldn’t do to a rattlesnake.

Duke Bradley: Honey, I love ya!

Fritzi ‘Muggins’ Kiffmeyer: Oh, there he is, the sweetheart!

Duke Bradley: Who, your husband?

Fritzi ‘Muggins’ Kiffmeyer: No, that colt!

Grandpa Clayton: Hey! How do you think I’m going to run a breeding farm without a stud? Huh?

Grandpa Clayton: [to Duke] Say, we got more dead horses on this place than live ones!

Fun Fact about Saratoga

  • In May of 1937, with the film about 90% completed, Jean Harlow collapsed on the set and died about a week later, reportedly of uremic poisoning. Her remaining scenes were shot with double Mary Dees being filmed only from behind. Paula Winslowe supplied the voice.

In Country – US Box Office: USD 3.53 million

Director: Norman Jewison

Main Cast: Emily Lloyd, Bruce Willis, Joan Allen, Kevin Anderson, John Terry, Peggy Rea, Judith Ivey, Daniel Jenkins, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jim Beaver, Richard Hamilton, Heidi Swedberg, Ken Jenkins, Jonathan Hogan, Patricia Richardson, Kimberly Faith Jones, Don Young, Mark Sawyer-Dailey

Release Date: 29 September 1989

Filming Locations: Mayfield, Kentucky, USA; Paducah, Kentucky, USA; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Constitution Ave. & Bacon Dr. NW, National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Main Plot: In Country is a movie directed by Norman Jewison, released on September 29, 1989, and is all about a young girl whose father died in the Vietnam War who finds the truth,  all about him and his experiences. Samantha Hughes, a teenage Kentucky girl, never met her father, who died in Vietnam War before she was born. She is living with her uncle, Emmeth Smith, who’s also one of the fighters in the said war. Emmett hangs around with Tom, Earl, and Pete, three more veterans who, like Emmett, have the same issues: the Vietnam War’s unavoidable memories. Sam becomes obsessed with finding the truth. About his father and his experiences. But Emmett and the three other veterans don’t want to talk about the war. Sam then pushes everyone to attend a party honoring the town’s veterans. And there, Pete and Earl get into a fight, Emmett disappears, and Tom takes Sam home. Sam finds his father’s diary and understands his life and death. They also went to Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She and Emmett at least temporarily come to terms with the war. 

Famous quotes:

Dwayne: When I get back to the world, this will be a dream. But now, the world is a dream.

Emmett Smith: There’s something wrong with me, like there’s this hole in my heart. I guess there’s something missing, I can’t get it back.

Fun Fact about In Country:

  • The veterans in the dance sequence are all Vietnam veterans, and their real family members accompany them.

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