And… Action! The Films Set in Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is best known for its music, but there have also been a fair share of movies shot in the city. Here we will cover some of the top movies filmed in Memphis. Enjoy!
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, â€śCast Awayâ€ť was a critical and commercial success featuring Tom Hanks, who was nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 73rd Academy Awards. Â The film takes place primarily on a deserted island, but before and after the island scenes, Chuck Nolan lived in Memphis, TN.
Walk the Line
Directed by James Mangold, the movie â€śWalk the Lineâ€ť has an all-star cast, including Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Ginnifer Goodwin. The movie tells the story of Johnny Cash from early life on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise in fame with Sun Records in Memphis, TN.
Hustle & Flow
Directed by Craig Brewer, â€śHustle & Flowâ€ť won the Audience Award at the 2005 Nashville Film Festival and stars Terrence Howard, Ludacris, and Anthony Anderson. The movie tells the story of a Memphis pimp who in a mid-life crisis tries to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Great Balls of Fire!
Directed by Jim McBride, â€śGreat Balls of Fire!â€ť stars Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis who rises to stardom in Memphis, TN through hits such as â€śCrazy Arms,â€ť â€śWhole Lotta Shakinâ€™ Goin onâ€ť and â€śGreat Balls of Fire.â€ť He falls in love and marries his 13-year-old cousinâ€”a scandal that ends up harming his career.
Directed by Sidney Pollack, â€śThe Firmâ€ť stars Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Gene Hackman and is based on the 1991 novel â€śThe Firmâ€ť by Author John Grisham. In this Southern legal thriller, a young lawyer joins a Memphis law firm only to find he has a sinister dark side.
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