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Movies Filmed in Vermont: Green Mountain State’s Sporadic Hollywood Spotlight

Movies filmed in Vermont

There was a time when a lot of famous movies were filmed in Vermont

Many of the movies filmed in Vermont listed below are independent or local productions that may be a little tough to find. Best bets for some of these would be Vermont bookstores. Also, see our Movies Filmed in Vermont Pinterest page for photos.

Vermont may be known for its quaint small towns, autumn foliage, and maple syrup, but for a brief period in the 1990s to 2000, it was also a hotspot for Hollywood film productions. Major studios descended upon the rural Green Mountain State to take advantage of its picturesque landscapes and old-fashioned charm. For a few years, Vermont rivaled more famous filming locations like Vancouver and New York.

Several high-profile films were shot in Vermont during this boom period. The 1994 drama The Spitfire Grill told the story of a woman starting over in a fictional Vermont town, with scenes filmed in Vermont communities like Waitsfield and Barre. That same year, the Kate Capshaw and Tom Skerritt romance A Far Off Place was shot primarily in and around Burlington. Other productions included Snow Falling on Cedars, Deconstructing Harry, and Me, Myself & Irene.

Spitfire Grill, The
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Alison Elliott (Actors)
  • Lee David Zlotoff (Director)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

So why did Hollywood's affair with Vermont fade?

Some point to the state government's decision in 1998 to cap the amount of tax credits available for film productions as a turning point. This made Vermont less financially appealing to major studios. Around the same time, Canada was offering very generous tax incentives to attract filmmakers, luring many projects north of the border.

Additionally, some local Vermonters grew weary of the disruption caused by Hollywood film shoots, from locked down Main Streets to increased traffic. Environmental concerns were also raised about the impact of large-scale productions. The honeymoon period was over, and studios looked elsewhere to mountains and small towns that were more welcoming.

Nonetheless, Vermont still makes occasional appearances in films today, if no longer a go-to location. While the heyday of 1990s filmmaking has passed, the state's natural beauty remains unchanged, ready for its next closeup. The Green Mountain State may never rival California or New York as a filming destination, but its brief moment as Hollywood's darling lives on in the movies made there.

Hollywood Movies and Vermont in the Year 2000

A brief, but exciting boom time for movies filmed in the Burlington area seemed to be around the year 2000. At that time, Jim Carrey and Renee Zellwegger were in the area filming “Me, Myself and Irene”. It was pretty big news as film crews were spotted filming scenes in nearby Essex Junction and Milton, as well.

Around the same time, Harrison Ford was in the area filming “What Lies Beneath“, a ghost/suspense story. Locations included the cemetery in North Burlington, the UVM area and the D.A.R. State Park in Addison. Lots of big name movie stars cavorting around the small city of Burlington in just one year. Harrison Ford was spotted at a local Irish pub, RiRa's on several occasions imbibing with some of the locals.

What Lies Beneath
  • Dennison Samaroo, Amber Valletta, Joe Morton (Actors)
  • Robert Zemeckis (Director)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Why You Don't See Many Movies Filmed in Vermont Anymore

For quite some time, Vermont was a highly sought out venue for filming movies in Vermont but unfortunately due to skyrocketing costs and other factors, the Vermont Film Commission and the people behind it, ceased to exist. Vermont remains one of just a handful of states that offer neither a film commission or tax incentives. Here is another article about the demise of the VT Film Commission.

However, as of April 2023, there are efforts in place by Vermont representatives to bring back some type of Vermont film commission in some form.

Are There Any Movies That Feature Sleigh Rides in Vermont?

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List of movies filmed in Vermont

1920 – Way Down East, White River Jct./Hartland
1954 – The Trouble with Harry, Craftsbury Common  
1962 – Hallelujah the Hills 
1965 – Dr. Cook's Garden, Woodstock
1965 – Those Calloways, Vermont
1972 – Portnoy's Complaint Director: Ernest Lehman
1974 – The Catamount Killing, North Bennington 
1975 – Leaving the Harbor 
1976 – Last Stand Farmer, Chelsea
1976 – A Love of the Land 
1977 – Deer Hunting in Vermont 
1977 – The Stuff of Dreams 
1978 – Pilgrim…Farewell, Post Mills
1979  – A Change of Seasons, Bennington/Wilmington 
1979 – Terror Train, Bellows Falls 
1980 – The Four Seasons, Edson Hill Manor, Stowe
1981 – Ghost Story, Woodstock
1981 – Warriors Women 
1982 – Exposed, UVM Campus, Burlington 
1982 – Something Wicked This Way Comes, Jeffersonville/E. Montpelier,
1982 – I am the Cheese, Plainfield/Marshfield/Northfield/Montpelier 
1983 – Survivors, West Fairlee 
1983 – Dawn of the People 
1983 – Granada: The Future Coming Toward Us 
1983 – The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story, Chelsea/Burlington 
1985 – Gayleen 
1986 – A Return to Salem's Lot, Peacham, Newbury, St. Johnsbury 
1986 – Baby Boom, Peru, Manchester, Weston 
1987 – Blanche
1987 – Sweet Hearts Dance, Hyde Park 
1987 – Beetlejuice, East Corinth 
1987 – Funny Farm, Grafton, Townshend, Windsor 
1987 – Wizard of Loneliness, Bristol 
1988 – Welcome Home, Bennington, Woodstock 
1989 – High Water 
1989 – The Big Dis 
1990 – Wolf Kahn: Landscape Painter 
1990 – Black Dawn (animation)
1990 – Ten Minutes 
1991 – Time Chasers, Rutland, Bennington, Burlington
1991 – Road Construction Ahead   
1992 – Bridge of Fire 
1992 – Journey Home: Accompaniment in Guatemala 
1992 – Testament of the Rabbit
1992 – Ethan Frome, Peacham, Morrisville, Chester Area 
1992 – Vermont is for Lovers, Chelsea, Tunbridge 
1993 – Where the Rivers Flow North, Peacham, St. Johnsbury, Northeast Kingdom 
1993 – Wolf, Roxbury, Waitsfield
1993 – Forrest Gump, Woodstock, Reading 
1993 – Delivered Vacant 
1994 – Brother Bread, Sister Puppet 
1994 – The Spitfire Grill, Peacham, St. Johnsbury 
1995 – Journey into Courage
1996 – A Man with a Plan, Tunbridge, Strafford, Chelsea 
1996 – Diamond Run, Rutland
1996 – Paranoia, Bennington 
1997 – My Mother's Early Lovers, Norwich, Thetford, Strafford, and various other locations 
1997 – A Stranger in the Kingdom, Chelsea, Guildhall 
1997 – Pressure Point, Rutland, Burlington 
1997 – Wedding Band, Burlington 
1997 – Spinning the Bottle, Barton, Crystal Lake 
1997 – Home to Tibet 
1997 – First Surface: The Story of a Twice Grown Boy 
1997 – The Apartment 
1997 – Snowriders 
1998 – Mud Season, Montpelier, East Montpelier, Waterbury Center
1998 – American Road, Quechee, Shelburne, Montpelier 
1998 – Home Coming, Stowe 
1998 – The Cider House Rules, Dummerston, Bellows Falls, Weathersfield (written by John Irving of Dorset, VT)
1998 – Icebreaker, Killington 
1998 – Where's Stephanie? 
1998 – Fishbelly White
1998 – Gabriel Women: Passamaquoddy Basketweavers 
1998 – Kingsbury Beach (experimental animation) 
1998 – Peace Train to Beijing 
1998 – Woodhead Saves The Day 
1998 – Grieving 
1998 – In Jest 
1998 – Moving Targets 
1998 – Freeriders 
1999 – Signs and Wonders, Stowe 
1999 – Sacrifices, Brattleboro 
1999 – Peril, Rutland and surrounding area 
1999 – Blood Rites, Brattleboro
1999 – Radical Jack, Rutland and surrounding area 
1999 – The Newcomers, Pittsfield, Proctor, Rutland, W. Rutland 
1999 – Lightning – Fire from the Sky, Rutland, Northfield 
1999 – The Haven, Burlington, Charlotte 
1999 – The Logger 
1999 – The Whitehouse (CGI Animation) 
1999 – Swimming on the Moon 
1999 – Radiant Flux (animation)
1999 – Waiting for the Time Being (short) 
1999 – Messages (animation) 
1999 – Men With Teeth: Bread & Puppet Domestic Resurrection Crisis 
1999 – The Last Monster (short)  
1999 – Dim Stars Director: Bruce Gibbs
1999 – Peril, Clarendon, E. Clarendon, Proctor 
1999 – The Banishing, Newfane, Brattleboro 
1999 – Me, Myself & Irene, Burlington, Essex, Milton, Middlebury, Waterbury, and surrounding towns 
1999 – What Lies Beneath, Addison, Burlington, Waterbury, Charlotte 
2000 – Dressed Like a Hitman, Montpelier, Hardwick 
2000 – Thief in the Night, Dorset, Poultney, Rutland 
2000 – The World in Claire's Classroom 
2000 – Losing Sleep (short) 
2000 – Golgonooza (short) 
2000 – Dyslexic Family Diary 
2000 – Sun and Moon were Children and Walked on the Earth (
2000 – Ricochet 
2000 – The Logger in New York  
2000 – Soul Flight (animation) 
2000 – Love of My Life (short) 
2000 – Two Animations 
2000 – A Matter of Moments (short) 
2000 – A Moment in Time 
2000 – The Shoemaker and the Elves 
2000 – Empty, Berlin, Montpelier, E. Montpelier 
2000 – American Gun, Fair Haven, West Haven, Rutland 
2000 – Lightning – Fire from the Sky, Rutland, W. Rutland 
2001 – Trapped, Killington, Rutland 
2001 – Nosey Parker 
2001 – Birth Stories 
2001 – Because Of Mama (short) 
2001 – Burgundy (short)  
2001 – The Rabbi's Dilemma  
2002 – The Mudge Boy 
2002 – Nothing Like Dreaming 
2003 – Killer Flood 
2003 – Frozen Impact 
2003 – Falls (short) 
2003 – The Able's House is Green – Greensboro
2003 – Ghosts of Vermont 
2003 – DA Speech 
2004 – Bereft 
2004 – Beyond 88 Keys: The Music of Michael Arnowitt
2005 – The Singers (Battle of White Plains)
2005 – Illegal Aliens, Rutland
2005 – Zombietown, Rutland
2005 – RADICALLY simple, Charlotte, VT 
2006 – Disappearances 
2007 – The Simpsons, Springfield, VT 
2008 – Moonlight & Mistletoe, Chester, VT
2008 – Dumping Lisa, Burlington, VT 
2009 – Star Trek – Granite Quarries, Barre, VT
2010 – The Blood in This Town, Rutland, VT
2010 – Tin Can, VT 
2010 – The Summer of Walter Hacks, Chester, VT
2011 – Craptastic, Rutland, VT 
2024 – Beetlejuice 2

Note: Some websites are reporting that a movie called “Before I Sleep” was filmed in Vermont in 2013. This is not accurate. Though the movie was created by Vermont film makers it was filmed in Franconia, NH at the Robert Frost house.

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