10 Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed in Arizona

Boy do these dunes look familiar.
Boy do these dunes look familiar.
Courtesy of LucasFilm.

At this point, most Arizonans should know that Alfred Hitchcock filmed the opening sequences of Psycho in downtown Phoenix. You also probably remember seeing our freeways in Little Miss Sunshine. Since Arizona used to offer generous tax breaks for people looking to shoot films in the Grand Canyon State, a lot of classics were shot here -- some that might surprise you. From desert locales in faraway lands to sci-fi landscapes, our state has lent its scenery to some great movies.

Here are 10 of our favorite movies shot in Arizona.

See also: 12 Celebrities Who Live in Arizona

We'll always have Paris, er, Flagstaff.
We'll always have Paris, er, Flagstaff.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment.


While most of this classic tale of love and longing was shot in a studio in Van Nuys, California, one of the film's hotel scenes was shot in Flagstaff's Hotel Monte Vista, which was a common lodging spot for famous actors during Hollywood's golden age.

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