100 Years of Movies Filmed on the Mendocino Coast

The first movie filmed in Mendocino was a documentary about the mighty redwood trees in the area. Beginning in 1916, there were 17 silent movies filmed in the area. There have been 43 movies with sound filmed here, as well as the famous TV series, “Murder She Wrote” and other TV programs and commercials.

If you’d like to know more about filming in the area, contact the Mendocino County Film Office, located in Fort Bragg at the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.

This list is extracted from Bruce Levene’s wonderful book, “Mendocino and the Movies”.

Silent Movies

Modern Movies

  • 1943 : “Frenchman’s Creek” – Paramount – Joan Fontaine – Oscar
  • 1943 : “The Uninvited” – Ray Milland (background shots only)
  • 1947 : “Johnny Belinda” – Warner Brothers – Jane Wyman – Oscar
  • 1954 : “East of Eden” – Warner Brothers – James Dean – Oscar
  • 1963 : “Island of the Blue Dolphins” – Universal Pictures
  • 1965 : “The Russians Are Coming” – Mirisch Brothers – Alan Arkin – Oscar
  • 1969 : “The Dunwich Horror” – Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, and Ralph Bellamy
  • 1970 : “The Summer of ’42” – Warner Brothers – Jennifer O’Neil – Oscar
  • 1972 : “Slither” – MGM – James Caan, Sally Kellerman
  • 1978 : “Same Time, Next Year” – Mirisch Brothers – Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn – Oscar
  • 1978 : “Strangers” (TV) – Universal – Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands – Emmy
  • 1979 : “Humanoids from the Deep” – Doug McClure
  • 1980 : “Dead and Buried” – Aspen Productions – James Farrentino
  • 1980 : “Cujo” – Sunn classic Films – Dee Wallace
  • 1983 : “Racing with the Moon” – Paramount – Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage
  • 1984-89 : “Murder She Wrote” (TV)
  • 1986 : “The Killing Time” – Levy/Abrams Productions – Kiefer Sutherland
  • 1987 : “Overboard” – MGM – Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell
  • 1988 : “Wired” – (The John Belushi Story) Michael Chiklis, Ray Sharkey
  • 1988 : “Karate Kid III” – Columbia Pictures – Pat Morita
  • 1990 : “Dying Young” – 20th Century Fox – Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott
  • 1992 : “Forever Young” – Warner Brothers – Mel Gibson
  • 1993 : “Pontiac Moon” – Paramount – Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen
  • 1994 : “The Haunting of Seacliff Inn” (TV) – Ally Sheedy and Louise Fletcher
  • 2001 : “The Majestic” – Dream Works – Jim Carrey
  • 2007 : “Shark Swarm” (working title) — a Hallmark Channel TV movie with Darryl Hannah, John Schneider, and Armand Assante, was filmed in Mendocino and Fort Bragg in 2007, and the movie was aired in early 2008 on the Hallmark Channel.

 

Overview

 

Lost Coast to Fort Bragg

Jackson State Forest • Inland

 

Caspar • Point Cabrillo • Mendocino

Little River • Albion • Navarro

 

Elk • Point Arena • Gualala