Mitten Movies: 15 Films You Didn’t Know Were Made in Michigan

Michigan is known for many things. The Great Lakes, cherries, Motown, and Mackinac fudge are just a few things that spring to mind. However, did you know that Michigan is also a popular place to make films? Our historic buildings in downtown Detroit, as well as the scenic nature up north make for some pretty amazing movie sets.

Hundreds of movies have had set locations here in the state, and the films that have been produced here have spanned many genres. As the summer closes, and children go back to school, use this list to design a fun, family weekend movie marathon.

Here are 15 films that have been filmed in Michigan:

  1. Need for Speed (2014)
  2. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
  3. Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)
  4. Spy Kids 4 (2011)
  5. Gulliver’s Travels (2010)
  6. Whip it (2009)
  7. Dreamgirls (2006)
  8. (Coming soon!) Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
  9. A Horse Called Bear (2015)
  10. The Karate Kid (2010)
  11. Real Steel (2011)
  12. Robocop (2014)
  13. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
  14. Somewhere in Time (1980)
  15. Touchback (2011)

Enjoy! To access a complete list of Michigan-made movies, check out the Michigan film office’s website.

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