Sometimes a Great Notion, 1971
In Paul Newman’s film adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel, the Stamper clan battles man and nature as they fight to defend their way of life in the logging forests of coastal Oregon. Arguably the greatest Oregon-centric film ever, viewers can spot filming locations in Toledo, Broughton Log Flume in the Columbia River Gorge, Newport, and the Central Coast.
Closed Mondays, 1974
In this Claymation short by Oregon native Will Vinton and his partner Bob Gardiner—the first Oregon film to win an Oscar—a man visits a museum and witnesses the exhibits coming to life before his eyes. Available in its entirety on YouTube.
Body of Evidence, 1993
A temptress is accused of killing a millionaire in order to inherit his money. She seduces her lawyer, and he wonders if he is defending a murderer—featuring scenes filmed at the Pittock Mansion.
This cult-classic stoner comedy features David (Luke Wilson), an aspiring artist and pot dealer, as he tries to win back his girlfriend Serena (Alicia Witt) in pre-Portlandia Portland. The film also features familiar faces like Brittany Murphy, Jack Black, and Andy Dick.
Two criminals break out of the Oregon State Penitentiary and go on a bank-robbing spree in this movie starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett—and costarring the Broadway Bridge, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Downtown Portland, Oregon State Penitentiary, Silverton, West Linn, and Wilsonville.
Jackass: The Movie, 2002
Johnny Knoxville and his crew of lunatics perform a series of death defying and disgusting stunts and gags on the big screen in the first adaptation of their hit TV show, featuring filming locations in Portland and Hopewell.
The Hunted, 2003
This action thriller features two hunters who are brutally murdered by an ex-military killer while in the wilderness. The FBI proceeds to mount a manhunt for the murderer. Filmed in locations around downtown Portland and Silver Falls State Park.
Old Joy, 2006
This drama about two old friends who set out on a camping trip in the Cascade range explores themes of male friendship, joy, sorrow, and loss. Locations include Bagby Hot Springs, Colton Market, and Hawthorne Boulevard.
Paranoid Park, 2007
A teenage skateboarder’s life changes dramatically after a late night altercation with a security guard at the train yard in this drama from local director Gus Van Sant. The film features locations around downtown Portland, Burnside Skate Park, the Oregon coast, Madison High School, and House of Louie.
How to Die in Oregon, 2011
This beautiful, heartbreaking documentary (winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries at the 27th Sundance Film Festival) explores the controversy surrounding physician-assisted suicide, a practice that Oregon was the first state to adopt in 1994.
Blue Like Jazz, 2012
A young man flees the Bible Belt to escape the fanatical church and his zealous mother. Ending up at the liberal Reed college, he joins an activist group and tries to find himself and what he really believes in. Filmed on the Reed College campus, this move is 100% guaranteed to upset any past, present, or future Reedies.
Before meeting Kyle Patrick Alvarez, David Sedaris had rejected every movie proposal that came his way. But after viewing the director's first feature, Easier With Practice, Sedaris gave Alvarez his blessing to adapt C.O.G., a short story first published in the 1997 collection of essays, Naked, which recounts Sedaris' post-college journey to experience the "real world" by working on an Oregon apple farm. Read our interview with Alvarez about how he managed to charm Sedaris, sign on known actors (Jonathan Groff and Denis O'Hare), and convince Hollywood to let him keep the ending ambiguous.