Cape Cod is one of the most unique areas in all of the United States. What lends to its fame is that this hook shaped peninsula on the southeast corner of Massachusetts offers some of the best fishing and beach opportunities that you will find anywhere. All of the great qualities of the Cape have made it a very popular destination for movies and TV shows to be filmed. You have certainly enjoyed Cape Cod through movies, perhaps without even realizing it. Here are some of the most notable movies filmed in Cape Cod and interesting movie locations that you can visit today.


IMG_1399Jaws was a massive blockbuster, released in 1975 it gained international popularity due to its progressive special effects and story telling. Although the topic of this film might not make it too enticing for you to get into the water, you can visit some of the areas made famous by their role in the movie. The most recognizable setting from the movie is probably American Legion Memorial Bridge. This bridge offers extraordinary character between the towns of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. When you visit this little fishing town, it is not hard to see why the filmmakers chose it as a centerpiece of the film. This area is so much a part of the story that it is now often referred to as “Jaws Bridge”.

The Finest Hours

Filming for this movie took place in Cape Cod in 2015, and it is very exciting for the residents and Cape Cod enthusiasts alike. This is special becauseLighthouse the movie was filmed very close to where the events on which the story is based took place. It is the story of one of the most daring Coast Guard rescue attempts in history that took place in 1952 when two oil tankers were caught in one of the deadliest storms in New England history. The filming was done mostly off the coast of Chatham. Come to Cape Cod to get a sense of what it was like for the people in this amazing story. The Finest Hours is a true Cape Cod film.

One Crazy Summer

This romantic comedy, released in 1986, featuring the talents of Demi Moore and John Cusack was shot on Cape Cod and Nantucket. You may actually spot some locals at the time as extras in the film, as the crew made use of Hyannis West Elementary School for a scene.

Stuck on You

This movie from 2003 was shot on Martha’s Vineyard, the fictional birthplace of conjoined twins played by Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear.

Year by the Sea

Perhaps the most recent film to be shot on Cape Cod, 2016’s Year by the Sea features shots filmed in Brewster, Wellfleet, Orleans, Eastham, and Chatham as it depicts the life of an aging woman as she faces life after her kids leave home.

Honorable Mentions

A few other movies filmed here include:

  • Rip Van Winkle – 1903
  • The Lightkeepers – 2009
  • That’s My Boy – 2012
  • Sabrina – 1995

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There are countless other films that have been set in the beautiful landscape of Cape Cod as many of the towns are among the most popular places to film movies and visit in general. This rich history of movies filmed on Cape Cod just gives more reason to take a trip to this amazing place. It is a perfect location for lovers of history, nature, and film alike.

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