'Revenge of the Nerds' filming

Actors Anthony Edwards, far right and Robert Carradine, center, stumble with their suitcases during a scene for the film, "Revenge of the Nerds" on January 30, 1984. Annette Knapp, far left and Susan Schellmeyer, were extras who played women enjoying a picnic on the University of Arizona campus. The movie was filmed in areas in and around the campus. 

Tucson was once a movie hub, with dozens and dozens of movies filmed here over the last several decades.

So, we put together a list of as many as we could think of (and find in our archives). 

The newest movie on the list is the 2021 film "Spiked," which includes scenes shot at the former Arizona Daily Star building on Tucson's south side (and is available to stream through Amazon for about four bucks).

As for the oldest film on the list, that award goes to the silent western "The Mine with the Iron Door," filmed in 1924. 

But among the most popular (arguably) on the list:

  • "Can't Buy Me Love," with Patrick Dempsey filmed in spots such as Tucson High School and Tucson Mall
  • "Stir Crazy," with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder filmed around the downtown area
  • "Tin Cup," with Kevin Costner filmed at locations including Hotel Congress and Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
  • "Revenge of the Nerds," with Robert Carradine filmed on the University of Arizona campus
  • "Major League," with Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes and Tom Berenger filmed at Hi Corbett Field
  • "Boys on the Side" with Whoopi Goldberg and Drew Barrymore filmed at various locations including Teatro Carmen 

Also, shoutout to Old Tucson Studios: Hundreds of movies and TV shows were filmed there. HUNDREDS.

Without further ado, here's a long alphabetical list of movies filmed in Tucson — with some fun photos added into the mix. (Did we miss any films? Email us at thisistucson@tucson.com

Hot tip: Some of the movies on the below list are available to watch through streaming services such as Amazon, YouTube, Hulu, Apple TV, Google Play and Vudu. Search your streaming service and see what's available!

Arizona - 1940

Away We Go - 2009

Baraka - 1992

Backlash - 1956

The film “Boys on the Side,” starring Drew Barrymore, left, and Whoopi Goldberg, center, takes characters straight through Tucson, with a scene filmed at the historic Teatro Carmen downtown.

Death Wish - 1974

Easy Rider - 1969

Eating Out - 2004

El Dorado - 1966

Photo of Patrick Dempseyon the set of the 1987 movie "Can't Buy Me Love" filmed at Tucson High. This is scanned from a 1987 THS yearbook. 

Fire Birds - 1990

Glory Road - 2006

Goats - 2012

Groom Lake - 2002

Hawmps! - 1976

Hombre - 1967

Jesus' Son - 1999

Joe Kidd - 1972

Fans during the filming for the movie "Major League" in the stands at Hi Corbett Field in July, 1988. 

Los Locos - 1997

McLintock! - 1963

Nemesis - 1992

The crew for the movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in 2008. The movie attempts to pass Tucson off as an airfield back east.

Red River - 1948

Rio Bravo - 1959

Rio Lobo - 1970

Spiked - 2021

Stay Tuned - 1992

Stir Crazy - 1980

Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp in “Tombstone” filmed at Old Tucson Studios in 1993.

Tank Girl - 1995

Tin Cup - 1996

Tom Horn - 1980

Tombstone - 1993

Wings - 1927

The Wraith - 1986

Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder are two zany New York city boys temporarily detained on their journey west to find fame and fortune in “Stir Crazy.” The movie featured the old Pima County Courthouse and other downtown locations.

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