4 Memorable Movies Filmed in Destin, Florida

October 4th 2022
Mike Fisher
4 Memorable Movies Filmed in Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida, and the surrounding Emerald Coast region have become one of Hollywood’s favorite filming locations over the years. Movies filmed in Destin, Florida range from action to drama, with the world’s biggest stars descending upon the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” to strut their stuff for the camera.

With all the exciting things to do in Destin including world-class beaches, exciting water sports, and fresh seafood dining, it’s no wonder film crews love working in Destin! Discover 4 movies memorable filmed in Destin, Florida, that capture the beautiful, serene, albeit adventurous lifestyles of Florida Gulf Coast residents!

Table of Contents

  • Jaws 2 (1977)
  • Eagle Eye (2008)
  • Truman Show (1998)
  • Dr. Strange Love (1964)



Jaws 2 (1977)


Jaws movie filmed in Destin, FL

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From Destin to Navarre, Florida, and up to the sleepy town of Shalimar, Jaws 2 filming enveloped the Emerald Coast back in the summer and fall of 1977. As one of the memorable movies filmed in Destin, Florida, Jaws 2 sticks in the mind of locals, as many were allowed to function as extras in the beach and town scenes. Even though the movie was filmed almost 40 years ago, lots of the shot locations are still up and running, including the legendary Hog’s Breath Saloon, one of the best places for live music in Destin!

Not only did this classic horror flick place Destin on the map, but it began a long-lasting trend of celebrity visits! From celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, to rumors of the late-great Michael Jackson, the rich and famous have been frequenting Destin, Florida for decades. Check this recent TripShock blog to discover which Destin celebrities you may run into on the beach!

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Eagle Eye (2008)


eagle eye movie filming in destin fl

Film crew captures memorable movie moment


The epic action film, Eagle Eye starring Shia Labeouf, was shot across the country, with just a few select scenes filmed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Due to Eglin’s size and rich history, the Air Force Base is often utilized as the backdrop for military-themed movies. Destin vacationers know Fort Walton Beach, and its island community Okaloosa Island, as Destin’s more residential neighbor.


Truman Show (1998)


Jim Carrey 4 Memorable Movies Filmed in Destin, Florida

Pictured above is Jim Carrey. Image courtesy of imdb.com.


Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris lead the talented cast in this celebrated drama about the greatest “reality TV show” ever made. One of the most memorable movies filmed in Destin, Florida, The Truman Show was shot in Seaside, a picturesque coastal village just a short drive from Destin.

Emerald Coast travelers will recognize the distinct building architecture, scenic views, and white-sand beaches that the 30A community offers. Hop on a Seaside bike rental and see the familiar sights from the movie for yourself! Destin and Seaside locals still remember the cast and crew visiting local shops and restaurants.

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Dr. Strangelove (1964)


James Earl Jones 4 Memorable Movies Filmed in Destin, Florida

Pictured above is James Earl Jones. Image courtesy of biography.com.


In 1964, James Earl Jones starred in the comedic satire film Dr. Strangelove. The film, co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, was partially shot at the Destin Harbor in Florida. As one of the memorable movies filmed in Destin, Florida, it focuses on a U.S. Airforce general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. In 2000, Dr. Strangelove ranked number three on the list of the funniest American films by the American Film Institute.



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