The Best Guide To All The Best Movies Made in Austin


Many a movie favorite has been shot here in Austin. If you haven’t seen some of these, you may find yourself on the back end of an angry tirade. But now, you can view these Austin made classics in the comfort of your home.

There are so many Austin shot films you need to watch – or, in some cases, rewatch. So let’s get started!

Here are the movies made in Austin that you should watch right now.

Dazed and Confused

Austin filming locations include: Bedichek Middle School, Top Notch, Toney Burger Center, Hammerlun Center for Leadership & Learning in Georgetown, and Violet Crown Shopping Center.

Office Space

Austin filming locations include: Trails of Walnut Creek (Peter’s apartment), Chase Bank on Great Hills Trail (Chotchkies exterior), and 4120 Freidrich Lane (Initech).


Austin filming locations include: Austin Convention Center, Travis County Expo Center, Seaholm Power Plant, and Gary Job Corps Center (San Marcos).

Hope Floats

Austin area filming locations include: 201 East Eighth Street (Birdie’s House), 200 Main Street (Snappy Snaps), and 109 NE Second Street (Honey’s Diner), all located in Smithville.

Miss Congeniality

Austin area filming locations: Bass Concert Hall, Driskill Hotel, and Austin Southpark Hotel.

Varsity Blues

Austin area filming locations include: Elgin Independent School District, Top Notch, The Landing Strip, and the homes are located in Coupland.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Austin area filming locations: Water tower at the junction of Old US-290 / Parsons Street and South Lexington Street in Manor.

Man of the House

Austin filming locations: University of Texas campus, DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium and Buffalo Billiards, to name a few.


Austin area filming locations: Westlake High School, Gaslight Baker Theater in Lockhart, Bastrop County Courthouse in Bastrop, Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ in Smithville, and Smithville Crawford Municipal Airport.

Blank Check

Austin filming location: Pemberton Castle.

Spy Kids Franchise

Austin filming locations: Trois Estate, Omni Austin, Texas State Capitol, and Paramount Theatre.

In 2023, the Spy Kids franchise continued with Spy Kids Armageddon on Netflix. You can find those filming locations here.

True Grit

Austin area filming locations: 9th Street in downtown Austin and various locations in Granger, Texas.

Death Proof

Austin area filming locations:  Guero’s, Texas Chili Parlor, and The Omelettry (though it was located on Burnett when filming took place). 


Austin area filming locations: Jim’s Restaurant (located at 183 and Spicewood Springs) and Hogg Memorial Auditorium.


Austin area filming locations: Mueller Lake Park, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, Republic Square Park, and more!

Bonus Highlight!

Love and Death

This one is not a film but there are so many area locations in this HBO MAX project we just had to include it!

Austin area filming locations: Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown, Paramount Theatre, Aristocrat Lounge, Hyde Park Christian Church and more!

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