Shows and Movies Filmed in Rhode Island 

Lights, camera, action! Rhode Island, with its stunning coastline and rich history, has been the star of the show in over 200 feature films, 40 TV series, and 30 TV movies. And the cameras keep rolling – the Rhode Island Film and Television Office has counted 62 projects since 2005 alone! From the dramatic shores that set the scene in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom to the opulent mansions that dazzled in 27 Dresses, Rhode Island's diverse landscapes have played a leading role in bringing countless stories to life on screen.

Imagine walking along the same rocky shores where Hollywood stars have acted out iconic scenes. Picture yourself strolling through the historic streets and buildings that have doubled as sets for centuries past and present. That's the magic of Rhode Island, where film fantasies meet real-life charm. Our pristine beaches, secluded coves, and majestic architecture are not just backdrops – they're characters in their own right, adding depth and glamour to every frame.

Rhode Island is more than just a pretty face, though. Our state is steeped in history, from colonial roots to Gilded Age grandeur. Visit the Newport Colony House, where scenes from Amistad brought the past to life, or step into Marble House, the stunning mansion that shone brightly in 27 Dresses. In Rhode Island, you can live out your own movie moments, surrounded by the same wealth and allure that have captivated audiences for decades.

So why do filmmakers flock to Rhode Island? It's not just our natural beauty or our meticulously preserved historic sites. It's the way our landscapes can transport viewers to another time and place, the way our settings become an integral part of the story. And it's the same qualities that make Rhode Island a must-visit destination for anyone who's ever dreamed of stepping into their favorite films.

For full details on filming in Rhode Island and historical information please visit the Rhode Island Film and Television office

The Conjuring House
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Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Gilded Age Poster
Hachiko, Faithful Dog statue at the railroad depot where Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) was filmed.
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Some Of Rhode Island's Biggest Films 

  • Hocus Pocus 2: While you’re watching the Sanderson Sisters being thrust into the modern world, be sure to keep an eye out for these Rhode Island locations: The Cranston Street Armory (Cranston), Chase Farm (Lincoln), LaSalle Academy (Providence), Benefit Street (Providence), Washington Square (Newport) and Lakeside-Carpenter Cemetery (East Providence) 
  • There's Something About Mary: The highest-grossing comedy in 1998 was filmed in Providence. 
  • Federal Hill: Set in Providence's historic Federal Hill it is also the directorial debut of our own Patucket native Michael Corrente. 
  • The Age of Innocence:  An Oscar-Winning drama in 1993 that was partly filmed in Portsmouth. 
  • Amistad:  A Steven Spielberg, filmed in 1997, that received four Academy Award nominations was filmed at the Rosecliff mansion in Newport. 
  • The Great Gatsby: This Academy-winning 1974 film starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow was filmed at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport. 
  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale: A heart-wrenching true story with Richard Gere about the love and loyalty of a dog was filmed in Bristol, Woonsocket, and other areas in Rhode Island. 

Other fun facts and information!

  • Hocus Pocus 2; Where Magic Met Mirth Ever wondered where the Sanderson Sisters cast their spells in the Hocus Pocus sequel? We've got the scoop on all the filming locations you can visit!
  • Rhode Island's Hidden Hollywood Connection Think you know your movies? Think again! These Seven movies might surprise you with their Rhode Island roots. Get ready for some cinematic trivia night wins!
  • Ella McCay: Fall in love with Providence all over again through the lens of Ella McCay's films. Her work showcases the city's unique blend of history and hipness.
  • Newport's Silver Screen Glamour From Gilded Age mansions to scenic coastal drives, Newport has been the backdrop for some truly iconic movies. Step into the glamour of Hollywood's heyday and explore these legendary filming locations.
  • For a list of 50 movies made in Rhode Island please click here. 

Celebrity Film Tours

Rhode Island Red Food Tours Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind 'set-jetting' tour that combines the flavors of Rhode Island with the magic of the movies. Inspired by the hottest travel trend of 2023, this tour takes you to iconic film locations and lets you taste the local dishes that make Rhode Island unforgettable. According to Expedia, 39% of travelers are now booking trips to destinations they've seen on screen - and Rhode Island has plenty to offer the movie buff. Join us for a culinary journey through the Ocean State's most beloved filming spots.

Newport Jaguar Tours wants you to visit the sites seen in Hollywood productions in style. Hollywood producers and directors have often taken advantage of Newport’s fabulous vistas, its reputation as a high society playground, and its unique architecture. Visit many of these sites, already famous, or famous because of Hollywood productions. Location sites and the stories that accompany them may include those from such movies as High Society; The Great Gatsby; The Betsy; Heaven’s Gate; Mr. North; Reversal of Fortune; Wind; True Lies; Amistad; Me, Myself and Irene; Evening; 27 Dresses; Tanner Hall; Moonrise Kingdom; Irrational Man, and more. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.

The Murray House: Step into the director's chair and experience Newport like never before. Our unique, small-group tour (only 10 seats available) showcases the city's starring role in over 50 iconic film clips, shot on location in and around Newport. Embark on a journey from downtown to the stunning Ocean Drive, and back again, as we bring scenes from more than a dozen movies to life.

The Conjuring House is one of the most thrilling trilogies involving the paranormal. While the movies were not filmed in Rhode Island we are home to the original property that inspired the successful movies. Now you can experience a tour, an overnight stay, or a camping experience of your own - if you dare -  on this haunted property. 

The Rhode Tour website hosts a list of 7 movie locations including a short description and addresses with mapped locations for you to enjoy at your leisure.