Dallas-Fort Worth in the Movies: 6 Films Featuring DFW

May 10th, 2020 by

Many residents and tourists love being in the city of Fort Worth because it provides a natural country feel and many iconic spots. Some filmmakers enjoyed it so much that they decided to shoot scenes for their films in popular locations all around the city. Whether these films take place in Fort Worth or if they’re using it to represent a different city, each of them impressively captures the one-of-a-kind City of Fort Worth, Texas. View some of the famous films that shot some of their scenes in the DFW area.

“Logan’s Run”

This classic sci-fi film takes place in the year 2274 in a dystopian dome society outside of Washington, D.C. When it was filmed in 1976, however, much of it was shot in Fort Worth. In this film, residents live in a protected dome operated by a computer. To keep the city from overpopulating and overcrowding, they must kill residents over 30 years old. The main character, Logan, played by Michael York, tracks down the people who are running from this upcoming death.

He eventually meets another character, Jessica-6, played by Jenny Agutter, and they both uncover secrets about the world outside of the dystopian society. A particular scene that showcases the gorgeous city is when Logan and Jessica-6 try to re-enter the dystopian city through pools of water. They filmed these water pools and other areas within this scene at the gorgeous Fort Worth Water Gardens.

To gather extra footage of the city, the filmmakers captured several shots at Hulen Mall and the Dallas Market Center. During the time of filming, Hulen Mall was undergoing construction, so it was only used for a few scenes and an exterior shot.

“Walker, Texas Ranger”

Though it’s not a movie, Fort Worth residents are proud that their city is represented in the beloved television show, “Walker, Texas Ranger.” This show, starring Chuck Norris and Clarence Gilyard, Jr., was an action-packed drama that took place in the Dallas-Fort Worth area from 1993 to 2001 on CBS. The main characters traveled around the DFW area and to other Texas cities, proudly fighting crime in their cowboy getup.

You may notice well-known places where the show was filmed, like the Rangers’ headquarters shot in Tarrant County Courthouse in downtown Fort Worth. Another area is the CD’s Bar and Grill shot in The White Elephant Saloon, which you’ll find in the Fort Worth Stockyards. In the show, this was the spot where the Rangers would spend their time and unwind once they finished their day of fighting bad guys.

“Necessary Roughness”

Texas in Films

This iconic sports comedy film took place in San Marcos, Texas, and was shot in Fort Worth in 1991. It follows the Fightin’ Armadillos football team at Texas State University. Some stars of this film were Robert Loggia, Sinbad, Jason Bateman, Kathy Ireland, and Scott Bakula. This entertaining movie focuses on the football team who must follow a new rule of playing only with a team of its current students, instead of pro football stars they normally paid money to recruit.

This is a challenge for this team who recently won the national college football championship the previous year. A significant scene from the film is when the main characters battle each other in a bar fight. This was filmed at the Guitar Bar, which is one of the many bars found inside of the famous Billy Bob’s Texas indoor rodeo and bar area.

“Tough Enough”

This drama filmed in 1983 features a young Dennis Quaid playing a country singer named Art who’s struggling on his rise to stardom. When he enters into a “tough man” competition, Art realizes how talented he is at fighting, so he continues fighting in more matches until he eventually qualifies to compete in a national championship. This forces him to choose between his success as a boxing star and his dreams as a musician.

Since this character is from Fort Worth, many of the scenes were shot in this area. One popular scene takes place at the Cowtown Coliseum, which rests in the Fort Worth Stockyards. This scene is where Art competes in his first boxing match and claims a proud victory.

“Pure Country”

Another film that promotes Western pride is “Pure Country,” shot in 1992. It stars country music legend George Strait, who made his acting debut as Wyatt “Dusty” Chandler. It might come as no surprise that George plays a famous country singer unhappy with the spectacle of his shows that his production crew is forcing him to perform. This makes him leave and return home to a small, podunk Texas town.

One scene in particular takes place at Billy Bob’s Texas inside of the men’s restrooms when the band members are trying to find Dusty. A much larger and more iconic scene takes place at a rodeo and is shot in the Cowtown Coliseum. When the cast and crew celebrated the filming of the movie, they excitedly had their wrap party at Billy Bob’s Texas.

“My All American”

If you’re a sports fan, you’ll love the period biopic shot at Texas Christian University inside of the Amon G. Carter Stadium in 2005. It follows the University of Texas’ star safety on the football team, Joe Steinmark, played by Finn Wittrock, and takes place in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He contributed to the team winning the NCAA football championship in 1969.

Eventually, Joe was diagnosed with cancer and died in 1971 at the young age of 22, which the film captures beautifully. The film mainly took shots at the Texas Christian University’s campus when it was filming a majority of its live-action football game and practice scenes. It was also shot in other parts of Texas, including San Antonio and various locations within Dallas.

These are our top favorite films that used the beautiful city of Fort Worth to shoot legendary scenes. Is there one we missed that you don’t see on our list? Let our team at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth know by leaving us a message and we’ll add it to the list!

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