Hudson Valley in Movies:
10+ movies & Where they were filmed

What is your all-time favorite movie? Do you know where that movie was filmed? There are so many images of the Hudson Valley in movies and this trend is becoming more and more popular with up and coming movies.

The Hudson Valley is beautiful and captivating that it is no wonder that the movie industry has been filming more and more in our wonderful region.

Whether filmed at the magnificent and historic Mohonk Mountain House or the cities of Kingston or Yonkers, the images displayed are unique to the area.

According to the Hudson Valley Film Commission, over 500 films and movies have been made in the Hudson Valley. Their website has an extensive list.

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Hudson Valley in Movies

The Hudson Valley has long inspired filmmakers and television writers. Its abundance of nature, bridges, historic sites, majestic river views and more provide the perfect backdrop for cinematic movies and small-screen television shows.

Below is a list of some award-winning films that showcase the Hudson Valley in movies.


Big (1988)

This is a fantasy comedy-drama movie was directed by Penny Marshall. The film starring Tom Hanks & Elizabeth Perkins is a family favorite and is still a classic. Josh Baskin makes a wish to be big on a machine at Playland Park in Rye, NY after being told he is too short to go on a ride.

Available to watch on Hulu (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


Regarding Henry (1991)

Starring Harrison Ford, is the victim of a shooting. During the process of his recovery, he heals into a different, much nicer person. Also starring Annette Benning, this film was shot between New York City, White Plains and Millbrook, NY.

Available to watch on Hulu (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


You Can Count on Me (2001)

This drama starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin & Matthew Broderick. This Oscar-nominated movie is about a single mother living in the Catskill Mountains. It can be rented on several streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and iTunes. Some scenes were filmed in Phoenicia, NY while other parts of the movie were filmed in Margaretville, NY.

Available for rental ($2.99+) on several streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.


Super Troopers (2001)

This comedy is described by my husband as a “cult classic”. Starring the Broken Lizard Comedy Group, this movie showcases these pranksters as State Troopers from Vermont attempting to solve a crime. Filmed in many areas of the Hudson Valley, including, Mount Pleasant, Fishkill, Newburgh, Briarcliff Manor, Wappingers Falls, and Beacon.

Available for rental ($3.99+) on several streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.


War of the Worlds (2005)

This science-fiction action movie starring Tom Cruise with Dakota Fanning and was loosely based on a novel by the same name. The story centers around a dock worker attempting to reunite his children with their mother when aliens invade. Some parts of the movie were filmed in Athens. NY.

Available to watch on Hulu (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


The Departed (2006)

In this American crime thriller film, directed by Martin Scorcese has a star-studded cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin.  A number of scenes featuring Leonardo DiCaprio were shot at the county courthouse and library in White Plains.

Available on Amazon Prime Video (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


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American Gangster (2007)

The biographical crime movie is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a gangster who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War. Starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and was nominated for 21 awards, including two Oscars, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Available to watch on Hulu (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


Taking Woodstock (2009)

This comedy-drama movie is all about the 1969 Woodstock Festival and is based on a memoir by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte. Although this movie is based on the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY, the movie was actually filmed in New Lebanon, NY and East Chatham, NY.

Available to watch on Hulu (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.

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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

This comedy-drama stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. The ‘Idiot Brother’ comes along and wreaks havoc on his three sisters’ lives’. It premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Filming took place in Cold Spring, NY.

Available for rental ($3.99+) on several streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.


The Bourne Legacy (2012)

This action-packed movie starring Jeremy Renner. Although Matt Damon was in previous ‘Bourne’ movies, he chose not to be in this one. With some filming done in Hudson, NY, this final installment of the movies focuses on the exposure and possible destruction of a black ops program.

Available for rental ($3.99+) on several streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.


The Girl on the Train (2016)

This mystery-thriller movie is one of my favorites. Based on a best-selling novel, the movie stars Emily Blunt as a train passenger who witnesses a murder from the train window. Nominated for several awards, this movie was filmed in White Plains, Hastings-on-Hudson, and Irvington, NY.

Available for rental ($3.99+) on several streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.


A Quiet Place (2018)

Filmed primarily in Dutchess and Ulster counties, this science-fiction horror movie stars Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. Written by Krasinski, the movie follows a family who struggle to survive and raise their family in a post-apocalyptic world. Filming took place in the towns of Pawling, Beacon, and New Paltz.

Available to watch on Hulu (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


The Seagull (2018)

This historical drama is based on the play by the same name. Starring Annette Bening, and is set in the early 1900’s Russia, where a love triangle unfolds. Much of the film was shot at Arrow Park in Monroe, NY.

Available to watch on Hulu (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


BlacKkKlansman (2018)

This biographical comedy crime film is directed by Spike Lee and is based on a 2014 memoir by Ron Stallworth. Set in the 1970’s, this movie about the first African-American detective in Colorado Springs that set out to infiltrate and expose the local Ku Klux Klan chapter. Many scenes were filmed in Ossining, NY.

Available to watch on Hulu (subscription needed), HBO Go (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


Eighth Grade (2018)

This coming-of-age film is an independent film released at the 2018 Sundance film festival. The story focuses on a middle school teenager who struggles with anxiety but strives to gain social acceptance from her peers during their final week of eighth grade. The film was shot in Suffer, NY with shooting taking place at Suffern Middle School. For the mall scenes, exterior shots were taken at Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York, while interior scenes were shot at the nearby The Galleria at White Plains.

Available on Amazon Prime Video (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


Avengers: Endgame (2019)

This very popular superhero movie is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, the Avengers. The movie included a star-studded cast:  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin. Some scenes were filmed in Dutchess and Ulster Counties.

Available to watch on Disney+ (subscription needed) or rented on other streaming services.


I Know this Much is True (2020)

This television mini-series stars Mark Ruffalo as he plays two roles, identical twins brothers. The mini-series was filmed on location in Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Newburgh and Kingston.

Available to watch on HBO.


The Undoing (2020)

This limited series starring Nicole Kidman. The series was filmed in Port Ewen, Esopus, Kingston and the Town of Ulster.

Available to watch on HBO.


A Quiet Place II (2021)

Starring Emily Blunt and also showing some flashback scenes of John Krasinski, the movie continues the struggle of the family trying to stay alive while the creatures continue to hunt them. Filming occurred in Pawling, Dover, and New Paltz.

Fun Fact: Did you know this fact about Mohonk Mountain House?
Although “The Shining” was about a fictional hotel in Colorado, many believe the book & movie was inspired by the Mohonk Mountain House.


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