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Tulsa Films Collection at West Campus Library



DVD CoverThis is the first major film shot in Tulsa, but most scenes were actually filmed in Hollywood, CA. However, there are some beautiful shots of the old Hotel Tulsa and great footage of the city. To learn more about the movie, you can check out the book Sooner Cinema or watch the video Let's Go Downtown, available at the local library. You can also see footage from Tulsa's biggest parade, which celebrated the World Premiere of Tulsa in 1949. Read about it in this article by Scott Gregory for Tulsa People. In addition, this film is in the public domain and may be viewed legally online.

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DVD CoverThis 1989 cult classic was filmed entirely in Tulsa. In fact, when you listen to the commentary on the DVD, "Weird" Al will tell you the address of every location!  Follow this link to see some of the most memorable locations.  Sadly, Channel 62 is gone.

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August: Osage County

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Based on Tulsa native Tracy Lett's play, the film stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Filming took place in Bartlesville, Pawhuska, and Barnsdall during Fall 2012.


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DVD CoverThis film was shot in several of the surrounding communities including Ponca City, Pauls Valley and Guthrie. Keep a close eye out for former Tulsa KJRH meteorologist Jeff Lazalier in the film.


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DVD CoverThis 1996 film starring John Travolta is on a list of films made in Tulsa according to the Oklahoma Film Commission. If it was indeed filmed in Tulsa, figuring out which scenes feature the town is very difficult. Anyone know of "Tulsa" scenes in this film?

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Barking Water

DVD CoverThis film, directed by Sterlin Harjo, was a 2009 selection at the Sundance Film Festival.  It was filmed in Ponca City, White Eagle, Holdenville, Wewoka & Pawhuska. 


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Blood Cult

DVD CoverBlood Cult has been reported to have been the 1st film made for the direct-to-video market way back in 1985. If you ever decide to watch this film, be sure to look for the scene shot on the 4th floor of the old downtown Tulsa public library.


The Cherokee Word for Water

DVD CoverThe Cherokee Word for Water tells a story that led to Wilma Mankiller's becoming the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  Filming began in September 2011 in the Tahlequah area (downtown, Northeastern State University & the Illinois River) and premiered in the Fall of 2012 at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa & the Tahlequah Dream Theater.

A Christmas Snow

DVD CoverA Christmas Snow is a Christian-themed feature film made entirely in Tulsa by director Tracy Trost.

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DVD CoverOriginally released under the title Return to Sender, Convicted was filmed in Tulsa and at the jail in McAlester. It is known to have had scenes shot at the Philbrook Museum.


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The Doe Boy

DVD CoverThe Doe Boy about a Cherokee teen was filmed in the Cherokee Nation's capital city, Tahlequah.






All-American Murder

DVD CoverDirected by Anson Williams and starring Christopher Walken, All-American Murder was filmed, in part, in Tulsa (around the University of Tulsa campus) and Stillwater (on the OSU campus). 


Tulsa Filmmaking

Filmmaking has a rich history in northeast Oklahoma, dating back to the early 1900s, with the Millers Brothers 101 Ranch, located in Ponca City, serving as a significant hub for early film productions.

Modern filmmaking in Tulsa and its surroundings took off in the late 1940s, notably with the release of the film "Tulsa." The early 1980s witnessed a filmmaking boom in Tulsa, spurred by the adaptation of novels written by local author S.E. Hinton.

Presently, there is a renewed interest in filmmaking in Tulsa and its neighboring communities, with the recent production of several major motion pictures.

While this guide doesn't present an exhaustive list of films from the greater Tulsa area, it does highlight some of the most noteworthy titles.  

The Outsiders

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Perhaps the most well-known film made in Tulsa, The Outsiders was written by S.E. Hinton while she was a student at Will Rogers High School. Many known places are easy to find in the Tulsa area including the rebuilt Admiral Twin drive-in and several of the homes used in the production.


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Rumble Fish


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Rumble Fish was the 2nd of two "Tulsa" films directed by Francis Ford Coppola and the 3rd film of four based on S.E. Hinton novels. Explore some of the locations used in the film, and rediscover the unusual soundtrack by Stewart Copeland.




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This was the 1st film produced that was based on an S.E. Hinton novel and set the stage for several more films to be made in Tulsa in the early 1980s. Tex (along with The Outsiders and Rumble Fish) also helped launch the Hollywood careers of Matt Dillion, Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez. Check out these filming locations for Tex, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish.  Filmed in Tulsa, Broken Arrow & Bixby.

The Killer Inside Me

DVD CoverThis Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba film was shot in several locations around the area including Guthrie, Enid and Tulsa. Look closely for a scene shot just outside the Atlas Life building in downtown Tulsa.


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The Lamp

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This is a Christian-themed film starring Louis Gossett Jr. The Lamp was filmed entirely in Tulsa and may mark a new chapter or the rebirth of filmmaking in Tulsa. Check out this story.


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Near Dark

DVD CoverDirected by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Bill Paxton, Near Dark was filmed in Oklahoma, perhaps even in the Tulsa area. Because the sites are so rural, however, it is difficult to pick out anything noticeable.

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Rain Man

DVD CoverMost of this film was made in places other than Oklahoma. However, look closely for a brief scene that was filmed in Guthrie.


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To The Wonder

DVD CoverDirector Terrence Malick (formerly of Bartlesville) decided to use his prior hometown as well as Pawhuska and Tulsa (briefly) as filming locations for To The Wonder starring Ben Affleck. 

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Eye of God

DVD CoverEye of God was filmed just north of Tulsa in two small communities, Skiatook and Collinsville. It was directed by Tulsa native Tim Blake Nelson and stars Tulsa native Mary Kay Place.


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Four Sheets to the Wind

DVD CoverWritten & directed by Sterlin Harjo, Four Sheets to the Wind  was filmed in Tulsa and Holdenville (the director's hometown).  The film has won multiple awards.  


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Home Run

DVD CoverDirected by David Boyd (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead), Home Run was filmed in Tulsa & Okmulgee.  Look for scenes filmed at the old Drillers Stadium.  Premiered Spring 2013 in Tulsa. 


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Biker Fox

DVD CoverDirected by Jeremy Lamberton and fimed in Tulsa, Biker Fox takes a look at the life of Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka "Biker Fox", who is a health-conscious & motivational bicyclist, nature conservationist and muscle car enthusiast.  Known for his colorful attire & personality, it's hard to miss him around town when he's out on his bicycle.


Oklahoma Film + Music

Also Filmed in Tulsa


“OAKLAWN,” tells the story behind the public meetings and comments about the investigation into the search of the unmarked graves stemming from the Tulsa Race Massacre.  Vanessa Hall-Harper, Tulsa Community College instructor, has an appearance. 

DVD CoverAn uplifting documentary about NBA star and celebrated Jazz musician Wayman Tisdale - a favorite son of Tulsa. 

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Tulsa King is an American crime drama television series created by Taylor Sheridan with Terence Winter show running for Paramount+. The series stars Sylvester Stallone, marking his first leading role in a scripted television series.

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Reservation Dogs is a comedy series about four Native American teenagers growing up on a reservation in eastern Oklahoma. Filming locations include Tulsa, Sand Springs, Pryor, and other Oklahoma towns.  Created by Sterlin Harjo

Books on Oklahoma Films

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Shot in Oklahoma

This book is available for checkout at West Campus.

Party Crasher

DVD CoverAnother made-for-video film, Party Crasher has gained a cult following due, in part, to its poor filmmaking. 



The Rock 'n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher

DVD CoverThe Rock 'n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher  was was shot entirely in Tulsa during the Fall of 2008.  Released in 2010, it has received several independent film awards.



DVD CoverWhile most of Fandango was shot in Texas, a small scene was filmed in Tulsa. Check out this site to see the story behind the helicopter scene.  

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Where the Red Fern Grows

DVD CoverThis family film, based on the classic book by the same name, is about a young boy living in the Oklahoma Ozark mountains during the depression. Filming locations included West Siloam Springs, Tahlequah, Vian, and the small town of Scraper.


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Keys to Tulsa

DVD CoverYou would think that a film titled Keys to Tulsa would be filmed entirely here. The majority of the film, however, was shot in Dallas, TX. Although according the Oklahoma Film Commission, Tulsa was used as a location for shooting.      

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