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Fort Worth in the spotlight among top 5 filming locations in Texas

Fort Worth in the spotlight among top 5 filming locations in Texas

Fort Worth Stockyards
Is there a better filming location than the iconic Fort Worth Stockyards? Photo courtesy of Fort Worth CVB

What do Logan's Run; Necessary Roughness; and Walker, Texas Ranger have in common? They were all filmed mostly, or partially, right here in Fort Worth.

According to GoCompare.com, Fort Worth is the fifth most-filmed city in the Lone Star State, with 331 movie and TV productions. Four other DFW spots appear in the top 10, including Dallas, at No. 2.

Austin is the most filmed city in Texas, with 2,257 movie and TV productions. Those productions range from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original and the remake) to Miss Congeniality and virtually anything star filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater have shot. 

Houston is third, and it also boasts the most-filmed location in the state: Johnson Space Center. It's been used for everything from Apollo 13 and Armageddon to Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon and the Clint Eastwood movie Space Cowboys.

The site compiled the list from the "filming locations" section of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Overall, Texas is the third most-filmed state — 8,164 total productions. Here is the list of most-filmed cities in Texas:

  1. Austin: 2,257 (Miss CongenialityBoyhoodTexas Chainsaw Massacre, True Grit)
  2. Dallas: 1,537 (RobocopBoys Don't CryAny Given Sunday)
  3. Houston: 1,279 (Apollo 13ArmageddonUrban Cowboy)
  4. San Antonio: 564 (Ace Ventura: When Nature CallsMiss CongenialityPee-Wee's Big Adventure)
  5. Fort Worth: 331 (Logan's Run; Necessary Roughness; Walker, Texas Ranger)
  6. Arlington: 179 (The RookiePrison BreakEntourage)
  7. El Paso: 177 (The CounselorThe Day After TomorrowMan of Fire)
  8. Denton: 137 (Necessary RoughnessArmageddonBonnie and Clyde)
  9. Corpus Christi: 97 (Pearl HarborSelenaThe Mentalist)
  10. Plano: 85 (DallasWishbone)