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10 Movies Filmed in Mendocino

Mendocino Films
The Majestic (2001)

Nestled along the stunning Northern California coastline, Mendocino is a picturesque haven that seems straight out of a movie. In fact, it has been! With its dramatic cliffs, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, and charming Victorian buildings, Mendocino has served as the backdrop for numerous films, capturing the hearts of moviegoers and inspiring wanderlust in anyone who's seen its beauty on the big screen. Join us as we explore 10 iconic movies filmed in Mendocino, each showcasing this enchanting location's allure.

1. East of Eden (1955)

James Dean's intense performance isn't the only memorable aspect of this classic film. The rugged beauty of Mendocino stands in for the Salinas Valley, setting the stage for this dramatic tale of family and rivalry.

2. The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966)

This comedy about a Russian submarine grounding off a small New England town was actually shot in Mendocino. The charming village and the scenic coast added an authentic feel to the movie's setting.

The Russians are coming movie
The Russians are Coming (1966)

3. Same Time, Next Year (1978)

The romantic tale of two people, who meet once a year at the same place, showcases Mendocino's beauty and its timeless charm. The cozy inn, lush settings, and the ocean's expanse provide the perfect romantic backdrop.

4. Cujo (1983)

Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, the terrifying tale of a rabid St. Bernard takes on an added eeriness with Mendocino's foggy landscapes, adding a foreboding atmosphere to the suspenseful plot.

5. The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

Mendocino's serene beauty contrasts with the intense karate battles of this beloved sequel. Its landscapes provide a tranquil backdrop for the movie's dramatic arcs and deepening character developments.

6. Dying Young (1991)

The emotional depth of this romantic drama is matched by the breathtaking scenery of Mendocino, where the lead characters find refuge and love. The picturesque locations add to the film’s poignant mood.

Dying Young Movie Setting
Dying Young (1991)

7. Pontiac Moon (1994)

Set in the summer of 1969, this film captures a family's adventurous road trip coinciding with the Apollo moon landing. Mendocino's unique landscape enhances the film's nostalgic and explorative spirit.

8. Practical Magic (1998)

This cult favorite about sister witches showcases Mendocino's enchanting architecture and misty shores, making it the perfect stand-in for the film's magical setting of New England.

9. The Majestic (2001)

Starring Jim Carrey, this film transforms spots in Humboldt and Mendocino into a quaint 1950s town that revives the spirit of a blacklisted Hollywood writer. The village's historic charm is a character in its own right. The town’s lighthouse is used as Point Cabrillo Light, located on a scenic headland just south of Fort Bragg. Additionally, some train scenes were recorded on the California Western Railroad in Fort Bragg itself.

The Majestic Jim Carrey movie
The Majestic (2001)

10. Murder, She Wrote - TV Series (1984-1996)

While technically not a movie, this long-running series is worth mentioning. Mendocino doubles as the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, where Jessica Fletcher solves crimes. The scenic views and cozy streets were as much a part of the show as the mysteries themselves.

Mendocino offers filmmakers and audiences alike a slice of timeless beauty, from its rugged coastlines to its enchanting town streets. Add exploring this coastal paradise to your bucketlist and don’t forget to pop by Cucina Verona. Here, savor dishes that mirror Mendocino's allure, marrying the art of cinema with exquisite local flavors. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience that brings the magic of the movies to your table!


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