Movies to Watch Featuring St. Pete/Clearwater

Through the year, St. Pete/Clearwater has been the backdrop for many of Hollywood’s creations. Check out our list of movies that feature (or cameo) many of our beautiful communities in St. Pete/Clearwater.

Winter and her companion at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Winter lived at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and was the inspirational star of Dolphin Tale.


Dolphin Tale

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Need a story to brighten your kids’ day? Starring Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Winter (the inspirational real-life dolphin with a prosthetic tail who was rescued in 2005 and passed away in November 2021), along with Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, this heartwarming family flick released in 2011 is sure to fit the bill. Available on YouTube and Amazon.


Dolphin Tale 2

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Reprising its all-star cast, this sequel sees new drama unfold for Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s famous dolphin, Winter. Available on YouTube, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play and iTunes.


Ocean's Eleven

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With a swoon-worthy list of actors (George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon), this action film about a casino heist is sure to keep you on the edge of your couch. Keep your eyes peeled for what was Derby Lane dog track toward the beginning of the movie. Available on YouTube, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play and iTunes.


Magic Mike

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This popular 2012 movie stars an ultra-buff Channing Tatum as a man who chases the American Dream by day and performs in an all-male revue at night. St. Pete and St. Pete Beach were locations in the film. Available on YouTube, Amazon and Google Play.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Fantasy? Adventure? Children with special powers? We’re in! This movie adaptation of the well-loved children’s book by Ransom Riggs (who grew up in nearby Sarasota) is a family fav. The 2016 film was directed by Tim Burton, so you can expect plenty that’s quirky and dark. You may notice St. Pete and Largo make appearances. Watch it on YouTube, Amazon, VUDU or Google Play.


Great Expectations

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With a star-studded cast including Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert De Niro, this film adaptation is a modern twist on the classic Dickens tale. Fort DeSoto Park was one of the filming locations. Watch this film on YouTube, VUDU or Google Play.


Lethal Weapon 3

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Sometimes, you can’t get enough of a good thing, and this 1992 three-quel with scenes shot in Clearwater brings back plenty of action along with stars Danny Glover, Mel Gibson and Joe Pesci. Available on YouTube, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play and iTunes.


Grace is Gone

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John Cusack stars in this award-winning 2007 film about a dad and his two young daughters who embark on an epic road trip after his wife dies in Iraq. Fort De Soto Park was a filming location. Available on YouTube, Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.


Love in the Sun

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Fans of Hallmark Channel movies know that - while the main characters may face seemingly insurmountable challenges - the story always has a happy ending. Check out this locally-shot flick featuring St. Pete, Fort DeSoto Park, Phillippe Park and Safety Harbor to get your Hallmark on.


The Favourite

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Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and Largo may seem like unusual filming locations for a period piece set in 18th-century England, but this Oscar-nominated film about Queen Anne makes it work. Don’t miss the performances of stars Emma Stone and Olivia Colman. Watch it on YouTube, Hulu, Amazon, VUDU and Google Play.


Edward Scissorhands

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A very young Johnny Depp stars in this inventive 1990 film directed by Tim Burton about a young man who has scissors rather than hands. The film was shot throughout Tampa Bay. Available on YouTube, VUDU, Google Play and iTunes.


Sunlight Jr.

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Naomi Watts, Tess Harper and Matt Dillon star in this 2013 drama about a convenience store clerk and her disabled boyfriend who have hopes of a better life. Filming locations included St. Pete and Clearwater. Available on Amazon, VUDU and iTunes.


Sun Don't Shine

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This 2013 drama with a hint of horror follows a woman and her boyfriend on a tense, mysterious trip through Central Florida’s beautiful landscape, including Fort DeSoto Park and St. Pete as shooting locations. Available on YouTube, Amazon, VUDU and iTunes.


Waiting on Mary

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In this quirky film, a recently divorced actor retreats into a role as a Colonial scout while exploring his surroundings, including local locations such as Heritage Village, St. Pete and Gulfport. Available on YouTube, Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.