- Mary Caldwell For the AJC
If you've seen the recently released movie "Baby Driver," you've probably gotten caught up in the excitement of thinking, "Hey, I know where that is!" countless times as you watch the car chases unfold.
Atlanta plays a very prominent role in the movie, which was also filmed here. Though there’s a running list of films and television shows that are shot in the Atlanta area, there are fewer lists devoted to those films that have Atlanta plot lines.
If you want to see more of the ATL on the big screen, try watching these five films you probably didn’t realize were set in Atlanta:
The 2012 comedy features Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd as a married couple who are moving from New York to Atlanta after they both find themselves out of work. On their way to the city, they stop at a commune in Georgia before ending up in Atlanta. There's some back-and-forth as the characters are torn between the commune's free love atmosphere and the promise of jobs in Atlanta. And in a scene after the credits, the sister-in-law of Rudd's character is shown as a cast member of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Not only was the film set in Atlanta, but it was also filmed in Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Monroe and Clarkesville, which served as the setting for the fictional commune.
The winner of the Oscar for Best Picture was set in both Atlanta and Miami, although it was filmed in Miami and other parts of Florida.
"Moonlight" tells the story of its lead character through three stages of his life as he deals with his sexuality and identity. In his adulthood, Chiron, who is now known as "Black," is living in Atlanta, dealing drugs. By the time the movie’s plot changes from Miami to Atlanta, the character, who's now being played by Trevante Rhodes, is living alone in a small house and has bulked up considerably since his youth. The film’s last scenes, which we won’t reveal here, are also set in Atlanta.
The 2002 film is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who impersonated a doctor, lawyer and airline pilot while scamming people out of millions of dollars before he reached the age of 19.
Part of the film is set at the former Riverbend Apartments off Interstate 285 in Atlanta. Overlooking a bend in the Chattahoochee River, the complex became famous – or infamous – in the 1970s for its clubhouse keg parties, nude swimming and swinging singles lifestyle. And at the end of the movie – spoiler alert! – Frank is sentenced to 12 years in maximum security prison in Atlanta.
Atlanta – as well as the Braves – figure prominently in this story of an aging baseball scout who's given one last assignment to try to prove his value to the organization. Clint Eastwood portrays the Braves scout, who is accompanied by his daughter, played by Amy Adams, on a scouting trip to North Carolina.
The 2014 action-comedy stars Kevin Hart as a security guard who applies to the Atlanta City Police Academy. He tries to prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, played by Ice Cube, by riding along on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.
Along the way, the duo responds to a call at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, and you can also spot CNN Center and Bank of America Plaza in the movie.
In the movie's sequel, "Ride Along 2," the story returns to Atlanta, where the filmmakers turned the second floor of the Georgia Capitol rotunda into a night club.