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Movies Filmed on Louisiana Plantations

Hollywood has been knocking on the door of Louisiana’s plantations since the 1950s, and their appeal for the big screen continues today with films like “Django Unchained” and “12 Years a Slave.” 


Band of Angels (1957)
Starring Clark Gable & Sidney Poitier
Ashland-Bell Helene

Drango (1957)
Starring Jeff Chandler

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Starring Bette Davis & Olivia de Havilland
Oak Alley & Houmas House

The Beguiled (1971)
Starring Clint Eastwood
Ashland-Bell Helene

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Made for TV and based on the book by Ernest Gaines, starring Cicely Tyson
Ashland-Bell Helene & The Cottage

Mandingo (1975)
Starring James Mason
Ashland-Bell Helene & Houmas House

The Long Hot Summer (1985)
Remake of the movie produced for NBC starring Don Johnson, Jason Robards & Ava Gardner with William Faulkner credited as a writer
Oak Alley, Ashland-Belle Helene & The Myrtles

Sister, Sister (1987)
Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh & Eric Stoltz
Greenwood & Madewood

Fletch Lives (1989)
Starring Chevy Chase & Hal Holbrook
Ashland-Bell Helene & Houmas House

Grand Isle (1991)
Based on “The Awakening” with Kate Chopin as a writer, starring Kelly McGillis & Ellen Burstyn

Netherworld (1992)
Starring Michael Bendetti
Oak Alley

Interview With the Vampire (1994)
Based on the book by Anne Rice, starring Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise
Oak Alley & Destrehan

Primary Colors (1998)
Starring John Travolta, Kathy Bates & Billy Bob Thornton
Oak Alley

The Skeleton Key (2005)
Starring Kate Hudson & Peter Sarsgaard

All the King’s Men (2006)
Starring Sean Penn, Jude Law & Kate Winslet

Midnight Bayou (2009)
Lifetime TV movie, starring Faye Dunaway
Oak Alley

Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010)
TV movie starring Raven-Symone
Houmas House

Django Unchained (2012)
Starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio & Christoph Waltz

12 Years a Slave (2013)
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt & Michael Fassbender
St. Joseph & Felicite

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  • Kim / October 31, 2013

    Another film, North and South (1985) was filmed at Greenwood Plantation.

    • Kim / October 31, 2013

      Oops, guess that one was actually a mini-series.

    • smookie / January 10, 2015

      No it was filmed on BoonHall plantation in south carolina

      • Strawberry / March 13, 2015

        Smookie, parts of it were filned at the Greenwood Plantation. I have been there, toured the home and have viewed actual pictures of the cast taken there on the front steps of this magnificent plantation.

        • Brenda / August 17, 2015

          North and South was setting for Justices home. The plantation originally burned down in the 60’s and was in the process of being rebuilt when the mini-series helped pay for the cost so they could use it for filming.

  • Rae / August 2, 2015

    Hope I can find them on Youtube.

  • Josie / January 19, 2016

    Can you recommend books, fiction or non-fiction based on Oak Alley Plantation?

  • Ann / April 4, 2017

    A shame what has happened to Houmas House.

    I know it is among other things a private residence, but you would think the state of Louisiana would have more control over what becomes of these beautiful historic treasures.

    The current owner’s tacky taste overshadows the historic grandeur of the home.

  • Jerry / January 26, 2022

    You failed to include The Cottage Plantation in your list. It should be included in the locations for Band of Angels.