Movies

From the birth of the film industry, Kern has been a big part of movie magic. Whether the script calls for the Old West or the distant future, for locations around the world, or for a site out of this world, Hollywood looks to us. You may also recognize the backgrounds from your favorite television shows (Enterprise, E.R., Chicago Hope, Providence) and music videos (Creed, Vanessa Williams, Michael and Janet Jackson, Backstreet Boys) on your tour through Kern.

Many of the great movie cowboys earned their spurs in the Kern River Valley, where displays at the Kernville Museum chronicle the exploits of John Wayne, Tex Ritter, Gene Autry and Randolph Scott among others. Humphrey Bogart searched for the Treasure of the Sierra Madre on Split Mountain, and Cary Grant dodged the homicidal biplane from North By Northwest near Wasco. Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan and Bruce Willis have all filmed major features in Kern County.

MOVIES FILMED IN KERN COUNTY
(Partial list of movies filmed in Kern County. Click the links below to learn more about the films)

ARVIN/LAMONT
The X Files-Fight the Future
Joy Ride
The Grapes of Wrath

BAKERSFIELD AREA
Best Laid Plans
Psycho
Any Which Way You Can

BORON
Erin Brockovich
The Carpetbaggers

BUTTONWILLOW/LOST HILLS
The Cell
Wag the Dog

CALIFORNIA CITY
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
The Kid

FRAZIER PARK/LOS PADRES
City of Angels
Deep Impact

KERN RIVER VALLEY
Stagecoach
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

MOJAVE
Armageddon
Speed
The Right Stuff

RED ROCK CANYON
Jurassic Park
Starship Troopers
Capricorn One

RIDGECREST
Star Trek V
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Holes, Dinosaur

ROSAMOND
Rat Race

TAFT
The Best of Times
Five Easy Pieces
Thelma and Louise

TEHACHAPI
Star Trek-Generations
Terminal Velocity

WASCO
Frailty
North By Northwest