As one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon has been the host of some of the biggest Blockbuster movies that have ever been filmed. With breathtaking scenic views, various hiking terrains, unpredictable weather and miles of wilderness, the enormous canyon proves to be the perfect backdrop for a wide range of movie genres.
Although you might think that most of this movie takes place in the Grand Canyon, the large outdoor attraction is not seen until the end of the film. Even so, the Grand Canyon is referenced throughout the entire movie and plays a big role in each cast members’ pasts. With movies stars Danny Glover, Steve Martin, Mary-Louise Parker and Kevin Kline, this is one “feel good” story that every movie fan should watch.
Thelma and Louise
Starring Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and a young Brad Pitt, Thelma and Louise is the story of two women that are fed up with men and start on a liberating adventure. For anyone that is familiar with the movie, you will remember the police chasing Thelma and Louise as the two women drive over a cliff into the Grand Canyon.
National Lampoon’s Vacation
The first of many National Lampoon movies that featured Chevy Chase as Clark Griswald, this Grand Canyon flick is possibly one of the funniest comedies of the ’80s. The scene with Griswald (Chevy Chase) driving down the Arizona highway, looking at the attractive female in the car next to him is unforgettable as he loses control of the vehicle and crashes into the Grand Canyon.
Fools Rush In
Filmed in the Grand Canyon, this movie showcases Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry. This is the story of Perry’s character (Alex) falling in love with a girl he just met and meeting her family. The wedding and other parts of the movie take place in the Grand Canyon.
Many people don’t realize that a few of the scenes from the 2007 movie, Transformers, was actually filmed in the Grand Canyon. Anyone that has seen the movie will remember the different desert scenes that showed some of the “bad” machines attacking characters played by Tyrese and Josh Duhamel.
The Trial of Billy Jack
Of course, this list would not be complete without a cowboy movie that was filmed in the Grand Canyon. Starring Tom Laughlin and Elizabeth James, this movie is one of the many Billy Jack movies that were filmed in the ’70s.