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8 Movies Filmed in Butler County

Looking for the perfect film for your movie night at home? Why not one that was filmed right here in Butler County? There have been over a dozen movies that were filmed right here in our county. The next time you're looking for something fun to watch, check out of these eight movies that are available online to rent. Grab a cozy blanket, make some popcorn, and keep an eye out for the scenes filmed right here in the BC. 


1. Dark Waters

Dark Waters

2019 Drama/Thriller, PG-13

  • Summary: Filmed throughout Hamilton, Ohio, this movie is actually based off a true story that happened in Hamilton. A corporate defense attorney (Mark Ruffalo) takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy and shocking history of pollution.
  • Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins
  • Watch: You can rent this movie for around $6 on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play or Vudu. 


2. Ides of March

Ides of March

2011 Drama/Thriller, R

  • Summary: This movie follows the story of how an idealistic staffer for a presidential candidate gets a behind the scenes look on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail and includes scenes that are shot on Miami University's campus in Oxford, Ohio.
  • Stars: Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Watch: You can rent this movie for $3—$4 on iTunes, Google Play, YouTube or Vudu.


3. Gotti


2018 Biography/Crime/Drama, R

  • Summary: This movie is based off the true story of the famous crime boss, John Gotti, and his son. John Travolta filmed some scenes for this in the Butler County Jail.
  • Stars: John Travolta, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, Kelly Preston
  • Watch: You can rent this movie for around $3 on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play or Vudu. 


4. Carol


2015 Drama/Romance, R 

  • Summary: This movie is about an aspiring photographer who develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York. The Academy Award-nominated movie featured the downtown Hamilton mainstay, Kostas
  • Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
  • Watch: You can rent this movie for around $4–$8 on Amazon Prime, iTunes, or Vudu.


5. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Extremely Wicked

2019 Biography/Crime/Drama, R 

  • Summary: This movie was filmed in Hamilton and the Greater Cincinnati region, based on the true stories of serial killer Ted Bundy was (Zac Efron). The movie is filmed from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
  • Stars: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan
  • Watch: You can watch this movie for free on Netflix (with a Netflix subscription).


6. My Days of Mercy

My Days of Mercy

2017 Drama/Romance, R 

  • Summary: This movie is about the daughter of a man on death row, who falls in love with a woman on the opposing side of her family's political cause. Only one scene was filmed in Hamilton near Combs Park with the city’s power plant in the background. The scene was a protest outside the fictional prison depicted in the movie and it took a few days to film back in 2016.
  • Stars: Ellen Page, Kate Mara, Amy Seimetz
  • Watch: You can rent this movie for around $6 on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Youtube or Vudu. Watch it for free with a subscription to Sling TV or Stars.


7. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le

Surviving Compton

2016 Drama, Not Rated 

  • Summary: This movie follows hip-hop recording artist Michel’le’s in her early life in Compton and her tumultuous relationship in the early 1990s with N.W.A member and Death Row Records founder Dr. Dre. The movie was originally aired on Lifetime and made because Michel’le’s story was not included in the movie Straight Outta Compton. Throughout the movie, you'll recognize the streets of Middletown that were transformed into scenes from California.
  • Stars: Rhyon Nicole Brown, Curtis Hamilton, Kedrick Brown
  • Watch: You can rent this movie for around $3—$4 on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Youtube or Vudu.


8. The Old Man & The Gun

The Old Man & The Gun

2018 Biography/Crime/Comedy, PG-13

  • Summary: This movie is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Scenes from this movie were filmed in Downtown Hamilton. 
  • Stars: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck
  • Watch: You can rent this movie for around $15 on Amazon Prime, Google Play, or Youtube. You can also watch it for free on Hulu (with subscription). 


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