Spend A Weekend Watching These Alabama Inspired Movies


For many people, fall is their favorite time of year. Halloween and Thanksgiving are fun, but even better is the feeling you get snuggled up under blankets in your own home. While you’re relaxing on the couch, why not check out one of these Alabama inspired movies?

Forest Gump

One of the most well-known movies of our time heavily features the state of Alabama. Many of you have probably already seen Forrest Gump, but if you haven’t, it deserves your attention. The plot revolves around the character of Forrest Gump, who has an IQ of only 75. As various parts of history happen around him, such as the Vietnam war, the Watergate scandal, and more, the story is told through his unique perspective. Tom Hanks and Sally Field star in this inspiring tale of courage and love.

To Kill A Mockingbird

More famous as a book rather than a film, To Kill A Mockingbird is a story that many know, and if not, should be aware of. To Kill A Mockingbird follows the story of Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in a small town in Alabama during 1932. He is tasked with defending a black man who has been wrongfully accused of raping a white woman. The book, as well as the movie, sheds light on Alabama’s infamous history of racism. Ultimately, the movie has a message of hope.


Selma was released in 2014 and chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights. Once again, Alabama is set center-stage with equal rights. A famous part of our nation’s history, especially Alabama history, is the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. This true story is a must-see for those seeking to learn more about Alabama history and the civil rights movement.

Fried Green Tomatoes

A drama that will make you laugh and cry, Fried Green Tomatoes is an excellent film on a cozy, Sunday afternoon. Starring the talented Kathy Bates, Fried Green Tomatoes follows the story of Evelyn Couch (Bates) who befriends an older lady in a nursing home. The lady begins to tell Evelyn story after story and tale after tale about a young lady growing up in 1920’s Alabama. Evelyn is so enamored by the tales that she continues to visit the nursing home, just to hear more. This heartwarming story is for everyone.

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