There are lots of movies and TV shows with connections to the Lynchburg Region. Here are a few notable ones:
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) is the story of Lynchburg native and World War II hero Desmond T. Doss. Also, the screenplay was co-written by Randall Wallace, a graduate of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.
Braveheart (1995), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Man in the Iron Mask (1995) also were written or co-written by Randall Wallace.
The Vanishing Virginian (1942), based on a book by Lynchburg native Rebecca Yancey Williams, was set in early-twentieth-century Lynchburg.
What About Bob? (1991) and Lake Effects (2012) were filmed at Smith Mountain Lake. Lake Effects also was set there.
Sommersby (1993), a Reconstruction-era drama starring Jodie Foster and Richard Gere, was filmed in Appomattox.
Finding Faith (2012) was filmed in Lynchburg and Bedford.
77 Chances (2015) was filmed at several Lynchburg locations, among them Liberty University, the White Hart coffee shop and Monument Terrace.
The Queen of Katwe (2016) tells the story of a Ugandan girl involved in the chess program sponsored by Sports Outreach, a Lynchburg-based nonprofit.
Two movies have been made about David Horton, Lynchburg ultramarathon legend and longtime Liberty University professor: The Runner (2006) and Extraordinary (2017). Extraordinary, which tells the story of Horton’s 1995 running of the Trans-America Footrace, was filmed at Lynchburg locations, including Miller Park.
Shoeless Wonders (in pre-production) tells the story of the barefoot football team from the Lynchburg’s Presbyterian Home (now known as HumanKind). Also, screenwriter Rebecca Rogers Nelson and producer Sara Elizabeth Timmins are Lynchburg Region residents.
Famous Folks from the Region:
Amherst County native Pierre Thomas is an ABC News correspondent.
Emmy-winning editor and director Ryan Case (Modern Family) was born in Lynchburg, as was writer, producer and actor Chuck Carrington (Cowboy Drifter). Actor, singer/songwriter, producer and director Phil Vassar (For the Love of a Dog, Saving Faith) is a Lynchburg native.
An episode of the reality TV show, Who do you think you are? was filmed in the Lynchburg Region and featured Jones Memorial Library and other familiar sights.
Actress Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) grew up in Lynchburg.
The following actors and actresses also are natives of the Lynchburg Region:
Skeet Ulrich (As Good as it Gets, Scream, 50 to 1), Anthony Clark (The Rock, Boston Common), J. Eddie Peck (Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, Lambada), Carl Anderson (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Color Purple, Another World), Deborah Adair (Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place) and Eli Harris (The Nanny Diaries, Zoo).