Did you know that hundreds of movies and TV shows have been filmed in our beautiful town and surrounding forests? It’s true! Big Bear has served as the backdrop for many, many Hollywood productions for over 100 years. With the gorgeous scenery, picturesque forests, glistening lake and the close proximity to L.A…it’s no wonder Big Bear has been chosen as a filming location for several movies, TV shows, commercials and photo shoots.


Just a few of the notable movies & shows that have been filmed up here are:

Gone With the Wind (1939), starring Clark Gable & Vivian Leigh

High Sierra (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart & Ida Lupino

Old Yeller (1957), a classic Walt Disney film

Bonanza (1959-1973), starring Michael Landon

The Parent Trap (1961), a classic Walt Disney film starring Hailey Mills. Scenes shot at Cedar Lake.

Kissin’ Cousins (1964), starring Elvis Presley. Scenes shot at the Gold Mountain Mine in Baldwin Lake.

Paint Your Wagon (1969), starring Clint Eastwood

War Games (1983), starring Matthew Broderick & Ally Sheedy. Scenes shot at 7-Eleven and the lake.

Double Dare (1986), a Nickelodeon show starring Mark Summers that featured several local youth.

The Wonder Years (1988-1994), starring Fred Savage. Scenes shot at the lake and the old drive-in.

The American President (1995), starring Michael Douglas & Annette Benning

The King of Queens (1998-2007), starring Kevin James & Leah Remini

City of Angels (1998), starring Nicholas Cage & Meg Ryan

Doctor Doolittle 1 & 2 (1998), starring Eddie Murphy

The Insider (1999), starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. Scenes shot in downtown Fawnskin.

Magnolia (1999), starring Tom Cruise

Beethoven’s 3rd (2000), starring Judge Reinhold. Scenes shot in The Village.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005-  Present), starring Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey

When a Stranger Calls (2006), starring Camilla Belle and Brian Geraghty

Next (2007), starring Nicholas Cage and Julianna Moore

Blades of Glory (2007)- Starring Will Farrel and John Heder

The Orville (2017-Present)- starring Seth MacFarlane

And the list goes on…so many great movies. If you haven’t seen any, please take time to check them out. And if you have seen them, they’re all worth a re-watch.  Keep your eyes peeled for Big Bear in the background.

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