Here are the 10 most significant filming locations around the Charlotte region that you may recognize on the big screen; Days of Thunder was filmed in 1990 – mostly here in the Charlotte region.The Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, was the setting for many of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s most iconic scenes.Apparently after filming ended the mansion was left abandoned and several fans found ways to sneak in and get their own shake ‘n bake experience.The iconic film from the 60s starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze was filmed entirely on Lake Lure, which is just west of Charlotte in Rutherford County.(demolished 12/11/14) The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, was filmed exclusively in North Carolina, and primarily around the Charlotte region.
The blockbuster comedy Shallow Hal, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black, was filmed exclusively in the Charlotte region (mostly Uptown, Dilworth, South Park, and Concord).
For decades, Charlotte has been one of the East Coast’s biggest cities for movies and television production.
It’s known for producing several legendary films such as Days of Thunder, Nell, Dirty Dancing, and most recently, The Hunger Games.
City Chevrolet, a sponsor for Cole Trickle early in the movie, is a real-life Charlotte area dealership that is owned by Rick Hendrick.
And Hendrick Motorsports prepared most of the cars in the movie and later used some of them in real races.