Many movies and television shows have been filmed in Reno, Sparks and the larger Northern Nevada area since the 1930s. From Westerns, to comedies, to dramas, to romances, the Biggest Little City has served as the backdrop to films and television shows that have captured the imagination of audiences of all ages. So, if you’re planning a cozy day on the couch, consider broadcasting your very own marathon of entertainment filmed in Reno.

Popular Movies And Shows Filmed In Reno

According to, these are the some of the most popular movies and television shows filmed in Reno.

Fathers’ Day

Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus bring this comedy to life with hilarious performances. The basic plot: a woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy’s father. Rent or buy it from $2.99 on Prime Video.

Hard Eight

In this 1996 drama, professional gambler Sydney, played by Philip Baker Hall, teaches John, played by John C. Reilly the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine, plaid by Gwyneth Paltrow. Watch on Prime Video.


Released in 1996, this sports comedy tops the list of popular movies filmed in Reno. Staring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel, the movie follows a former star bowler who hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. Watch it for free with Prime Video.

The Misfits

This movie filmed in Reno is rich in history, as it was Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe’s last production. The black and white, dramatic western follows divorcée Roslyn Tabera played by Monroe, as she falls for an aging cowboy, Gay Langland, played by Gable. Written by Arthur Miller and directed by John Huston, the movie also stars Montgomery Clift and Thelma Ritter. Rent or buy it on Prime Video from $3.99.

The Muppets

Here’s another film where the attention paid to Reno isn’t necessarily the most positive. But, it’s better to see it from the source, right? In this adventure, comedy, a Muppet fanatic joins up with two humans to regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures. Rent or buy it from $3.99 on Prime Video, or watch it with a STARZ membership.

Reno 911!

Could a list of movies or shows about Reno really be complete without including this irreverent look at what goes on behind-the-scenes in Reno, Nevada’s Sheriff’s Department? Yes, most of the show wasn’t even filmed in Reno, and yes, its portrayal is questionable at best. But, if you’re going to fight misinformation about the BLC, you need to know the source material! Available on Comedy Central Now with Prime Video Channels.

Sister Act

We dare you to not sing along with Whoopie Goldberg in this classic 1990s film about a singer who is forced to hide in convent after witnessing a mob crime. Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, and Wendy Makkena round out the cast to this comedy that’s appropriate for the whole family. Rent or buy it from $2.99 watch on Prime Video.

The Women

Travel back in time to Reno’s heyday as the divorce capital of the world in this movie staring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland. The 1939 film follows four women, their lives, romantic entanglements, and the comedy and drama that ensues. Rent or buy it from $1.99 on Prime Video.

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