Nestled in the picturesque countryside of southwestern Pennsylvania, Washington County serves as a captivating backdrop for many movies and series. Boasting rolling hills, quaint towns and historic landmarks, the county has attracted filmmakers seeking unique settings for their stories. In this blog, we'll embark on a cinematic journey through some of the notable movies shot in Washington County, exploring how the region's landscapes have played a vital role in shaping these cinematic masterpieces.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

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Avalon Motor Inn

Based on the book and starring Richard Gere this supernatural-mystery film was filmed in various towns throughout Washington County. With shots filmed in Elrama, Bentleyville and the now-closed Avalon Motor Inn in Eighty Four, you can see quite a bit of the landscape throughout the film.

Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

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Peters Township Middle School

Based on the bestselling Stephen Chobsky and starring Emma Watson, Paul Rudd and Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower was shot throughout various parts of southwestern Pennsylvania; however, a few Washington County locations as backdrops for some of the movie’s main scenes. These locations include Peters Township Middle and High School, as well as its football field.

Foxcatcher (2014)

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Washington High School

Starring Channing Tatum, Steve Corall and Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher has scenes filmed at Washington High School, Trinity High School and the PennWest California University Convocation Center.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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The Western Center

This horror-fanatic favorite was filmed all through Southwestern Pennsylvania and nearby northern West Virginia; however, the former Western Center in Canonsburg, PA portrayed the served as the setting for Baltimore State Hospital for the criminally insane throughout the movie.

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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West Middletown Cemetery

A 1990s horror cult classic, Nightmare of the Living Dead was filmed primarily in Washington County. With shots taken at a farmhouse on Jefferson Ave. and at the West Middletown Cemetery in Avella, fans of the movie can relive their “worst nightmares” to this day.


Mindhunter (2017-2019)

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W&J College

Mindhunter was filmed primarily in and around southwestern Pennsylvania. The true crime series features shots taken at Washington & Jefferson College and the George Washington Hotel.


Southpaw (2015)

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Washington County Courthouse

The popular boxing movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams, utilized Washington County’s courthouse in its production.

Warrior (2011)

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Hollywood Casino at The Meadows

Starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, this boxing movie utilized the Hollywood Casino at the Meadows, as well as various other scenic Washington County locations as its backdrop.

The Chair (2021)

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Washington and Jefferson College

The Netflix original series starring Sandra Oh was filmed primarily in various buildings on Washington & Jefferson College’s campus.


Author note: There have been many other movies, documentaries and series filmed in Washington County - this is just a select few! We’d love to hear about any of your favorites in the comment section below.