Books & Movies



Books about Savannah

& Movies Made in Savannah

Recommended Reading: Savannah in Three Distinct Eras

Savannah (historical fiction) by Eugenia Price  civil war era
Books and Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor  1925-38

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, John Berendt  1981-1989

Movies Filmed in and near Savannah

     - Movie Title -  - Lead Actors & Story Line -
in production 2010 The Last Song Filming of Miley Cyrus movie set  on Tybee Island. "The Last Song" is a Nicholas Sparks-scripted adaptation of his upcoming novel.
1995 Something to Talk About Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall

a major scene is created outside the Six Pence pub on Bull Street

1998 The Ginderbread Man Robert Downy Jr. - a Savannah defense attorney adopts a high risk client; story by John Grisham;

great aerial shots of the marsh on Tybee

1994 Forrest Gump Tom Hanks - simplicity & emotional honesty cast into the Nixon - Kennedy era
1989 Glory Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman

A black regiment from Boston leads the charge

makes extensive use of the Roundhouse complex


Cape Fear Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen and Telly Savalas

The family of a Savannah lawyer is stalked by an ex-con.

See Savannah back in 1962.  NOTE - there are two releases of this movie!

1999 General's Daughter John Travolta - consequences of a rape at West Point.

very creative use of sites in Savannah

2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Will Smith, Matt Damon Charleze Theron

The hero's journey for a war damaged Savannah hero golfer

store fronts created near City Market

1999 Forces of Nature Sandra Bullock temps bridegroom Ben Afleck on his way to Savannah for his wedding

Midnight in the Garden of

Good and Evil

John Cusack, Kevin Spacey - the movie takes it theme but not plot from John Berent's best selling non-fiction book by this name
1998 Kiss of Fire Filmed on Tybee Island
1997 Wild America A great movie for kids.

Filmed at Hunter AAF, Broughton St. and Ebenezer Creek

2004 Undertow Filmed at the Roundhouse, Factors Walk and in Effingham County - Springfield & Guyton
2000 The Gift Filmed at 1117 Louisville Rd., 14 Gordonston, Bonaventure Cemetery, West Boundary at Louisville Rd.

Written by Billy Bob Thornton; stars Cate Blanchett; Rated R

1980 The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd Dennis Weaver; filmed at Ft. Pulaski

In 1865, Maryland physician Samuel Mudd (Weaver) became inadvertently linked to the murder of President Abraham Lincoln when he treated the broken leg of assassin John Wilkes Booth. Framed as Booth's co-conspirator, Mudd was sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor and suffered years of cruelty and hardship at a notorious penal colony. 


More Savannah-Specific Books on..


Savannah, A History of her People
Savannah River Plantations
A Present for Mr. Lincoln
Civil War Savannah
Historical Sketch of Tomochichi
Savannah Duels and Duelists
Black America - Savannah
Savannah in the Old South
Savannah, A Historical Portrait
Savannah in the Time of Peter Tondee
Mary Telfair



Savannah Revisited
Classic Savannah
Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens
Historic Savannah
National Trust Guide to Savannah
Savannah Style
Savannah Now and Then



Savannah - Her History
Low Country from Savannah to Charleston
Savannah Sketchbook



Savannah Style, Jr. League
Lady & Sons Cookbook and II
Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House
Savannah Seasons, Elizabeth at 37th
First Come, First Served



Savannah Spectres
Small Gardens of Savannah
Savannah Georgia & the Low Country

all of the above are available through Shaver's in Savannah

Other Especially Appropriate Savannah Sources:

 Books about the South: The Beehive Press

V & J Duncan Books, Prints & Maps


Books Out of Print - check for used copies:

The Water Lords by James Fallows
Ray Ellis' Savannah and the Low Country
Live Oaking: Southern Timber for Tall Ships

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