Starstruck in Texas – Hill Country Movie Countdown

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Starstruck in Texas - Hill Country Movie Countdown

By Jeromy Kusch

The heart of the Texas Hill Country is a dizzying 1,300 miles from Hollywood, California, but that doesn’t mean the Hill Country is void of cinematic culture. Quite the contrary, thanks to some big name-natives, and a developing music and artistic swing, Austin quietly developed into a Mecca, of sorts, for Hollywood elites looking to score box office gold in the Lone Star State.

Hundreds of large box office productions have called the capital home, but only a handful have explored the beauty, style and attitude of the smaller communities and independent nature of those who settled in and call this beautiful Hill Country expanse their home.

Take a look at these 5 Perfect Texas Hill Country Movies.

5. The Getaway: 1972

Starstruck in Texas - Hill Country Movie Countdown

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“The Getaway” is an action packed thriller that chronicles the odyssey of ex-con Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) and his fiercely loyal wife Carol (Ali MacGraw). As a condition of his release from an East Texas prison, Doc is expected to rob a bank for the corrupt and connected Jack Benyon (Ben Johnson).

The couple’s journey takes them from Huntsville to El Paso, but much of the filming and action takes place in San Antonio with stops in the Hill Country towns of San Marcos and New Braunfels. One such San Marcos location was an abandoned bank, now the Vault restaurant, was used as the bank for the gritty heist scenes for the film.

This scrappy old-school smash and grab flick, equipped with several Texas Hill Country locations and the never-quit attitude embodied by many Hill Country natives earns this Austin Film Society Hall of Fame classic the fifth spot on our Hill Country movie countdown.

4. Friday Night Lights: 2004

Starstruck in Texas - Hill Country Movie Countdown
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