The Famous Outer Banks

Sunrise from Nags Head Pier in North Carolina

The Outer Banks is well known worldwide (or just in the US) as the perfect location for a relaxing vacation. But did you know that it has also caught the eye of many series and movie directors who wanted to glimpse our beautiful islands? We at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates wanted to share a pop-culture blog post on what famous movies and series have been filmed on the Outer Banks.


Small group of people watching movie outdoors at sunset. Open air cinema concept.

The Peanut Butter Falcon – This movie was filmed by local Outer Banks native Tyler Nilson and was out in 2019. This movie not only shows the beauty of our islands but also the dreams of one young man who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. You can find The Peanut Butter Falcon on several streaming services & is out for you to add to your movie collection at home. 

Brainstorm – While this movie was not filmed entirely on the Outer Banks, it has one scene. That location was at the Wrights Brothers National Monument in Kill Devil Hills. Have you seen this film before?

Call Sign Romeo – Another movie that should be hitting the big screen that was filmed on the OBX is “Call Sign Romeo.” It’s based on events during a State Championship wrestler in 2016 at First Flight High School.

Nights in Rodanthe – This film is based on a Nicholas Sparks book that made people fall in love with the Outer Banks even more as soon as it hit the theaters. This was filmed in the Village of Rodanthe, which you can view as you drive down Highway 12.

Message in a Bottle – Another film based on Nicholas Sparks’ book is Message in a Bottle. This film was released in 1999 and featured Kevin Costner and Robin Penn. It’s a love story that will make you want to have a romantic getaway to the OBX soon.

TV Series’

A marina / boat dock in Outer Banks, NC at sunset. The sun is setting on anchored fishing boats.

Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks – You can catch this series on the National Geographic Channel or Discovery Plus. It follows local fishermen navigating out through the Oregon Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean, where they battle for Bluefin Tuna. This series has been on the air for over seven seasons and is still going. Become a fisherman for the day and try your luck at catching a Bluefin Tuna too!

American Horror Story: Roanoke – Roanoke was the 6th season of American Horror Story TV series. While the season was not filmed on the Outer Banks, it follows The Lost Colony’s true story. The original farmhouse they based their “farmhouse” on in the series is nearby Martin County, NC.

Outer Banks – As an honorable mention, Netflix’s hit TV Series Outer Banks is not filmed on the Outer Banks but is filmed on location in Charleston, SC. In this series, you will see where they make it seem like it takes 30 minutes to get from the OBX to our Capital City, Raleigh…but we must tell you it takes roughly 3 ½ hours. 

We hope you enjoyed this fun blog post on our “Famous” Outer Banks as much as we did writing it. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will have you feeling like a “star!” Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates hope you and your family experience the OBX just like the movie stars do.   

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