One of my favorite movies, Safe Haven, was filmed in Southport, North Carolina. Tim and I visited Southport a few years ago after the movie was filmed and before it was released. The locals were so excited about the movie. Every place we visited somebody mentioned the movie and how nice the cast was.
The Southport Visitor's Center has a display of the movies filmed there.
Crimes of the Heart was also filmed here.
Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina, and that could be why some of his other movies were filmed in Southport.
It amazes me that such a charming town has been the place where so many good movies have been filmed.