films The Best Southern Movies  

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List Rules Movies about or set in the region of the American South

When you think about the American South certain things probably come to mind, such as the Civil War, plantations, slavery, cotton fields, hospitality, southern charm, accents, a warmer climate, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and fried chicken! Some of cinema's most classic films are set in the rich landscape of the South
 
The southern part of the United States is home to some of the most important historical events in the nation. It's known for its hospitality and comfort food, as well as movies like The Secret Life of Bees, Rambling Rose, and Crazy Heart.
 
This list features the best Southern movies including: Forrest Gump, Gone With the Wind, Steel Magnolias, The Client, The Notebook, Fried Green Tomatoes, Ray, The Help, The Blind Side, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Radio, The Firm, The Prince of Tides, The Rainmaker, Where the Heart Is, and My Cousin Vinny.

Grab a plate of fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, fried anything else, and vote up your favorite Southern movie. Or, add a film not on the list.
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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Movies
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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Steel Magnolias Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field

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Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

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Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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The Help Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

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Sweet Home Alabama Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning

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Driving Miss Daisy Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith

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Sling Blade Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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Mud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Movies
Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, John Cusack

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

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The Secret Life of Bees Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah

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Mississippi Burning Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis

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Where the Heart Is Natalie Portman, Sally Field, Ashley Judd

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Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

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Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

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Lawless Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf

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The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

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My Cousin Vinny Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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Radio Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger

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Winter’s Bone Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt

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The Long, Hot Summer Paul Newman, Angela Lansbury, Orson Welles

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Ray Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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The Pelican Brief Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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Ghosts of Mississippi Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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Something to Talk About Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall, Dennis Quaid

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Cape Fear Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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The Adventures of Huck Finn Elijah Wood, Anne Heche, Ron Perlman

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Jezebel Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Margaret Lindsay

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The Prince of Tides Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin

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The Rainmaker Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke

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A Love Song for Bobby Long Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta, Gabriel Macht

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The Legend of Bagger Vance Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Matt Damon

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Crazy Heart Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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An Unfinished Life Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford

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Southern Comfort Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Peter Coyote

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JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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The Dukes of Hazzard Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds

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Sommersby Jodie Foster, Richard Gere, James Earl Jones