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What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time? 

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Updated January 17, 2020 402 votes 64 voters 2.4k views 53 items

List Rules Movies must be set in Florida, rather than simply filmed in Florida.

Say what you will about Florida, but the state has been the subject of quite a few hit films. Whether a Florida movie sets itself within the happening Miami nightlife or shows the darker side of Florida in general, the films on this list are all worth checking out. In fact, some are even considered among the best movies of all time. From new drama films to classic thrillers, these movies set in Florida span a range of genres. 

Though much of the movie was actually filmed in California, the ever-entertaining crime drama Scarface has got to be one of the best Florida movies. A little crime, a little drama; this is a incredible movie regardless of where it's set. Then you have some early classics like It Happened One Night—a 1930's romantic comedy—as well as Where the Boys Are. Looking for a new Florida movie? The award-winning, coming-of-age film Moonlight is certainly one for the books, but if you want something a bit... different, you might give Spring Breakers a try. In short, if it's a Florida movie you're after, there are plenty of good ones—and you'll find the best of them right here.

What's the best Florida movie? Check out the list of movies set in Florida below and vote up your top choices, or those you think depict the Sunshine State best. 

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the 1932 film. In 1980s Miami, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) rises up and becomes a powerful ...more
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The Florida Project is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Bria Vinaite

Directed by: Sean Baker

The Florida Project is a 2017 American drama film directed by Sean Baker. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) as she courts mischief and ...more
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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Weir

The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, Laura ...more
4
Some Like It Hot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1959

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more
5
Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1980

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik ...more
6
Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

Released: 1941

Directed by: Orson Welles

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles's first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy ...more
7
Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe

Released: 2016

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more
8
Night Moves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Gene Hackman, James Woods, Melanie Griffith

Released: 1975

Directed by: Arthur Penn

Night Moves is a 1975 mystery thriller film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, and features early career appearances by Melanie Griffith and James ...more
9
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

Released: 1964

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more
10
The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1983

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more
11
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
12
Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1985

Directed by: Ron Howard

Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack ...more
13
Aileen: Life and Death o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Jeb Bush, Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield

Released: 2003

Directed by: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer looks at Aileen's violent, tortured childhood in Troy, Michigan and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking prostitute which culminated in ...more
14
Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels

Released: 2005

Directed by: Wayne Wang

Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, written by Joan Singleton, produced by Trevor Albert and directed by ...more
15
It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond

Released: 1934

Directed by: Frank Capra

It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father's ...more
16
Monster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

Released: 2003

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for taking six men's lives in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and ...more
17
Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

Released: 1967

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title ...more
18
Cars 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Cars 3 Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer

Directed by: Brian Fee

Cars 3 is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar. After being trounced in many races by hightech racer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), many begin to wonder if the ...more
19
Aquamarine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Emma Roberts, JoJo, Sara Paxton

Released: 2006

Directed by: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

Aquamarine is a 2006 Australian-American teen fantasy comedy film starring Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts, and Joanna "JoJo" Levesque. The film, which was made in both the United States and ...more
20
Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mike Newell

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles. The ...more
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Aileen Wuornos: The Sell... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Arlene Pralle

Released: 1992

Directed by: Nick Broomfield

Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer. A hitch-hiking prostitute, she killed seven of her clients, and is now on death row in the State of Florida facing the ...more
22
Flipper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Elijah Wood, Isaac Hayes, Paul Hogan

Released: 1996

Directed by: Alan Shapiro

Flipper is a 1996 adventure film remake of the 1963 film of the same name, starring Paul Hogan and Elijah Wood. The movie is about a boy who has to spend the summer with his uncle, who lives on ...more
23
Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, and ...more
24
Rosewood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Singleton

Rosewood is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 in Florida, when a white mob takes out blacks and destroyed their town, the film introduces ...more
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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Rock Hudson, Robert Wagner, Peter Graves

Released: 1953

Directed by: Robert D. Webb

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Robert D. Webb. The screenplay by A. I. Bezzerides was inspired by Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The film was ...more