Entertainment What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?  

Ranker Film
233 votes 44 voters 52 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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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead
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
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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more
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Some Like It Hot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
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
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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, 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
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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall
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
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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris
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
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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe
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
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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond
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
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Night Moves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Gene Hackman, James Woods, Melanie Griffith
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
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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
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
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The Florida Project is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Bria Vinaite
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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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
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
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Cars 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer
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
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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
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
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Aileen: Life and Death of a Se... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Jeb Bush, Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield
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
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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Arlene Pralle
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
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Aquamarine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Emma Roberts, JoJo, Sara Paxton
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
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Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy
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
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The Barefoot Mailman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added The Barefoot Mailman Terry Moore, Robert Cummings, Jerome Courtland
The Barefoot Mailman is a 1951 film directed by Earl McEvoy.
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The Yearling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Forrest Tucker
The Yearling is a Technicolor family film drama directed by Clarence Brown, produced by Sidney Franklin, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The screenplay by Paul Osborn and John Lee Mahin was ...more
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Where the Boys Are is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Connie Francis, Yvette Mimieux, Paula Prentiss
Where the Boys Are is an Metrocolor and CinemaScope American coming-of-age comedy film, written by George Wells based on the novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout, about four Midwestern ...more
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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
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
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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy
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
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Monster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne
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
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Ernest Saves Christmas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Dimos Dicoudis added Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney
Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1988 Christmas comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the third film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell, and chronicles ...more