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What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time? 

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Updated January 17, 2020 328 votes 57 voters 2.1k 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?
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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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 2 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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The Florida Project is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 4 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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The Day Shall Come is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks
The Day Shall Come is a 2019 British-American satirical black comedy thriller film directed by Chris Morris. Moses (Marchánt Davis), the impoverished leader of a small Hebrew Israelite ...more
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Crawl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson
Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya Scodelario) becomes trapped in a flooding house trying to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5 ...more
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Some Like It Hot is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Bad Boys for Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Joe Pantoliano
Bad Boys for Life is a 2020 is an action crime comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and the third film in the series. Detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike ...more
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The Barefoot Mailman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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Terry Moore, Robert Cummings, Jerome Courtland
The Barefoot Mailman is a 1951 film directed by Earl McEvoy.
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Where the Boys Are is listed (or ranked) 12 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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The Yearling is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Ernest Saves Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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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
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Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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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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The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Night Moves is listed (or ranked) 17 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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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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Rock Hudson, Robert Wagner, Peter Graves
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
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Tony Rome is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Gena Rowlands
Tony Rome is a 1967 detective film starring Frank Sinatra and directed by Gordon Douglas, adapted from Marvin H. Albert's novel Miami Mayhem. The story follows the adventures of Miami private ...more
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Licence to Kill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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Benicio del Toro, Timothy Dalton, Talisa Soto
This film, released in 1989, is the sixteenth entry in the James Bond film series by Eon Productions, and the first one not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story. It is the fifth consecutive ...more
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Andre the Butcher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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Ron Jeremy, Maury Sterling, Heather Philipsen
Andre the Butcher is a 2005 horror comedy film, written and directed by Philip Cruz. The film stars Ron Jeremy as the title character.
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Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario
Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, based on the television series of the same name. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the no-nonsense leader of an elite ...more
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Bully is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl
Bully is a 2001 American film directed by Larry Clark, and starring Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt, Leo Fitzpatrick, Kelli Garner, and Nick Stahl. The screenplay was ...more