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What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?

Updated January 17, 2020 795 votes 80 voters 3.7k views55 items

List RulesMovies 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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  • 1
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd
    28
    10

    Released1941

    Directed byOrson 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 Awards in...  more
  • 2
    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci
    24
    7

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin 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 Martin...  more
  • 3
    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer
    22
    8

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian 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 drug...  more
  • 4
    Gene Hackman, James Woods
    17
    6

    Released1975

    Directed byArthur 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
  • 5
    Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince
    16
    8

    Released2017

    Directed bySean 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 adventure...  more
  • 6
    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris
    15
    8

    Released1983

    Directed byPhilip 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
  • 7
    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti
    12
    7

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter 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
  • 8
    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard
    9
    6

    Released1995

    Directed byRon 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, Jr....  more
  • 9
    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland
    11
    9

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry 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, adolescence and...  more
  • 10
    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon
    14
    15

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly 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 order...  more
  • 11
    Dimos Dicoudis addedElijah Wood, Isaac Hayes
    8
    6

    Released1996

    Directed byAlan 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 the...  more
  • 12
    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper
    12
    12

    Released1967

    Directed byStuart 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 role as...  more
  • 13
    Dimos Dicoudis addedBijou Phillips, Rachel Miner
    6
    5

    Released2001

    Directed byLarry Clark

    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 written...  more
  • 14
    Dimos Dicoudis addedElle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb
    6
    5

    Released2005

    Directed byWayne 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 Wayne...  more
  • 15
    Dimos Dicoudis addedRock Hudson, Robert Wagner
    5
    5

    Released1953

    Directed byRobert 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 the...  more
  • 16
    Dimos Dicoudis addedDyan Cannon, Sally Kellerman
    5
    5

    Released2006

    Directed bySusan Seidelman

    Boynton Beach Club is a 2005 film directed by Susan Seidelman, a romantic comedy produced by her and her mother Florence. Based on experiences of Florence and her widowed friend David Cramer at an...  more
  • 17
    Taylour Paige, Riley Keough
    6
    6

    Released2021

    Directed byJanicza Bravo

    Zola is a 2020 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Janicza Bravo. Based on an infamous 148-tweet Twitter thread, Zola (Taylour Paige) meets a sex worker named Stefani (Riley Keough),...  more
  • 18
    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle
    6
    7

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn 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 fictional...  more
  • 19
    Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman
    5
    5

    Released1946

    Directed byClarence Brown

    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
  • 20
    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper
    5
    5

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

    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
  • 21
    Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick
    3
    3

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Morris

    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 commune in...  more
  • 22
    Dimos Dicoudis addedJeb Bush, Aileen Wuornos
    6
    8

    Released2003

    Directed byNick 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 the...  more
  • 23
    Dimos Dicoudis addedTerry Moore, Robert Cummings
    3
    5

    Released1951

    Directed byEarl McEvoy

    The Barefoot Mailman is a 1951 film directed by Earl McEvoy....  more
  • 24
    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino
    5
    7

    Released1997

    Directed byMike 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 film...  more
  • 25
    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard
    7
    10

    Released1985

    Directed byRon 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