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What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?

Updated January 17, 2020 572 votes 68 voters 2.8k views53 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
    Citizen Kane
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    10

    Citizen Kane

    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd

    Released1941

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Scarface
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    7

    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Florida Project
    18
    8

    The Florida Project

    Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince

    Directed bySean Baker

    The Florida Project is a 2017 American drama film directed by Sean Baker. Set over one summer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Truman Show
    12
    3

    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

    The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    It Happened One Night
    14
    7

    It Happened One Night

    Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

    Released1934

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Moonlight
    12
    7

    Moonlight

    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Some Like It Hot
    12
    7

    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Raging Bull
    11
    8

    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Aquamarine
    7
    4

    Aquamarine

    Emma Roberts, JoJo

    Released2006

    Directed byElizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

    Aquamarine is a 2006 Australian-American teen fantasy comedy film starring Sara Paxton, Emma... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Night Moves
    7
    5

    Night Moves

    Gene Hackman, James Woods

    Released1975

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Night Moves is a 1975 mystery thriller film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Gene Hackman,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    The Right Stuff
    6
    4

    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris

    Released1983

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
    7
    5

    Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

    Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield

    Released1992

    Directed byNick Broomfield

    Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer. A hitch-hiking... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Apollo 13
    7
    5

    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Goldfinger
    9
    8

    Goldfinger

    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

    Released1964

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Spring Breakers
    10
    9

    Spring Breakers

    James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens

    Released2012

    Directed byHarmony Korine

    Spring Breakers is a 2012 American film directed by Harmony Korine. While enjoying their... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Cocoon
    6
    5

    Cocoon

    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard

    Released1985

    Directed byRon Howard

    Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

    Released2003

    Directed byNick Broomfield, Joan Churchill

    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer looks at Aileen's violent, tortured childhood in... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Because of Winn-Dixie
    5
    4

    Because of Winn-Dixie

    Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb

    Released2005

    Directed byWayne Wang

    Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Monster
    6
    7

    Monster

    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci

    Released2003

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

    Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Cool Hand Luke
    5
    6

    Cool Hand Luke

    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1967

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Cars 3
    5
    5

    Cars 3

    Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo

    Directed byBrian Fee

    Cars 3 is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar. After being... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Bully
    3
    5

    Bully

    Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner

    Released2001

    Directed byLarry Clark

    Bully is a 2001 American film directed by Larry Clark, and starring Brad Renfro, Bijou... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Body Heat
    4
    7

    Body Heat

    Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner

    Released1981

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Flipper
    3
    6

    Flipper

    Elijah Wood, Isaac Hayes

    Released1996

    Directed byAlan Shapiro

    Flipper is a 1996 adventure film remake of the 1963 film of the same name, starring Paul Hogan... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Out of Sight
    2
    5

    Out of Sight

    Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Out of Sight is a 1998 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore... more on Wikipedia