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What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?

Updated January 17, 2020 404 votes 66 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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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    The Florida Project is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Some Like It Hot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Night Moves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Aileen: Life and Death of a Se is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?

    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
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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?
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    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
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    It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Monster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Cars 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Aquamarine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    Donnie Brasco

    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byMike Newell

    Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and... more on Wikipedia
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    Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Flipper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    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
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    Rosewood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?
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    Rosewood

    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Rosewood is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923... more on Wikipedia
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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?
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    Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

    Rock Hudson, Robert Wagner

    Released1953

    Directed byRobert D. Webb

    Beneath the 12-Mile Reef is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Robert D. Webb. The... more on Wikipedia
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