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What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?

Updated January 17, 2020 581 votes 70 voters 3.1k 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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  • Citizen Kane1
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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
  • Scarface2
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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
  • The Florida Project3
    18
    9

    The Florida Project

    Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince

    Released2017

    Directed bySean Baker

    The Florida Project is a 2017 American drama film directed by Sean Baker. Set over one summer,...  more
  • The Truman Show4
    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
  • It Happened One Night5
    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
  • Some Like It Hot6
    13
    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
  • Moonlight7
    12
    8

    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
  • Raging Bull8
    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
  • Aquamarine9
    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
  • Goldfinger10
    10
    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
  • Night Moves11
    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
  • The Right Stuff12
    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
  • Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer13
    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
  • Apollo 1314
    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
  • Spring Breakers15
    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
  • Where the Boys Are16
    6
    5

    Where the Boys Are

    Connie Francis, Yvette Mimieux

    Released1960

    Directed byHenry Levin

    Where the Boys Are is an Metrocolor and CinemaScope American coming-of-age comedy film,...  more
  • Cocoon17
    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
  • Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer18

    Released2003

    Directed byNick Broomfield, Joan Churchill

    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer looks at Aileen's violent, tortured childhood in...  more
  • Because of Winn-Dixie19
    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
  • Monster20
    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
  • Cool Hand Luke21
    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
  • Cars 322
    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
  • Beneath the 12-Mile Reef23
    3
    5

    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
  • Bully24
    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
  • Ernest Saves Christmas25
    3
    5

    Ernest Saves Christmas

    Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn R. Cherry III

    Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1988 Christmas comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and...  more