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The Best Indiana Movies

Updated February 1, 2019 573 votes 28 voters58 items

List RulesRegardless of where the movie was filmed, it must be set in Indiana. Vote up the best movies with Indiana as the backdrop.

Which of these movies about Indiana are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Hoosier State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Indiana but all of them are about or partially set in Indiana. With a few movies set in or around Indianapolis, the state of Indiana is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Hoosiers to A History of Violence, it's time to finally determine the greatest Indiana movies.

Vote up the best movies based in Indiana. Be sure to check back to see what other voters think about these Indiana films. Don't see your favorite famous Indiana movie? Add it to the list and find out how other film aficionados rank your additions.

  • 1
    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper
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    3

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene Hackman) and a local drunk (Dennis Hopper) train a small town high school basketball team to become a...  more
  • 2
    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin
    27
    3

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame...  more
  • 3
    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello
    23
    5

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. The...  more
  • 4
    Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley
    19
    2

    Released1979

    Directed byPeter Yates

    Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film that follows a group of four male teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana, who have recently graduated from high school. It stars Dennis...  more
  • 5
    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd
    16
    2

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and directed by John Sayles. The film is a dramatization of Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in...  more
  • 6
    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr
    15
    4

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban,...  more
  • 7
    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon
    11
    6

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

    A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust: All Others...  more
  • 8
    John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson
    11
    7

    Directed byKogonada

    Columbus is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Kogonada. A Korean-born, American-raised man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man...  more
  • 9
    Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson
    11
    7

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid Soren

    Turbo is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated comedy sports film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is based on an original idea by David Soren, who also...  more
  • 10
    Heather Graham, Sarah Silverman
    12
    9

    Released2001

    Directed byJames B. Rogers

    Say It Isn't So is a 2001 American comedy film starring Chris Klein and Heather Graham as two young lovers who come to believe that they are actually siblings. The film is directed by J.B. Rogers and...  more
  • 11
    Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman
    9
    5

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Dillinger is a 1973 gangster film about the life and criminal exploits of notorious bank robber John Dillinger. It stars Warren Oates as Dillinger and Ben Johnson as his pursuer, FBI Agent Melvin...  more
  • 12
    Liam Neeson, Tim Curry
    10
    7

    Released2004

    Directed byBill Condon

    Kinsey is a 2004 American biographical drama film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Charles Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of sexology. His 1948 publication, Sexual...  more
  • 13
    Demi Moore, Christina Ricci
    10
    7

    Released1995

    Directed byLesli Linka Glatter

    Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, Ashleigh...  more
  • 14
    Walter Brennan, Ward Bond
    8
    5

    Released1944

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Home in Indiana is a 1944 film directed by Henry Hathaway. The film, that stars Walter Brennan, Lon McCallister, Jeanne Crain, June Haver and Charlotte Greenwood, is based on the story The Phantom...  more
  • 15
    Mark Hamill, Stephen King
    7
    5

    Released1992

    Directed byMick Garris

    Sleepwalkers is a 1992 American horror film based on an original screenplay by Stephen King and directed by Mick Garris....  more
  • 16
    Chuck Connors, Ken Foree
    7
    5

    Released1987

    Directed byPeter Maris

    Terror Squad is an 1987 film directed by Peter Maris and set in Kokomo, Indiana. The film is notable for its bungling characters and poor production quality. The film is especially famous in Kokomo,...  more
  • 17
    Daniel Stern, Stacey Travis
    7
    5

    Released2012

    Directed byBrian Levant

    A Christmas Story 2 is a 2012 film directed by Brian Levant and starring Braeden Lemasters. The movie is a sequel to the 1983 & 1994 films A Christmas Story & My Summer Story respectively, and was...  more
  • 18
    Morgan Freeman, Betty White
    7
    7

    Released1998

    Directed byMikael Salomon

    Hard Rain is a 1998 American/British action thriller film, produced by Mark Gordon, written by Graham Yost and directed by former cinematographer turned director Mikael Salomon. It stars Christian...  more
  • 19
    Mercedes Ruehl, Glenne Headly
    2
    0

    Released1981

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Four Friends is a 1981 American Comedy-drama film directed by Arthur Penn. The semi-autobiographical screenplay by Steve Tesich follows the path of the title characters from high school to college...  more
  • 20
    Megan Krizmanich, Hannah Bailey
    2
    2

    Released2008

    Directed byNanette Burstein

    American Teen is a 2008 documentary film directed by Nanette Burstein and produced by 57th & Irving. It competed in the Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it received...  more
  • 21
    Anne Jeffreys, Marc Lawrence
    5
    5

    Released1945

    Directed byMax Nosseck

    Dillinger is a 1945 gangster film telling the story of John Dillinger. The film was directed by Max Nosseck. Dillinger was the first major film to star Lawrence Tierney. The B-movie was shot in black...  more
  • 22
    Burt Young
    5
    5

    Directed byStrathford Hamilton

    Diving In is a 1990 American film directed by Strathford Hamilton and starring Matt Adler....  more
  • 23
    John Mellencamp, Mariel Hemingway
    5
    0

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Mellencamp

    Falling from Grace is a 1992 drama film, produced by Little B and distributed by Columbia Pictures. Rock singer John Mellencamp makes his acting and directorial debut in this story by Lonesome Dove...  more
  • 24
    Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden
    2
    2

    Released1997

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Flubber is a 1997 comedy film and a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor, directed by Les Mayfield. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and stars Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden,...  more
  • 25
    Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins
    2
    7

    Released1956

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Friendly Persuasion is a 1956 Civil War film starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton and Phyllis Love. The screenplay was adapted by Michael Wilson from...  more