The Best Movies About Iowa 

Ranker Film
Updated August 8, 2019 387 votes 40 voters 46 items

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

Which of these movies about Iowa are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Hawkeye State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Iowa but all of them are about or partially set in Iowa. With several movies set in the cities of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, the state of Iowa is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Field of Dreams to What's Eating Gilbert Grape, it's time to finally determine the greatest Iowa movies.

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

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more
What's Eating Gilbert Gr... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1993

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Peter Hedges wrote the ...more
The Straight Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Farnsworth

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Lynch

The Straight Story is a 1999 biographical drama film directed by David Lynch. The film was edited and produced by Mary Sweeney, Lynch's longtime partner and co-worker. She co-wrote the script ...more
The Final Season is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Rachael Leigh Cook, Sean Astin, Tom Arnold

Released: 2007

Directed by: David M. Evans

The Final Season is a 2007 baseball film starring Sean Astin, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tom Arnold, Powers Boothe, Brett Claywell, Michael Angarano, and Marshall Bell and directed by David Mickey ...more
Michael is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell

Released: 1996

Directed by: Nora Ephron

Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta as the Archangel Michael, who is sent to Earth to do various tasks. The cast includes Andie ...more
The Bridges of Madison C... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk

Released: 1995

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and Malpaso ...more
Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder

Released: 1967

Directed by: Arthur Penn

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film ...more
The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Breck Eisner

The Crazies is a 2010 American horror film directed by Breck Eisner, with a screenplay by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright. The film is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name by George A. Romero, ...more
Cold Turkey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Maureen McCormick

Released: 1971

Directed by: Norman Lear

Cold Turkey is a 1971 satirical comedy film. It stars Dick Van Dyke plus a long list of comedic actors, several of whom are well known to North American television audiences. The film was ...more
The Fighting Sullivans ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Anne Baxter, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell

Released: 1944

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

The Fighting Sullivans, originally released as The Sullivans, is a 1944 American biographical war film directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Edward Doherty, Mary C. McCall Jr., and Jules ...more
Fanboys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Kristen Bell, Carrie Fisher, Seth Rogen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Kyle Newman

Fanboys is a 2009 comedy film directed by Kyle Newman and starring Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell. It was released in the United States on February 6, ...more
Butter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jim Field Smith

Butter is a 2011 comedy film directed by Jim Field Smith, from a screenplay by Jason Micallef, starring Yara Shahidi, Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, ...more
Ice Castles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Robby Benson, Tom Skerritt, Michelle McLean

Released: 1978

Directed by: Donald Wrye

Ice Castles is a 1978 American romantic drama film directed by Donald Wrye and starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson. A paperback novelization of the screenplay, by Leonore Fleischer, was ...more
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Kingpin is a 1996 American sport comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, and Bill Murray. It was filmed in and around Pittsburgh, ...more
Friendly Fire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Carol Burnett, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty

Released: 1979

Directed by: David Greene

Friendly Fire is an American television movie first broadcast on the ABC network on April 22, 1979. Watched that night by an estimated 64 million people, Friendly Fire went on to win four Emmy ...more
At Any Price is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Zac Efron, Heather Graham, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ramin Bahrani

At any price is a 2012 adventure drama family film written by Ramin Bahrani and Hallie Elizabeth Newton and directed by Ramin Bahrani.
Sleeping with the Enemy ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor

Released: 1991

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin. The film is based on Nancy Price's 1987 novel of the same ...more
Cedar Rapids is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, John C. Reilly

Released: 2011

Directed by: Miguel Arteta

Cedar Rapids is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Miguel Arteta. The script, written by Phil Johnston, was included on the 2009 Black List, a Hollywood list of the most popular unproduced ...more
The Miracle Season is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sean McNamara

The Miracle Season is a 2018 sports drama film directed by Sean McNamara. After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls ...more
Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

Released: 2009

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more
Happy Land is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Natalie Wood, Don Ameche, Harry Morgan

Released: 1943

Directed by: Irving Pichel

Happy Land is a film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Don Ameche.
The Puppet Masters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Donald Sutherland, Keith David, Yaphet Kotto

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stuart Orme

The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and David S. Goyer from Robert A. Heinlein’s 1951 novel of the same title, in which a trio of American ...more
The Trouble with Girls ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Elvis Presley, Vincent Price, Dabney Coleman

Released: 1969

Directed by: Peter Tewksbury

The Trouble with Girls, the full title of which is The Trouble with Girls, is a 1969 film starring Elvis Presley. It was one of his final acting roles, along with the same year's Change of ...more
Noises Off is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Noises Off Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve

Released: 1992

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Noises Off is a 1992 comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The screenplay by Marty Kaplan is based on the 1982 play of the same name by Michael Frayn. An ensemble cast includes Michael ...more
The Hideout is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
The Hideout Treat Williams, Laura Morante, Burt Young

Released: 2007

Directed by: Pupi Avati

The Hideout is a 2007 mystery, thriller film written by Pupi Avati and Francesco Marcucci and directed by Pupi Avati.