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The Best Iowa Movies  

Ranker Film
258 votes 27 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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Butter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene
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
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Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder
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
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis
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
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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner
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
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Friendly Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Carol Burnett, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty
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
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Ice Castles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Robby Benson, Tom Skerritt, Michelle McLean
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
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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk
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
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The Straight Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Farnsworth
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
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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell
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
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Cold Turkey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Maureen McCormick
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
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Michael is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell
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
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The Final Season is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Rachael Leigh Cook, Sean Astin, Tom Arnold
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
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The Fighting Sullivans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Anne Baxter, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell
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
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Sleeping with the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor
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
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Fanboys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Kristen Bell, Carrie Fisher, Seth Rogen
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
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At Any Price is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Zac Efron, Heather Graham, Dennis Quaid
At any price is a 2012 adventure drama family film written by Ramin Bahrani and Hallie Elizabeth Newton and directed by Ramin Bahrani.
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Happy Land is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Natalie Wood, Don Ameche, Harry Morgan
Happy Land is a film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Don Ameche.
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The Hideout is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
The Hideout Treat Williams, Laura Morante, Burt Young
The Hideout is a 2007 mystery, thriller film written by Pupi Avati and Francesco Marcucci and directed by Pupi Avati.
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The Puppet Masters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Donald Sutherland, Keith David, Yaphet Kotto
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
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The Coverup is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Eliza Dushku, Alison Brie, Mark Pellegrino
The Coverup, previously known as The Thacker Case, is a crime-thriller film directed by Brian Jun and starring Gabriel Mann and Eliza Dushku.
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Iowa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Iowa Rosanna Arquette, John Savage, Michael T. Weiss
Iowa is a 2005 Crime and Drama film written and directed by Matt Farnsworth.
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The Miracle Season is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh
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
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State Fair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Jeanne Crain, Harry Morgan, Dana Andrews
State Fair is a 1945 American musical film directed by Walter Lang. Is a musical adaptation of the 1933 film of the same name, with original music by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The film stars ...more
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Noises Off is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve
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
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The Poker House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Iowa Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Chloë Grace Moretz, Selma Blair
The Poker House is a 2008 drama film written by David Alan Grier and Lori Petty and directed by Lori Petty.