The Best Movies About Iowa  

Ranker Film
280 votes 32 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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What's Eating Gilbert Gr... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
Cold Turkey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
The Bridges of Madison C... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
The Straight Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
Ice Castles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
Friendly Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
Michael is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
The Fighting Sullivans ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
The Final Season is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
Butter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
Sleeping with the Enemy ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
At Any Price is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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.
Happy Land is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Natalie Wood, Don Ameche, Harry Morgan
Happy Land is a film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Don Ameche.
Fanboys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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
The Coverup is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
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.
Iowa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Iowa Rosanna Arquette, John Savage, Michael T. Weiss
Iowa is a 2005 Crime and Drama film written and directed by Matt Farnsworth.
The Trouble with Girls ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Elvis Presley, Vincent Price, Dabney Coleman
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
16 to Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
16 to Life Mandy Musgrave, Theresa Russell, Shiloh Fernandez
16 to Life is a comedy film directed by Becky Smith and stars Hallee Hirsh as Kate, a bookish teen about to turn 16 who plays match-maker for her friends. Co-stars include: Shiloh Fernandez, ...more
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid
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
State Fair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres
State Fair is a movie directed by Henry King and starring Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, and Lew Ayres. The film was based on a novel by Phil Stong, was the first of three film versions of the ...more
Cedar Rapids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, John C. Reilly
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
In the Best Interest of ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Iowa
In the Best Interest of the Children Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Lynch, Sally Struthers
In the Best Interest of the Children is a fact-based TV film starring Sarah Jessica Parker who plays a woman struggling with manic-depression while raising her five children. This leads to the ...more