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The Best Movies About Iowa

Updated August 8, 2019 602 votes 45 voters46 items

List RulesRegardless 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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    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway
    Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring...  more
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    The Fighting Sullivans

    Anne Baxter, Ward Bond
    The Fighting Sullivans, originally released as The Sullivans, is a 1944 American biographical...  more
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    Cold Turkey

    Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart
    Cold Turkey is a 1971 satirical comedy film. It stars Dick Van Dyke plus a long list of...  more
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who...  more
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    The Bridges of Madison County

    Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep
    The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling...  more
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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and...  more
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    Butter

    Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman
    Butter is a 2011 comedy film directed by Jim Field Smith, from a screenplay by Jason Micallef,...  more
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    Friendly Fire

    Carol Burnett, Sam Waterston
    Friendly Fire is an American television movie first broadcast on the ABC network on April 22,...  more
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    Sleeping with the Enemy

    Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin
    Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and...  more
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    The Trouble with Girls

    Elvis Presley, Vincent Price
    The Trouble with Girls, the full title of which is The Trouble with Girls, is a 1969 film...  more
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    Ice Castles

    Robby Benson, Tom Skerritt
    Ice Castles is a 1978 American romantic drama film directed by Donald Wrye and starring...  more
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    The Final Season

    Rachael Leigh Cook, Sean Astin
    The Final Season is a 2007 baseball film starring Sean Astin, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tom Arnold,...  more
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    The Coverup

    Eliza Dushku, Alison Brie
    The Coverup, previously known as The Thacker Case, is a crime-thriller film directed by Brian...  more
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    Michael

    John Travolta, Carla Gugino
    Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta...  more
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    Happy Land

    Natalie Wood, Don Ameche
    Happy Land is a film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Don Ameche....  more
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    The Miracle Season

    Helen Hunt, William Hurt
    The Miracle Season is a 2018 sports drama film directed by Sean McNamara. After the tragic...  more
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    The Straight Story

    Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton
    The Straight Story is a 1999 biographical drama film directed by David Lynch. The film was...  more
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    State Fair

    Jeanne Crain, Harry Morgan
    State Fair is a 1945 American musical film directed by Walter Lang. Is a musical adaptation of...  more
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    16 to Life

    Mandy Musgrave, Theresa Russell
    16 to Life is a comedy film directed by Becky Smith and stars Hallee Hirsh as Kate, a bookish...  more
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    Iowa

    Rosanna Arquette, John Savage
    Iowa is a 2005 Crime and Drama film written and directed by Matt Farnsworth....  more
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    Ed and His Dead Mother

    Steve Buscemi, Ned Beatty
    Ed and His Dead Mother is a 1993 American dark comedy and cult classic film starring Steve...  more
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    Noises Off

    Michael Caine, Carol Burnett
    Noises Off is a 1992 comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The screenplay by Marty Kaplan...  more
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    In the Best Interest of the Children

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Lynch
    In the Best Interest of the Children is a fact-based TV film starring Sarah Jessica Parker who...  more
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    The Hideout

    Treat Williams, Laura Morante
    The Hideout is a 2007 mystery, thriller film written by Pupi Avati and Francesco Marcucci and...
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    The Puppet Masters

    Donald Sutherland, Keith David
    The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and...  more