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The Best Movies About Iowa

Updated August 8, 2019 581 votes 42 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.

  • 1
    Field of Dreams
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape
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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released1993

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Butter
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    8

    Butter

    Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byJim Field Smith

    Butter is a 2011 comedy film directed by Jim Field Smith, from a screenplay by Jason Micallef,... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Bridges of Madison County
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    6

    The Bridges of Madison County

    Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

    Released1995

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Friendly Fire
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    4

    Friendly Fire

    Carol Burnett, Sam Waterston

    Released1979

    Directed byDavid Greene

    Friendly Fire is an American television movie first broadcast on the ABC network on April 22,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Sleeping with the Enemy
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    5

    Sleeping with the Enemy

    Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin

    Released1991

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Final Season
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    The Final Season

    Rachael Leigh Cook, Sean Astin

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Final Season is a 2007 baseball film starring Sean Astin, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tom Arnold,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Ice Castles
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    5

    Ice Castles

    Robby Benson, Tom Skerritt

    Released1978

    Directed byDonald Wrye

    Ice Castles is a 1978 American romantic drama film directed by Donald Wrye and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Michael
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    5

    Michael

    John Travolta, Carla Gugino

    Released1996

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Coverup
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    The Coverup

    Eliza Dushku, Alison Brie

    Released2008

    Directed byBrian Jun

    The Coverup, previously known as The Thacker Case, is a crime-thriller film directed by Brian... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Bonnie and Clyde
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    4

    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway

    Released1967

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Crazies
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    6

    The Crazies

    Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2010

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    The Crazies is a 2010 American horror film directed by Breck Eisner, with a screenplay by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Happy Land
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    5

    Happy Land

    Natalie Wood, Don Ameche

    Released1943

    Directed byIrving Pichel

    Happy Land is a film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Don Ameche.
  • 14
    The Straight Story
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    10

    The Straight Story

    Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    The Straight Story is a 1999 biographical drama film directed by David Lynch. The film was... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    State Fair
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    State Fair

    Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers

    Released1933

    Directed byHenry King

    State Fair is a movie directed by Henry King and starring Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, and Lew... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Fighting Sullivans
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    5

    The Fighting Sullivans

    Anne Baxter, Ward Bond

    Released1944

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

    The Fighting Sullivans, originally released as The Sullivans, is a 1944 American biographical... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Cold Turkey
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    Cold Turkey

    Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart

    Released1971

    Directed byNorman Lear

    Cold Turkey is a 1971 satirical comedy film. It stars Dick Van Dyke plus a long list of... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    16 to Life
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    8

    16 to Life

    Mandy Musgrave, Theresa Russell

    Released2009

    Directed byBecky Smith

    16 to Life is a comedy film directed by Becky Smith and stars Hallee Hirsh as Kate, a bookish... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Fanboys
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    Fanboys

    Kristen Bell, Carrie Fisher

    Released2009

    Directed byKyle Newman

    Fanboys is a 2009 comedy film directed by Kyle Newman and starring Sam Huntington, Chris... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Iowa
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    Iowa

    Rosanna Arquette, John Savage

    Released2005

    Directed byMatt Farnsworth

    Iowa is a 2005 Crime and Drama film written and directed by Matt Farnsworth.
  • 21
    At Any Price
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    At Any Price

    Zac Efron, Heather Graham

    Released2012

    Directed byRamin Bahrani

    At any price is a 2012 adventure drama family film written by Ramin Bahrani and Hallie... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Ed and His Dead Mother
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    10

    Ed and His Dead Mother

    Steve Buscemi, Ned Beatty

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Wacks

    Ed and His Dead Mother is a 1993 American dark comedy and cult classic film starring Steve... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Hideout
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    2

    The Hideout

    Treat Williams, Laura Morante

    Released2007

    Directed byPupi Avati

    The Hideout is a 2007 mystery, thriller film written by Pupi Avati and Francesco Marcucci and...
  • 24
    The Puppet Masters
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    1

    The Puppet Masters

    Donald Sutherland, Keith David

    Released1994

    Directed byStuart Orme

    The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Noises Off
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    Noises Off

    Michael Caine, Carol Burnett

    Released1992

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Noises Off is a 1992 comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The screenplay by Marty Kaplan... more on Wikipedia