Entertainment The Best Kentucky Movies  

Ranker Film
136 votes 6 voters 60 items

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

Which of these movies about Kentucky are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Bluegrass State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Kentucky but all of them are about or partially set in Kentucky. Situated between Indiana and West Virginia, Kentucky is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Disney’s Secretariat to Next of Kin starring Patrick Swayze, it's time to finally determine the greatest Kentucky movies.

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

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The Kentuckian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine
The Kentuckian is a 1955 Technicolor and CinemaScope adventure film directed by Burt Lancaster, who also starred. This was one of only two films Lancaster directed, and the only one for which he ...more

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The Story of Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald, Rosemary DeCamp
The Story of Seabiscuit is a 1949 American drama film directed by David Butler and starring Shirley Temple. The screenplay was written by John Taintor Foote. Though shot in Technicolor, the film ...more

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Next of Kin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Liam Neeson, Ben Stiller, Helen Hunt
Next of Kin is a 1989 American action film directed by John Irvin and starring Patrick Swayze and Liam Neeson, with Adam Baldwin and Ben Stiller in one of his earliest roles. The screenplay was ...more

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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Daniel Boone John Carradine, Heather Angel, George O'Brien
Daniel Boone is a 1936 American historical film directed by David Howard and starring George O'Brien, Heather Angel and John Carradine.

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Kentucky Moonshine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Kentucky Moonshine John Carradine, Tony Martin
Kentucky Moonshine is a 1938 film directed by David Butler.

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Elizabethtown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Alec Baldwin
Elizabethtown is a 2005 American romantic tragicomedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Alec Baldwin has a small role as a CEO of an ...more

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Dreamer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Elisabeth Shue
Dreamer is a 2005 American family drama film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah's Storm. The film was written ...more

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Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo
Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music legendary singer Loretta Lynn. It stars Sissy Spacek as Loretta, a role that earned her the Academy Award ...more

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Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell
Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse ...more

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Dead Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Chris Albro, Bob C. Cooke, Colleen Mooney
Dead Moon Rising is a 2007 horror film written and directed by Mark E. Poole. It stars Jason Crowe, Mike Seely, and Erica Goldsmith as locals who must fight waves of zombies in Louisville,

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In Country is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Bruce Willis, Joan Allen, Emily Lloyd
In Country is a 1989 American drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison, starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. The screenplay by Frank Pierson and Cynthia Cidre was based on the novel ...more

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The Hole Idea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Robert C. Bruce
The Hole Idea is a 1955 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Robert McKimson. He was also the sole animator on the short, as this was during the time he was re-assembling his unit after the brief ...more

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Fire Down Below is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Steven Seagal, Kris Kristofferson, Marg Helgenberger
Fire Down Below is a 1997 American action film directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá in his directorial debut, and starring Steven Seagal. The film also includes cameos by ...more

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Band of Angels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Clark Gable, Sidney Poitier, Yvonne De Carlo
Band of Angels is a 1957 romantic drama film set in the American South before and during the American Civil War, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Penn Warren. It starred Clark ...more

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Gallopin' Gals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Sara Berner
Gallopin' Gals is an animated film directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby and was released with the movie Hullabaloo by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer in 1940. All of the ...more

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April Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Shirley Jones, Pat Boone, Arthur O'Connell
April Love is a 1957 film directed by Henry Levin.

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23 Blast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Alexa Vega, Fred Thompson, Stephen Lang
23 Blast is a 2013 American sports drama film directed by Dylan Baker. A local football star, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka), is stricken with a series of severe headaches and a bacterial ...more

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Beauty Mark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Beauty Mark Auden Thornton, Catherine Curtin, Laura Bell Bundy

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Harlan County War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Holly Hunter, Stellan Skarsgård, Ted Levine
Harlan County War is a television film directed by Tony Bill and written by Peter Silverman.

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Fake ID is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Fake ID Stephen Beasley, Stuart Perelmuter, Brian Gligor
Fake ID is a 2003 gay-themed comedy film. Directed by Gil D. Reyes, Fake ID is filmed and set in Louisville, Kentucky. The March 2003 premiere was held in Louisville. The DVD was released May ...more

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Hatfields & McCoys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Kevin Costner, Tom Berenger, Bill Paxton
It’s the true American story of a legendary family feud—one that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. Hatfields & McCoys, a three-part miniseries, ...more

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The Little Colonel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel, Lionel Barrymore
The Little Colonel is a 1935 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William M. Conselman was adapted from the children's novel of the same name by Annie Fellows ...more

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Harlan County, USA is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Harlan County, USA is a 1976 Oscar-winning documentary film covering the "Brookside Strike", an effort of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Duke Power Company-owned Eastover ...more

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Roseanna McCoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Raymond Massey, Farley Granger, Richard Basehart
Roseanna McCoy is a 1949 American drama film directed by Irving Reis. The screenplay by John Collier, based on the 1947 novel of the same title by Alberta Hannum, is a romanticized and ...more

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Naughty Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kentucky Movies
Naughty Neighbors Mel Blanc, Bernice Hansen
Naughty Neighbors is an animated short, directed by Bob Clampett and first released on November 4, 1939. It features Porky Pig as the leader of the McCoy clan and Petunia Pig as the leader of ...more