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The Best Movies About Kentucky  

Ranker Film
144 votes 9 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 Story of Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
Kentucky Moonshine John Carradine, Tony Martin
Kentucky Moonshine is a 1938 film directed by David Butler.
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The Little Colonel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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The Kentuckian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Band of Angels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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April Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
Shirley Jones, Pat Boone, Arthur O'Connell
April Love is a 1957 film directed by Henry Levin.
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Gallopin' Gals is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Fire Down Below is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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The Hole Idea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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In Country is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Dead Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Elizabethtown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Next of Kin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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23 Blast is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Harlan County, USA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Hatfields & McCoys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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Beauty Mark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
Beauty Mark Auden Thornton, Catherine Curtin, Laura Bell Bundy
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Harlan County War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
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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My Old Kentucky Home is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
My Old Kentucky Home
My Old Kentucky Home is a short animation film originally released in June 1926, by Max and Dave Fleischer of Fleischer Studios as one of the Song Car-Tunes series. The series, between May 1924 ...more
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The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley
This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of ...more
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The Moonshine War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Kentucky
The Moonshine War Alan Alda, Richard Widmark
The Moonshine War is a 1970 film directed by Richard Quine, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard. It starred Patrick McGoohan, Richard Widmark, Alan Alda, Will Geer, John ...more