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The Best Movies About Kentucky

Updated August 8, 2019 341 votes 18 voters 1.1k views57 items

List RulesRegardless 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

    Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald

    Released1949

    Directed byDavid Butler

    The Story of Seabiscuit is a 1949 American drama film directed by David Butler and starring...  more
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    13
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    The Kentuckian

    Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau

    Released1955

    Directed byBurt Lancaster

    The Kentuckian is a 1955 Technicolor and CinemaScope adventure film directed by Burt...  more
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    The Little Colonel

    Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel

    Released1935

    Directed byDavid Butler

    The Little Colonel is a 1935 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The...  more
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    8
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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Apted

    Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music...  more
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    8
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    Dreamer

    Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Gatins

    Dreamer is a 2005 American family drama film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning,...  more
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    Dead Moon Rising

    Chris Albro, Bob C. Cooke

    Released2007

    Directed byMark E. Poole

    Dead Moon Rising is a 2007 horror film written and directed by Mark E. Poole. It stars Jason...  more
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    6
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    Elizabethtown

    Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2005

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Elizabethtown is a 2005 American romantic tragicomedy-drama film written and directed by...  more
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    5
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    Daniel Boone

    John Carradine, Heather Angel

    Released1936

    Directed byDavid Howard

    Daniel Boone is a 1936 American historical film directed by David Howard and starring George...  more
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    8
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    23 Blast

    Alexa Vega, Fred Thompson

    Released2013

    Directed byDylan Baker

    23 Blast is a 2013 American sports drama film directed by Dylan Baker. A local football star,...  more
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    Next of Kin

    Liam Neeson, Ben Stiller

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Next of Kin is a 1989 American action film directed by John Irvin and starring Patrick Swayze...  more
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    5
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    Fake ID

    Stephen Beasley, Stuart Perelmuter

    Released2003

    Directed byGil D. Reyes

    Fake ID is a 2003 gay-themed comedy film. Directed by Gil D. Reyes, Fake ID is filmed and set...  more
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    5
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    In Old Kentucky

    Anita Stewart, Edward Coxen

    Released1919

    Directed byMarshall Neilan, Alfred E. Green

    In Old Kentucky is a 1919 silent film drama produced by Louis B. Mayer and distributed through...  more
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    Secretariat

    Diane Lane, John Malkovich

    Released2010

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney...  more
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    Boy Meets Girl

    Michael Welch, Eric Schaeffer

    Released2014

    Directed byEric Schaeffer

    Boy Meets Girl is a 2014 romantic comedy film written and directed by Eric Schaeffer....
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    Glory

    Margaret O'Brien, Walter Brennan
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    Harlan County War

    Holly Hunter, Stellan Skarsgård

    Released2000

    Directed byTony Bill

    Harlan County War is a television film directed by Tony Bill and written by Peter Silverman....  more
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    Band of Angels

    Clark Gable, Sidney Poitier

    Released1957

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    Band of Angels is a 1957 romantic drama film set in the American South before and during the...  more
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    4
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    Fire Down Below

    Steven Seagal, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1997

    Directed byFélix Enríquez Alcalá

    Fire Down Below is a 1997 American action film directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá in his...  more
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    Goldfinger

    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

    Released1964

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as...  more
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    Harlan County, USA is a 1976 Oscar-winning documentary film covering the "Brookside Strike",...  more
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    2
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    Hush

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange

    Released1998

    Directed byJonathan Darby

    Hush is a 1998 American thriller starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech, and Jessica...  more
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    In Country

    Bruce Willis, Joan Allen

    Released1989

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In Country is a 1989 American drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison, starring...  more
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    Kentucky

    Loretta Young, Walter Brennan

    Released1938

    Directed byDavid Butler

    Kentucky is a 1938 Technicolor film with Loretta Young, Richard Greene, and Walter Brennan. It...  more
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    2
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    Kentucky Kernels

    George McFarland, Noah Beery

    Released1934

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Kentucky Kernels is a 1934 film directed by George Stevens....
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    My Old Kentucky Home

    My Old Kentucky Home is a short animation film originally released in June 1926, by Max and...  more