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The Best Movies About Kentucky

Updated May 7, 2021 464 votes 21 voters 1.5k views58 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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    Elizabethtown

    Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2005

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    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 athletic...  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 and Liam Neeson, with Adam Baldwin and Ben Stiller in one of his earliest roles. The screenplay was based...  more
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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 O'Brien, Heather Angel and John Carradine....  more
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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 Shirley Temple. The screenplay was written by John Taintor Foote. Though shot in Technicolor, the film...  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 screenplay by William M. Conselman was adapted from the children's novel of the same name by Annie Fellows...  more
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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 legendary singer Loretta Lynn. It stars Sissy Spacek as Loretta, a role that earned her the Academy Award for...  more
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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, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah's Storm. The film was written and...  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 Crowe, Mike Seely, and Erica Goldsmith as locals who must fight waves of zombies in Louisville, Kentucky....  more
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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 First National Attractions, later First National Pictures. The picture was directed by Marshall Neilan...  more
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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 Lancaster, who also starred. This was one of only two films Lancaster directed, and the only one for which he has...  more
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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, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka), is stricken with a series of severe headaches and a bacterial meningitis...  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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    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 in Louisville, Kentucky. The March 2003 premiere was held in Louisville. The DVD was released May 25,...  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 Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse...  more
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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 American Civil War, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Penn Warren. It starred Clark Gable,...  more
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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 directorial debut, and starring Steven Seagal. The film also includes cameos by country music performers Randy...  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 the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film also...  more
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    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 Coal Company's...  more
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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 Lange....  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 Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. The screenplay by Frank Pierson and Cynthia Cidre was based on the novel by...  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 was directed by David Butler. It is a Romeo and Juliet story of lovers Jack and Sally, set amidst...  more
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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 Dave Fleischer of Fleischer Studios as one of the Song Car-Tunes series. The series, between May 1924 and...  more