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The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine 

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Updated September 6, 2019 328 votes 22 voters 1.1k views 81 items

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

Which of these movies about Maine are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in Maine, the Pine Tree State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Maine but all of them are about or partially set in Maine. Situated in the heart of New England, Maine is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Welcome to Mooseport to The Shawshank Redemption, it's time to finally determine the greatest Maine movies. You will also find several movies inspired by Stephen King as many of his stories take place in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. 

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

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It is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more
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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more
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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more
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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gary Winick

Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount ...more
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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film loosely based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton ...more
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It is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
It Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor

Released: 2017

Directed by: Andy Muschietti

It (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied ...more
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Welcome to Mooseport is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Gene Hackman, Fred Savage, Ray Romano

Released: 2004

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Welcome to Mooseport is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Donald Petrie and starring Ray Romano, in his first full-length live-action film, and Gene Hackman. It was filmed in Jackson's ...more
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer

Released: 2013

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, though Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems, who produced the ...more
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Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Strathairn

Released: 1995

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Dolores Claiborne is a 1995 American psychological thriller drama film directed by Taylor Hackford, it is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. In 1995, Dolores Claiborne (Kathy ...more
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Casper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty

Released: 1995

Directed by: Brad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more
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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

Released: 2007

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more
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Aquaman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Aquaman Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Wan

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the DC Comics character, directed by James Wan. The ruler of Atlantis, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is caught between land dwellers that are ...more
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Cujo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

Released: 1983

Directed by: Lewis Teague

Cujo is a 1983 American psychological horror/thriller film based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Teague, and written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Lauren Currier.
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The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1983

Directed by: David Cronenberg

This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay by Jeffrey Boam was based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film stars ...more
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Bag of Bones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine

Released: 2011

Directed by: Mick Garris

Bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, unable to cope after his wife's sudden death, returns to the couple's lakeside retreat in Maine, where he becomes involved in a custody battle between a young ...more
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The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd

Released: 1999

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name. The film won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for the ...more
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Cloudburst is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, Kristin Booth

Released: 2011

Directed by: Thom Fitzgerald

Cloudburst is a 2011 Canadian-American adventure comedy-drama film by American-Canadian writer and director Thom Fitzgerald, starring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, which premiered at the ...more
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Jinxed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Jinxed Ciara Bravo, Keegan Connor Tracy, Jay Brazeau

Released: 2013

Jinxed is an American fantasy-comedy television film that premiered on Nickelodeon on November 29, 2013. The film stars Ciara Bravo and Jack Griffo. The film was shot entirely in Vancouver, ...more
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It Happened to Jane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Steve Forrest

Released: 1959

Directed by: Richard Quine

It Happened to Jane is a 1959 romantic comedy film starring Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, and Ernie Kovacs directed by Richard Quine and written by Norman Katkov and Max Wilk. The film was co-produced ...more
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Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1999

Directed by: Steve Miner

Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Steve Miner, starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan ...more
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The Good Son is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, David Morse

Released: 1993

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

The Good Son is a 1993 American psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by English novelist Ian McEwan. The film stars Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood.
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The Whales of August is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Bette Davis, Vincent Price, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1987

Directed by: Lindsay Anderson

The Whales of August is a 1987 film based on a play by David Berry and stars Bette Davis and Lillian Gish as elderly sisters. Also in the cast were Ann Sothern as one of their friends, and ...more
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Beneath the Harvest Sky ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Beneath the Harvest Sky Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe
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Carousel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Gene Lockhart

Released: 1956

Directed by: Henry King

Carousel is a 1956 film adaptation of the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name which, in turn, was based on Ferenc Molnár's non-musical play Liliom. The 1956 ...more
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Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Maine
David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

Released: 1979

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Salem's Lot is a 1979 American television adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring David Soul and James Mason, the plot revolves around a ...more