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The Best Movies About Massachusetts  

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481 votes 20 voters 151 items

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

Which of these movies about Massachusetts are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Bay State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Massachusetts but all of them are about or partially set in Massachusetts. Situated in the heart of New England, Massachusetts is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Good Will Hunting to Legally Blonde, it's time to finally determine the greatest Massachusetts movies.

Massachusetts is also the setting for several horror films including the Re-Animator, Jaws, and The Haunting. Vote up the best movies based in Massachusetts. Be sure to check back to see what other voters think about these Massachusetts films. Don't see your favorite Massachusetts movie? Add it to the list and find out how other film aficionados rank your additions.

if you are afan of horror movies, check out this list of the best horror movies set in Massachusetts.

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The Bramble Bush is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Richard Burton, Angie Dickinson, James Dunn
The Bramble Bush is a 1960 American drama film directed by Daniel Petrie and starring Richard Burton, Angie Dickinson, and Jack Carson. It was released by Warner Bros.
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The Finest Hours is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster
The Finest Hours is a 2016 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Craig Gillespie. It chronicles the historic 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the crew of the SS Pendleton, ...more
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The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson
A creepy classic! A young college student Nan Barlow visits the village of Whitewood, Massachusetts to do some research into New England witchcraft. Her tutor, Professor Alan Driscoll ...more
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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane
The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which ...more
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Guy and Madeline on a Pa... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Jerry Quinn, Jason Palmer, Gonzalo Digenio
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a 2009 American jazz musical film written and directed by Damien Chazelle, that recasts the MGM musical tradition in a gritty, vérité style. The ...more
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Jesse Stone: No Remorse ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Tom Selleck, Krista Allen, Mae Whitman
Jesse Stone: No Remorse is a 2010 American television mystery film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, and Kohl Sudduth. Written by Tom Selleck and Michael Brandman, ...more
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The Dunwich Horror is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Talia Shire
The Dunwich Horror is a 1970 B-movie from American International Pictures directed by Daniel Haller and produced by Roger Corman. The film was based on the short story of the same name by H.P. ...more
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Jesse Stone: Stone Cold ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, Mimi Rogers
Stone Cold is a 2005 American television mystery film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Jane Adams, and Reg Rogers. Based on the 2003 novel Stone Cold by Robert B. Parker, the ...more
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The House of Magic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Emily Blunt, Ed Asner, Eugene Levy
The House of Magic is a 2013 3D Belgian computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by Nadia Khamlichi, Adrian Politowski, Ben Stassen, Caroline Van Iseghem and Gilles Waterkeyn and directed ...more
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Jackie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Jackie is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim. The film stars Natalie Portman as the titular character, following her life after the ...more
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Patriots Day is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman
Patriots Day is a 2016 American biopic drama film directed by Peter Berg, based on the book Boston Strong by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. Starring Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman, ...more
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Chappaquiddick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms
Chappaquiddick is a 2017 American drama film directed by John Curran. In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) in Chappaquiddick drives his car into the water, killing his passenger (Kate ...more
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A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates
A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more
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Ethan Frome is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, Joan Allen
Ethan Frome is a 1993 drama film directed by John Madden.
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Altered States is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban
Altered States is a 1980 American science fiction-horror film adaptation of a novel by the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky in his only novel he ever wrote and his final ...more
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Fear Strikes Out is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Adam Williams
Fear Strikes Out is a dramatic feature film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall. It is based on Piersall's biography Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall ...more
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The Actress is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Spencer Tracy, Anthony Perkins, Jean Simmons
The Actress is an 1953 American comedy-drama film based on Ruth Gordon's autobiographical play Years Ago. Gordon herself wrote the screenplay. The film was directed by George Cukor and stars ...more
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The Last Hurrah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Carroll O'Connor
The Last Hurrah is a 1977 TV film from the Hallmark Hall of Fame, based on the novel The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor. It was directed by Vincent Sherman. The novel was previously adapted for a ...more
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The Ghost Writer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall
The Ghost Writer is 2010 thriller film written by Robert Harris and Roman Polanski and directed by Roman Polanski.
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Jesse Stone: Sea Change ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, Sean Young
Jesse Stone: Sea Change is a 2007 American television mystery film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, and Kohl Sudduth. Based on the novel Sea Change by Robert B. ...more
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Between the Lines is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Jeff Goldblum, Marilu Henner, John Heard
Between the Lines is a 1977 film from Midwest Films directed by Joan Micklin Silver and produced by her husband Raphael D. Silver. The film won two out of the three awards it was nominated for ...more
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Brown of Harvard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Brown of Harvard Edgar Kennedy, Lillian Leighton, Winifred Greenwood
Brown of Harvard is a 1911 silent film based on the play of the same name by Rida Johnson Young. It was the film debut of Edgar Kennedy.
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Jesse Stone: Death in Pa... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, Mae Whitman
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise is a 2006 American television mystery film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, and Kohl Sudduth. Based on the 2001 novel Death in ...more
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Jesse Stone: Night Passa... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, Britt Robertson
Jesse Stone: Night Passage is a 2006 tv film directed by Robert Harmon.
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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez
This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a loose ...more