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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 Crucible is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones
The Crucible is a 1996 drama film written by Arthur Miller and based on his play of the same name. It was directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Daniel Day-Lewis as John Proctor, Winona Ryder as ...more
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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more
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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more
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The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Simone Signoret, Mylène Demongeot, Yves Montand
The Crucible is a 1957 joint Franco-East German film production directed by Raymond Rouleau with a screenplay adapted by Jean-Paul Sartre from the 1953 play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. The ...more
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The Town is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm
The Town is a 2010 American drama film starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck. The film opened in theaters in the United States on September 17, 2010, at number one with more than $23 ...more
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Ted is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds
Ted is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane. The screenplay by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild is from MacFarlane's story. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, ...more
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more
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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris
The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It stars ...more
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Ted 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg
Ted 2 is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. It is the sequel to MacFarlane's 2012 film Ted. The film stars ...more
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The Game Plan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale, Roselyn Sánchez
The Game Plan is a 2007 American family sports comedy film directed by Andy Fickman and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This movie was the last film in which Johnson uses his ring ...more
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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris
Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of ...more
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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean
National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne ...more
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The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg
The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell. Fledgling boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled ...more
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Glory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick
Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more
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Housesitter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Goldie Hawn, Steve Martin, Dana Delany
Housesitter is a 1992 romantic comedy film directed by Frank Oz, written by Mark Stein, and starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. The premise involves a woman with con-artist tendencies who ...more
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Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale
Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft episodic novella "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the ...more
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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo
Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more
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Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, Saul Rubinek
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost is a 2011 American television mystery film directed by Dick Lowry and starring Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, and Kohl Sudduth. Based on the characters from the Jesse ...more
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Black Mass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons
Black Mass is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Cooper, based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by ...more
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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, June Allyson
Little Women is a 1949 American feature film. Based on Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name, it was filmed in Technicolor and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay was written by Sally ...more
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ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter
ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features and was released on August 17, 2012. It stars the voices of Kodi ...more
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Blow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts
Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book for the screenplay. It is based ...more
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Down to the Sea in Ships is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Clara Bow, Raymond McKee, Marguerite Courtot
Down to the Sea in Ships is a 1922 American silent romantic drama film about a 19th-century Massachusetts whaling family. Directed by Elmer Clifton, the film stars William Walcott, Marguerite ...more
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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Cassandra Peterson, Jeff Conaway, Tress MacNeille
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a 1988 comedy horror film directed by James Signorelli. Cassandra Peterson plays the role of horror hostess Elvira in her feature film debut. The screenplay was ...more
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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Massachusetts
Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair
Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel by Amanda Brown. Sorority girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) decides to enroll in Harvard Law School ...more