Entertainment The Best Massachusetts Movies  

Ranker Film
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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.

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The Town is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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) 2 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Ted 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg
The Fighter is a 2010 biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. The film centers on the life of ...more
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The Game Plan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Glory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Black Mass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Housesitter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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The Bramble Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Down to the Sea in Ships is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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The Finest Hours is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Jesse Stone: No Remorse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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 Crucible is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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Guy and Madeline on a Park Ben... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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 Dunwich Horror is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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) 23 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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) 24 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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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The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Massachusetts Movies
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