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The Best Movies About Massachusetts

Updated February 3, 2021 1.1k votes 37 voters147 items

List RulesRegardless 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.

  • 1
    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams
    23
    7

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    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 Damon, and  ...more
  • 2
    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler
    13
    1

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    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
  • 3
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss
    19
    10

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    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 watershed  ...more
  • 4
    Blake Lively, Ben Affleck
    13
    2

    Released2010

    Directed byBen Affleck

    The Town is a 2010 American crime drama film directed by Ben Affleck. A longtime thief, planning his next job, tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to an earlier heist, and a  ...more
  • 5
    Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg
    13
    2

    Released2012

    Directed bySeth MacFarlane

    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, and  ...more
  • 6
    Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis
    14
    5

    Released1996

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    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
  • 7
    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger
    12
    2

    Released2004

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    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 Wibberley,  ...more
  • 8
    Simone Signoret, Mylène Demongeot
    11
    2

    Released1957

    Directed byRaymond Rouleau

    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 film  ...more
  • 9
    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell
    10
    2

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

    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
  • 10
    Emily Blunt, Ed Asner
    10
    2

    Released2013

    Directed byBen Stassen, Jeremy Degruson

    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 by  ...more
  • 11
    Goldie Hawn, Steve Martin
    10
    2

    Released1992

    Directed byFrank Oz

    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 worms  ...more
  • 12
    Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker
    10
    2

    Released2011

    Directed byRobert Harmon

    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 Stone  ...more
  • 13
    Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman
    9
    2

    Released2015

    Directed bySeth MacFarlane

    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
  • 14
    Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons
    9
    2

    Released2016

    Directed byPeter Berg

    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, Kevin  ...more
  • 15
    Tim Curry, Frank Welker
    8
    2

    Released1999

    Directed byJim Stenstrum

    Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost is the second in a series of direct-to-video animated films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on October 5, 1999, and  ...more
  • 16
    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas
    10
    5

    Released2013

    Directed byFede Alvarez

    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
  • 17
    Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton
    8
    2

    Released2015

    Directed byScott Cooper

    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 Dick  ...more
  • 18
    Clara Bow, Raymond McKee
    10
    5

    Released1922

    Directed byElmer Clifton

    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
  • 19
    Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale
    10
    5

    Released2007

    Directed byAndy Fickman

    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 name "The  ...more
  • 20
    Richard Burton, Angie Dickinson
    10
    5

    Released1960

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    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.  ...more
  • 21
    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan
    8
    2

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

    Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck, based on the 1998 novel by Dennis Lehane. After a young girl goes missing, Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie  ...more
  • 22
    Amy Adams, Christian Bale
    8
    2

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    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 older  ...more
  • 23
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams
    7
    2

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    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. Leonardo  ...more
  • 24
    Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette
    7
    5

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Madden

    Ethan Frome is a 1993 drama film directed by John Madden.  ...more
  • 25
    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt
    7
    5

    Released1980

    Directed byKen Russell

    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 film.  ...more