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The Best Minnesota Movies  

Ranker Film
234 votes 15 voters 61 items

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

Which of these movies about Minnesota are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the North Star State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Minnesota but all of them are about or partially set in Minnesota. Situated right next to North and South Dakota, Minnesota is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From The Mighty Ducks to Contagion, it's time to finally determine the greatest Minnesota movies.

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

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An American Girl: Chrissa Stan... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Jennifer Tilly, Annabeth Gish, Sammi Hanratty
An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong is the fifth film in the American Girl series, starring actress and singer Sammi Hanratty. It is based on the Chrissa books in the American Girl series ...more
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Big Bully is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Tom Arnold, Rick Moranis, Don Knotts
Big Bully is a 1996 American comedy-drama film starring Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold. The film was directed by Steve Miner and featured guest stars such as Don Knotts.
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Best Man Down is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine
Best Man Down is an American comedy film written and directed by Ted Koland. Minnesotans Scott (Justin Long) and his bride Kristen (Jess Weixler) are having their wedding in Phoenix where ...more
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The Emigrants is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Monica Zetterlund
The Emigrants is a 1971 Swedish film directed by Jan Troell. It tells the story of a Swedish group who emigrate from Småland, Sweden to Minnesota, United States in the 19th century. The ...more
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A Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda
A Simple Plan is a 1998 American neo-noir thriller film, and an adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the screenplay. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film ...more
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Stuck Between Stations is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Stuck Between Stations Josh Hartnett, Michael Imperioli, Zoe Lister-Jones
Stuck Between Stations is a 2011 romance drama film written by Sam Rosen and Nat Bennett, and directed by Brady Kiernan.
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Grumpier Old Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah
Grumpier Old Men is a 1995 romantic comedy film, and a sequel to the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men. The film stars Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, and Sophia Loren, with Burgess Meredith, ...more
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The Founder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Linda Cardellini, Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman
The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by John Lee Hancock. In 1954, an unsuccessful traveling salesman, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), is selling Prince Castle brand ...more
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The Unearthing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
The Unearthing Riley Yeary, Angelina Masciopinto, Kaleb Miller
The Unearthing is a 2015 American coming of age drama film directed by Tristan James Jensen. A girl named Autumn (Riley Yeary) moves to Stillwater, Minnesota for the summer where she meets two ...more
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A Serious Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Simon Helberg, Richard Kind, Adam Arkin
A Serious Man is a 2009 dark comedy written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both ...more
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The Public Domain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
The Public Domain Gini Adams, Chloe Andree, Winston Becker
The Public Domain is a 2015 drama film directed by Patrick Coyle.
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The Stranger Within is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
The Stranger Within Kate Jackson, Ricky Schroder, Chris Sarandon
The Stranger Within is a 1990 made-for-TV thriller film directed by Tom Holland, and starring Rick Schroder and Kate Jackson.
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Into Temptation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Into Temptation Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto, Brian Baumgartner
Into Temptation is a 2009 independent drama film written and directed by Patrick Coyle, and starring Jeremy Sisto, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Baumgartner, Bruce A. Young and Amy Matthews. It tells ...more
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Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Prince, George Clinton, Mavis Staples
Graffiti Bridge is a 1990 American rock musical drama film written by, directed by, and starring Prince. It is a sequel to his 1984 film, Purple Rain. Like its predecessor, it was accompanied by ...more
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New In Town is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Renée Zellweger, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons
A Miami businesswoman is transferred to rural Minnesota, and while she is there she re-evaluates her big-city values.
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Pretend You Don't See Her is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Emma Samms, Kim Poirier, Beau Starr
Pretend You Don't See Her is a 2002 television film based on the novel by Mary Higgins Clark.
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This Is My Affair is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy
This Is My Affair is a 1937 crime film starring Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Victor McLaglen and Brian Donlevy.
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The Toilers and the Wayfarers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
The Toilers and the Wayfarers Ralf Schirg, Matt Klemp, Andrew Woodhouse
The Toilers and the Wayfarers is a 1996 film written and directed by Keith Froelich. It was released on March 14, 1997.
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The Great Northfield Minnesota... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Robert Duvall, Cliff Robertson, Donald Moffat
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is a 1972 Technicolor Western film about the James-Younger Gang distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Philip Kaufman in a cinéma ...more
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Major League: Back to the Mino... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins, Scott Bakula
Major League: Back to the Minors is a 1998 film, distributed by Warner Bros., directed and written by John Warren, with David S. Ward taking the co-writer duties. It is the third film in the ...more
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North Country is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, Woody Harrelson
North Country is a 2005 American drama film directed by Niki Caro, starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson and ...more
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Angus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Kathy Bates, James Van Der Beek, George C. Scott
Angus is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Patrick Read Johnson and written by Jill Gordon. The majority of Angus was filmed in Owatonna, Minnesota at the Owatonna High School. The film stars ...more
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Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon
Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, with Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. ...more
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Jennifer's Body is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Pratt
Jennifer's Body is a 2009 black comedy horror film written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama. The film stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, and Adam Brody. Fox portrays a ...more
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The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Minnesota Movies
Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli
The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring Emilio Estevez. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It ...more