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The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi  

Ranker Film
165 votes 20 voters 45 items

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

Which of these movies about Mississippi are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Magnolia State. Some of these movies were actually filmed and made in Mississippi but all of them are about or partially set in Mississippi. Nestled right in the South of the United States, Mississippi is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. You might even recognize some famous cities such as Biloxi and Jackson. From Mississippi Burning to In The Heat of the Night, it's time to finally determine the greatest Mississippi movies. Some of these movies that are set in Mississippi even have the name of the state in the title.

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

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more
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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant
In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more
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Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali
Free State of Jones is a 2016 American film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, throughout the American Civil War. ...more
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Biloxi Blues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Christopher Walken, Matthew Broderick, David Schwimmer
Biloxi Blues is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, written by Neil Simon, and starring Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken. Simon adapted his semi-autobiographical 1985 ...more
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The Help is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard
The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more
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The Insider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer
The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, based on the true story of a 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. The 60 Minutes ...more
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams adapted by Richard Brooks ...more
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The Ladykillers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons, Bruce Campbell
The Ladykillers is a 2004 American black comedy thriller film directed, written, produced and edited by the Coen brothers and starring Tom Hanks, with a supporting cast that includes J. K. ...more
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Crimes of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek
Crimes of the Heart is a 1986 American black comedy, southern gothic film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by Beth Henley is adapted from her Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same
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For Us the Living: The Medgar ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Laurence Fishburne, Irene Cara, Margaret Avery
For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story is a made-for-television biopic that aired on PBS on March 22, 1983. The film was based on the book, For Us, the Living, by Myrlie Evers-Williams and ...more
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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more
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Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods
Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of ...more
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Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Robert Duvall, Peter Masterson, Sudie Bond
Tomorrow is a 1972 film directed by Joseph Anthony. The screenplay was written by Horton Foote, adapted from a play he wrote which was based on a 1940 short story by William Faulkner. The PG ...more
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1984 film directed by Jack Hofsiss and produced by American Playhouse. The film starred Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Kim Stanley, David Dukes, and Penny
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The Horse Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson
The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 film that was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers. John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin produced the movie and wrote its ...more
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Summer and Smoke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Rita Moreno, Geraldine Page, Laurence Harvey
Summer and Smoke is a 1961 American drama film directed by Peter Glenville based on the Tennessee Williams play of the same name. The film starred Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page with Rita ...more
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Private Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks, Craig T. Nelson
Private Benjamin is a 1980 American comedy film starring Goldie Hawn. The film was one of the biggest box office hits of 1980, and also spawned a short-lived television series. The film is ...more
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Cookie's Fortune is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Glenn Close
Cookie's Fortune is a 1999 comedy film directed by Robert Altman and starring an ensemble cast, including Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Patricia Neal, Charles S. Dutton and Chris ...more
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Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence
Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and directed by Ted Demme. The film stars Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. The supporting cast includes ...more
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The War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Kevin Costner, Elijah Wood, Christine Baranski
The War is a 1994 drama film directed by Jon Avnet and starring Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, and Mare Winningham. It is a coming of age tale set in Mississippi in the 1970s. The film gained Wood ...more
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Ode to Billy Joe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Robby Benson, James Best, Glynnis O'Connor
Ode to Billy Joe is a 1976 film with a screenplay by Herman Raucher, inspired by the 1967 hit song by Bobbie Gentry, titled "Ode to Billie Joe". The film was directed and produced by ...more
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Mississippi Masala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Denzel Washington, Charles S. Dutton, Sharmila Tagore
Mississippi Masala is a 1991 romantic drama film directed by Mira Nair, based upon a screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala, starring Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, and Roshan Seth. Set ...more
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Down in the Delta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Wesley Snipes, Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine
Down in the Delta is a 1998 drama film directed by Maya Angelou. The film stars Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman, Jr., Esther Rolle, Loretta Devine, and Wesley Snipes.
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Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand
Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Chris Gerolmo. It was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the incidents involving of three ...more
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The Hollars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Krasinski