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The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi

Updated July 25, 2019 392 votes 30 voters 1.4k views45 items

List RulesRegardless 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.

  • 1
    The Help is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

    Directed byTate Taylor

    The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted... more on Wikipedia
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    Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Free State of Jones

    Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Directed byGary Ross

    Free State of Jones is a 2016 American film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his... more on Wikipedia
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    Biloxi Blues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Biloxi Blues

    Christopher Walken, Matthew Broderick

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Biloxi Blues is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, written by Neil Simon,... more on Wikipedia
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    George Clooney, John Goodman

    Released2000

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Crimes of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Crimes of the Heart

    Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton

    Released1986

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Crimes of the Heart is a 1986 American black comedy, southern gothic film directed by Bruce... more on Wikipedia
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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ladykillers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    The Ladykillers

    Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons

    Released2004

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Ladykillers is a 2004 American black comedy thriller film directed, written, produced and... more on Wikipedia
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    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino.... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Ghosts of Mississippi

    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    The War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    The War

    Kevin Costner, Elijah Wood

    Released1994

    Directed byJon Avnet

    The War is a 1994 drama film directed by Jon Avnet and starring Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Private Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Private Benjamin

    Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks

    Released1980

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    Private Benjamin is a 1980 American comedy film starring Goldie Hawn. The film was one of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Life

    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery

    Released1999

    Directed byTed Demme

    Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Cookie's Fortune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Cookie's Fortune

    Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler

    Released1999

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Cookie's Fortune is a 1999 comedy film directed by Robert Altman and starring an ensemble... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Crossroads is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Crossroads

    Steve Vai, Jami Gertz

    Released1986

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Crossroads is a 1986 musical dramatic feature film inspired by the legend of blues musician... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Smokey and the Bandit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

    Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 Technicolor American action comedy film starring Burt... more on Wikipedia
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    Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Tomorrow

    Robert Duvall, Peter Masterson

    Released1972

    Directed byJoseph Anthony

    Tomorrow is a 1972 film directed by Joseph Anthony. The screenplay was written by Horton... more on Wikipedia
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    Once Upon a Time When We Were  is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored

    Isaac Hayes, Salli Richardson

    Released1995

    Directed byTim Reid

    Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored is a film directed by Tim Reid and the screenplay was... more on Wikipedia
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    Baby Doll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Baby Doll

    Eli Wallach, Rip Torn

    Released1956

    Directed byElia Kazan

    Baby Doll is a 1956 American black comedy and drama film directed by Elia Kazan, and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Down in the Delta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Down in the Delta

    Wesley Snipes, Alfre Woodard

    Released1998

    Directed byMaya Angelou

    Down in the Delta is a 1998 drama film directed by Maya Angelou. The film stars Alfre Woodard,... more on Wikipedia
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    For Us the Living: The Medgar  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story

    Laurence Fishburne, Irene Cara

    Released1983

    Directed byMichael Schultz

    For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story is a made-for-television biopic that aired on PBS on... more on Wikipedia
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    Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Mississippi Hare is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Mississippi Hare

    Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher

    Released1949

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Mississippi Hare is a 1949 Looney Tunes cartoon short directed by Chuck Jones and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Mississippi Masala is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Mississippi Masala

    Denzel Washington, Charles S. Dutton

    Released1991

    Directed byMira Nair

    Mississippi Masala is a 1991 romantic drama film directed by Mira Nair, based upon a... more on Wikipedia
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    Miss Firecracker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Set In The Great State Of Mississippi
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    Miss Firecracker

    Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins

    Released1989

    Directed byThomas Schlamme

    Miss Firecracker is a 1989 comedy film directed by Thomas Schlamme. It stars Holly Hunter,... more on Wikipedia
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