Entertainment

The Best Nebraska Movies 

Ranker Film
Updated April 5, 2019 348 votes 18 voters 48 items

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

Which of these movies about Nebraska are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Cornhusker State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Nebraska but all of them are about or partially set in Nebraska. Nestled right in the middle of the United States, Nebraska is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Terms of Endearment to Children of the Corn and its several sequels, it's time to finally determine the greatest Nebraska movies.

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

list ordered by
1
Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Kandyse McClure, Isabelle Fuhrman, Billy Unger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Donald P. Borchers

Children of the Corn is a 2009 made-for-television supernatural horror film directed, written and produced by Donald P. Borchers and based on the 1977 short story of the same name by Stephen ...more
2
Children of the Corn: Re... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Michael Ironside, Crystal Lowe, Claudette Mink

Released: 2001

Directed by: Guy Magar

Children of the Corn: Revelation is a 2001 horror film directed by Guy Magar. It was released straight to DVD as the seventh installment of the Children of the Corn and was followed by Children ...more
3
Election is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

Released: 1999

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Election is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by him and Jim Taylor from Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same title. The plot revolves around a ...more
4
Children of the Corn II:... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Aubrey Dollar, Ed Grady, Robert Harvey

Released: 1993

Directed by: David Price

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice is the sequel to the 1984 movie Children of the Corn. This sequel, directed by David F. Price, stars Terence Knox, Ryan Bollman, Ned Romero, and Paul ...more
5
Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more
6
Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

Released: 1983

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more
7
Children of the Corn IV:... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Naomi Watts, Karen Black, Mark Salling

Released: 1996

Directed by: Greg Spence

Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering is the fourth film in the Children of the Corn horror series. It was released in 1996, and directed by Greg Spence. The film stars Naomi Watts and Karen ...more
8
Children of the Corn: Ge... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Children of the Corn: Genesis Billy Drago, Kelen Coleman, Barbara Nedeljáková

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joel Soisson

Children of the Corn: Genesis is the eighth installment of the Children of the Corn horror film series. It was released in 2011, and directed by Joel Soisson. The film stars Billy Drago and ...more
9
Children of the Corn 666... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Stacy Keach, Nancy Allen, Paul Popowich

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kari Skogland

Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return is the sixth film in the Children of the Corn series. It is the third film that went direct-to-video. It is best remembered for the return to the series ...more
10
Children of the Corn III... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Charlize Theron, Nicholas Brendon, Ivana Miličević

Released: 1995

Directed by: James D.R. Hickox

Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest is the third film of the Children of the Corn series which focuses on two mysterious brothers who, after living in rural Nebraska for their entire lives ...more
11
Children of the Corn V: ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Eva Mendes, David Carradine, Fred Williamson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Wiley

Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror is a 1998 motion picture and the fifth installment of the Children of the Corn series. It is a direct-to-video movie. It is also the third Children of ...more
12
Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Nebraska is a 2013 American comedy-drama black-and-white road film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk. The film ...more
13
Boys Town is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Gene Reynolds

Released: 1938

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Boys Town is a 1938 biographical drama film based on Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a group of underprivileged and delinquent boys in a home that he founded and named "Boys ...more
14
Heaven Is for Real is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Heaven Is for Real Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Margo Martindale

Released: 2014

Directed by: Randall Wallace

Heaven Is for Real is a 2014 American Christian drama film directed by Randall Wallace and written by Christopher Parker, based on Pastor Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent's 2010 book of the same ...more
15
Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

Released: 1984

Directed by: Fritz Kiersch

Children of the Corn is a 1984 supernatural horror film based upon the 1977 short story of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Fritz Kiersch, the film stars Peter Horton and Linda ...more
16
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mick Garris

The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick ...more
17
Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more
18
1922 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
1922 Thomas Jane, Neal McDonough, Molly Parker

Released: 2017

Directed by: Zak Hilditch

1922 is a 2017 American horror-drama film directed by Zak Hilditch, based on Stephen King's novella. A simple yet proud farmer (Thomas Jane) in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife (Molly ...more
19
About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb

Released: 2002

Directed by: Alexander Payne

About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis ...more
20
Balls Out: Gary The Tenn... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Randy Quaid, Leonor Varela, Seann William Scott

Released: 2008

Directed by: Danny Leiner

Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach is an American sports comedy film directed by Danny Leiner and features actor Randy Quaid in a supporting role. It was filmed mostly in Austin and Taylor, Texas, ...more
21
Night of the Twisters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Devon Sawa, John Schneider, Laura Bertram

Released: 1996

Directed by: Timothy Bond

Night of the Twisters is a 1996 television film directed by Timothy Bond, about a family's struggle to survive a night with a bizarre and terrible storm passing over their town. The TV movie is ...more
22
The Boarder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
The Boarder Dee Wallace, Carlton Wilborn, Andy Scott Harris

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jolene Adams

Produced by Andres Barahona and Co-Produced by Susana Hornil, The Boarder is a feature film written by Jane E. Ryan and based on real life events. The film tells the story of the Williams family ...more
23
The Good Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Bill Paxton, Chris Klein

Released: 2007

Directed by: Steve Berra

The Good Life is a 2007 film written and directed by Stephen Berra, starring Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Patrick Fugit, Bill Paxton, Drea de Matteo, Harry Dean Stanton, and Chris Klein.
24
Gordy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Afemo Omilami, Hamilton Camp, Dennis Letts

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mark Lewis

Gordy is a 1995 American family comedy-drama film about a piglet named Gordy who searches for his missing family. He experiences the lives of others who are part of the film's side plots, ...more
25
Handle with Care is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nebraska Movies
Ed Begley, Jr., Bruce McGill

Released: 1977

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Handle with Care is a 1977 comedy movie set in a small town in Nebraska and loosely based on the wide popularity of citizens' band radio, usually called "CB" at the time. It was ...more