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The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio 

Ranker Film
Updated August 1, 2019 565 votes 47 voters 1k views 69 items

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

Which of these movies about Ohio are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Buckeye state. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Ohio but all of them are about or partially set in Ohio. While a few of these movies take place in or near Cincinnati and Cleveland, the state of Ohio is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Heathers to Bye Bye Birdie, it's time to finally determine the greatest Ohio movies.

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

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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wes Craven

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more
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Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Wes Craven

Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

Released: 1987

Directed by: Chuck Russell

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a 1987 American slasher fantasy film and the third film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Chuck Russell, written by ...more
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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.
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Freddy vs. Jason is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ronny Yu

Freddy vs. Jason is a 2003 American slasher action fantasy film directed by Ronny Yu. The film is a crossover between the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. It is the ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jack Sholder

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge is a 1985 American slasher horror film and the second film in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. The film was directed by Jack Sholder and ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Renny Harlin

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American slasher fantasy film and the fourth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, stars ...more
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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan, Sofia Boutella

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ramin Bahrani

Fahrenheit 451 is a 2018 dystopian television film directed by Ramin Bahrani, based on the book by Ray Bradbury. In a terrifying care-free future, Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan), whose job as a ...more
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Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Bo Derek

Released: 1995

Directed by: Peter Segal

Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring former Saturday Night Live castmates and close ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Wally George

Released: 1989

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is a 1989 American slasher horror film and the fifth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins, stars Robert ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt

Directed by: Rachel Talalay

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (also known as A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy's Dead or A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: The Final Nightmare) is a 1991 American 3D slasher film and the sixth ...more
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Freddy's Dead: The Final... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Roseanne Barr

Released: 1991

Directed by: Rachel Talalay

This film is a 1991 American comedy-horror slasher film and the sixth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. As the title suggests, it was intended to be the last film in the series and it ...more
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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more
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Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more
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The Watch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Ben Stiller, Willam Belli, Vince Vaughn

Released: 2012

Directed by: Akiva Schaffer

Neighborhood Watch is a 2013 comedy science fiction film directed by Akiva Schaffer
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I Am Wrath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, Sam Trammell

Released: 2016

Directed by: Chuck Russell

I Am Wrath is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Chuck Russell. A man (John Travolta) is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's
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Go Tigers! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio

Released: 2001

Directed by: Kenneth Carlson

Go Tigers! is a documentary film created about the Tigers of Massillon, Ohio. This full-length video informs the viewer about the football team, the city, and its rivalry against the Canton ...more
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Power is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Gene Hackman

Released: 1986

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Power is a 1986 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Richard Gere. The original screenplay by David Himmelstein focuses on political corruption and how power affects both ...more
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Blue Car is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
David Strathairn, Frances Fisher, Agnes Bruckner

Released: 2003

Directed by: Karen Moncrieff

Blue Car is a 2002 drama film directed and written by Karen Moncrieff. It was her first film that she had directed and written.
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The Mighty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, James Gandolfini

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Chelsom

The Mighty is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Chelsom and based on the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.
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Take Shelter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon, Katy Mixon

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jeff Nichols

Take Shelter is a 2011 American drama-thriller film written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young ...more
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Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh

Released: 1963

Directed by: George Sidney

Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. The screenplay was written by Michael Stewart and Irving ...more
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Captain Underpants: The ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch

Directed by: David Soren

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (or simply Captain Underpants) is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated superhero adventure comedy film based on the children's novel series of the same ...more
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The Bronze is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch

Directed by: Bryan Buckley

The Bronze is a 2015 American sports comedy-drama film directed by Bryan Buckley. A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status (Melissa Rauch) reluctantly trains ...more
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The Public is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
The Public Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone

Released: 2018

Directed by: Emilio Estevez

The Public is a 2018 American drama film directed by Emilio Estevez. When a large group of homeless people led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams) take shelter at the local library, the head ...more