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The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio  

Ranker Film
505 votes 28 voters 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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The Bronze is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch
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) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone
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
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Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh
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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Take Shelter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon, Katy Mixon
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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Burn Your Maps is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Burn Your Maps Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen, Jacob Tremblay
Burn Your Maps is a 2016 American adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Jordan Roberts, based on the short story by Robyn Joy Leff. After a family tragedy, 8-year-old American boy ...more
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House Arrest is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Tilly
House Arrest is a 1996 comedy film. The film was directed by Harry Winer who has directed other films but is more prolific as a television series director. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and ...more
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Girls Nite Out is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Hal Holbrook, Julia Montgomery, Lauren-Marie Taylor
Girls Nite Out is a 1982 American slasher film written and produced by Anthony N. Gurvis, directed by Robert Deubel and stars Julia Montgomery, Suzanne Barnes, Rutanya Alda, and Hal Holbrook. ...more
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Meet the Applegates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Stockard Channing, Ed Begley, Jr.
Meet the Applegates is a 1989 American black comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann. It was filmed in 1989, but not released until 1991. It takes a dark, satirical look at the end of the world, ...more
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Mischief is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Kelly Preston, Jami Gertz, Terry O'Quinn
Mischief is a 1985 teen comedy film starring Doug McKeon, Chris Nash, Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelly Preston. The film was directed by Mel Damski and written by Noel Black. The original music ...more
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One Potato, Two Potato is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Barbara Barrie, Bernie Hamilton, Robert Earl Jones
One Potato, Two Potato is a 1964 black-and-white American drama film directed by Larry Peerce and starring Barbara Barrie and Bernie Hamilton.
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Rachel and the Stranger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Loretta Young
Rachel and the Stranger is a black-and-white 1948 western film starring Loretta Young, William Holden, and Robert Mitchum. The Norman Foster-directed film was one of the few to address the role ...more
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The Long Night is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Henry Fonda, Vincent Price, Barbara Bel Geddes
The Long Night is a 1947 American film noir directed by Anatole Litvak and produced by RKO. It is a remake of Le Jour Se Lève by Marcel Carné. The drama stars Henry Fonda, Barbara ...more
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On the Sunny Side is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
On the Sunny Side Roddy McDowall, Jane Darwell, Stanley Clements
On the Sunny Side is a 1942 film directed by Harold D. Schuster.
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Those Lips, Those Eyes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Frank Langella, Jerry Stiller, Tom Hulce
Those Lips, Those Eyes is a 1980 romantic comedy film directed by Michael Pressman, starring Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, and Tom Hulce.
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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleash... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone, Seth Green
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a 2004 comedy horror film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, ...more
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Wiener-Dog is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy
Wiener-Dog is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Todd Solondz, and a spinoff of the 1995 film Welcome to the Dollhouse. A dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose ...more
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The Man Who Came to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Mary Wickes
The Man Who Came to Dinner is a 1942 American comedy film directed by William Keighley, and starring Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Woolley as the title character. The screenplay by Julius ...more
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The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Ryan Gosling
The Ides of March is a 2011 American political drama film directed by George Clooney from a screenplay written by Clooney, along with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. The film is an adaptation of ...more
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Dirty Pictures is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
James Woods, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid
Dirty Pictures is a 2000 American docudrama directed by Frank Pierson. The teleplay by Ilene Chaiken focuses on the 1990 trial of Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center director Dennis Barrie, who ...more
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Closed for the Season is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Mike Nugent, Joe Unger, Aimee Brooks
Closed for the Season is a 2010 supernatural thriller film written and directed by Jay Woelfel, starring Aimee Brooks, Damian Maffei, and Joe Unger.
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McKinley at Home, Canton, Ohio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
McKinley at Home, Canton, Ohio William McKinley
McKinley at Home, Canton, Ohio aka William McKinley at Canton, Ohio is a silent film reenactment of William McKinley receiving the Republican nomination for President of the United States in ...more
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Small Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci
Small Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Dante. The film revolves around two adolescents, who get caught in the middle of a battle between two factions of ...more
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I Am Number Four is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer
I Am Number Four is a 2011 American teen action science fiction film, directed by D. J. Caruso, starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron and Callan McAuliffe. The ...more
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The 5th Wave is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston
The 5th Wave is a 2016 American science fiction action film directed by J Blakeson, based on the novel by Rick Yancey. After four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks left most of Earth ...more
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Little Giants is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio
Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill
Little Giants is a 1994 family sports comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.