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The Best Movies About Oklahoma  

Ranker Film
167 votes 28 voters 44 items

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

Which of these movies about Oklahoma are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the state with the Panhandle. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Oklahoma but all of them are about or partially set in Oklahoma. While a few of these movies take place in or near Tulsa, the state of Oklahoma is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From True Grit to The Outsiders, it's time to finally determine the greatest Oklahoma movies.

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

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Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Lonny Chapman
Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1974 film directed by Norman Tokar, based on the 1961 novel of the same name. It stars James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Stewart Petersen and Jack Ging.
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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert
Oklahoma! is a 1955 musical film based on the 1943 stage musical Oklahoma!, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II and starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley ...more
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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper
True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn; Wayne won his only ...more
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Twister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton
Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton ...more
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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin
True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. A stubborn teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a tough ...more
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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more
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Bug is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick
Bug is a 2006 American psychological horror film directed by William Friedkin. It stars Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon and Harry Connick, Jr.. The screenplay by Tracy Letts is based on his 1996 ...more
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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane
Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on the novel Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film centers on the ...more
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The Dark at the Top of the Sta... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Angela Lansbury, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Preston
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs is a 1960 film directed by Delbert Mann.
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Into the Storm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh
Into the Storm is a 2014 American found footage disaster film directed by Steven Quale, written by John Swetnam, and starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia ...more
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Where the Heart Is is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Natalie Portman, Sally Field, Ashley Judd
Where the Heart Is is a 2000 drama/romance film directed by Matt Williams, in his film directing debut. The movie stars Natalie Portman, Stockard Channing, Ashley Judd, and Joan Cusack with ...more
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Far and Away is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson
Far and Away is a 1992 romance film directed by Ron Howard from a script by Howard and Bob Dolman, and stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cinematography by Mikael Salomon, with a music score by ...more
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August: Osage County is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor
August: Osage County is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by John Wells, based on the play by Tracy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose ...more
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For My Daughter's Honor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Alyson Hannigan, Sara Rue, Mary Kay Place
For My Daughter's Honor, also released as Indecent Seduction, is a 1996 American television film directed by Alan Metzger.
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Barking Water is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Laura Spencer, David Hill, Richard Ray Whitman
Barking Water is a 2009 independent feature film written and directed by Sterlin Harjo that premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and stars Richard Ray Whitman, Casey Camp-Horinek, Jon ...more
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Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Irene Dunne, Edna May Oliver, Richard Dix
Cimarron is a 1931 Pre-Code Western film directed by Wesley Ruggles, starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne, and featuring Estelle Taylor and Roscoe Ates. The Oscar winning script was written by ...more
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Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Glenn Ford, Anne Baxter, Vic Morrow
Cimarron is a 1960 western film based on the Edna Ferber novel Cimarron, featuring Glenn Ford and Maria Schell. It was directed by Anthony Mann, known for his westerns and film noirs. Ferber's ...more
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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern
Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written by Leonard Freeman. It stars Clint Eastwood as Jed Cooper, Inger Stevens as a widow who helps him, ...more
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Little Big Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam
Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by ...more
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Leaves of Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Susan Sarandon, Edward Norton, Keri Russell
Leaves of Grass is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by, and featuring, Tim Blake Nelson. It also stars Edward Norton, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Melanie Lynskey and Keri ...more
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Midnight Runaround is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Christopher McDonald, Kyle Secor, Tom McCleister
Midnight Runaround is the second in a series of made-for-TV spin-offs for Universal Television's Action Pack of the action/comedy Midnight Run put together by MCA TV to resurrect Bounty-Hunter ...more
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Too Young to Die? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Michael O'Keefe
Amanda was forced into prostitution in order to survive and addicted to drugs in order to cope.  She becomes the accessory to the brutal murder of her ex-lover.  The state wants Amanda ...more
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Four Sheets to the Wind is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Christian Kane, Laura Bailey, Cody Lightning
Four Sheets to the Wind is a 2007 independent drama film written and directed by Sterlin Harjo. It was Harjo's first feature film, and won several awards at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and ...more
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One Desire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
One Desire Natalie Wood, Rock Hudson
One Desire is a 1955 film directed by Jerry Hopper. It stars Anne Baxter and Rock Hudson. Described as a "rugged story of oil-boom Oklahoma in the early 1900s", it was adapted from ...more
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Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell
Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen was inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. In real life, it was vindicated in a ...more