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The Best Movies About Oklahoma

Updated August 8, 2019 355 votes 40 voters 1k views44 items

List RulesRegardless 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.

  • 1
    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage
    17
    4

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    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 Misakian,...  more
  • 2
    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    19
    8

    Released1996

    Directed byJan de Bont

    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 and...  more
  • 3
    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland
    15
    3

    Released1974

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    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....  more
  • 4
    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon
    15
    3

    Released2010

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    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 U.S....  more
  • 5
    Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger
    18
    8

    Released1955

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    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 Jones,...  more
  • 6
    John Wayne, Robert Duvall
    15
    6

    Released1969

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    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 Academy...  more
  • 7
    Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon
    14
    6

    Released2006

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    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 play of...  more
  • 8
    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke
    11
    4

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    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
  • 9
    Natalie Portman, Sally Field
    9
    2

    Released2000

    Directed byMatt Williams

    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
  • 10
    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman
    6
    0

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Howard

    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 John...  more
  • 11
    Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep
    6
    0

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Wells

    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 paths...  more
  • 12
    Irene Dunne, Edna May Oliver
    7
    2

    Released1931

    Directed byWesley Ruggles

    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 Howard...  more
  • 13
    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper
    7
    2

    Released1968

    Directed byTed Post

    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, Ed...  more
  • 14
    Angela Lansbury, Dorothy McGuire
    7
    3

    Released1960

    Directed byDelbert Mann

    The Dark at the Top of the Stairs is a 1960 film directed by Delbert Mann....
  • 15
    Meryl Streep, Cher
    5
    1

    Released1983

    Directed byMike Nichols

    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
  • 16
    Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway
    6
    2

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Penn

    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 the...  more
  • 17
    John Wayne, Dale Evans
    5
    3

    Released1943

    Directed byAlbert S. Rogell

    In Old Oklahoma is a 1943 American Western film starring John Wayne, Martha Scott, Albert Dekker, George "Gabby" Hayes, Marjorie Rambeau, and Dale Evans. The movie was directed by Albert S. Rogell...  more
  • 18
    Glenn Ford, Anne Baxter
    4
    2

    Released1960

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    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 novel...  more
  • 19
    Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies
    7
    7

    Released2014

    Directed bySteven Quale

    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 Debnam-Carey,...  more
  • 20
    Laura Spencer, David Hill
    7
    7

    Released2009

    Directed bySterlin Harjo

    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
  • 21
    Bruce Dern, Jeffrey Donovan
    1
    0

    Released2005

    Directed byRobert Collector

    Believe In Me is a 2006 American drama film directed by Robert Collector. The film stars Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, and Bruce Dern. The film was shot in various locations in New Mexico. The...  more
  • 22
    Cameron Diaz, Mary Tyler Moore
    0
    3

    Released1996

    Directed byLeslie Greif

    Keys to Tulsa is a 1997 film directed by Leslie Greif, and starring Eric Stoltz and James Spader. It is based on the novel of the same name by Brian Fair Berkey....  more
  • 23
    Christopher McDonald, Kyle Secor
    4
    2

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank De Palma

    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 Jack...  more
  • 24
    James Duval, Gordon Tootoosis
    2
    2

    Released2001

    Directed byRandy Redroad

    The Doe Boy is a 2001 independent drama film written and directed by Randy Redroad. It was selected as the United States winner of the Sundance Film Festival/NHK International Filmmakers Award in...  more
  • 25
    Bill Tilghman, Roy Daugherty
    0
    0

    Released1915

    Directed byBill Tilghman

    The Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaws, subtitled Picturization of Early Days in Oklahoma, is a 1915 American silent western film produced by the Eagle Film Company depicting the end of the outlaw gangs...  more