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The Best Movies About Oklahoma 

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Updated August 8, 2019 194 votes 32 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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Twister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jan 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 ...more
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Where the Red Fern Grows... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Lonny Chapman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Norman 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.
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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis 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 ...more
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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert

Released: 1955

Directed by: Fred 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 ...more
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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1969

Directed by: Henry 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 ...more
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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ethan 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 ...more
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Where the Heart Is is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Natalie Portman, Sally Field, Ashley Judd

Released: 2000

Directed by: Matt 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
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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

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis 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
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Bug is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Bug Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick

Released: 2006

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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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

Released: 2014

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more
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The Dark at the Top of t... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Angela Lansbury, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Preston

Released: 1960

Directed by: Delbert Mann

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs is a 1960 film directed by Delbert Mann.
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Barking Water is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Laura Spencer, David Hill, Richard Ray Whitman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sterlin 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
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Believe in Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Bruce Dern, Jeffrey Donovan, Heather Matarazzo

Released: 2005

Directed by: Robert 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. ...more
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Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Irene Dunne, Edna May Oliver, Richard Dix

Released: 1931

Directed by: Wesley 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 ...more
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Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Glenn Ford, Anne Baxter, Vic Morrow

Released: 1960

Directed by: Anthony 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 ...more
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Far and Away is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron 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 ...more
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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ted 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, ...more
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In Old Oklahoma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
John Wayne, Dale Evans, Albert Dekker

Released: 1943

Directed by: Albert 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 ...more
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Keys to Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Cameron Diaz, Mary Tyler Moore, James Spader

Released: 1996

Directed by: Leslie 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.
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Midnight Runaround is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Christopher McDonald, Kyle Secor, Tom McCleister

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank 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 ...more
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Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell

Released: 1983

Directed by: Mike 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
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The Doe Boy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
James Duval, Gordon Tootoosis, Jim Metzler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Randy 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 ...more
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The Passing of the Oklah... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Bill Tilghman, Roy Daugherty, Chris Madsen

Released: 1915

Directed by: Bill 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 ...more
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The Turning Point is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert Ross

The Turning Point is a 1977 drama film centered on the world of ballet in New York City, written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross. The film stars Shirley MacLaine and Anne ...more
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Too Young to Die? is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Oklahoma
Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Michael O'Keefe

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Markowitz

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