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The Best Movies Set In West Virginia 

Ranker Film
Updated August 1, 2019 219 votes 21 voters 35 items

List Rules Vote up the greatest movies about or set in West Virginia.

Which of these movies about West Virginia are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies that take place in the Mountain State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in West Virginia but all of them are about or partially set in West Virginia. With several movies set in the Appalachian Mountains or about the Mothman, the state of West Virginia is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. If you've ever asked yourself where was Patch Adams, the Wrong Turn franchise, or October Sky filmed, the answer is West Virginia. With that being said it's time to finally determine the greatest West Virginia movies.

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

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Hatfields & McCoys ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Kevin Costner, Tom Berenger, Bill Paxton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

It’s the true American story of a legendary family feud—one that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. Hatfields & McCoys, a three-part miniseries, ...more
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October Sky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joe Johnston

October Sky is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's ...more
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We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 incident that 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd ...more
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The Mothman Prophecies ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mark Pellington

The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 supernatural thriller film directed by Mark Pellington, based on the 1975 book of the same name by parapsychologist and Fortean author John Keel. The screenplay ...more
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Matewan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Sayles

Matewan is a 1987 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles, and starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell and Will Oldham, with David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe and ...more
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Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beg... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Tenika Davis, Kristen Harris, Dean Armstrong

Released: 2011

Directed by: Declan O'Brien

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings is a 2011 American horror film written and directed by Declan O'Brien and the fourth installment in the Wrong Turn film series. The film serves as a prequel to ...more
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Wrong Turn 3: Left for D... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Kaley Cuoco, Janet Montgomery, Tamer Hassan

Released: 2009

Directed by: Declan O'Brien

Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead is a 2009 American horror film and the third installment in the Wrong Turn film series, directed by Declan O'Brien and starring Tom Frederic, Janet Montgomery and ...more
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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

Released: 2016

Directed by: Theodore Melfi

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more
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Wrong Turn 2: Dead End ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Henry Rollins, Daniella Alonso, Crystal Lowe

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joe Lynch

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End is a 2007 American horror film directed by Joe Lynch and starring Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins and Texas Battle. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Wrong Turn and the ...more
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Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and starred Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, ...more
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Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bob Gunton. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of ...more
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Win a Date with Tad Hami... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Paris Hilton, Kate Bosworth, Ginnifer Goodwin

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert Luketic

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Robert Luketic and starring Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, and Josh Duhamel.
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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christophe Gans

Silent Hill is a 2006 psychological horror film directed by Christophe Gans and written by Roger Avary, Christophe Gans and Nicolas Boukhrief. The film is an adaptation of Konami's survival ...more
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Blood Creek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill, Wentworth Miller

Released: 2008

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Blood Creek, previously known as Creek and Town Creek, is a horror film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Michael Fassbender as the main antagonist and written by Dave Kajganich. The film ...more
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The Night of the Hunter ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

Released: 1955

Directed by: Charles Laughton, Terry Sanders, Robert Mitchum

The Night of the Hunter is an American thriller film directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. Based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Davis ...more
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The Wild and Wonderful W... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Jesco White, Mamie White

Released: 2009

Directed by: Julien Nitzberg

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia is a 2009 documentary film directed by Julien Nitzberg, chronicling the White Family of Boone County, West Virginia.
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Tucker & Dale vs. Ev... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

Released: 2010

Directed by: Eli Craig

"“The hillbillies from the store captured Alison!” Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies heading to their “fixer-upper” cabin for some relaxin’, discover they ain’t alone in them woods. They ...more
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Wrong Turn 6: Last Resor... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Aqueela Zoll

Released: 2014

Directed by: Valeri Milev

Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort is a 2014 American horror film directed by Valeri Milev and the sixth installment in the Wrong Turn film series.
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American Ultra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace

Released: 2015

Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh

American Ultra is an upcoming action comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Max Landis. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace, John ...more
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Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Roxanne McKee, Doug Bradley, Finn Jones

Released: 2012

Directed by: Declan O'Brien

Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines is a 2012 American horror film written and directed by Declan O'Brien and the fifth installment in the Wrong Turn film series. The film is a sequel to Wrong Turn 4: ...more
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Mothman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Mothman Jewel Staite, Susie Abromeit, Connor Fox

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sheldon Wilson

Mothman is a 2010 Syfy television film starring Jewel Staite and Connor Fox. The film premiered on Syfy April 24, 2010 and was released on DVD on October 25, 2011. The film features the song ...more
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The X-Files: I Want to B... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, David Duchovny

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Carter

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a 2008 American supernatural fiction film directed by Chris Carter and written by both Carter and Frank Spotnitz. It is the second feature film installment of ...more
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A Killing Affair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Peter Weller, Kathy Baker, John Glover

Released: 1977

Directed by: David Saperstein

A Killing Affair, is a 1986 drama film starring Peter Weller, Kathy Baker, John Glover, Bill Smitrovich and Danny Nelson.
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Them That Follow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia
Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert

Released: 2019

Directed by: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage

Them That Follow is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s ...more
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Marshall University: Ash... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Set In West Virginia

Released: 2000

Marshall University: Ashes to Glory is a 2000 documentary about the November 14, 1970 Marshall University plane crash that killed 75 people, and the efforts of new head coach Jack Lengyel and ...more