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The Best Wisconsin Movies  

Ranker Film
45 votes 10 voters 34 items

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

Which of these movies about Wisconsin are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Badger State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Wisconsin but all of them are about or partially set in Wisconsin. With a few movies set in or around Indianapolis, the state of Wisconsin is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Funny Farm to Super Troopers, it's time to finally determine the greatest Wisconsin movies.

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

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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe
Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of the Aurora, Illinois-based ...more
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Lars and the Real Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but socially awkward young man (Ryan Gosling) develops a romantic yet platonic relationship with a doll.
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A Map of the World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver, Chloƫ Sevigny
A Map of the World is a 1999 drama film directed by Scott Elliott.
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The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy
The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette Bening and Stephanie Faracy co-star. Robert Prosky, Lucy Deakins and Lewis Arquette have supporting ...more
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The World's Best Prom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
The World's Best Prom
Once a year, prom mania grips the entire population of Racine, Wisconsin. The city's extravagant celebration begins with a rowdy parade where students compete for the most outrageous form of ...more
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Public Hero No. 1 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone
Public Hero No. 1 is a black-and-white crime film released in 1935 by MGM. It stars Lionel Barrymore, Jean Arthur, Chester Morris, and Joseph Calleia. It was directed by J. Walter Ruben. The ...more
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The Smokers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Thora Birch, Busy Philipps, Keri Lynn Pratt
The Smokers is a 2000 film directed and written by Christina Peters.
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Chump Change is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Traci Lords, Jerry Stiller, Abe Vigoda
Chump Change is a 2000 comedy film, written and directed by and starring Stephen Burrows. The film is based on Burrows' experiences as a screen writer.
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The Shining Hour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas
The Shining Hour is a 1938 MGM film, based on the 1934 play The Shining Hour by Keith Winter. The film starred Joan Crawford, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas, and Fay Bainter.
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All Mine to Give is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Cameron Mitchell, Patty McCormack, Ellen Corby
All Mine to Give is a 1957 Technicolor melodrama film starring Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, and Rex Thompson. When first one parent, then the other dies, six children have to look after ...more
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Outcast is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Outcast Warren William, Karen Morley, Lewis Stone
Outcast is a 1937 American film directed by Robert Florey. Warren William plays a Baltimore doctor accused of murder. Although acquitted, he becomes a pariah and his practice is ruined, so he ...more
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Stroszek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Bruno Schleinstein, Eva Mattes, Wilhelm von Homburg
Stroszek is a 1977 film by German director Werner Herzog. Written specifically for Bruno S., the film was shot in Berlin, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Most of the lead roles are played by ...more
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Starman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen
Starman is a 1984 American romantic science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter, that tells the story of an alien who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold ...more
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Rascal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Walter Pidgeon, Elsa Lanchester, Steve Forrest
Rascal is a 1969 comedy-drama film adaption made by Walt Disney Productions based on a book Rascal by Sterling North about a young man and his pet raccoon set in California.
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Madison County is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Katie Stegeman, Matt Mercer, Nick Principe
Madison County is a 2011 horror film directed and written by Eric England. The film was first released on October 17, 2011. It stars Colley Bailey, Matt Mercer, and Ace Marrero as a group of ...more
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Jeffrey Dahmer: The Secret Lif... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Laura Tesone, Donna Stewart Bowen, Keith Gearhart
Jeffrey Dahmer: The Secret Life is an American true crime film, released in 1993. It stars Carl Crew as Jeffrey Dahmer, an American serial killer, necrophile and cannibal. The film is a first ...more
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Black Cadillac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Randy Quaid, Jason Dohring, Kiersten Warren
Black Cadillac is a 2003 American thriller/horror film, directed by John Murlowski and written by Murlowski and Will Aldis. The film stars Shane Johnson, Josh Hammond, Jason Dohring, and Randy
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Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainf... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Priscilla Barnes, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman
Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield is a 2007 U.S.-American direct-to-video horror film starring Kane Hodder, Adrienne Frantz, Michael Berryman, Priscilla Barnes and Shawn Hoffman. It is based ...more
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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers
This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film directorial debut. A remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name, it is written by James Gunn and ...more
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Come and Get It is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea, Edward Arnold
Come and Get It is a 1936 American drama film directed by Howard Hawks and William Wyler. The screenplay by Jane Murfin and Jules Furthman is based on the 1935 novel of the same title by Edna
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Uncle John is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Uncle John John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Jenna Lyng
Uncle John is a 2015 American film directed by Steven Piet. John (John Ashton), a respected and well-liked carpenter in his small Wisconsin town, murders local town bully Dutch Miller and while ...more
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Homer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Homer Don Scardino, Tisa Farrow, Alex Nicol
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The Whip Hand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
The Whip Hand Lurene Tuttle, Edgar Barrier, Elliott Reid
The Whip Hand is a 1951 American film directed by William Cameron Menzies. It stars Carla Balenda and Elliott Reid.
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Wisconsin Death Trip is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Ian Holm, John Schneider, Marcus Monroe
Wisconsin Death Trip is a 1999 historical documentary written and directed by James Marsh,inspired by Michael Lesy's book of the same name which was first published in 1973.
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Silent Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Silent Night Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue