The Best Wisconsin Movies 

Ranker Film
Updated August 2, 2019 56 votes 16 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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The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Howard Deutch

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
Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

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
Black Cadillac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Randy Quaid, Jason Dohring, Kiersten Warren

Released: 2003

Directed by: John Murlowski

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
Chump Change is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Traci Lords, Jerry Stiller, Abe Vigoda

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen Burrows

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.
Come and Get It is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea, Edward Arnold

Released: 1936

Directed by: Howard Hawks, William Wyler

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
Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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
Ed Gein: The Butcher of ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Priscilla Barnes, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Feifer

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
For Keeps is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald, Conchata Ferrell

Released: 1988

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

For Keeps is a 1988 American coming of age comedy drama film starring Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff as Darcy and Stan, two high school seniors in love. Complications ensue when Darcy ...more
In the Light of the Moon... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Drew Barrymore, Steve Railsback, Carrie Snodgress

Released: 2000

Directed by: Chuck Parello

In the Light of the Moon is a 2000 Spanish and Portuguese film that chronicles the life of American graverobber and murderer Ed Gein. It was released in Spain and Portugal on November 17, ...more
Jeffrey Dahmer: The Secr... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Laura Tesone, Donna Stewart Bowen, Keith Gearhart

Released: 1993

Directed by: David R. Bowen

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
Lars and the Real Girl ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Craig Gillespie

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.
Michael Clayton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tony Gilroy

Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy, starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack. The film chronicles the ...more
Mister Cory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Tony Curtis, Martha Hyer

Released: 1957

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Mister Cory is a 1957 film by Blake Edwards starring Tony Curtis as a con artist who almost reforms. The film was atypical of Hollywood fare of its day, but found favor with avant garde critics, ...more
Our Vines Have Tender Gr... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, Frances Gifford

Released: 1945

Directed by: Roy Rowland

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes is an American drama film released in 1945, which was directed by Roy Rowland, starring Edward G. Robinson and Margaret O'Brien.
Rascal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Walter Pidgeon, Elsa Lanchester, Steve Forrest

Released: 1969

Directed by: Norman Tokar

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.
Starman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Carpenter

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
Stroszek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Bruno Schleinstein, Eva Mattes, Wilhelm von Homburg

Released: 1977

Directed by: Werner Herzog

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
The Giant Spider Invasio... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Alan Hale, Jr., Barbara Hale

Released: 1975

Directed by: Bill Rebane

The Giant Spider Invasion is a low-budget 1975 film produced by Transcentury Pictures, a partnership owned by the film's director Bill Rebane. The film is about giant spiders that terrorize the ...more
The Prince and Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
DeborahTragasz added Julia Stiles, Miranda Richardson, Winter Ave Zoli

Released: 2004

Directed by: Martha Coolidge

The Prince & Me is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge, and starring Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, and Ben Miller, with Miranda Richardson, James Fox, and Alberta Watson. The ...more
The Shining Hour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas

Released: 1938

Directed by: Frank Borzage

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.
The Smokers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Thora Birch, Busy Philipps, Keri Lynn Pratt

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christina Peters

The Smokers is a 2000 film directed and written by Christina Peters.
The World's Best Prom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
The World's Best Prom

Released: 2006

Directed by: Chris Talbott, Ari Vena

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
A Map of the World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver, Chloƫ Sevigny

Released: 2000

Directed by: Scott Elliott

A Map of the World is a 1999 drama film directed by Scott Elliott.
The Whip Hand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
The Whip Hand Lurene Tuttle, Edgar Barrier, Elliott Reid

Released: 1951

Directed by: William Cameron Menzies

The Whip Hand is a 1951 American film directed by William Cameron Menzies. It stars Carla Balenda and Elliott Reid.
Public Hero No. 1 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone

Released: 1935

Directed by: J. Walter Ruben

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