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The Best Wisconsin Movies

Updated August 2, 2019 101 votes 16 voters34 items

List RulesRegardless 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.

  • 1
    The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    The Great Outdoors

    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1988

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Wayne's World

    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers

    Released1992

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Black Cadillac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Black Cadillac

    Randy Quaid, Jason Dohring

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Murlowski

    Black Cadillac is a 2003 American thriller/horror film, directed by John Murlowski and written... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Chump Change is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Chump Change

    Traci Lords, Jerry Stiller

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Burrows

    Chump Change is a 2000 comedy film, written and directed by and starring Stephen Burrows. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Come and Get It is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Come and Get It

    Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea

    Released1936

    Directed byHoward Hawks, William Wyler

    Come and Get It is a 1936 American drama film directed by Howard Hawks and William Wyler. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

    This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield

    Priscilla Barnes, Kane Hodder

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Feifer

    Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield is a 2007 U.S.-American direct-to-video horror film... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    For Keeps is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    For Keeps

    Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    For Keeps is a 1988 American coming of age comedy drama film starring Molly Ringwald and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    In the Light of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    In the Light of the Moon

    Drew Barrymore, Steve Railsback

    Released2000

    Directed byChuck Parello

    In the Light of the Moon is a 2000 Spanish and Portuguese film that chronicles the life of... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jeffrey Dahmer: The Secret Lif is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Jeffrey Dahmer: The Secret Life

    Laura Tesone, Donna Stewart Bowen

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid R. Bowen

    Jeffrey Dahmer: The Secret Life is an American true crime film, released in 1993. It stars... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Lars and the Real Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Lars and the Real Girl

    Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer

    Released2007

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Michael Clayton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Michael Clayton

    George Clooney, Tilda Swinton

    Released2007

    Directed byTony Gilroy

    Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Mister Cory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Mister Cory

    Tony Curtis, Martha Hyer

    Released1957

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Mister Cory is a 1957 film by Blake Edwards starring Tony Curtis as a con artist who almost... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Our Vines Have Tender Grapes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

    Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien

    Released1945

    Directed byRoy Rowland

    Our Vines Have Tender Grapes is an American drama film released in 1945, which was directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Rascal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Rascal

    Walter Pidgeon, Elsa Lanchester

    Released1969

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    Rascal is a 1969 comedy-drama film adaption made by Walt Disney Productions based on a book... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Starman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Starman

    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Starman is a 1984 American romantic science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter, that... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Stroszek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Stroszek

    Bruno Schleinstein, Eva Mattes

    Released1977

    Directed byWerner Herzog

    Stroszek is a 1977 film by German director Werner Herzog. Written specifically for Bruno S.,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    The Giant Spider Invasion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies

    Released1975

    Directed byBill Rebane

    The Giant Spider Invasion is a low-budget 1975 film produced by Transcentury Pictures, a... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Prince and Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    The Prince and Me

    Julia Stiles, Miranda Richardson

    Released2004

    Directed byMartha Coolidge

    The Prince & Me is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge, and starring Julia... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Shining Hour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    The Shining Hour

    Joan Crawford, Robert Young

    Released1938

    Directed byFrank Borzage

    The Shining Hour is a 1938 MGM film, based on the 1934 play The Shining Hour by Keith Winter.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    The Smokers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    The Smokers

    Thora Birch, Busy Philipps

    Released2000

    Directed byChristina Peters

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

    Once a year, prom mania grips the entire population of Racine, Wisconsin. The city's... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    A Map of the World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    A Map of the World

    Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2000

    Directed byScott Elliott

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

    Lurene Tuttle, Edgar Barrier

    Released1951

    Directed byWilliam Cameron Menzies

    The Whip Hand is a 1951 American film directed by William Cameron Menzies. It stars Carla... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Public Hero No. 1 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Wisconsin Movies
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    Public Hero No. 1

    Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1935

    Directed byJ. Walter Ruben

    Public Hero No. 1 is a black-and-white crime film released in 1935 by MGM. It stars Lionel... more on Wikipedia
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