Films set Indiana

by Mike_Noga | created - 25 May 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Please enjoy these films, which are all at least partially set in Indiana.

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1. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 122,668 | Gross: $20.61M

2. Breaking Away (1979)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 20,408 | Gross: $16.42M

3. A History of Violence (2005)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core in this action thriller.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Votes: 213,380 | Gross: $31.49M

4. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

76 Metascore

A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

Votes: 40,351 | Gross: $28.61M

5. The Great Dan Patch (1949)

Passed | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Story of the legendary trotting horse Dan Patch.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Gail Russell, Ruth Warrick, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 188

6. Appointment with Danger (1950)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling

Votes: 934

7. Ten Laps to Go (1936)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Larry Evans (Rex Lease), champion race car driver, is envied by his chief rival, Eddie DeSylva (Duncan Renaldo), who has more ambitions than merely winning the races; he has designs on the ... See full summary »

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Rex Lease, Muriel Evans, Duncan Renaldo, Charles Delaney

Votes: 27

8. Little Big Top (2006)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

An aging out of work clown returns to his small hometown, resigned to spend the rest of his days in a drunken stupor. But when his passion for clowning is reawakened by the local amateur circus he finds his smile.

Director: Ward Roberts | Stars: Sid Haig, Richard Riehle, Hollis Resnik, Mel England

Votes: 127 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Hitting the Nuts (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy

An outrageous group of misfits including an Amish farmer strive to "hit the nuts" in an annual illegal poker championship in Scott County, Indiana.

Director: Joe Boyd | Stars: Joe Boyd, Matt Donnelly, Mike Betette, Megan Soule

Votes: 88

10. Sleepwalkers (1992)

R | 91 min | Horror

38 Metascore

A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie

Votes: 18,826 | Gross: $30.52M

11. Viper (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama

After Laura's husband James is murdered, she decides to find out who did it and why. She finds herself in a fight against an anti-terrorist organization in her desire for revenge.

Director: Peter Maris | Stars: Linda Purl, James Tolkan, Jeff Kober, Chris Robinson

Votes: 78

12. Paradise Recovered (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

A devout young woman learns about faith, living, and love from a surprising source.

Director: Storme Wood | Stars: Heather Wallis, Dane Hurlburt, Oliver Luke, Andrew Sensenig

Votes: 209

13. A Hoosier Romance (1918)

Comedy, Drama

Living with her cruel and greedy father on their Indiana farm, Pretty Patience Thompson, is a "girl with a singing soul," However, her life of drudgery is brightened by John, the hired hand... See full summary »

Director: Colin Campbell | Stars: Colleen Moore, Thomas Jefferson, Harry McCoy, Edward Jobson

14. The Penalty (1941)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The son of a murderer is entangled in his father's crimes and is sentenced to a rehabilitive farm, where he learns a new way of life.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Marsha Hunt, Robert Sterling

Votes: 175

15. American Teen (2008)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

Director: Nanette Burstein | Stars: Hannah Bailey, Jake Tusing, Megan Krizmanich, Colin Clemens

Votes: 3,995 | Gross: $0.94M

16. Blonde Comet (1941)

Passed | 67 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Beverly Blake, the 'Blonde Comet," and the daughter of a tire-manufacturer, gets behind the wheel of a race-car, and is soon tearing up the tracks and winning races in Italy, France and ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Virginia Vale, Robert Kent, Barney Oldfield, Vince Barnett

Votes: 43

17. The Naked Hills (1956)

Approved | 72 min | Western

In 1849, an Indiana farmer develops a life-long gold fever and an obsession with finding the 'mother lode' in the Californian hills.

Director: Josef Shaftel | Stars: David Wayne, Keenan Wynn, James Barton, Marcia Henderson

Votes: 156

18. Jerry (2009)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

As a forty-something door-to-door book salesman, Jerry is used to having doors shut in his face. However, a chance meeting with Jordan, an engaging young punk rocker, opens the door into a new world.

Director: Morgan Mead | Stars: Doug Jones, Katlyn Carlson, Allison Scagliotti, Don Stark

Votes: 239

19. A Piece of Eden (2000)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A New York press agent applies his show-business acumen to revitalize his ailing father's Indiana fruit farm.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Marc Grapey, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Tyne Daly, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 89

20. A Girl of the Limberlost (1990 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama, Family

A teenage girl living in 1908 rural Indiana attends high school despite her mother's fierce opposition of her life, the friendship of a free-spirted older woman helps her stick to her goals.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Annette O'Toole, Daryl Anderson, Tobias Anderson, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 156

21. Maja Steinansikt (1996)

85 min | Family

While her mama is at the hospital to give birth, and her dad has gone off with a mistress, Maja has to survive by herself and her grandma, thanks to her Indian costume and her second Indian identity as Maja Stoneface.

Director: Lars Berg | Stars: Thali Liberman, Øyvin Bang Berven, Pia Borgli, Cecilie Frøshaug

Votes: 77

22. Elmer, the Great (1933)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Patricia Ellis, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd

Votes: 363

23. The Desperate Hours (1955)

Approved | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott

Votes: 8,136

24. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Directors: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck, Robert Wise | Stars: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter

Votes: 20,628

25. Born to Speed (1947)

Passed | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Johnny Randall, a young race-car driver, falls in love with Tony Bradley, who hates racing because her brother was killed in a midget car-race (the car size, not the driver-size.) To ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Johnny Sands, Vivian Austin, Don Castle, Frank Orth

Votes: 37

26. Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A series of identical accidents kills racing drivers, but a dim-witted mechanic suspects they were not accidents.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Cecilia Parker, Nat Pendleton, Harry Carey

Votes: 86

27. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 170,554 | Gross: $132.09M

28. Falling from Grace (1992)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music

Rock singer John Mellencamp makes his screen and directorial debut in this story by "Lonesome Dove" author, Larry McMurtry. The story, not too separated from Mellencamp's real life, finds ... See full summary »

Director: John Mellencamp | Stars: John Mellencamp, Mariel Hemingway, Claude Akins, Dub Taylor

Votes: 484 | Gross: $0.23M

29. Freckles Comes Home (1942)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Freckles (Johnny Downs) comes home from college...and the sheriff accuses him of murder, gangsters put him on the spot, and his girl friend, Jane (Gale Storm), falls in love with a confidence man.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Johnny Downs, Gale Storm, Mantan Moreland, Irving Bacon

Votes: 114

30. Marion (2005)

7 min | Short

Three separate women play Marion in three scenes based upon Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO. The Marions are split up onto three separate screens.

Director: Ry Russo-Young | Stars: James Katharine Flynn, Anna Lewis, Jasmine Lobe, Vince Tula

Votes: 26

31. The Jackpot (1950)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy

Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: James Stewart, Barbara Hale, James Gleason, Fred Clark

Votes: 822

32. Infidel (2006)

Not Rated | 56 min | Drama

A street preacher encounters a man in a greasy rib joint and becomes convinced that she has been chosen by God to bring this solitary stranger to Jesus. What she doesn't realize is that he ... See full summary »

Director: Peter O'Keefe | Stars: Steve Chung, Doug Lamoreux, Debra Stanley, Ron Wells

33. Black Baseball in Indiana (2011)

27 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

Black Baseball in Indiana features interviews with Negro Leagues players and historians, telling the unsung stories of the Indianapolis ABCs, Indianapolis Clowns and other influential ... See full summary »

Stars: Melvin Duncan, Walter Dirk Gibbons, Chuck Harmony, Edward Krzemienski

34. In & Out (1997)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

70 Metascore

A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon

Votes: 36,690 | Gross: $63.86M

35. Rudy (1993)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind

Votes: 51,491 | Gross: $22.75M

36. Some Came Running (1958)

Approved | 137 min | Drama, Romance

Dave Hirsch, a writer and an army veteran winds up in his small Indiana hometown, to the dismay of his respectable older brother. He meets and befriends various different characters and tries to figure out what to do with his life.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer

Votes: 5,279

37. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 46,135 | Gross: $10.21M

38. June Bride (1948)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy

A magazine's staff, including bickering ex-lovers Linda and Carey, cover an Indiana wedding, which goes slightly wrong...

Director: Bretaigne Windust | Stars: Bette Davis, Robert Montgomery, Fay Bainter, Betty Lynn

Votes: 1,427

39. Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

R | 110 min | Drama

50 Metascore

On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.

Director: Jake Scott | Stars: James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo, David Jensen

Votes: 22,452 | Gross: $0.15M

40. Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, William K. Howard | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,645

41. Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Small-town Indiana girl Lily Mars dreams to be a stage actress. She begs visiting Broadway producer John Thornway for a role but he dismisses her as an amateur. She follows him to New York and worms her way into his show, and his heart.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter, Richard Carlson

Votes: 877

42. The Opposite of Sex (1997)

R | 105 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl visits her gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives.

Director: Don Roos | Stars: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett

Votes: 19,484 | Gross: $5.88M

43. The Winning Season (2009)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Sport

53 Metascore

A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Emily Rios

Votes: 5,681

44. On the Trail of John Hunt Morgan (2003 TV Short)

Documentary, Short, War

The coordinator of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail provides a brief account of Morgan's raid through southern Indiana in 1863.

Director: Scott Andrew Hutchins | Stars: Ray Rice, Richard Skidmore

45. Home in Indiana (1944)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A lad with a penchant for trouble is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Indiana. Though he's not happy about the arrangement at first, his love of horses and his affection for a young ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Walter Brennan, Jeanne Crain, Charlotte Greenwood, Ward Bond

Votes: 372

46. Lonesome Jim (2005)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place, Kevin Corrigan

Votes: 7,433 | Gross: $0.15M

47. The Price of Cigarettes (2012)

14 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

Autumn, a young nicotine addicted mother living in the rust belt, finds herself in a place she never imagined: unhappily raising the child of a husband she no longer loves while juggling a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew P. Quinn | Stars: Alex Dunning, Lisa Ermel, Chase Key, Logan Layne

Votes: 10

48. The Dream Catcher (1999)

99 min | Drama

61 Metascore

An abandoned teen jumps a freight train in Philadelphia intent on reaching his uncle in Indiana, whom he believes will help him with financial difficulties including a pregnant girlfriend. ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Radtke | Stars: Maurice Compte, Paddy Connor, Jeanne Heaton, Joseph Arthur

Votes: 529

49. The Ryan White Story (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Drama