Films set in Iowa

by CorleoneWarrior88 | created - 24 Apr 2015 | updated - 26 Apr 2015 | Public

The ultimate list of films set in Iowa

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1. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 101,310 | Gross: $64.43M

2. The Straight Story (1999)

G | 112 min | Biography, Drama

86 Metascore

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter

Votes: 75,498 | Gross: $6.20M

3. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

73 Metascore

After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother. This situation is suddenly challenged though, when love unexpectedly walks into his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 199,938 | Gross: $9.17M

4. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak

Votes: 66,646 | Gross: $71.52M

5. Cedar Rapids (2011)

R | 87 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

Tim Lippe has no idea what he's in for when he's sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the "guidance" of three convention veterans.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Votes: 34,956 | Gross: $6.86M

6. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

48 Metascore

A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence

Votes: 46,169 | Gross: $101.60M

7. The Crazies (2010)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

55 Metascore

After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.

Director: Breck Eisner | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson

Votes: 105,492 | Gross: $39.12M

8. The Music Man (1962)

G | 151 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta | Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold

Votes: 15,001 | Gross: $14.95M

9. The Last Supper (I) (1995)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.

Director: Stacy Title | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner

Votes: 13,571 | Gross: $0.44M

10. Haunting Villisca (2006)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama, Mystery

Professor David Salt's guilty secrets draw him to the fabled Town of Villisca, past and present collide as he is driven to help the trapped spirits, and to seek his own redemption.

Director: James Serpento | Stars: Allison Adams, Natalia Bafia, Patrick Bardwell, Zachariah Barrientos

Votes: 49

11. Whiteboyz (1999)

R | 92 min | Drama, Comedy

45 Metascore

In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. He practices in front of a mirror and with his two pals, James and ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Levin | Stars: Danny Hoch, Dash Mihok, Mark Webber, Piper Perabo

Votes: 1,696 | Gross: $0.04M

12. The Final Season (2007)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

43 Metascore

Kent Stock disrupts his life to become coach of the Norway High School baseball team and try to lead them to victory.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jesse Henecke

Votes: 2,332 | Gross: $1.16M

13. Iowa (2005)

104 min | Crime, Drama

35 Metascore

A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy and addiction that follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business - cooking their own methamphetamine - only to watch it burn a searing hole in their lives.

Director: Matt Farnsworth | Stars: Matt Farnsworth, Diane Foster, John Savage, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 356

14. Michael (1996)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 38,910 | Gross: $95.32M

15. The Puppet Masters (1994)

R | 109 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The Earth is invaded by stingray-shaped alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds.

Director: Stuart Orme | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Julie Warner, Keith David

Votes: 7,851 | Gross: $8.64M

16. Touchback (2011)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

56 Metascore

A man looks back 15 years to the injury that ended his career as a promising high-school football player.

Director: Don Handfield | Stars: Brian Presley, Kurt Russell, Melanie Lynskey, Marc Blucas

Votes: 3,708 | Gross: $0.20M

17. The Coverup (2008)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The story centers on around the mysterious death of repeat drunk driving offender Thacker and the discovery of his body in an alley behind the Marshalltown, Iowa, police department after his latest DUI arrest.

Director: Brian Jun | Stars: Gabriel Mann, Eliza Dushku, John Savage, Mark Pellegrino

Votes: 298

18. Cold Turkey (1971)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy

Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa accepts the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort.

Director: Norman Lear | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Pippa Scott, Tom Poston, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 1,765

19. Sugar (I) (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas, Santo Silvestre

Votes: 4,461 | Gross: $1.08M

20. A Thousand Acres (1997)

R | 105 min | Drama

"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Robards

Votes: 4,842 | Gross: $7.93M

21. The Sullivans (1944)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, History

The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and of World War II and their eventual deaths in action in the Pacific theater are ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle, Edward Ryan

Votes: 2,011

22. Ice Castles (1978)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

51 Metascore

A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 2,915 | Gross: $20.71M

23. Butter (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

40 Metascore

In Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest.

Director: Jim Field Smith | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Yara Shahidi, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde

Votes: 19,675 | Gross: $0.07M

24. Fanboys (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release.

Director: Kyle Newman | Stars: Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Sam Huntington

Votes: 54,570 | Gross: $0.69M

25. The Trouble with Girls (1969)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Chautauqua manager Walter Hale and his loyal business manager struggle to keep their traveling troupe together in small town America.

Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Elvis Presley, Marlyn Mason, Nicole Jaffe, Sheree North

Votes: 1,240

26. What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

R | 101 min | Crime, Musical, Mystery

Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Micheál MacLiammóir

Votes: 1,504

27. Noises Off... (1992)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy

A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Denholm Elliott, Julie Hagerty

Votes: 9,564 | Gross: $2.28M

28. The Poker House (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

Director: Lori Petty | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javon Johnson, Sophi Bairley, Bokeem Woodbine

Votes: 4,786

29. State Fair (1945)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 3,346

30. The Major and the Minor (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Robert Benchley

Votes: 5,548 | Gross: $6.38M

31. 16 to Life (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

Romantic comedy. A small town teenager's angst about sexual inexperience drives a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays.

Director: Becky Smith | Stars: Hallee Hirsh, Theresa Russell, Shiloh Fernandez, Mandy Musgrave

Votes: 432

32. Miles from Home (1988)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two brothers who are forced off their farm in the debt stricken mid-west become folk heroes when they begin robbing the banks that have been foreclosing on farmers.

Director: Gary Sinise | Stars: Richard Gere, Penelope Ann Miller, Brian Dennehy, Jason Campbell

Votes: 1,213 | Gross: $0.19M

33. Star Trek (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 559,814 | Gross: $257.73M

Honorable Mention: One scene set in Iowa



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