Films set in Florida

by Mike_Noga | created - 28 May 2012 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

These films are all at least partially set in The Sunshine State.

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1. Big Trouble (2002)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

47 Metascore

The lives of several Miami denizens, from ad agents to gunrunners to street thugs to law enforcement to school-children, intersect with humorous and dangerous results.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 19,335 | Gross: $7.26M

2. Wild Things (1998)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Denise Richards

Votes: 103,273 | Gross: $29.75M

3. Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man visits his war buddy's family hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 35,064

4. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 253,742 | Gross: $173.84M

5. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 53,647 | Gross: $21.50M

6. Joe Panther (1976)

G | 110 min | Drama

A young Seminole indian boy comes of age outside the Florida Everglades by trying to enter the establishment ( white man's world ). He gets work as crew member on ( brian Keith's ) fishing ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Krasny | Stars: Brian Keith, Ricardo Montalban, Alan Feinstein, Cliff Osmond

Votes: 56

7. The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 10,190 | Gross: $0.44M

8. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 691,665 | Gross: $45.60M

9. Salesman (1969)

G | 91 min | Documentary, Drama

Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos

Votes: 4,344

10. Recount (2008 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 116 min | Drama, History

A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, and the subsequent recounts in Florida.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Denis Leary, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 11,559

11. Matinee (1993)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz

Votes: 8,829 | Gross: $9.53M

12. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 28,979 | Gross: $24.06M

13. Miami Vice (2006)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

65 Metascore

Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong, Naomie Harris

Votes: 105,749 | Gross: $63.45M

14. Band of the Hand (1986)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Five juvenile lost causes are sent to the Everglades where a war veteran tries to reform them using survival tactics. Their new skills and resolve are tested when a Miami drug lord targets them for trying to clean up their neighborhood.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, Lauren Holly, John Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 2,579 | Gross: $4.87M

15. Gentle Ben (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Family

When a boy is left in the care of his mountain-ranger uncle, he learns valuable lessons about man's relationship with wild animals, and how the mayor poses a threat to local legend Ben - a grizzly bear.

Director: David S. Cass Sr. | Stars: Dean Cain, Corbin Bernsen, William Katt, Martin Kove

Votes: 275

16. Flipper (1996)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Family

43 Metascore

A teenage boy sent to spend the summer with his eccentric uncle on the Florida coast befriends a remarkable dolphin - and takes on local bad guys who are polluting the water. With Isaac Hayes.

Director: Alan Shapiro | Stars: Paul Hogan, Elijah Wood, Jonathan Banks, Robert Deacon

Votes: 9,670 | Gross: $20.05M

17. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 128,514 | Gross: $34.47M

18. Kid Galahad (1937)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris

Votes: 2,762

19. Things Behind the Sun (2001)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music

A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts.

Director: Allison Anders | Stars: Kim Dickens, Gabriel Mann, Aria Alpert Adjani, Ruben Anders

Votes: 1,274

20. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

Votes: 16,075

21. The Cocoanuts (1929)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 6,685

22. Sixpack Annie (1975)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Busty, blonde and beautiful, Six-Pack Annie seeks to help her Aunt Tess raise $5,000 for the family diner...by trying to find a rich daddy.

Director: Fred G. Thorne | Stars: Lindsay Bloom, Jana Bellan, Joe Higgins, Larry Mahan

Votes: 215

23. Easy A (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd

Votes: 340,165 | Gross: $58.40M

24. Day of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy

Votes: 59,954 | Gross: $5.80M

26. Rosewood (1997)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, History

71 Metascore

A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African-American community.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill

Votes: 7,068 | Gross: $13.10M

27. Bully (2001)

R | 108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner

Votes: 33,390 | Gross: $1.54M

28. Hoot (2006)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

46 Metascore

A young man (Lerman) moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls.

Director: Wil Shriner | Stars: Logan Lerman, Luke Wilson, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 7,609 | Gross: $8.08M

29. Marley & Me (2008)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 140,251 | Gross: $143.15M

30. Cronicas (2004)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."

Director: Sebastián Cordero | Stars: John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina, Leonor Watling, Damián Alcázar

Votes: 3,235 | Gross: $0.30M

31. Wind Across the Everglades (1958)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An ornithologist battles a family of bird poachers in the Florida Everglades.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Budd Schulberg | Stars: Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer, Chana Eden, Gypsy Rose Lee

Votes: 899

33. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newlywed man on his honeymoon has second thoughts about his marriage and falls for a different woman.

Director: Elaine May | Stars: Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Audra Lindley

Votes: 3,662 | Gross: $12.21M

34. Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Passed | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey

Votes: 2,736

35. Grace Is Gone (2007)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, Family

65 Metascore

Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: John Cusack, Emily Churchill, Rebecca Spence, Jennifer Tyler

Votes: 8,888 | Gross: $0.05M

36. Sunshine State (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Alex Lewis, Alan King

Votes: 3,740 | Gross: $3.06M

37. Cross Creek (1983)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Peter Coyote, Dana Hill

Votes: 1,455 | Gross: $0.20M

38. The Yearling (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Family, Western

89 Metascore

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills

Votes: 5,063 | Gross: $5.20M

39. FEMA City (2007)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

In 2004, a trailer park was set-up in a field in Charlotte County, Florida after Hurricane Charley destroyed buildings and homes. Nearly 1,500 people moved into the more than 1,000 trailers... See full summary »

Director: Jamin Griffiths

Votes: 40

40. Harbor of Missing Men (1950)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A fishing-boat owner, Jim "Brooklyn" Gannon, cuts a deal with a gangster syndicate to deliver a load of contraband firearms. The money for the transaction is stolen, and Gannon is trying to... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Richard Denning, Barbra Fuller, Steven Geray, Aline Towne

Votes: 27

41. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

64 Metascore

In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 41,883 | Gross: $18.56M

42. Dolphin Tale (2011)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Family

64 Metascore

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble

Votes: 21,359 | Gross: $72.29M

43. Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

Two lonely, retired septuagenarians, an unkempt, hard-drinking Irish sea captain, and a fussy, well-mannered Cuban barber form an uneasy friendship.

Director: Randa Haines | Stars: Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 2,700 | Gross: $0.23M

44. Distant Drums (1951)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, Western

After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Richard Webb, Ray Teal

Votes: 1,613

45. Bad Boys (1995)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime