Films set in Nebraska

by Mike_Noga | created - 21 May 2012 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Here's a list of films I've seen that are set at least partially in Nebraska.

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1. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 87,988 | Gross: $11.53M

2. About Schmidt (2002)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates

Votes: 118,098 | Gross: $65.02M

3. Night of the Twisters (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, Family

The residents of a small town come face to face with a deadly and unpredictable series of tornadoes. Among them is one boy struggling to keep his family safe in the dangerous weather.

Director: Timothy Bond | Stars: Devon Sawa, Amos Crawley, John Schneider, Lori Hallier

Votes: 1,959

4. Citizen Ruth (1996)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

An irresponsible, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their respective sides.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Kay Place, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 6,832 | Gross: $0.15M

5. The Far Horizons (1955)

Not Rated | 108 min | History, Western

After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale

Votes: 896

6. Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice (2002 Video)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Sport

With the original Hanson Brothers still on the same minor league ice hockey team, the Chiefs are sold to a new owner who gives them a female coach and puts them in a league in which they ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Jessica Steen, Gary Busey, David Hemmings

Votes: 2,328

7. Boys Town (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama

When a death row prisoner tells him he wouldn't have led a life of crime if only he had had one friend as a child, Father Edward Flanagan decides to do something about. An advocate of child... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 4,802

8. The Easter Promise (1975 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Family

In the small Nebraska town where the Mills family lives celebrated actress Constance Payne returns. She's intent on selling the family home and cutting her ties. Instead she is drawn to the young people who teach hef aabout life.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Jason Robards, Mildred Natwick, Lisa Lucas, Jean Simmons

Votes: 37

9. The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972 TV Movie)

Unrated | 75 min | Drama, Family

A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946, wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Jason Robards, Mildred Natwick, Lisa Lucas, Kathryn Walker

Votes: 582

10. Addie and the King of Hearts (1976 TV Movie)

Drama, Family

A young teenage girl becomes jealous when her widowed father when he starts to woo a beautician.

Director: Joseph Hardy | Stars: Jason Robards, Mildred Natwick, Lisa Lucas, Christina Hart

Votes: 21

11. Caddyshack (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

48 Metascore

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Votes: 98,325 | Gross: $39.85M

12. Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

A high school janitor has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro. He begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits and leads them to the Nebraska State Championships.

Director: Danny Leiner | Stars: Seann William Scott, Randy Quaid, Brando Eaton, Emilee Wallace

Votes: 9,235

13. The Rain People (1969)

R | 101 min | Drama

When a housewife finds out she is pregnant, she runs out of town looking for freedom to reevaluate her life decisions.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: James Caan, Shirley Knight, Robert Duvall, Marya Zimmet

Votes: 2,560

14. The Indian Runner (1991)

R | 127 min | Drama

A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: David Morse, Viggo Mortensen, Valeria Golino, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 7,907 | Gross: $0.19M

15. The Good Life (2007)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

A young man (Webber) is encouraged by a new friend (Deschanel) to cope with living in a town where he doesn't necessarily fit in.

Director: Stephen Berra | Stars: Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Harry Dean Stanton, Bill Paxton

Votes: 1,819

16. The Stand (1994)

Not Rated | 361 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 29,348

17. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

Votes: 84,074 | Gross: $14.88M

18. Oblivion, Nebraska (2006)

11 min | Short, Drama

Freddy tries to hold onto the fantasy explanation of his mother's sudden absence in years earlier.

Director: Charles Haine | Stars: Sterling Beaumon, Dax Speakman, Jeremy Davidson, Nicole Ansari-Cox

Votes: 47

19. Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Votes: 50,254 | Gross: $108.42M

20. Zombie Strippers! (2008)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A zombie epidemic spreads throughout a strip club in Nebraska.

Director: Jay Lee | Stars: Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund, Roxy Saint, Penny Vital

Votes: 17,062

21. Hex (1973)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Western

A group of friends who were World War I flyers ride their motorcycles across America in search of what they believe their generation lost during the war.

Director: Leo Garen | Stars: Keith Carradine, Cristina Raines, Scott Glenn, Hilarie Thompson

Votes: 129

22. Tully (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Tully Coates, Jr., with his good looks and chiseled body, is the local heartthrob, and while he has a new girlfriend virtually every night, he's incapable of getting close to anyone. His ... See full summary »

Director: Hilary Birmingham | Stars: Glenn Fitzgerald, Anson Mount, Bob Burrus, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 1,824 | Gross: $0.43M

23. Troubled Child (2012)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama

Inspired by true-life events, this is the sobering story of the Williams family and their process of coping with an adopted child suffering from Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Director: Jolene Adams | Stars: Andy Scott Harris, Leslie Stevens, Carlton Wilborn, Patrick J. Nicolas

Votes: 185

24. Peacock (2010)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk.

Director: Michael Lander | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon, Josh Lucas

Votes: 10,182

25. O Pioneers! (1992 TV Movie)

PG | 99 min | Drama

Alexandra Bergson inherits the family farm and struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie. Along the way, she forfeits her one chance for love, but never forgets the... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Jessica Lange, David Strathairn, Tom Aldredge, Reed Diamond

Votes: 401

26. Nebraska (2001)

88 min | Drama

A jarring tale of one man's quest for his final failure, his own suicide.

Director: Michael P. Nash | Stars: Michael P. Nash, Michael McCraine, Joey D. Vieira, Fiona Hogan

Votes: 17

28. Johnny Goes Home (1982 TV Special)

90 min | Documentary

Johnny Carson goes back to his hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska to tell stories about his youth, reunite with old friends, and relive some memories.

Director: David Lowe Jr. | Stars: Johnny Carson, Dick Carson, Joanna Carson

Votes: 45

29. The Brandon Teena Story (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993.

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Stars: Daphne, Reanna, Gina, Shaun

Votes: 919 | Gross: $0.04M

30. The Nebraskan (1953)

Approved | 68 min | Western

Trying to make peace with the Nebraska Sioux leads frontier scout Wade Harper through many perils.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Philip Carey, Roberta Haynes, Wallace Ford, Richard Webb

Votes: 170

31. My Antonia (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

Life in rural Nebraska in the late 1890s.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint, Neil Patrick Harris, Jan Tríska

Votes: 222

32. Letters from Nebraska (2002)

11 min | Short

Told mostly through first person reminiscence, Letters From Nebraska is a snapshot of the American pioneer experience as seen through the eyes of Mattie Oblinger ( Bronwen Harrison ) and her family.

Director: Simon Eales | Stars: Bronwen Harrison, Anton Lang, Steven Clarke, Barry Lee-Thomas

33. Mr. Woodcock (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

41 Metascore

Taken aback by his mother's wedding announcement, a young man returns home in an effort to stop her from marrying his old high school gym teacher, a man who made middle school hell for generations of students.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, Susan Sarandon, Amy Poehler

Votes: 34,005 | Gross: $25.63M

34. My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937)

Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Drama

When the owner of the New York Globe-Leader dies without making a will, the paper is inherited by his only living relative, an "old maid schoolteacher" from Nebraska. Martha Aldrich, along ... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Edna May Oliver, Maureen O'Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon, Rita Johnson

Votes: 211

35. The Lost Capone (1990 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Fictionalized account of Jimmy Capone (Pasdar), the brother of gangster Al Capone (Roberts) who assumed an alias and became a lawman.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Eric Roberts, Ally Sheedy, Titus Welliver

Votes: 213

36. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 43,456 | Gross: $14.57M

37. Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

18 Metascore

A journalist and his son travel to Nebraska to investigate the mysterious town of Gatlin where, unbeknownst to them, a murderous cult of children are still waiting in the corn fields.

Director: David Price | Stars: Terence Knox, Paul Scherrer, Ryan Bollman, Christie Clark

Votes: 7,086 | Gross: $6.98M

38. Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

Two brothers connected to the murderous children's cult of Gatlin, Nebraska are taken to Chicago by an adoptive couple.

Director: James D.R. Hickox | Stars: Dano Cerny, Ron Melendez, Jim Metzler, Nancy Lee Grahn

Votes: 6,271

39. Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

All the kids in a town over night become feverish and have convulsions. The next day they start to become evil, change their names for those of kids killed long ago, and then start killing ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Spence | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jamie Renée Smith, Karen Black, Mark Salling

Votes: 4,006

40. Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998 Video)

R | 83 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Six college students on a road trip take a wrong turn and end up trapped in a strangely deserted rural town inhabited by a murdeous cult of children.

Director: Ethan Wiley | Stars: Stacy Galina, Alexis Arquette, Eva Mendes, Greg Vaughan

Votes: 4,011

41. Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return (1999 Video)

R | 82 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

As a teenage girl comes to Gatlin to find her biological mother, the town's infamous cult plots a comeback as their leader, Isaac, awakens from a coma.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Natalie Ramsey, Gary Bullock, Alix Koromzay, Stacy Keach

Votes: 3,739

42. Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001 Video)

R | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

When a girl named Jamie repeatedly tries to contact her grandmother to no avail, she investigates by going to her apartment in Omaha Nebraska....only to find that it's been condemned and ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Magar | Stars: Claudette Mink, Kyle Cassie, Michael Ironside, Troy Yorke

Votes: 2,343

43. Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

A young couple try to free an imprisoned child with catastrophic results.

Director: Joel Soisson | Stars: J.J. Banicki, Diane Peterson, Kai Caster, Kelen Coleman

Votes: 2,883

44. 13 Hours by Air (1936)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Airline pilot Jack Gordon (Fred MacMurray) on a flight from New York to San Francisco, is immediately attracted to beautiful passenger Felice Rollins (Joan Bennett). Known as a "lady's man"... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett, Zasu Pitts, John Howard

Votes: 90

45. Surveillance (I) (2008)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

31 Metascore

Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell.

Director: Jennifer Lynch | Stars: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Pell James, Caroline Aaron

Votes: 16,259 | Gross: $0.03M

46. Western Union (1941)

Passed | 95 min | History, Western

When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger, Virginia Gilmore

Votes: 2,162

47. Taken in Broad Daylight (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The true and inspiring survival story of kidnapped teen, Anne Sluti, and how she manages to stay alive by manipulating her captor, engineering her own rescue and negotiating her safe release after 6 days of hell.

Director: Gary Yates | Stars: Sara Canning, James Van Der Beek, LeVar Burton, Diana Reis

Votes: 1,306

48. The Substitute Wife (1994 TV Movie)

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

In Nebraska, in pioneer days, a woman who knows she is going to die asks a prostitute to replace her with her husband and four children in order to make it possible for them to keep their family farm.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Lea Thompson, Peter Weller, Karis Paige Bryant

Votes: 483