The Palmetto State Movies

by Hoekkie | created - 10 Jul 2018 | updated - 13 Jul 2018 | Public

The Palmetto State is the official nickname of South Carolina. In 1788 it became the 8th state of the United States of America. These movies have a connection with South Carolina. It's a topic in the story or they are (partially) filmed in South Carolina.

Which movie (or movie poster) do you associate the most with South Carolina?

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1. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 482,599 | Gross: $81.00M

2. The Big Chill (1983)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A group of seven former college friends gather for a week-end reunion at a South Carolina vacation home after the funeral of another of their college friends.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt

Votes: 30,492 | Gross: $56.20M

3. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 36,616 | Gross: $52.28M

4. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

63 Metascore

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 240,143 | Gross: $113.33M

5. Magic Mike XXL (2015)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.

Director: Gregory Jacobs | Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez

Votes: 49,073 | Gross: $66.01M

6. The Lords of Discipline (1983)

R | 102 min | Thriller

In 1960s America, a black cadet is allowed acceptance into a seemingly prestigious military academy, unleashing a barrage of corruption within the system that another cadet is willing to expose.

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: David Keith, Robert Prosky, G.D. Spradlin, Barbara Babcock

Votes: 2,381 | Gross: $11.79M

7. Doc Hollywood (1991)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

A young doctor on his way across the country to a job interview crashes his car in a small town and is sentenced to work for several days at the town hospital.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 30,854 | Gross: $54.83M

8. Dear John (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas

Votes: 130,347 | Gross: $80.01M

9. Naked (I) (2017)

TV-14 | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

36 Metascore

Nervous about finally getting married, a guy is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he gets things right on his wedding day.

Director: Michael Tiddes | Stars: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, J.T. Jackson

Votes: 14,945

10. Conrack (1974)

PG | 106 min | Drama

White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Madge Sinclair, Tina Andrews

Votes: 1,643

11. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 114,279 | Gross: $26.83M

12. Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

R | 98 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A mother and daughter find their lives adversely affected when a new man enters the picture. Will their family ever be what they expect?

Director: Anjelica Huston | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ron Eldard, Glenne Headly, Lyle Lovett

Votes: 3,904

13. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

57 Metascore

In 1964, a teenage girl in search of the truth about her mother runs away to a small town in South Carolina and finds a family of independent women who can connect her to her past.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys

Votes: 22,869 | Gross: $37.77M

14. Rich in Love (1992)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

Charleston, South Carolina. The Odoms have lived a life of the traditions of the American south in their longtime, large family beach front home. That tradition is turned upside down when ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Albert Finney, Jill Clayburgh, Kathryn Erbe, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 735 | Gross: $2.15M

15. The Strangers (2008)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

47 Metascore

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

Director: Bryan Bertino | Stars: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Alex Fisher

Votes: 111,530 | Gross: $52.60M

16. The Great Santini (1979)

PG | 115 min | Drama

As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine pilot.

Director: Lewis John Carlino | Stars: Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 5,347

17. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,643,042 | Gross: $330.25M

18. The Corndog Man (1999)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

A foul-mouthed and bigoted boat salesman in rural South Carolina is targeted for ruthless and never-ending telephone terrorism by a mysterious man claiming to be his son...

Director: Andrew Shea | Stars: Noble Willingham, Jim Holmes, David Steen, Andy Daltroff

Votes: 683

19. Beautiful Creatures (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

52 Metascore

Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Alden Ehrenreich

Votes: 80,559 | Gross: $19.45M

20. The New Daughter (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

A single father moves his two children to rural South Carolina, only to watch his daughter exhibit increasingly strange behavior.

Director: Luiso Berdejo | Stars: Kevin Costner, Ivana Baquero, Samantha Mathis, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 13,530

21. The Prince of Tides (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 14,860 | Gross: $74.79M

22. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,671 | Gross: $1.64M

23. Swimming (2000)

R | 98 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Two girl friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina find their relationship changing as they encounter new arrivals to the town. Frankie works with her brother, Neil running their family's ... See full summary »

Director: Robert J. Siegel | Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Joelle Carter, Jennifer Dundas, Jamie Harrold

Votes: 886 | Gross: $0.16M

24. Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, two interracial lovers are swept up in the tides of history.

Director: Maggie Greenwald | Stars: Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale, Diane Ladd

Votes: 1,003 | Gross: $0.03M

25. Sweet Home Carolina (2017)

Unrated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Diane is a struggling single mom in LA. Just when things are at their worst, but she will have to live in small town USA for a year and take care of a dog for a year before the house is hers.

Director: Charlie Vaughn | Stars: Heather McComb, Paul Greene, Lexi Giovagnoli, Kiersten Warren

Votes: 281

26. Major League: Back to the Minors (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Sport

Gus Cantrell is a major league pitcher in the twilight of his career. He contacted by Roger Dorn, General Manager of the Minnesota Twins, and offered the role of managing the Buzz, the ... See full summary »

Director: John Warren | Stars: Scott Bakula, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert, Takaaki Ishibashi

Votes: 6,742 | Gross: $3.55M

27. Shag (I) (1989)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Summer of 1963. Carson is getting married to her boyfriend so her friends Melaina, Pudge and Luanne take her to Myrtle Beach for one last irresponsible weekend.

Director: Zelda Barron | Stars: Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Scott Coffey, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 3,574 | Gross: $6.96M

28. Gospel Hill (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

A former Sheriff of the southern town dealing with past sins, and a former civil rights worker, withdrawn since the martyrdom of his brother thirty years before, confront a threat to their town.

Director: Giancarlo Esposito | Stars: Chloe Bailey, Adam Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Casey Belville

Votes: 826

29. Staying Together (1989)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

The complacent life of three small town brothers is shattered when their father sells the family business from under them.

Director: Lee Grant | Stars: Sean Astin, Stockard Channing, Melinda Dillon, Jim Haynie

Votes: 706 | Gross: $4.35M

30. The Wise Kids (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Cone | Stars: Molly Kunz, Eric Hulsebos, Tyler Ross, Frank Stennett

Votes: 871

31. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively

Votes: 51,518 | Gross: $39.01M

32. Porgy and Bess (1959)

138 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A woman whose past is scorned by nearly everyone around her meets a man who'd love her regardlessly- if only everyone else would allow them to.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,386

33. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 92,574

34. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sport

47 Metascore

A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill

Votes: 51,134 | Gross: $30.70M

35. Little Red Wagon (2012)

PG | 104 min | Drama

With nothing more than a blazing spirit of philanthropy and his beat-up red wagon, Zach sets out to help homeless children in America. In the process, he sweeps his fractured family - and ultimately the entire country - along with him.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Chandler Canterbury, Anna Gunn, Frances O'Connor, Daveigh Chase

Votes: 512



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