Films set in Iowa

Being a list of films set in The Hawkeye State
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1.
Butter (2011)
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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. (90 mins.)
Director: Jim Field Smith
 
2.
Star Trek (2009)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
3.
Cold Turkey (1971)
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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. (99 mins.)
Director: Norman Lear
 
4.
Zadar! Cow from Hell (1989)
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(89 mins.)
 
5.
Field of Dreams (1989)
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An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
 
6.
The Crazies (2010)
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About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. (101 mins.)
Director: Breck Eisner
 
7.
Ice Castles (1978)
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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... (108 mins.)
Director: Donald Wrye
 
8.
16 to Life (2009)
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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. (89 mins.)
Director: Becky Smith
 
9.
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
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Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
10.
The Music Man (1962)
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Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk. (151 mins.)
Director: Morton DaCosta
 
11.
The Music Man (2003 TV Movie)
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Contemporary rethinking of the legendary Broadway musical and 1962 film, updated to reflect a few early... (150 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
 
12.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life. (118 mins.)
 
13.
The Straight Story (1999)
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An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. (112 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
14.
The Sullivans (1944)
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The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression... (112 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
15.
Touchback (2011)
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A man looks back 15 years to the injury that ended his career as a promising high-school football player. (118 mins.)
Director: Don Handfield
 
16.
State Fair (1933)
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An Iowa family finds adventure, love, and heartbreak, when they spend a week at the state fair. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
17.
State Fair (1945)
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The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so. (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
18.
Cedar Rapids (2011)
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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. (87 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
 
19.
The Coverup (2008)
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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
 
20.
The Far Horizons (1955)
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United States has just acquired Louisiana from France. An expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent... (108 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
21.
Michael (1996)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
22.
Hidden Hearts (2009 Short Film)
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Siblings Jo and Jim roam the Iowa countryside on a quest to find their father's family and the old farmhouse of their memories, but when they find the perfect house, they must distinguish their fairytale from reality. (15 mins.)
 
23.
A Million Spokes (2010 Documentary)
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RAGBRAI (acronym for Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) is an annual bike ride began, owned...
Director: Varda Hardy
 
24.
Lost Nation: The Ioway (2007 Documentary)
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In the twilight of a Native American empire, two Ioway brothers travel to Washington, D. C. in 1824 to meet with Superintendent of Indian Affairs... (57 mins.)
Director: Kelly Rundle
 
25.
Fever Heat (1968)
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In his final film role, Nick Adams is a young mechanic who finds danger and romance in the exciting, sometimes unscrupulous world of stock-car racing. (109 mins.)
 
26.
Alkali, Iowa (1995 Short Film)
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On his family's farm in rural Iowa, young Jack Gudmanson is wrestling with his sexual identity, not... (17 mins.)
 
27.
Friendly Fire (1979 TV Movie)
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When they try to learn how how their son died in Vietnam, the Mullens meet lies and evasion on all sides. (147 mins.)
Director: David Greene
 
28.
King Corn (2007 Documentary)
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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation... (88 mins.)
Director: Aaron Woolf
 
29.
The Major and the Minor (1942)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
30.
The Mind Reader (1933)
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Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit,... (70 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
31.
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
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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. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
32.
One Foot in Heaven (1941)
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Episodic look at the life of a minister and his family as they move from one parish to another. (108 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
33.
Career (1939)
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(80 mins.)
Director: Leigh Jason
 
34.
Splatter: Love, Honor and Paintball (2010)
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A paintball tournament becomes the unlikely proving ground for a likable small town loser who sets out... (110 mins.)
Director: Lonnie Schuyler
 
35.
The Last Supper (1995)
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A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs. (92 mins.)
Director: Stacy Title
 
36.
Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992 TV Movie)
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The captain of a crippled jet steers toward tri-state rescue-team experts waiting in Sioux City, Iowa. (95 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
37.
Shimmer (1993)
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(95 mins.)
Director: John Hanson
 
38.
A Thousand Acres (1997)
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"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa. (105 mins.)
 
39.
Hybrid (2000 Documentary)
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The life story of Milford Beeghly: Iowa farmer, early developer of hybrid seed corn, husband, father, grandfather. (92 mins.)
 
40.
The Trouble with Girls (1969)
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Chautauqua manager Walter Hale and his loyal business manager struggle to keep their traveling troupe together in small town America. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Tewksbury
 
41.
Miles from Home (1988)
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Two brothers who are forced off their farm in the debt stricken mid-west become folk heroes when they... (108 mins.)
Director: Gary Sinise
 
42.
Spinning Plates (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary about three unique restaurants and their respective owners. (93 mins.)
Director: Joseph Levy
 
43.
At Any Price (2012)
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A farming family's business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father and his rebellious son. (105 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
45.
Bill Henry (1919)
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Bill Henry Jenkins is a country boy on the lookout for a good career. He faces numerous obstacles, including... (50 mins.)
Director: Jerome Storm
 
46.
Crooked Straight (1919)
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Ben Trimble, a country boy visiting the city, becomes involved with a safecracker and finds himself sliding into a life of crime. But chance provides him with an opportunity to redeem himself.
Director: Jerome Storm
 
47.
Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1921)
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Con-men Wallingford and Chester decide to pull the money from a small town by posing as business men looking for an opportunity to invest... (70 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
48.
Watch Your Step (1922)
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A spoiled young man from a rich family likes to race his car through town and then try to outrun the police who chase him... (50 mins.)
 
49.
Midnight Daddies (1930)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Mack Sennett
 
50.
That French Lady (1924)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Edmund Mortimer
 
51.
Johnny Comes Flying Home (1946)
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Following World War II, three discharged U. S. Air Corps fighter-pilots decide to stay together and go into business for themselves... (65 mins.)
Director: Ben Stoloff
 
52.
Sealed Verdict (1948)
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Former U.S. special prosecutor, Major Robert Lawson, begins to suspect that Nazi war criminal on death row, General Otto Stiegman, has been wrongfully convicted of leveling a French village along with all of its inhabitants in WWII. (82 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
53.
Freestyle: The Victories of Dan Gable (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary detailing the life of wrestling legend Dan Gable. Covers entire life story from childhood...
Director: Kevin Kelley
 
54.
Whiteboyz (1999)
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In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr... (92 mins.)
Director: Marc Levin
 
55.
Rain (2001)
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Whilst on a family vacation on the Mahurangi Peninsula in New Zealand, 13-year-old Janey begins to realize that her parents' marriage is on the rocks. (92 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
 
56.
The Formula (2002 Video)
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Four geeks attempt to make a Fan-produced Star Wars film, and the director quickly makes things miserable from the stress. (53 mins.)
 
57.
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008 Documentary)
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. (93 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
58.
Her Summer (2004)
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Based on true events, "Her Summer" tells the mystery of a 1999 police investigation, in which Ethan Crowe disappears after discovering two of his brothers brutally murdered. (80 mins.)
Director: Bryan Woods
 
59.
University Heights (2004)
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A tale of drugs, relationships, sexuality, racism, and deceit, "University Heights" grasps the everyday struggles of humanity - finding yourself. (95 mins.)
Director: Scott Beck
 
60.
The Bag Man (2005)
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Meet Walter, a lonely pathetic little wretch whose only two ambitions in life are to be good at something... (90 mins.)
 
61.
The Poker House (2008)
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa. (93 mins.)
Director: Lori Petty
 
62.
A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story (2008 Documentary)
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The true story of Bill Sackter's emergence from lifelong institutionalization, to become an international hero for people with disabilities. (90 mins.)
Director: Lane Wyrick
 
63.
Peace Patch (2009)
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A magical patch of grass between the houses of warring neighbors somehow turns war into peace for anyone who touches it. Can peace really last? (90 mins.)
 
64.
Something Blue (2009)
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(85 mins.)
 
65.
Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency (2009)
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13-year-old Sam Steele Jr. forms his own private detective agency to emulate his father, Des Moines detective Sam Steele, and helps track down a jewel thief. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Whitus