Films set in Arkansas

by Mike_Noga | created - 16 May 2012 | updated - 11 Oct 2012 | Public

This is a list of films that are at least partially set in Arkansas.

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1. True Grit (1969)

G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

Votes: 37,488 | Gross: $31.13M

2. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 272,278 | Gross: $171.24M

3. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 79,666 | Gross: $24.48M

4. Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

A kindly but thieving shopaholic tries to turn her mistakes around, but does so by becoming a skilled computer hacker, something that could only get her into more trouble despite her goal to impress her beloved family.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, Brad Davis, Judge Reinhold, Erika Blumberger

Votes: 718 | Gross: $0.57M

5. War Eagle, Arkansas (2007)

PG-13 | Drama

Coming of age in an Ozark town. Enoch is a high school senior: he stutters, has one friend, Wheels, a kid with CP who's in a wheelchair, and thinks about college in Tennessee on a baseball ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Milazzo | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Mary Kay Place, Mare Winningham, James McDaniel

Votes: 232 | Gross: $0.12M

6. Crisis at Central High (1981 TV Movie)

125 min | Drama, History

Story of the federally-ordered integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Charles Durning, Henderson Forsythe, Calvin Levels

Votes: 117

7. The Ernest Green Story (1993 TV Movie)

101 min | Drama

Follows the story of Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine who were the first blacks to integrate into an all white school.

Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Morris Chestnut, Robert Alexander, Steven Allen, Katherine Bernhardt

Votes: 233

8. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 12,954

9. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 TV Movie)

Unrated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime

The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Damien Wayne Echols, Melissa Byers, Norris Deajon, Tim Sullivan

Votes: 6,781

10. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 7,851

11. Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock (1994)


Raw and unflinching, this pair of award-winning HBO films looks at the death and destruction caused by gang warfare across the United States. With unlimited access, the filmmakers document ... See full synopsis »

Director: Marc Levin

Votes: 119

12. The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy

Ma and the kids head back to the Ozarks for a visit with Pa's brother Uncle Sedge. He's working his way through a twenty years long relationship with Miss Bedelia Baines.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Marjorie Main, Arthur Hunnicutt, Una Merkel, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 208

13. The River Within (2009)

TV-G | 102 min | Drama, Family

Jason returns home to study for the bar exam, but instead finds that his purpose in life was not what he'd originally thought.

Director: Zac Heath | Stars: Josh Odor, Craig Luttrell, Jaclyn Friedlander, Craig Morris

Votes: 159 | Gross: $0.01M

14. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Music

An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Votes: 11,470

15. Towncraft (2007)

104 min | Documentary

Towncraft looks at the importance of local scenes in a changing music world and the exciting music that emerges from smaller cities across the country when communities come together.

Director: Richard Matson | Stars: Matt Besser, Paul Bowling, James Brady, Colin Brooks

Votes: 40

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: 27,941

17. Arkansas Judge (1941)

Approved | 71 min | Action, Drama, Musical

Peaceful Valley town-founder, Judge Abner Weaver is distressed when the townspeople begin gossiping and "bearing false witness'" against Mary Shoemaker , the community handy-woman, who is ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Leon Weaver, Frank Weaver, June Weaver, Roy Rogers

Votes: 29

18. I'm from Arkansas (1944)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

The national spotlight falls on Pitchfork, Arkansas when a local farmer's sow has 18 piglets. How the townspeople relate to city folk and handle fame is the ingredient for laughs.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Slim Summerville, El Brendel, Iris Adrian, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 106

19. Arkansas (2005 Video)

6 min | Documentary, Short

A recent divorce. A need to get out. A brother that lives halfway across the country. An idea that leads to creative impulse. Enjoy the ride.

Director: Michael Goodis | Stars: Michael Goodis, Stefan Goodis

Votes: 5

20. Daddy and Them (2001)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

Dark comedy where a married couple comes to the aid of a jailed uncle.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Kelly Preston

Votes: 1,964

21. Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)

Not Rated | 88 min | Romance, Western

Fugitive bank robber Joe Maybe steals the identity of a marshal and rides into a town whose judge asks Joe to act as town marshal but an old flame almost betrays his real identity forcing Joe to claim she's his wife.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Audie Murphy, Gia Scala, Walter Matthau, Henry Silva

Votes: 636

23. Bootleggers (1974)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Details the lives of two feuding families of bootleggers, the Pruitts and the Woodalls, in rural 1920s and 1930s Arkansas.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Paul Koslo, Dennis Fimple, Slim Pickens, Jaclyn Smith

Votes: 93

24. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

50 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 38,712 | Gross: $126.74M

25. Summer's End (1985)

30 min | Short, Drama, Family

10-year-old Kathy prefers pigtails to curls and runs away for the day to avoid a hair appointment. While she's off having adventures with her best pal Jeeter, her parents clash over how to ... See full summary »

Director: Beth Brickell | Stars: Joy Chesser, Radha Delamarter, Lisa Foster, Jerry Franks

Votes: 12

26. Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Crime, History

A shocking expose of a prison blood donor program during the Clinton governorship in Arkansas. Infected prisoners slipped through the cracks and tainted blood made it into pharmaceuticals ... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Duda | Stars: Edwin Barron Jr., John Byus, Kelly Duda, Hezile Earl

Votes: 44

27. Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a Chance (1950)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

A crooked mayor and fight promoter conspire to sign slow-witted Humphrey to a contract. Their goal is to use Humphrey to get Joe Palooka to sign. As things develop, Humphrey becomes mayor.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Robert Coogan, Lois Collier

Votes: 19

28. Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction (2004 Video)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

Aliens meet their match. Abducting a bunch of crazed hillybillies can be a little messy.

Director: Patrick Voss | Stars: Ethan Blum, Chad Bockholdt, Jeremy Corray, Jeanette DePattie

Votes: 235

29. Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey (1950)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Sport

Joe and Anne go off on their honeymoon while Knobby books him into a charity fight which Lord Cecil tries to wreck.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Robert Coogan, Pamela Blake

Votes: 19

30. Native Land (1942)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the bill of rights being under attack during the 1930s by union busting corporations, their spies and contractors. ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand | Stars: Paul Robeson, Fred Johnson, Mary George, John Rennick

Votes: 264

31. Crazy Mama (1975)

PG | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Jonathan Demme directs this joyous relentlessly kitschy celebration of 1950s America: opportunity, rock'n'roll, and the road. He follows three generations of women and the men they pick up,... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Ann Sothern, Jim Backus

Votes: 471

32. The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family

37 Metascore

A feature adaptation of the classic television show, when nice guy redneck Jed Clampett strikes it rich when he finds black oil, and moves him and his kin to posh Beverly Hills.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, Jim Varney, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 15,788 | Gross: $44.03M

33. Sing While You're Able (1937)

Approved | 66 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

A toy company owner and his daughter find a singing hillbilly in the Arkansas backwoods and take him back to the big city in hopes of helping their radio show ratings.

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Pinky Tomlin, Toby Wing, Bert Roach, Sam Wren

Votes: 9

34. The Windjammer (1945)

Approved | 56 min | Comedy, Music

Scott Elliott, a discharged WWII Navy officer and a film executive in civilian life, passes through a small Arkansas town, and meets Bob Burns, a farmer, and his daughter. As a film ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Bob Burns, Gale Robbins, Scott Elliott, Kenneth MacDonald

35. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In 1946, a Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem

Votes: 5,509

36. Man Outside (1987)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

A lawyer, running away from his past, becomes a recluse in the Alabama woods and becomes the primary suspect in the abduction of a local boy.

Director: Mark Stouffer | Stars: Robert Logan, Kathleen Quinlan, Bradford Dillman, Levon Helm

Votes: 52

37. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Votes: 7,157

38. Pass the Ammo (1988)

R | 93 min | Comedy

A corrupt television preacher and his congregation are held hostage by a woman, her lover, and her two cousins in an attempt to avenge the theft of her inheritance. A quirky look at the ... See full summary »

Director: David Beaird | Stars: Bill Paxton, Linda Kozlowski, Tim Curry, Annie Potts

Votes: 437 | Gross: $0.17M

39. The Clinton Chronicles (1994 Video)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary accusing Bill Clinton of crimes in Arkansas.

Director: Patrick Matrisciana | Stars: Jim Johnson, Nora Waye, Larry Nichols, Doc DeLaughter

Votes: 86

40. A Bothered Conscience (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

In the backwoods of Arkansas, a father and son protect their land against trespassers.

Director: Dennis Smithers Jr. | Stars: Dennis Smithers Sr., Stephen Martin, MacFarland Martin, Thomas King

Votes: 140

41. Almost a Husband (1919)

50 min | Comedy

A New England schoolteacher arrives in a small Southern town. He becomes the savior of several local people in time of emergency, including a young who is oppressed by the unwelcome ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence G. Badger | Stars: Will Rogers, Peggy Wood, Herbert Standing, Cullen Landis

42. Arkansas Portraits: A Look at Art Made by Arkansans (2004 Video)


A documentary film about artists who lived and worked primarily in the state of Arkansas. Included are artists Carroll Cloar, Paul Maxwell, Leon Niehues and Louis and Elsie Freund. Features... See full summary »

Director: W. Douglas Waterfield | Stars: Ken Addington, Pat Cloar, Paul Maxwell, Leon Niehues

43. Birthrite (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

Insurance adjuster Elizabeth Alexander is abducted by a backwoods mentally slow Charley and his crazy mother in the swamps of East Arkansas.

Director: Mark L. Maness | Stars: Alex Moody, Linda Bowling, Megan Dowd, Darnel Alexander

Votes: 80

44. Come Morning (2012)

80 min | Drama, Thriller

Set in rural Arkansas in 1973, Come Morning is the tragic story of Frank and his 10-year-old grandson and the hunting accident that forever changes their lives.

Director: Derrick Sims | Stars: Michael Ray Davis, Thor Wahlestedt, Elise Rovinsky, Blake Logan

Votes: 245

45. Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1984)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

A professor and three of his students camp out in the wilderness to find a Bigfoot-type creature.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Charles B. Pierce, Cindy Butler, Chuck Pierce Jr., Jimmy Clem

Votes: 2,962

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