Films set in Mississippi

by Mike_Noga | created - 21 May 2012 | updated - 11 Jul 2017 | Public

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

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1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 255,040 | Gross: $45.51M

2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Votes: 38,943 | Gross: $17.57M

3. Biloxi Blues (1988)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern, Corey Parker

Votes: 13,013 | Gross: $43.18M

4. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 9,355 | Gross: $13.05M

5. Last of the Mississippi Jukes (2003)

86 min | Documentary

A stunning exploration of fading juke joint traditions at the heart of Mississippi blues culture, with Morgan Freeman.

Director: Robert Mugge | Star: Bill Luckett

Votes: 49

6. Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

An unsophisticated young woman from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentleman.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Walter Brennan, Leslie Nielsen, Mala Powers

Votes: 1,914

7. The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Romance, War

In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt

Votes: 8,066

8. Cookie's Fortune (1999)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell

Votes: 11,771 | Gross: $10.92M

9. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 378,913 | Gross: $169.71M

10. My Dog Skip (2000)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

61 Metascore

A shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson

Votes: 17,995 | Gross: $34.10M

11. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 115,338 | Gross: $108.77M

12. Miss Firecracker (1989)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

Carnelle isn't happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest, trying to emulate her cousin Elain's win many years ago. Few think she can win, even ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 1,777 | Gross: $0.65M

13. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 257,549 | Gross: $255.96M

14. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 75,721 | Gross: $34.60M

15. Loading a Mississippi Steamboat (1898)

Documentary, Short

"Colored stevedores carrying the cargo aboard a river boat."

16. The Ladykillers (2004)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 91,674 | Gross: $39.80M

17. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Based on the life and times of NAACP field secretary and Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers, assassinated in 1963.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Irene Cara, Margaret Avery, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 109

18. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,157,144 | Gross: $162.81M

19. Crimes of the Heart (1986)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard

Votes: 3,224 | Gross: $22.91M

20. Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

PG | 106 min | Drama

At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but ... See full summary »

Director: Max Baer Jr. | Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Joan Hotchkis, Sandy McPeak

Votes: 1,259

21. River Lady (1948)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Drama, Western

During the 1850s, crooked lumber syndicate man Beauvais tries to take over the local mill while Sequin, the sensual owner of a gambling riverboat, tries to control the heart of Mississippi lumberjack Dan Corrigan.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Rod Cameron, Helena Carter

Votes: 133

22. Mississippi Masala (1991)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, Sharmila Tagore

Votes: 4,323 | Gross: $7.31M

23. 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: 39,187 | Gross: $126.74M

24. The War (1994)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama

Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham, Lexi Randall

Votes: 11,065 | Gross: $16.55M

25. Crossroads (1986)

R | 99 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton

Votes: 12,255 | Gross: $5.84M

26. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 57,881 | Gross: $24.38M

27. Bamui yeolgisokeuro (1985)

95 min

An anti-social and angry young man spends his time on the streets in the more dangerous parts of Seoul. He meets a young woman whom he wants to possess. However, he gradually falls in love ... See full summary »

Director: Kil-soo Chang | Stars: Yong-woo Kil, Jin-a Kim, Man Kim, Seong-chan Kim

28. Tomorrow (1972)

PG | 103 min | Drama

A lonely farmer takes in a pregnant woman and looks after her. After she gives birth, tragedy strikes.

Director: Joseph Anthony | Stars: Robert Duvall, Olga Bellin, Sudie Bond, Richard McConnell

Votes: 978

29. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and develop a strong friendship in prison that lasts them through the 20th century.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

Votes: 39,868 | Gross: $63.84M

30. Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

A narrator tells the story of his childhood years in a tightly knit Afro-American community in the deep south under racial segregation.

Director: Tim Reid | Stars: Al Freeman Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Leon, Paula Kelly

Votes: 441 | Gross: $3.38M

31. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles

Votes: 8,640

32. Murder in Mississippi (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Tom Hulce, Jennifer Grey, Blair Underwood, CCH Pounder

Votes: 375

33. Down in the Delta (1998)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts ... See full summary »

Director: Maya Angelou | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman Jr., Mary Alice, Esther Rolle

Votes: 1,341 | Gross: $5.66M

34. Secret History (1991– )
Episode: Murder in Mississippi (1991)

Documentary, History

Add a Plot

Director: Allan Francovich

Votes: 9

35. Straw Dogs (2011)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

45 Metascore

Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods

Votes: 30,003 | Gross: $10.32M

36. Mississippi (1935)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Musical

Crosby plays a Philadelpia Quaker engaged to a Southern belle. He becomes a social outcast when he refuses to fight a duel. Fields then hires him to perform on his riverboat, promoting him ... See full summary »

Directors: A. Edward Sutherland, Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Joan Bennett, Queenie Smith

Votes: 382

37. Heaven on Earth (1931)

Passed | 77 min | Drama

A young boy finds out that the man he thought was his father actually killed his real father, then adopted him.

Directors: Russell Mack, Bert Glennon | Stars: Lew Ayres, Anita Louise, Harry Beresford, Slim Summerville

Votes: 12

38. Show Boat (1951)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Family, Musical

The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown

Votes: 4,009

39. Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A wealthy plantation owner is captivated by a mysterious woman with a shady past.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nelly Borgeaud, Martine Ferrière

Votes: 5,106 | Gross: $0.03M

40. Prom Night in Mississippi (2009)

90 min | Documentary

A high school in a small-town in Mississippi prepares for its first integrated senior prom.

Director: Paul Saltzman | Stars: Highschool Seniors of Charleston, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 587

42. Mississippi Chicken (2007)

82 min | Documentary

Questions of race, workers' rights and exploitation form the crux of this intriguing documentary about Latin American immigrants living in rural Mississippi, where poultry plants promise ... See full summary »

Director: John Fiege

Votes: 22

44. Mississippi Blues (1983)

96 min | Documentary

The two directors meander through rural Mississippi in search of the spirit of local music and society. Highlights the heritage of William Faulkner, the role of Black churches, and gospel and blues music.

Directors: Robert Parrish, Bertrand Tavernier

Votes: 71

45. The Adventures of Ociee Nash (2003)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Adventures of Ociee Nash tells the story of nine year old Ociee Nash in the year 1898 who is sent from her father and brothers in rural Mississippi to live with her refined aunt in Asheville, North Carolina.

Director: Kristen McGary | Stars: Skyler Day, Woofer, Anthony P. Rodriguez, Bill Butler

Votes: 248

46. The Reivers (1969)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, an 11-year-old boy comes of age as two mischievous adult friends talk him into sneaking the family car out for a trip to Memphis and a series of adventures.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Steve McQueen, Sharon Farrell, Ruth White, Michael Constantine

Votes: 2,426

47. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 41,302 | Gross: $20.76M

48. The Free State of Jones (2010)

11 min | Short, Action, Drama

In the Civil War South, a group of Confederate deserters fight to defend their freedom at any cost. When the band captures a Confederate prisoner, tensions mount and the true meaning of ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Varnado | Stars: Bob DeVito, Jonna Humphries, Daniel Hymanson, Sauvion Morkunas

Votes: 11

49. Mudbound (2017)

R | 134 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Jonathan Banks, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke

Votes: 29,583



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