The Natural State Movies

by Hoekkie | created - 5 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public

The Natural State is the official nickname of Arkansas. In 1836 it became the 25th state of the United States of America. These movies have a connection with Arkansas. It's a topic in the story or they are (partially) filmed in Arkansas.

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

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1. 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: 110

2. 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: 80,021 | Gross: $24.48M

3. God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

PG | 120 min | Drama

22 Metascore

When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her in deep trouble.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Hayley Orrantia

Votes: 9,758 | Gross: $20.77M

4. 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: 274,608 | Gross: $171.24M

5. Mud (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard

Votes: 153,240 | Gross: $21.59M

6. 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: 11,550

7. 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: 13,150

8. A Soldier's Story (1984)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Art Evans, David Alan Grier

Votes: 7,742 | Gross: $21.82M

9. Elizabethtown (2005)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 63,316 | Gross: $26.84M

10. 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: 7,257

11. Shotgun Stories (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs, Michael Abbott Jr.

Votes: 8,894 | Gross: $0.05M

12. One False Move (1992)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, Michael Beach

Votes: 8,642 | Gross: $1.54M

13. Greater (2016)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Family, Sport

35 Metascore

The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

Director: David L. Hunt | Stars: Neal McDonough, Leslie Easterbrook, Christopher Severio, Michael Parks

Votes: 3,255 | Gross: $1.99M

14. 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: 1,972

15. Biloxi Blues (1988)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

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: 13,064 | Gross: $43.18M

16. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis.

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 14,138 | Gross: $13.74M

17. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

G | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A documentary-style drama about the "Fouke Monster", a Bigfoot-type creature that has been sighted in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman, Chuck Pierce Jr.

Votes: 2,456

18. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson

Votes: 9,836

19. Bloody Mama (1970)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A psychologically-disturbed matriarch presides over her damaged family of bank-robbing misfits.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Pat Hingle, Diane Varsi

Votes: 2,631

20. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 255,985 | Gross: $198.68M

21. Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Musical

In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game. He loses $100, the money he got for the sale of his family's ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray

Votes: 1,385

22. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

Passed | 144 min | Drama, History

Slavery tears apart a black family in the South before the start of the Civil War.

Director: Harry A. Pollard | Stars: Margarita Fischer, James B. Lowe, Arthur Edmund Carewe, George Siegmann

Votes: 337

23. Devil's Knot (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a Satanic ritual.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, James Hamrick

Votes: 17,788

24. Brubaker (1980)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Morgan Freeman, Jane Alexander

Votes: 13,960 | Gross: $37.12M

25. Trespass (2011)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

As they're held for ransom, a husband and wife's predicament grows more dire amid the discovery of betrayal and deception.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 38,578 | Gross: $0.02M

26. A Family Thing (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

Earl Pilcher, Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Michael Beach, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 2,952 | Gross: $10.12M

27. She Couldn't Say No (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

A wealthy heiress returns to a small Arkansas town to furtively reward the townsfolk who helped to save her life when she was a young girl.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Arthur Hunnicutt, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 532

28. White Lightning (1973)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Crime

60 Metascore

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 3,277

29. The White River Kid (1999)

R | 99 min | Comedy

Brother Edgar is a generous entrepreneur of low quality socks who hides behind a self-bestowed cassock to avoid the low level corruption of local sheriffs. He has adopted Morales Pittman, ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Glimcher | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Antonio Banderas, Ellen Barkin, Wes Bentley

Votes: 1,015

30. Come Early Morning (2006)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A thirty-something southern woman searches for love, despite the burdens she carries with her.

Director: Joey Lauren Adams | Stars: Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Tim Blake Nelson, Jason T. Davis

Votes: 2,462 | Gross: $0.12M

31. 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: 729 | Gross: $0.57M

32. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In 1946, a hooded serial killer terrorizes the residents of a small Texas town.

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

Votes: 5,690

33. War Eagle, Arkansas (2007)

PG-13 | 93 min | 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: 233 | Gross: $0.12M

34. Fighting Mad (1976)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

An Arkansas farmer stages a one-man war against corrupt land developers who want to evict him and his neighbors from their farms for real estate developments.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Peter Fonda, Gino Franco, Harry Northup, Philip Carey

Votes: 396

35. Chrystal (2004)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Twenty years after the accident that claimed his son's life and permanently injured his wife, a man returns to his home in search of redemption.

Director: Ray McKinnon | Stars: Lisa Blount, Billy Bob Thornton, Kamron Ross Stacey, David Rhodes

Votes: 1,458 | Gross: $0.08M



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