The Mountain State Movies

by Hoekkie | created - 12 Apr 2018 | updated - 15 Apr 2018 | Public

The Mountain State is the official nickname of West Virginia. In 1863 it became the 35th state of the United States of America. These movies have a connection with West Virginia. It's a topic in the story or they are (partially) filmed in West Virginia.

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

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1. West Virginia Stories (2016)

88 min | Drama

Three stories examining what it means to live, find connection, deal with trauma, and do more than just exist, in the rural landscape of small mining town in West Virginia.

Directors: Jason Boesch, Preston Peterson | Stars: Meagan English, Lindsey Hull, Zachary Ray Sherman, Ryan Stone

Votes: 408

2. We Are Marshall (2006)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

Director: McG | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, David Strathairn

Votes: 54,263 | Gross: $43.55M

3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,156,177 | Gross: $130.74M

4. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)

R | 84 min | Horror

32 Metascore

Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."

Director: Rob Schmidt | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 102,359 | Gross: $15.42M

5. October Sky (1999)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen

Votes: 76,373 | Gross: $32.48M

6. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

A small-town girl wins a date with a male celebrity through a contest. When the date goes better than expected, a love triangle forms between the girl, the male celebrity, and the girl's best friend.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Nathan Lane

Votes: 25,499 | Gross: $17.07M

7. Matewan (1987)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History

A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham

Votes: 6,557 | Gross: $1.68M

8. Fools' Parade (1971)

GP | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

In 1935, after forty years in a West Virginia prison, three released convicts wish to open a legitimate business using the twenty-five thousand dollars earned in jail, but a crooked prison guard in cahoots with the town banker plans to defraud them.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Stewart, George Kennedy, Anne Baxter, Strother Martin

Votes: 911

9. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 76,208 | Gross: $0.65M

10. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

52 Metascore

A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, David Eigenberg, Bob Tracey

Votes: 71,853 | Gross: $35.75M

11. Blood Creek (2009)

R | 90 min | Horror

A man and his brother on a mission of revenge become trapped in a harrowing occult experiment dating back to the Third Reich.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Henry Cavill, Dominic Purcell, Emma Booth, Michael Fassbender

Votes: 10,935

12. Timber Falls (2007)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

A weekend of camping in the mountains becomes an excursion into hell for a young couple, who become pawns in a grotesque plot hatched by deranged locals.

Director: Tony Giglio | Stars: Josh Randall, Brianna Brown, Nick Searcy, Beth Broderick

Votes: 5,589 | Gross: $0.05M

13. Silent Hill (2006)

R | 125 min | Horror

31 Metascore

A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 204,385 | Gross: $46.98M

14. White Lightnin' (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Biography, Drama

Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, where every man owns a gun and a moonshine still, abides living legend Jesco White, "the dancing outlaw". As a boy Jesco was... See full summary »

Director: Dominic Murphy | Stars: Muse Watson, Carrie Fisher, Wallace Merck, Stephanie Astalos-Jones

Votes: 1,585

15. The Hunted (2013)

PG-13 | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Chasing their dream of landing their own hunting show, two hunters head into the dense, secluded mountains of West Virginia only to realize they are not alone.

Director: Josh Stewart | Stars: Josh Stewart, Skipp Sudduth, Katherine Von Till, Ronnie Gene Blevins

Votes: 1,064

16. Logan Lucky (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Farrah Mackenzie

Votes: 109,403 | Gross: $27.78M

17. Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

72 Metascore

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney

Votes: 322,790 | Gross: $127.00M

18. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 167,018 | Gross: $56.12M

19. The Glass Castle (2017)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson

Votes: 24,817 | Gross: $17.27M

20. Superman III (1983)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

44 Metascore

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 60,447 | Gross: $59.95M

21. Lassie (1994)

PG | 94 min | Family, Adventure

Determined to start a new life in the country, the Turner Family - Dad, stepmom, little Jennifer and teenager Matt - leaves the city for the wilds of Virginia. The move creates problems for... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Helen Slater, Tom Guiry, Jon Tenney, Brittany Boyd

Votes: 4,876 | Gross: $9.98M

22. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.

Director: Eli Craig | Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss

Votes: 155,621 | Gross: $0.22M

23. A Killing Affair (1986)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

The story of a widow (in West Virginia) who takes in a drifter who she believes killed her husband. She begins to fall for him but cannot be sure if she should trust him.

Director: David Saperstein | Stars: Peter Weller, Kathy Baker, John Glover, Bill Smitrovich

Votes: 222

24. Roseanna McCoy (1949)

89 min | Drama

The saga of the Hatfield-and-McCoy feud is romanticized in Samuel Goldwyn's Roseanna McCoy. Newcomer Joan Evans stars as the title character, whose elopement with Johnse Hatfield serves to ... See full summary »

Directors: Irving Reis, Nicholas Ray | Stars: Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Charles Bickford, Raymond Massey

Votes: 162

25. Reckless (1984)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rebellious football player Johnny falls for cheerleader Tracy. They come from opposite backgrounds; she's from a comfortable well off family, his is poor and broken. Tracy already has a ... See full summary »

Director: James Foley | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Daryl Hannah, Kenneth McMillan, Cliff De Young

Votes: 1,762 | Gross: $8.29M

26. Child of God (2013)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

A dispossessed, violent man's disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order.

Director: James Franco | Stars: Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Steve Hunter

Votes: 3,716 | Gross: $0.04M

27. Red Eye (2017)

73 min | Horror

Four friends set out to document a local legend in West Virginia. Will their passion cross the line? Or will it bleed through?

Director: Tristan Clay | Stars: Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff, Destinie Orndoff, Clayton Abbott

Votes: 292

28. American Ultra (2015)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

Director: Nima Nourizadeh | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo

Votes: 77,959 | Gross: $14.43M

29. Big Business (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy

Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 10,997 | Gross: $40.15M

30. The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

47 Metascore

Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet

Votes: 86,281 | Gross: $20.98M

31. My Fellow Americans (1996)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy

49 Metascore

Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard

Votes: 13,548 | Gross: $22.29M

32. Sweet Dreams (1985)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon

Votes: 3,860 | Gross: $9.09M

33. Patch Adams (1998)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

25 Metascore

The true story of a heroic man, Hunter "Patch" Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 96,941 | Gross: $135.03M

34. Sommersby (1993)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A farmer returns home from the Civil War, but his wife begins to suspect that the man is an impostor.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Lanny Flaherty, Wendell Wellman

Votes: 18,129 | Gross: $50.08M

35. The Pledge (2011)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Family

Tory Hedderman is a self-centered, apathetic and brooding 16 year old who doesn't really care about anyone or anything -- that is, until his family has to move from New York City to rural ... See full summary »

Director: J.W. Myers | Stars: Barrett Carnahan, Terry Kiser, Emily Capehart, Michael Guy Allen

Votes: 164



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