Which movies were filmed in Kentucky?

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September 26, 2023
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Which movies were filmed in Kentucky?

The magic of Hollywood is that oftentimes movies aren't filmed anywhere near where they purport to be taking place. California may be home to Hollywood, but so many of your favorite films were set against backdrops far removed from the glitterati of the West Coast.

With huge studios like Warner Bros., MGM, and RKO Pictures churning out film after film during the heyday of the silver screen, California made a name for itself as the cornerstone for all things movies. As the industry has continued to shift, however, that has begun to change.

From the need for more rural settings to a director's desire to get everything as historically accurate as possible, not to mention the attractive tax incentives offered by states outside of California, crews are increasingly enticed to look elsewhere when filming. More and more, shoots take place in the most unexpected places in a quest to entertain, and sometimes, to make film history. Have you ever wondered where the Cullen house in the "Twilight" movies actually is? (The answer is Oregon.) How about the location of where the wasteland astronauts trekked in "Planet of the Apes" from 1968? (Answer: Arizona.)

With that in mind, Stacker compiled a list of movies filmed in Kentucky using data from Movie Locations. Additional information about each film was collected from IMDb. Some films may have been omitted due to data dissimilarities and lack of corresponding information found on IMDb.

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

- Director: John Huston
- IMDb user rating: 7.8 (29K reviews)
- Runtime: 112 minutes
- Genres: Crime, Drama, and Film-Noir
- Cast: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, and Jean Hagen

Eight Men Out (1988)

- Director: John Sayles
- IMDb user rating: 7.2 (21K reviews)
- Runtime: 119 minutes
- Genres: Drama, History, and Sport
- Cast: John Cusack, Clifton James, and Jace Alexander

Goldfinger (1964)

- Director: Guy Hamilton
- IMDb user rating: 7.7 (198K reviews)
- Runtime: 110 minutes
- Genres: Action, Adventure, and Thriller
- Cast: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, and Honor Blackman

The Great Race (1965)

- Director: Blake Edwards
- IMDb user rating: 7.2 (19K reviews)
- Runtime: 160 minutes
- Genres: Action, Adventure, and Comedy
- Cast: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, and Jack Lemmon

How the West Was Won (1962)

- Director: Directors
- IMDb user rating: 7.0 (23K reviews)
- Runtime: 164 minutes
- Genres: Romance, War, and Western
- Cast: James Stewart, John Wayne, and Gregory Peck

The Hustler (1961)

- Director: Robert Rossen
- IMDb user rating: 8.0 (85K reviews)
- Runtime: 134 minutes
- Genres: Drama and Sport
- Cast: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, and Piper Laurie

The Ides of March (2011)

- Director: George Clooney
- IMDb user rating: 7.1 (228K reviews)
- Runtime: 101 minutes
- Genres: Drama and Thriller
- Cast: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, and Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Insider (1999)

- Director: Michael Mann
- IMDb user rating: 7.8 (177K reviews)
- Runtime: 157 minutes
- Genres: Biography, Drama, and Thriller
- Cast: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, and Christopher Plummer

Lawn Dogs (1997)

- Director: John Duigan
- IMDb user rating: 7.4 (8.4K reviews)
- Runtime: 101 minutes
- Genres: Drama
- Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kathleen Quinlan, and Mischa Barton

A League of Their Own (1992)

- Director: Penny Marshall
- IMDb user rating: 7.3 (117K reviews)
- Runtime: 128 minutes
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, and Sport
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Lori Petty

Rain Man (1988)

- Director: Barry Levinson
- IMDb user rating: 8.0 (534K reviews)
- Runtime: 133 minutes
- Genres: Drama
- Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino

Raintree County (1957)

- Director: Edward Dmytryk
- IMDb user rating: 6.3 (4.2K reviews)
- Runtime: 182 minutes
- Genres: Drama, Romance, and War
- Cast: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Eva Marie Saint

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Olivia Monahan, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 48 states.

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