The Aloha State Movies

by Hoekkie | created - 04 Jan 2018 | updated - 23 Apr 2018 | Public

The Aloha State is the official nickname of Hawaii. In 1959 it became the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America. These movies have a connection with Hawaii. It’s a topic in the story or they are (partially) filmed in Hawaii.

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

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1. Blue Hawaii (1961)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters

Votes: 4,977 | Gross: $10.44M

2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.

Director: Nicholas Stoller | Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Mila Kunis

Votes: 251,409 | Gross: $63.17M

3. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

73 Metascore

A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 154,861 | Gross: $145.79M

4. Aloha (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

40 Metascore

A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watch-dog assigned to him.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 56,927 | Gross: $20.99M

5. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

85 Metascore

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 40,227 | Gross: $30.50M

6. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo.

Director: Jake Szymanski | Stars: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

Votes: 77,154 | Gross: $46.01M

7. Just Go with It (2011)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Romance

33 Metascore

On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman

Votes: 206,543 | Gross: $103.03M

8. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

Votes: 259,102 | Gross: $404.52M

9. 50 First Dates (2004)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin

Votes: 309,437 | Gross: $120.91M

10. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 225,616 | Gross: $82.58M

11. The Big Bounce (2004)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime

42 Metascore

A small-time con artist and a Hawaiian real estate developer's mischevious, enterprising mistress team up for a potential $200,000 score.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Sara Foster

Votes: 17,220 | Gross: $6.47M

12. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 297,642 | Gross: $198.54M

13. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 42,610 | Gross: $43.85M

14. Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical

Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs.

Director: Michael D. Moore | Stars: Elvis Presley, Suzanna Leigh, James Shigeta, Donna Butterworth

Votes: 1,698 | Gross: $2.50M

15. North Shore (1987)

PG | 96 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in ... See full summary »

Director: William Phelps | Stars: Matt Adler, Nia Peeples, Gregory Harrison, John Philbin

Votes: 2,153 | Gross: $3.83M

16. A Perfect Getaway (2009)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

63 Metascore

Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez

Votes: 64,896 | Gross: $15.48M

17. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews

Votes: 136,277 | Gross: $17.84M

18. Hawaii (1966)

Approved | 189 min | Drama

An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman

Votes: 2,483 | Gross: $34.56M

19. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

46 Metascore

In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 29,862 | Gross: $29.55M

20. Race the Sun (1996)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A bunch of high school misfits in Hawaii, introduced by their new teacher, attend a science fair in which they draw up inspiration to build their own solar car and win a trip to compete in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia.

Director: Charles T. Kanganis | Stars: Halle Berry, Jim Belushi, Bill Hunter, Casey Affleck

Votes: 2,955 | Gross: $1.95M

21. Princess Kaiulani (2009)

PG | 97 min | Drama

41 Metascore

The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.

Director: Marc Forby | Stars: Q'orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Shaun Evans, Jimmy Yuill

Votes: 1,505 | Gross: $0.88M

22. The Hawaiians (1970)

R | 134 min | Drama

The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charlton Heston, Tina Chen, Geraldine Chaplin, Mako

Votes: 901

23. Big Jim McLain (1952)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the post-war Hawaii, House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter hunt down Communists.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Wayne, Nancy Olson, James Arness, Alan Napier

Votes: 1,822

24. Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

In Hawaii, an undercover DEA agent and her civilian friend stumble upon a drug trafficking operation, and have to enlist the help of all their colleagues/friends to go after the vicious drug kingpin.

Director: Andy Sidaris | Stars: Ronn Moss, Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Harold Diamond

Votes: 3,254

25. Diamond Head (1962)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

Rich Hawaiian pineapple grower and US Senatorial candidate Richard Howland tries to control everything and everyone around him, including his headstrong sister, Slone. Howland learns the ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, George Chakiris, France Nuyen

Votes: 655

26. Molokai (1999)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of the nineteenth century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.

Director: Paul Cox | Stars: Keanu Kapuni-Szasz, David Wenham, Jan Kleinejan, Michael W. Perry

Votes: 1,104

27. Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

Robin Monroe, a New York magazine editor, and the gruff pilot Quinn Harris must put aside their mutual dislike if they are to survive after crash landing on a deserted South Seas island.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer, Jacqueline Obradors

Votes: 69,441 | Gross: $74.33M

28. Picture Bride (1994)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Riyo marries a man more than twice her age. She is devastated and labors in the sugar cane field. At the end she is able to love her husband.

Director: Kayo Hatta | Stars: Yûki Kudô, Akira Takayama, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita

Votes: 1,037 | Gross: $1.24M

29. Blue Crush (2002)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

61 Metascore

As a hard-core surfer girl prepares for a big competition, she finds herself falling for a football player.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Sanoe Lake

Votes: 28,879 | Gross: $40.39M

30. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Musical

When he finds out his boss is retiring to Arizona, a sailor has to find a way to buy the Westwind, a boat that he and his father built. He is also caught between two women: insensitive club singer Robin and sweet Laurel.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate, Laurel Goodwin

Votes: 2,492 | Gross: $2.60M

31. You, Me and Dupree (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

A best man (Wilson) stays on as a houseguest with the newlyweds, much to the couple's annoyance.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas

Votes: 75,799 | Gross: $75.63M

32. Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 360,093 | Gross: $200.68M

33. A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

The Bradys receive a surprise visit when a man claiming to be Carol's long-lost first husband shows up at their residence, the family question his motives.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 9,491 | Gross: $21.40M

34. Waikiki Wedding (1937)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A beauty contest winner of the "Miss Pineapple Princess" pageant takes part in a publicity scheme in Hawaii, and is pursued by an advertising executive for the agency doing the promotion.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross

Votes: 245

35. Tropic Thunder (2008)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, War

71 Metascore

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Kahn

Votes: 358,228 | Gross: $110.52M



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