The Badger State Movies

by Hoekkie | created - 10 May 2018 | updated - 20 May 2018 | Public

The Badger State is the nickname of Wisconsin. In 1848 it became the 30th state of the United States of America. These movies have a connection with Wisconsin. It's a topic in the story or they are (partially) filmed in Wisconsin.

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

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1. The Straight Story (1999)

G | 112 min | Biography, Drama

86 Metascore

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter

Votes: 77,705 | Gross: $6.20M

2. Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama, History

40 Metascore

A series of grisly events that took place in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, between 1890 and 1900 are dramatized.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Ian Holm, Jeffrey Golden, Jo Vukelich, Marcus Monroe

Votes: 1,364

3. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 270,189 | Gross: $97.10M

4. Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg

Votes: 12,315

5. The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

PG | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Giant spiders from another dimension invade Wisconsin.

Director: Bill Rebane | Stars: Steve Brodie, Barbara Hale, Robert Easton, Leslie Parrish

Votes: 3,402 | Gross: $0.29M

6. For Keeps? (1988)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

After she gets pregnant, a teenage girl must decide whether she should keep the baby or not.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn

Votes: 4,128 | Gross: $17.51M

7. Back to School (1986)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

68 Metascore

To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon

Votes: 26,589 | Gross: $91.26M

8. The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

24 Metascore

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening

Votes: 37,408 | Gross: $41.46M

9. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, R.D. Reid

Votes: 134,657 | Gross: $5.97M

10. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror

59 Metascore

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 227,007 | Gross: $59.02M

11. Starman (1984)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 40,836 | Gross: $28.70M

12. BASEketball (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Sport

38 Metascore

Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth

Votes: 55,070 | Gross: $6.94M

13. Mr 3000 (2004)

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

57 Metascore

Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal.

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Bernie Mac, Angela Bassett, Michael Rispoli, Brian White

Votes: 13,537 | Gross: $21.80M

14. Chump Change (2000)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

Rags to riches to rags comedy loosely based on the director Steve Burrows' actual experiences while writing screenplays in Los Angeles. Burrows (aka "Milwaukee Steve") finally makes it big ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Burrows | Stars: Stephen Burrows, Tim Matheson, Traci Lords, A.J. Benza

Votes: 361

15. The Amityville Horror (2005)

R | 90 min | Horror

33 Metascore

Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

Director: Andrew Douglas | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett, Jesse James

Votes: 102,161 | Gross: $65.23M

16. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

75 Metascore

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Terry Crews

Votes: 258,440 | Gross: $169.11M

17. Omen II: Damien (1978)

R | 107 min | Drama, Horror

45 Metascore

Damien the Antichrist, now about to turn thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.

Directors: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges | Stars: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Robert Foxworth

Votes: 27,994 | Gross: $3.88M

18. Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

Passed | 105 min | Drama, Family

A Norwegian farmer lovingly raises his daughter in rural World War II-era Benson Junction, Wisconsin.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, James Craig, Frances Gifford

Votes: 1,572

19. I Love Trouble (1994)

PG | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Peter Brackett and Sabrina Peterson are two competing Chicago newspaper reporters who join forces to unravel the mystery behind a train derailment.

Director: Charles Shyer | Stars: Nick Nolte, Julia Roberts, Saul Rubinek, James Rebhorn

Votes: 11,121 | Gross: $30.81M

20. Meet the Applegates (1990)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Modelling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950s family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Stockard Channing, Dabney Coleman, Robert Jayne

Votes: 2,071 | Gross: $0.49M

21. A Simple Plan (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

Three blue-collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash and make a plan to keep their find from the authorities, but it isn't long before complications and mistrust weave their way into the plan.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe

Votes: 60,625 | Gross: $16.31M

22. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Votes: 375,431 | Gross: $352.39M

23. All Mine to Give (1957)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Family, Romance

An immigrant family in 1850's Wisconsin prospers until tragedy strikes.

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, Rex Thompson, Patty McCormack

Votes: 1,097

24. Uncle Buck (1989)

PG | 100 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

Bachelor and all-round slob Buck babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann

Votes: 80,707 | Gross: $66.76M

25. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 409,558 | Gross: $59.70M

26. The Last Kiss (2006)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Michael'd have a great job, still have his 4 best friends, and be in love with a beautiful girl at 30. He loves Jenna but his life seems predictable until he meets a college girl. It seems that everybody's having relationship problems.

Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck

Votes: 40,323 | Gross: $11.60M

27. Ed Gein (2000)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides.

Director: Chuck Parello | Stars: Steve Railsback, Carrie Snodgress, Carol Mansell, Sally Champlin

Votes: 4,949 | Gross: $0.01M

28. The Prince and Me (2004)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

47 Metascore

At college Paige meets Eddie, a fellow student from Denmark, whom she first dislikes but later accepts, likes, and loves; he proves to be Crown Prince Edvard. Paige follows him to Copenhagen, and he follows her back to school with a plan.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Miranda Richardson, Ben Miller

Votes: 36,483 | Gross: $28.18M

29. Away We Go (2009)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 50,665 | Gross: $9.45M

30. Chain Reaction (1996)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward

Votes: 46,599 | Gross: $20.55M

31. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 92,106 | Gross: $31.50M

32. Cedar Rapids (2011)

R | 87 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

Tim Lippe has no idea what he's in for when he's sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the "guidance" of three convention veterans.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Votes: 35,445 | Gross: $6.86M

33. Dahmer (2002)

R | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.

Director: David Jacobson | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great, Matt Newton

Votes: 9,151 | Gross: $0.14M

34. Thin Ice (2011)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.

Director: Jill Sprecher | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin, Lea Thompson

Votes: 4,537 | Gross: $0.79M

35. Come and Get It (1936)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

An ambitious lumberjack abandons his saloon girl lover so that he can marry into wealth, but years later becomes infatuated with the woman's daughter.

Directors: Howard Hawks, William Wyler, Richard Rosson | Stars: Edward Arnold, Joel McCrea, Frances Farmer, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,671



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