By Maggie Butler
Posted On: May 22, 2020
Looking for a new way to explore Ohio? Luckily, there are lots of movies set in Ohio that allow you to explore the state through the screen. From newer releases like Queen & Slim to animated 90’s favorites like A Goofy Movie, queue up one of these films for your next at-home movie night.
Like classic 80’s coming-of-age movies, Super 8 is a scifi movie that centers on a group of kids in Lillian, Ohio. Director J.J. Abrams (and producer Steven Spielberg) bring the spooky and heartwarming nostalgia of films like The Goonies and E.T. into this modern movie.
Ready Player One
This science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg takes place in the slums, or “Stacks” of Columbus. Set in 2045, humans use a virtual reality software to escape the gloom of reality. After watching the film, you’ll understand why the movie received a nomination at the 91st Academy Awards for visual effects.
Nightmare on Elm Street
This classic horror film is set in the fictitious town of Springwood, Ohio. Turn the lights off (or keep them on) and immerse yourself in one of the most classic slasher films of all time.
Juanita, now streaming on Netflix, follows a Columbus, Ohio woman as she takes a Greyhound bus to Butte, Montana where she reinvents herself. If you’re craving adventure and looking forward to getting on the road once again, live vicariously through the title character, Juanita, in this movie.
With an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren, this American action comedy film loosely based on the limited-comic book series of the same name is set in Cleveland. If you enjoy the first film, check out the sequels Red 2 and Red 3.
Race follows the trials and triumphs of Jesse Owens from his start at The Ohio State University to his run at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Release your worries from the troubles of today and allow yourself to be inspired by this true story.
It’s draft day in the NFL and the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, played by Kevin Costner, is forced to make a big move. If you’re missing Sunday game days, this is the perfect film for you.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
For a family-friendly film, check out Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Set in Cincinnati during the Great Depression, this movie is based off the American Girl Doll of the same name. Watch the inspiring story of young girl working toward her dream of becoming a reporter.
Dark Waters is a 2019 American legal thriller based on the 2016 New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.” Follow the Cincinnati-based lawyer as he uncovers a dark secret connected to one of the world’s largest corporations.
For more Ohio movies, check out these flicks which were filmed in Ohio: A Christmas Story (Cleveland), The Shawshank Redemption (Mansfield, The Ohio State Reformatory), Air Force One (Cleveland), Speak (Columbus, Eastmoor Academy), The Ides of March (Cincinnati), The Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier (Cleveland).