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Best Movies Set in Arkansas

Every state is known for something. As you work your way through the list, don't miss the best movies set in Arkansas. While you're at it, check out the best books set in Arkansas, too.

Arkansas is a southern U.S. state bordering the Mississippi River. It's known for its abundant park and wilderness areas, with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers, and hot springs. The rugged Ozarks region in its northwest has hiking trails and limestone caves such as Blanchard Springs Caverns.

Its capital, Little Rock, hosts the Clinton Presidential Center, housing Bill Clinton’s presidential archives. 


Best Movies Set in Arkansas

True Grit (1969)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby (Actors)

True Grit

Year: 1969

The cantankerous U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn is hired by a headstrong young girl to find the man who murdered her father and fled with the family savings.

True Grit
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin (Actors)

True Grit

Year: 2010

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A stubborn teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal (Jeff Bridges) to track down her father's murderer. Directed by the Coen Brothers.

Sling Blade [DVD]
  • Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh (Actors)
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Director) - Billy Bob Thornton (Writer)

Sling Blade

Year: 1996

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Rosalie Goes Shopping
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  • Marianne Sägebrecht, Brad Davis, Judge Reinhold (Actors)

Rosalie Goes Shopping

Year: 1989

A kindly but thieving shopaholic tries to turn her mistakes around but does so by becoming a skilled computer hacker, something that could only get her into more trouble despite her goal to impress her beloved family.

Stephen King's The Stand
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Ruby Dee, Miguel Ferrer, Jamey Sheridan (Actors)

The Stand

Year: 1994

The world abruptly ends when a deadly virus accidentally escapes from a government-sponsored biological warfare laboratory. Soon people are dropping like flies from the plague, but a few survive and find themselves strangely compelled to head into the West.

Good-hearted people follow the voice of an ancient black woman. Bad people follow the enigmatic Walkin' Dude. It is only a matter of time before the two sides are forced into a climactic battle over the final fate of humanity.

Smokey and the Bandit
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  • Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason (Actors)

Smokey and the Bandit

Year: 1977

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Burt Reynolds stars as the high-flyin', wise-crackin' Bandit whose daring hijinx during an illegal cross-country beer run brings on the wrath of an inept Southern sheriff.

Now that you've completed the list of best books set in this state, why not check out some others? Here are the Best Movies Set in All 50 States.

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