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Best Movies Set in Florida

Every state is known for something. As you work your way through the list, don't miss the best movies set in Florida.

Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. It has hundreds of miles of beaches.

The city of Miami is known for its Latin-American cultural influences and notable arts scene, as well as its nightlife, especially in upscale South Beach. Orlando is famed for theme parks, including Walt Disney World. 

Best Movies Set in Florida

Wild Things
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  • Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell (Actors)

Wild Things

Year: 1998

When teenage students Kelly and Suzie come forward against their guidance counselor, Sam, the scandal that follows leads to his arrest. But as Detective Duquette continues his investigation, he discovers the unfolding case is far from what it seems.

Big Trouble
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  • Tim Allen, Omar Epps, Dennis Farina (Actors)

Big Trouble

Year: 2002

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Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry's best-selling first novel, “Big Trouble” tells the story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love-struck teens, two FBI men, and a psychedelic toad.

Apollo 13
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  • Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton (Actors)

Apollo 13

Year: 1995

This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit.

However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.

Scarface
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  • Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer (Actors)

Scarface

Year: 1983

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami.

Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami.

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But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels, and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

Miami Vice
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  • Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Justin Theroux (Actors)

Miami Vice

Year: 2006

This series is largely remembered for the stylish clothes Detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs wore, the soundtrack, and its distinct visuals. But beneath the veneer is a surprisingly dark cop show.

The cocaine boom of the 1980s framed many stories about drugs and murder, with Crockett and Tubbs often resorting to violence in the course of their work.

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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