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Best Movies Set in Indiana

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

Indiana is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 38th-largest by area and the 17th-most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th state on December 11, 1816.

Best Movies Set in Indiana 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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  • Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr (Actors)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Year: 1977

Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object and even has a “sunburn” from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.

In & Out
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  • Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon (Actors)

In & Out

Year: 1997

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In his Academy Award acceptance speech, actor Cameron Drake announces that his high school teacher, Howard Brackett, is gay, which comes as news to Howard's parents, boss, fiancee, and the rest of his suddenly-in-the-spotlight small town.

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Hoosiers

Year: 1986

Failed college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) gets a chance at redemption when he is hired to direct the basketball program at a high school in a tiny Indiana town.

After a teacher (Barbara Hershey) persuades star player Jimmy Chitwood to quit and focus on his long-neglected studies, Dale struggles to develop a winning team in the face of community criticism for his temper and his unconventional choice of assistant coach: Shooter (Dennis Hopper), a notorious alcoholic.

A Christmas Story
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  • Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren Mcgavin (Actors)

A Christmas Story

Year: 1983

Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.”

Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.

Rudy
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  • Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty (Actors)

Rudy

Year: 1993

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Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) wants to play football at the University of Notre Dame but has neither the money for tuition nor the grades to qualify for a scholarship.

Rudy redoubles his efforts to get out of the steel mill where his father works when his best friend (Christopher Reed) dies in an accident there.

Overcoming his dyslexia thanks to his friend and tutor, D-Bob (Jon Favreau), Rudy gains admission to Notre Dame and begins to fight his way onto the school's fabled football team.

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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