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Best Movies Set in Kansas

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

Kansas is a state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka, its most populous county is Johnson County and its largest city is Wichita. Kansas is a landlocked state bordered by Nebraska to the north; Missouri to the east; Oklahoma to the south; and Colorado to the west.

Best Movies Set in Kansas

Superman: The Movie
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve (Actors)

Superman

Year: 1978

Portraying the early years of the man of steel, from his birth on the planet Krypton to his arrival on Earth and the first of his epic battles with the arch-criminal Lex Luthor. The superhero must prevent Luthor’s nefarious scheme to rearrange the west coast of America with the help of a couple of nuclear bombs.

Dances with Wolves
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene (Actors)

Dances with Wolves

Year: 1990

Dances With Wolves chronicles the exploits of Lieutenant John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) during the Civil War after encountering and eventually being accepted by a Native American tribe.

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Brightburn
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn (Actors)

Brightburn

Year: 2019

After a difficult struggle with fertility, Tori Breyer’s dreams of motherhood come true with the arrival of a mysterious baby boy. Brandon appears to be everything Tori and her husband, Kyle, ever wanted — bright, talented and curious about the world.

But as Brandon nears puberty, powerful darkness manifests within him, and Tori becomes consumed by terrible doubts about her son. Once Brandon begins to act on his twisted urges, those closest to him find themselves in grave danger.

In Cold Blood
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  • Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe (Actors)

In Cold Blood

Year: 1967

In Cold Blood is the powerful, true story of a callous murder, based on the best-selling novel by Truman Capote. A prosperous and respected Kansas farmer, his wife, and his two teenage children are wantonly and brutally slaughtered. 

The murderers are two mindless ex-convict drifters: Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and Dick Hickock (Scott Wilson). Neither of the men is sane enough to regret their crime. The story penetrates the inner workings of the criminals’ minds as it follows their purposeless meandering through Mexico and the United States in evasion of the law.

After more than a year of wandering, the hunted men are finally caught, tried, and in a dramatic conclusion condemned to hang.

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Resurrection [DVD]
  • Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth (Actors)
  • Daniel Petrie (Director) - Lewis John Carlino (Writer) - Renee Missel (Producer)

Resurrection

Year: 1980

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Edna (Ellen Burstyn) has a near-death experience when she and her husband drive off a cliff. Widowed and paralyzed, Edna returns to Kansas with her grandparents, noticing the curious effect her touch has on a girl’s bleeding nose along the way.

Her gift for healing people attracts the attention of a small-town community, including a young man (Sam Shepard) who becomes her lover. An agnostic herself despite her powers, Edna finds her lover has a dangerous obsession with religion.

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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