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Best Movies Set in Kentucky

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

Kentucky is a southeastern state bounded by the Ohio River in the north and the Appalachian Mountains in the east, with Frankfort as the state capital. The state’s largest city, Louisville, is home to the Kentucky Derby, the renowned horse race held at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

The race is preceded by a 2-week festival and celebrated in the Kentucky Derby Museum year-round.

Best Movies Set in Kentucky

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Year: 1964

The third installment in the 007 series finds uberspy James Bond (Sean Connery) trying to thwart baddie Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) and his elaborate gambit to corner the gold market by contaminating Fort Knox.

Racing Stripes
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bruce Greenwood, Hayden Panettiere, Gary Bullock (Actors)

Racing Stripes

Year: 2005

Stripes, a zebra raised on a farm in Kentucky, dreams of one day becoming a championship racehorse in this heartwarming and hysterical tale that seamlessly combines live action and computer animation.

An all-star cast provides the voices of the zebra and his barnyard pals, including Frankie Muniz (TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle”), Oscar and Golden Globe winners Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man,” “Hook”), and Whoopi Goldberg (“Ghost,” “The Lion King”), Mandy Moore (“A Walk to Remember”), Jeff Foxworthy (“Blue Collar TV”), David Spade (“The Emperors New Groove”), Snoop Dogg (“Starsky & Hutch”), and many more.

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  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon (Actors)


Year: 2005

From Oscar winner Cameron Crowe comes a potent blend of rock ‘n’ roll and classic romantic comedy. Orlando Bloom stars as Drew Baylor, a hot-shot designer whose life becomes completely unraveled when he loses his father and his job on one fateful day.

En route to Elizabethtown to visit his family, Drew meets Claire (Kirsten Dunst). She’s beautiful, unstoppably positive, and just the gal to guide Drew on his journey back home and teach him what it means to live and love along the way.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Malkovich, Dylan Baker, Margo Martindale (Actors)


Year: 2010

Disney presents an astonishing true story bursting with hope, heart, and courage. Diane Lane and John Malkovich lead a celebrated cast in this inspirational motion picture from the producers of Miracle, Invincible, and The Rookie. Behind every legend lies an impossible dream.

Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse, Secretariat, and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion.

The People vs. Larry Flynt
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton (Actors)

The People vs. Larry Flynt

Year: 1996

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Larry Flynt becomes an unlikely hero when he takes his struggle against the radical religious right all the way to the Supreme Court. Woody Harrelson and Courtney Love star.

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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