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Best Movies Set in Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the Northeastern United States.

Best Movies Set in Massachusetts

The Verdict
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  • Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden (Actors)

The Verdict 

Year: 1982

Sidney Lumet’s riveting courtroom drama earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for Paul Newman’s towering performance as a down-and-out alcoholic attorney who stumbles onto one last chance to redeem himself.

When attorney Frank Calvin (Newman) is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win, he courageously decides to refuse a settlement from the hospital. Instead, he takes the case, and the entire legal system, to court. Written by famed playwright David Mamet.

The Departed
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  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson (Actors)

The Departed

Year: 2006

South Boston cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes under cover to infiltrate the organization of gangland chief Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). As Billy gains the mobster’s trust, a career criminal named Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) infiltrates the police department and reports its activities to his syndicate bosses.

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When both organizations learn they have a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin must figure out each other’s identities to save their own lives.

Mystic River
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  • Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon (Actors)

Mystic River

Year: 2003

When the daughter (Emmy Rossum) of ex-con Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn) is murdered, two of his childhood friends from the neighborhood are involved. Dave (Tim Robbins), a blue-collar worker, was the last person to see her alive, while Sean (Kevin Bacon), a homicide detective, is heading up the case.

As Sean proceeds with his investigation, Jimmy conducts one of his own through neighborhood contacts. Eventually, Jimmy suspects Dave is the culprit and considers taking the law into his own hands.

Boondock Saints
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  • Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery (Actors)

Boondock Saints

Year: 1999

In Troy Duffy’s cult classic, two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston’s criminal underworld in the name of God.

Little Women
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  • Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado (Actors)

Little Women

Year: 1994

In the years after the Civil War, Jo March lives in New York and makes her living as a writer, while her sister Amy studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected.

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Their oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together.

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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