• Speedway (1929) The Indianapolis Times (5/20/29)stated that "Anita Page is in Indianapolis to make a race picture." Thus it seems at least part of this silent film was shot on location. Co-starring were William Haines, Ernest Torrence, John Miljan and Karl Dane.
  • Tom Brown of Culver(1932) Directed by William Wellman, portions of this film were shot at the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. The star was Tom Brown. This film is recognized today as the screen debut of Tyrone Power who was 17 years old at this time. Other notables in the cast were...Slim Summerville, Sidney Toler, Richard Cromwell, and in lesser roles...Andy Devine, Eugene Pallette, and if you look close...Alan Ladd. Hollywood actors who actually attended Culver include...Tim Holt and his father Jack Holt, Adolph Menjou, Hal Holbrook, Hal Roach, Jr. and Hoosier director Budd Boetticher.
  • To Please a Lady (1950) Shot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck and Hoosier Will Geer.
  • Johnny Holiday (1950), Shot in Plainfield.William Bendix, Hoosier Hoagy Carmichael.
  • Some Came Running (1958), Shot in Madison. Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine and a cast of Hoosier extras.
  • Winning (1969), Shot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Richard Thomas, Robert Wagner and a host of Hoosier extras.
  • Brian's Song (1971) Much of this film was shot in Renssselaer, Indiana.
  • A Girl Named Sooner (1975), Shot in Vevay. Lee Remick, Richard Crenna, Don Murray and Hoosier Susan Deer.
  • Breaking Away (1979), Shot in Bloomington. Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid with scenes from "The Little 500" at Indiana University.
  • Four Friends (1981), Shot partially in East Chicago. Written by Steve Tesich, born in Yugoslavia but raised in East Chicago and a graduate of Indiana University.
  • Hoosiers (1986), Shot in various Indiana locations. Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper with a cast of Hoosier extras.
  • Pushed Too Far (1987-88), Shot in Greenfield. Star is Hoosier Claude Akins.
  • Eight Men Out (1987), Shot in Indianapolis and Evansville. Charlie Sheen, John Cusack and a cast of Hoosier extras.
  • Viper (1987), Shot in Indianapolis and Bloomington. Linda Purl.
  • Terror Squad (1987) Shot in Kokomo, starring Chuck Connors.
  • Rain Man (1989), Shot partially in Franklin County. Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman with costumes by Indianapolis native Gloria Gresham.
  • Prancer (1989) Filmed at director John D. Hancock's childhood home, the Hancock Fruit Farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Hancock was born in Kansas City, Missouri but grew up in Indiana.
  • The Ryan White Story (1989)
  • Diving In (1990) Shot mostly in Indianapolis.  Matt Adler, Kristy Swanson, Burt Young.
  • A League of Their Own (1992,) Shot in Evansville and Huntingburg. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna and a host of Hoosier extras.
  • Falling from Grace (1992) John Mellencamp.
  • Freeze Frame (1992) Shot in Indianapolis, starring Shannen Doherty and directed by Hoosier William Bindley.
  • Rudy (1993) Shot mostly in South Bend, Indiana at Notre Dame University. Directed by Hoosier David Anspaugh and written by fellow Hoosier Angelo Pizzo.
  • Blue Chips (1994) Nick Nolte, Shaquille O' Neal, Reggie Miller, Bobby Knight and others. Segments were shot in Indiana.
  • Natural Born Killers (1994) The courtroom scenes in which Woody Harrelson is tried as a serial killer were filmed at the Hammond City Court, at 5925 Calumet Avenue in Hammond.
  • Going All the Way(1997)Based on the novel by Hoosier author Dan Wakefield. Much of the film was shot in Indianapolis.
  • In the Company of Men(1997) Primarily shot in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • Best Man in Grass Creek (1999) Written, directed and starring Hoosier John Newcombe. Shot in Grass Creek, Indiana.
  • A Piece of Eden (2000) Shot mostly in the LaPorte County area. Directed by John D. Hancock who grew up in LaPorte.
  • Madison Starring Jake Lloyd. Directed by Hoosier William Bindley and written by Bindley and his brother, Scott. Shot mostly in Madison, Indiana.
  • Lonesome Jim (2005) Shot in Goshen, Ligonier and Cromwell, Indiana.
  • American Teen (2008)Documentary about life in high school. Shot in Warsaw, Indiana. Won best directing award (documentary) at Sundance Film Festival...Nanette Burstein. Nominated for best documentary by the Chicago Film Critics Awards.

    Movies about Indiana but NOT shot in Indiana

  • The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1914), (1924), and (1935), Based on the novel by Hoosier author Edward Eggleston. Made three times but never shot in Indiana. The 1935 version starred Richmond, Indiana native Norman Foster in the leading role.
  • The Gentleman from Indiana (1915) Written by Booth Tarkington (Indianapolis). Dustin Farnum was the star. Tarkington's writings were translated into at least 59 motion pictures.
  • Indiana (1916) This was a docu-drama about the birth of the state. It was directed by Frank Beal, written by Gilson Willets, neither of whom were hoosiers. Produced by Selig Polyscope Company. The film was also known as The Birth of Indiana and Historic Indiana
  • A Hoosier Romance (1918)Based on James Whitcomb Riley's poem, "A Hoosier Romance" starring Colleen Moore.
  • Little Orphant Annie 1918, starring Coleen Moore and Hoosier Tom Santschi (Kokomo, IN). Based loosely on J.W. Riley's poem.
  • The College Widow (1927) Based on George Ade's (Kentland, Indiana) play, this comedy about college life and football was set on Crawfordsville, Indiana's Wabash College campus. It starred Delores Costello and Wm. Collier, Jr. There were over 100 movies made based on George Ade's writings...including "The County Chairman" starring Will Rogers and Hoosier Louise Dresser.
  • The Crowd Roars (1932) Directed by Hoosier Howard Hawks, the film featured Indy 500 drivers.. .Wilbur Shaw, Billy Arnold, Fred Frame, Ralph Hepburn, Shorty Cantlon, Mel Keneally, and Stubby Stubblefield. The film was re-made in 1939 as "The Indianapolis Speedway."
  • Hoosier Schoolboy (1937) Based on Hoosier Edward Eggleston's book and starring Mickey Rooney.
  • Road Demon (1938) Set against a background of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and using much stock footage, this movie deals with racketeers trying to dominate the business. The film is interesting in that Bill (Bojangles) Robinson appears as a junk yard owner and does a little tap dancing. Lon Chaney, Jr. appears as a "race racketeer."
  • Indianapolis Speedway (1939), Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan with a screenplay written by Hoosier Howard Hawks. This was a re-make of Hawks 1932 film, "The Crowd Roars."
  • Remember the Night (1940) Assistant District Attorney Fred MacMurray arrests Barbara Stanwyck for shoplifting. However they discover they are "both Hoosiers from Indiana." This changes things and MacMurray takes Stanwyck home to meet his parents.
  • My Gal Sal (1942) Highly fictionalized biography of Hoosier composer Paul Dresser (Terre Haute). Victor Mature, Rita Hayworth.
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Written by Hoosier author Booth Tarkington, the plot was set in Indianapolis. Hoosier stars in this film were Anne Baxter (Michigan City) and Richard Bennett (Bennett's Switch, Indiana) as Major Amberson.
  • Hoosier Holiday (1943), Dale Evans and "The Hoosier Hotshots."
  • Home in Indiana (1944), Lon McAllister, Jeanne Crain and Hoosier actors Charles Dingle (Wabash) and Noble "Kid" Chissel (Indianapolis). Another Hoosier, Hector Kirk, was the race announcer in the film.
  • Night and Day (1946) Cary Grant, Alexis Smith. Some scenes portrayed Porter's home in Peru, Indiana.
  • Isn't It Romantic? (1948) Veronica Lake, Mona Freeman, Billy DeWolfe, Pearl Bailey. Written by Jeanette Covert Nolan, this was supposed to be set in Evansville, Indiana in 1910. However the movie hardly resembled the book.
  • So Dear to My Heart(1948) Burl Ives, Beulah Bondi, Bobby Driscoll. Pike County, Indiana is the setting for this film.
  • On Moonlight Bay (1951) Based on Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" stories. Starred Doris Day and Gordon MacRae.
  • The Desperate Hours (1955) Written by Hoosier Joseph Hays, it was supposed to take place in Indianapolis. The first version starred Humphrey Bogart. In 1990 a second version of this story was made starring Anthony Hopkins.
  • Raintree County (1956) Written by Indiana University Professor, Ross Lockridge, Jr., the story takes place in southern Indiana. However most of the film was shot in Danville, Kentucky.
  • Friendly Persuasion(1956) Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, and Hoosier Marjorie Main (Acton). Based on the writings of Hoosier Jessamyn West (Vernon), this film takes place in Jennings County, Indiana during the civil war when Morgan's Raiders came into southern Indiana and gave the state it's only taste of any kind of skirmish.
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much(1956) Doris Day and James Stewart as a vacationing couple from Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • All the Young Men (1960) Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier. About a soldier from Muncie, Indiana.
  • Bon Voyage(1962) A Disney film written by Hoosiers Joseph and Marrijane Hayes (Indianapolis), starring Fred MacMurray and Jane Wyman as "The Willards from Terre Haute."
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Richard Dreyfuss was supposed to be living in Muncie, Indiana and even wore a Ball State University T-Shirt, but nothing was filmed in Indiana...an obvious fact if you observed the mountains in the background.
  • A Christmas Story (1983) Jean Shepherd's recollections of his boyhood growing up in Hammond, Indiana. This film has become a Christmas classic. A sequel was filmed in 1994 My Summer Story AKA It Runs in the Family.
  • The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Produced by the Coen brothers and starring Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman. Many references throughout this film to Muncie, Indiana.
  • Now and Then (1995) Thora Birch, Christina Ricci, Gaby Hoffman, Ashleigh Aston Moore and Rumer Willis. This film takes place in Shelby, Indiana (Lake County) but was shot mostly in Savannah, GA. It's about four 12 years old girls who spend the summer together and promise to return anytime they need each other. Twenty years later, they meet again.
  • In and Out (1997) Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck. The setting for this film is in the fictional town of "Greenleaf," Indiana.
  • Say It Isn't So (2002)
  • Starts out and ends in Muncie, Indiana but was shot mostly in Pomona, California. Stars Muncie native Ezra Buzzington, Heather Graham, Sally Field, Chris Klein and Ileanna Douglas.



 

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