Movies and TV shows set in iowa

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in iowa ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, humorous, serious, feel good, weird and touching films and TV shows about / with small town, storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, culture clash, mentor, runaway, adaptation, society and family relations plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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iowa movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as iowa: The Puppet Masters (1994), Butter (2011), The Poker House (2008), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Out of Bounds (1986), A Thousand Acres (1997), Field of Dreams (1989), Whiteboyz (1999), Iowa (2005), The Bridges of Madison County (1995).

List of movies set in iowa

The Puppet Masters (1994)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Earth is invaded by alien parasites aka "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds. A trio of American government agents attempt to thwart this.
Style: scary, suspense, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: evil alien, space and aliens, alien, mind control, alien invasion, deadly creature, alien contact, ufo, murder, danger, alien encounter, political corruption ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa, washington d.c.
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 6.2
 21K
Butter (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their Iowa town's annual contest.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, satirical, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: contests and competitions, rivalry, small town, ambition, family relations, championship, social relations, blind ambition, adoption, butter, mentor, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iowa, usa, california
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The Poker House (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Agnes and her two sisters struggle through a day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, rough, bleak
Plot: pimp, coming of age, drug abuse, family in crisis, prostitute, family relations, life is a bitch, lifestyle, small town, down on your luck, teenage life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 70s
Place: iowa, usa
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, character study, family drama, mental illness, parents and children, small town, brothers, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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Out of Bounds (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Farm boy Daryl Cage's parents ship him off to the big city to live with his brother, hoping he will have a better life there. After a baggage mixup at the airport, Daryl finds himself in possession of a drug cache, which a ruthless drug dealer ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, murder, chase, airport, police, bus, hollywood sign, fish out of water, heroin, teenage life, city life, mistaken identity ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa, usa, los angeles, venice beach california, new orleans
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A Thousand Acres (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, psychological, talky, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: child molester, incest rape, incest, dysfunctional family, lawsuit, family relations, father daughter incest, farm, tragedy, betrayal, family, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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 7.5
 114K
Field of Dreams (1989)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray Kinsella is an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond. He does, but the voice's directions don't stop -- even after the spirits of deceased ballplayers turn up to play.
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: ghost, farm, baseball, miraculous event, regret, reconciliation, small town, recluse, road trip, hearing voices, doctor, sport ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: iowa, usa, boston
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 5.3
 2K
Whiteboyz (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. He practices in front of a mirror and with his two pals, James and Trevor. He talks Black slang, he dresses Black. He's also ...
Style: realistic, not serious, humorous, slang, cynical ...
Plot: hip hop, small town, friendship, follow your dream, americana, teenage life, fish out of water, culture clash, youth, crimes, teenage love, farce ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, chicago illinois, usa
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 5.0
 394
Iowa (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy and addiction that follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business - cooking their own methamphetamine - only to watch it burn a searing hole in their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, drug dealing, society, love and romance, crimes, life is a bitch, misfit, deadly, warden, cons and scams, police corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iowa, usa
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The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson for four days in the 1960s.
Style: romantic, feel good, uplifting, heartbreaking, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love affair, impossible love, housewife, adultery, middle aged, lovers, fall in love, photographer, midlife crisis, choice, letter, romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1965, year 1987 ...
Place: iowa, usa, midwest
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 6.3
 37K
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A naive Midwesterner insurance salesman travels to a big-city convention in an effort to save the jobs of his co-workers.
Style: humorous, sentimental, light, funny, melancholic ...
Plot: insurance, friendship, hotel, goofy hero, friends, social awkwardness, disorder, fish out of water, buddies, misfit, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iowa, usa, wisconsin, las vegas, california ...
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Take This Job and Shove It (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A junior executive is ordered to boost output in the hometown brewery where his old friends work.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, cult film, harsh ...
Plot: brewery, workplace, rebellion, boss and employee, working class, workplace romance, self discovery, unemployment, workplace situations, buddies, society, revolution ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa, usa, new jersey
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Bill: On His Own (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bill Sackter struggles to cope after his best friend and guardian, Barry Morrow and his wife Beverly move away. Bill moves into a group home run by Mae Driscoll who teaches him how to read. Bill soon discovers his religious heritage, overcoming the ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, semi serious
Plot: human spirit, mental illness, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, misfit, hopes, society, custody, disability, family relations, family problems, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa, usa
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Miles from Home (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two brothers who are forced off their farm in the debt stricken mid-west become folk heroes when they begin robbing the banks that have been foreclosing on farmers.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: small town, bank, on the run, folk hero, arson, siblings relations, friendship, americana, countryside, small town life, on the road, social relations ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: iowa, usa, midwest, ussr, soviet union
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The Last Supper (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.
Style: witty, tense, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: politics, murder, sexism, satire, death, hypocrisy, dark humor, crimes, crime, culture clash, liberal, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, iowa
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 7.7
 17K
The Music Man (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A con man comes to an Iowa town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: small town, family, romance, unlikely couple, love and romance, lifestyle, music band, society, dishonesty, screwball, couples, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: iowa, usa, midwest
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 5.0
 384
Mommy (1995)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Patty McCormack's "Mommy" is psychotically obsessed with her 12-year-old daughter Jessica Ann -- so much so that when she finds out Jessica didn't get the "Student of the Year" award again, she solves the problem by ...
Style: slasher, serious, realistic, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, obsession, murder, investigation, serial killer, dedicated lawyer, crimes, police investigation, family relations, legal, mystery, mind game ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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 6.3
 470
16 to Life (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Romantic comedy. A small town teenager's angst about sexual inexperience drives a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays.
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious, romantic ...
Plot: farce, affection, matchmaking, teenage life, looking for love, youth, love and romance, couples, singleness, small town, self discovery, first love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iowa, usa, midwest, china, wisconsin
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Fraternity Vacation (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A nerd gains the friendship of two of his frat brothers when his dad offers them his condo for the week in Palm Springs, and also offers the fraternity a hot tub and jacuzzi if they can help his son find a girl. They meet two guys from a rival ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, sex comedy, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, friendship, loss of virginity, vacation, looking for sex, youth, lifestyle, best friends, love and romance, buddies, opposites attract, partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa, california, palm springs california
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 5.7
 42K
Michael (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tabloid reporters are sent by their editor to investigate after the paper recieves a letter from a woman claiming an angel is living with her.
Style: uplifting, feel good, humorous, romantic, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: angel, fish out of water, happy ending, romance, supernatural, supernatural ability, on the road, road trip, disorder, dog, journalism, destiny ...
Place: illinois, iowa, chicago illinois, usa, texas
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Drexell's Class (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Drexell's Class is an American sitcom aired by Fox as part of its 1991-92 lineup. The show was created by Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers.
Style: sitcom, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: unsupportive coworkers, power relations, misfit, youth, fish out of water, self discovery, school, teachers and students, classroom, elementary school, teacher
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Authentic drama of United Airlines flight 232 from Denver to Chicago. The DC-10 crashed during an emergency landing at Sioux City Gateway Airport on July 19, 1989. 184 people survived, partly thanks to the ground rescue workers who had 40 minutes to ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, escapades, danger, adventure, daring rescue, race against time, save the day, heroes, landing, airplane, catastrophe, heroic mission ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa
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 4.9
 204
Mommy's Day (1997)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After escaping a lethal injection for the murders Mommy (Patty McCormack) had committed, she is given a special implant in her arm that will keep her from having homicidal urges. However, since she still tries to see her daughter and other murders ...
Style: slasher, serious, realistic, mind bending, scary ...
Plot: murder, escape, serial killer, investigation, bad mother, paranoia, family life, danger, crime, crimes, mystery, prison ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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 6.4
 170
Boys Life 6 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Anthonlogy of four gay-themed stories centered around the idea of first-time crushes.
Style: realistic, sentimental, anthology, psychological, romantic ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, teenage love, family relations, love and romance, coming of age, gender, youth, lgbt, gay, addiction, seduction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, iowa, new york
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 5.5
 1K
Luster (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An irreverent and refreshing take on the queer world of sex, lust and unrequited love. Lanky, blue haired Jackson, record store employee and poet, is in love with most of the men in his life! A refreshing departure from the typical gay love story, ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sexy, humorous, sexual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: fall in love, unfulfilled love, sexual relations, couples, lifestyle, romance, gays and lesbians, singleness, gay erotica, gay lead character, infidelity, unrequited love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iowa, usa, mojave desert, california, los angeles
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 6.7
 2K
Cold Turkey (1971)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Reverend Brooks leads the town in a contest to stop smoking for a month, But some tobacco executives don't want them to win, and try everything they can to make them smoke. If townspeople don't go nuts, from wanting a cigarette, or kill ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: small town, satire, cigarette smoking, social relations, farce, media satire, small town life, americana, disorder, silly humor, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: iowa, usa
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The Harvest (2021)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Story: Ten strangers find themselves trapped in the dark, in the storm, lost in huge fields of corn. They take refuge in a dark, quiet farmhouse where the welcoming Mr. Grant lives. But as the night goes on, and sinister shapes begin to emerge from the ...
Style: bleak, suspense, suspenseful, slasher, scary ...
Plot: murder, death, farmhouse, darkness, monster, secret, storm, night, evil, farm, maniac, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iowa
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 6.4
 83K
Burlesque (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming ...
Style: sexy, stylized, light, melancholic, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: cabaret, love and romance, backstage, performer's life, desire for fame, follow your dream, dancing, nightclub, ambition, stripper, dancer, dancer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, iowa, usa, chicago illinois
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The Straight Story (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in ...
Style: road movie, touching, feel good, motivational, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, adventure, family feud, on the road, reconciliation, elderly man, brother brother relationship, highway, road trip, journey, nurse, doctor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi river, iowa, mississippi, wisconsin, usa
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 6.5
 116K
The Crazies (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Four friends find themselves trapped in their small hometown after they discover their friends and neighbors going quickly and horrifically insane.
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: insanity, plague, infected, survival, chaos and mayhem, deadly virus, quarantine, bio weapon, danger, hazmat suit, on the run, chaos ...
Place: iowa, usa, kansas
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