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Top Movies Set in Cincinnati You Should Check Out

Ted Rivers

Cincinnati is a wonderful city, full of rich culture and history. It's no wonder that filmmakers have chosen to set their films in the Queen City, from classic films like Babes in Toyland to modern classics like The Ides of March.

Here are five movies set in Cincinnati that you should check out!

Babes in Toyland (1986)

This classic film follows two children who find themselves on an adventure when they travel to the magical world of Toyland. The movie was filmed entirely on a soundstage at MGM studios, but it was set in Cincinnati. The film includes famous characters such as Jack-in-the-Box, Bo Peep, and the villainous Barnaby. It's a charming tale that is sure to bring joy to all ages.

Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man is an Academy Award winning drama starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman as brothers Charlie and Raymond Babbitt, respectively. In this movie, Charlie must take his autistic brother Raymond from Los Angeles to Cincinnati for a court hearing. Along the way, he learns about his brother’s special abilities and the two form an unbreakable bond.

Little Man Tate (1991)

Little Man Tate stars Jodie Foster as Dede Tate who takes her gifted son Fred into her own hands by enrolling him into a school for gifted children located in Cincinnati. The film follows Fred as he navigates both his studies and his relationships with other students at the school. It's an interesting exploration of what it means for a child to be gifted and how we can teach them to use their gifts responsibly. Most of the film was shot in Over-the-Rhine.

Airborne (1993)

Airborne is a 90s classic coming-of-age comedy starring Shane McDermott and Seth Green as best friends Mitch and Wiley who are determined to become professional rollerbladers while growing up in Cincinnati. Along the way they get into some wild antics while trying to impress girls and stay out of trouble with adults. It's a fun movie with plenty of laughs!

The Ides of March (2011)

The Ides of March is another Academy Award winning film set in Cincinnati which follows Stephen Myers played by Ryan Gosling as he works on Governor Mike Morris' presidential campaign during primary season in Ohio. Stephen soon finds himself embroiled in political scandals which threaten not only his career but also his moral beliefs about integrity and loyalty. It’s an excellent exploration of politics from one of Hollywood’s greatest actors today..

Your Thoughts

Cincinnati has been home to many movies over the years, from classic films like Babes in Toyland to modern classics like The Ides Of March. If you're looking for something fun or thought-provoking, these five movies will surely provide you with hours of entertainment! So grab some popcorn and your favorite people—it's time for movie night!


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