3 Famous Movies and Films Set in Ohio

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Throughout Hollywood's history, many cities, states, and countries have been referenced in movies. However, the vast majority of films are shot off location, far from the locations they portray. Ohio is one of those overlooked states. Of all the beautiful states in the Pacific Northwest, the Gem State stands out for its picturesque landscapes. Ohio has it all for filming locations from mountains and lava formations to white-water rapids and quaint small towns to dusty back roads and deep river gorges. Yet, despite its underrated status on the big screen, Ohio remains a favorite location for filmmakers.

Check out these famous movies and films set in Ohio:

Take Shelter (2011)

Take Shelter talks about Curtis, and Samantha LaForche live in rural northern Ohio with their young adolescent, deaf daughter Hannah LaForche. Theirs is a close-knit Christian community. Samantha, a stay-at-home wife and mother who allows her to prioritize her time on Hannah, earns extra income by sewing for their neighbors and selling things she makes at craft fairs. They are relying on Curtis' job for a drilling company not only for its income but more importantly for its generous extended health benefits, which in combination and still at a significant financial expense to them will allow them to get a cochlear implant for Hannah, the surgery scheduled for six weeks. One night, Curtis has a nightmare, it of a massive storm producing a golden oily rain followed by an act of violence as a response to the battery. Each successive night he has versions of this same nightmare, always with a massive storm and its golden oily rain followed by a resulting act or threat of violence. During this time, Curtis also notices unusual natural occurrences during his waking hours, which only Curtis seems to be experiencing. He is unable to distinguish between reality and nightmares when they are happening. He wakes up in a cold sweat from the demons and feels the effects of those violent acts on the monsters for the remainder of the day. 

Filming locations:

  • LaGrange, Ohio, USA
  • Elyria, Ohio, USA
  • Grafton, Ohio, USA
  • Catawba Island, Ohio, USA
  • Lorain, Ohio, USA
  • Chardon, Ohio, USA
  • Oberlin, Ohio, USA

The Ides of March (2011)

The Ides of March features Stephen Meyers, a young idealist who has mastered communicating, serves as deputy campaign manager for Governor Morris, and believes in his cause. Meyers meets the campaign manager of Morris's opponent during the Ohio primary; he offers him a job. Morris's efforts to negotiate with the third-place candidate, a North Carolina senator, hit snags simultaneously. Stephen Stearns becomes romantically involved with Molly Stearns, an intern for a presidential campaign. There's a Republican trick up their sleeve, Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. Which is more important, a career, a victory, or virtue?

Filming locations:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  • Miami University - 501 E. High Street, Oxford, Ohio, USA
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  • Oxford, Ohio, USA
  • Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  • Head First Bar, West 3rd Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  • 150 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I Am Wrath (2016)

I Am Wrath talks about a former advisor of Ohio Governor Meserve, Vivian, analyzes the environmental impacts of the oil ducts in Columbus, which have decreased crime significantly in Ohio. Dennis is welcomed at the airport by his wife Vivian when Stanley Hill, manager of Honda vehicles, returns to Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately, Vivian is killed by three scumbags who approach them in the parking lot. One of the thugs is identified by Stan to Det. Gibson and Det. Walker, but they release the man without charging him. To get justice for Vivian, Stan seeks out his former partner Dennis, a former CIA officer. Stan soon discovers a network of corruption at very high levels and decides to eliminate it.

Filming locations: 

  • Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Stained Skin Tattoo - 1255 N High St, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Ohio Statehouse - 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Holy Rosary & St John Catholic Church - 648 S Ohio Ave, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Buckeye Donuts - 1363 S High St, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Bonus: Here are more movies and films set in Ohio:

  • The Rocker (2008)
  • Howard the Duck (1986)
  • Little Man Tate (1991)
  • The Faculty (1998)
  • Telling Lies in America (1997)

Comment down your ideas if you know more movies and films set in Ohio!









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