Movies Filmed In Minnesota

Prince starred in the 1984 film "Purple Rain." (credit: Warner Brothers Picture)
Purple Rain
Prince bade Apollonia to purify herself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka in "Purple Rain," the vehicle which shot him to superstardom, and First Avenue became a national monument. (Credit: Warner Bros.)
Prince starred in the 1984 film "Purple Rain." (credit: Warner Brothers Picture)
"No Country for Old Men" won the Coen brothers, of St. Louis Park, their best picture Oscar, but it was their 1996 "Fargo," about a web of crime that goes bloody wrong in and around Minneapolis, which put them on the Academy's radar. (credit: MGM)
Frances McDormand "No Country for Old Men" won the Coen brothers, of St. Louis Park, their best picture Oscar, but it was their 1996 "Fargo," about a web of crime that goes bloody wrong in and around Minneapolis, which put them on the Academy's radar. (credit: MGM)
Helen Hayes won the 1970 best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in "Airport." Today the film gives local viewers the chance to see the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as it used to look in 1970, in all its tacky glory. (credit: AP)
Helen Hayes Helen Hayes won the 1970 best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in "Airport." Today the film gives local viewers the chance to see the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as it used to look in 1970, in all its tacky glory. (credit: AP)
credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Grumpy Old Men credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
An early example of filmmakers choosing Minnesota as a location was the original 1972 "The Heartbreak Kid." (credit: 20th Century Fox)
heartbreak_kid An early example of filmmakers choosing Minnesota as a location was the original 1972 "The Heartbreak Kid." (credit: 20th Century Fox)
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Mighty_Ducks
The locally-made film that started a franchise (both in film and the world of sports) was "The Mighty Ducks," which filmed in the Twin Cities under the working title "Bombay." (Credit: AP)
credit: Warner Brothers
A Prairie Home Companion
Renowned filmmaker Robert Altman filmed his swan song, 2006's "A Prairie Home Companion," in the Fitzgerald Theater with Garrison Keillor and a trademark ensemble of comically diverse personalities. (Credit: AP)
credit: Warner Brothers
Kevin Smith's widely-panned follow-up to his indie hit "Clerks" was filmed at the Eden Prairie Center Mall, which may still have been dealing with decreased patronage in the wake of Mall of America's then-recent opening. (credit: Gramercy Pictures)
Mallrats Kevin Smith's widely-panned follow-up to his indie hit "Clerks" was filmed at the Eden Prairie Center Mall, which may still have been dealing with decreased patronage in the wake of Mall of America's then-recent opening. (credit: Gramercy Pictures)
credit: Paramount Pictures
A Simple Plan
"A Simple Plan," a twisty neo-noir film, was filmed in part in Delano, Minn. Star Billy Bob Thornton was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. (Credit: Paramount Pictures)
credit: Paramount Pictures
The Iron Range drama "North Country" continued in Minnesota's string of prestigious films that went on to win Academy Award nominations. Stars Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand were both nominated. (McDormand had previously won an Oscar for her performance in "Fargo," filmed in ... youbetcha, Minnesota.) (credit: Warner Bros.)
NorthCountry The Iron Range drama "North Country" continued in Minnesota's string of prestigious films that went on to win Academy Award nominations. Stars Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand were both nominated. (McDormand had previously won an Oscar for her performance in "Fargo," filmed in ... youbetcha, Minnesota.) (credit: Warner Bros.)

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One Comment

  1. Mark Jenkins says:

    Untamed Heart!

  2. Dwight Swanson says:

    Iron Will; Overnight Delivery; Drop Dead Gorgeous; Here On Earth; Jingle All The Way; Joe Somebody; With Or Without You; A Serious Man

  3. Jon Hood says:

    The Cure, Beautiful Girls..

  4. Nate Hoffmann says:

    Yes…a veryyyy incomplete list here!

  5. hillbilly says:

    loosing it was another one they missed

  6. Peg says:

    Iron Will was filmed in Duluth, Kerrick and Nickerson

    1. Peg says:

      Oops, somebody mentioned Iron Will. Far North with Jessica Lange, a Minnesota native is another

  7. Laura says:

    How about “That Was Then, This Is Now”? That’s not in the list either.

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