The Best Movies Set in Florida

Setting is an important part for many stories. The level of importance however, is determined by the genre as well as the medium with which the story is told. As a visual medium, film tends to put more emphasis on finding the right look and location. Here are some of the best movies that were set in Florida.


  1. Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane is considered by many to unarguably be the greatest film of all time. Orson Welles directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in this mystery drama which was Welles’s first feature film.

The film begins with the death of Charles Foster Kane, whose final word, “Rosebud” leads to many wondering what it means. Reporter Jerry Thompson is tasked with discovering the meaning and, through interviews told in narrated flashbacks, Kane’s life story is revealed.


  1. Scarface (1983)

A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who flees to Miami where rises from nothing to become a powerful drug kingpin.

After Scarface was released nationwide on December 9, 1983, critical reception was mixed with most of the criticism concerning the excessive violence and profanity and graphic drug use. Some Cuban expatriates, too, took offense at the way Cubans were portrayed as criminals and drug traffickers. In the following years, however, the film was reappraised and is considered by some critics to be the best mob film ever made.


  1. Goldfinger

Sean Connery’s third James Bond film opens with Agent 007 having just destroyed a drug laboratory in Latin America. He travels to Miami Beach where he receives instructions from M to watch bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger, a wealthy psychopath obsessed with gold.

While Gert Fröbe ultimately got the part of Goldfinger, Orson Welles was considered, but his financial demands were too high. Fröbe was apparently cast because the producers were impressed by his performance in the German film It Happened in Broad Daylight in which he played a child molester.


  1. Raging Bull

Robert De Niro stars as Jake LaMotta, an Italian-American middleweight boxer whose self-destructive behavior destroys his relationship with his wife and family.

Though originally receiving mixed initial reviews and criticism due to its violent content, Raging Bull is now regarded among the greatest films ever made and one of the best films of the 1980’s. It is also considered by many to be Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus though he was initially reluctant to develop the project.


  1. Ali

Starring Will Smith as the titular character, Ali focuses on ten years in the life of Muhammad Ali, from 1964-74, featuring his capture of the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston, his conversion to Islam, his banishment from boxing, and, finally, his reclaiming the title from George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle of 1974.

The film was well-received from critics and was a moderate box office success though it was unable to make back its $107 million budget. Smith and Jon Voight (who played Howard Cosell) were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

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