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3 Movies with the main filming locations in Indiana

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An increasing number of filmmakers are eager to show everything Indiana has to offer to the rest of the world.

With the 50 states in America, Indiana is the 38th largest by area and 17th most populous. Different indigenous groups occupied the Indiana territory for thousands of years before becoming a territory. As a result, settlement patterns in Indiana have mirrored regional cultural segmentation present in the Eastern United States since its founding as a territory.

Indiana has a diverse economy and a gross state product of $377.1 billion in 2019. It has several large metropolitan areas with populations over 100,000 and several smaller industrial towns. In Indiana, professional sports teams such as the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and NBA's Indiana Pacers are based, and the state hosts several notable competitions, such as the Indianapolis 500.

With these facts in mind, it is clear that Indiana is a U.S. power, but it also appears in countless movies, with the most notable being:

So Cold the River (2020)

Based on Michael Koryta's 2010 novel "So Cold the River," the novel begins with a beautiful woman and a challenge. As a gift to her husband, Alyssa Bradford asks Eric Shaw to make a documentary about their 95-year-old millionaire father-in-law, Campbell Bradford. While there are few clues to the man's story—just his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his whole life—Eric accepts the job anyway. Eric uncovers an incredible history in Bradford's hometown— a domed hotel that once beckoned movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters, as well as mineral springs that were said to cure everything from insomnia to malaria. Having been neglected for years, this resort has been restored to its former splendor just in time for Eric's stay. Just hours after he arrived, he experiences a haunting vision. With passing days, the frequency of his hallucinations increases, causing Eric to delve deeper into the area's dark history.

Filming locations:

  • French Lick, Indiana, USA
  • French Lick West Baden Museum, French Lick, Indiana, USA
  • West Baden Springs Hotel, West Baden Springs, Indiana, USA
  • West Baden Springs, Indiana, USA
  • Orangeville, Indiana, USA

Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

Monrovia, Indiana, is Frederick Wiseman's documentary, which dissects small-town American values following the 2016 presidential election to understand how they influence and influence the nation's political landscape. A quick Google search shows that Donald Trump won more than three-quarters of voters in rural Indiana, setting Frederick Wiseman's latest slow-burn portrait of American life. Unfortunately, Wiseman is too much of a purist to explain himself with captions or voiceovers. In other words, the veteran director is following in the footsteps of reporters sent in from either coast by editors who felt their publications had misread or ignored the mood of the primarily white, lower-income part of Middle America that swung the 2016 election in Trump's favor. Finally, however, Wiseman settles in and spends his time with his chosen community – Monrovia, a farming town in Morgan County with just 1,063 as its population.

Filming location:

  • Monrovia, Indiana

Public Enemies (2001)

Public Enemies was set during the 1930s when the crime was booming; the federal government attempted to find famous American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd. As a result of the difficult 1930s, robbers knocked over banks and other rich targets with alarming frequency. None is more notorious than John Dillinger, whose gang plies its trade with cunning efficiency against large businesses while leaving ordinary citizens alone as Dillinger becomes a folk hero, FBI chief J. Edger Hoover assigns ace agent Melvin Purvis to hunt him down. Dillinger, who Purvis is pursuing, faces an ominous future with the loss of friends, dwindling options, and an unforgiving world of organized crime with no place for him.

Filming locations:

  • Crown Point, Indiana, USA
  • Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana, USA
  • Indiana, USA
  • Chesterton, Indiana, USA

Bonus: More movies filmed in Indiana:

  • Some Came Running (1958)
  • To Please a Lady (1950)
  • Johnny Holiday, 1951

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