The Best Movies That Take Place in The South, Ranked

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If you're from the south, nothing makes you feel at home like a classic southern movie. If you're not from the south, these movies might just make you wish you were!

Movies taking place in the south often tell heartwarming stories of the value of friendships and family. There's a special bond these southerners have that no one on the outside will ever understand. It's beautiful to watch, and even more satisfying to be a part of yourself.

What movies bring you the warm comfort of the south? We've created a list of 10 of the best movies that take place in the south. Go ahead and take a look for yourself! Don't forget to rank them, too!

Gone With The Wind (1939)

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Gone with the Wind is a southern classic when it comes to film. It follows Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), a southern belle, as she navigates through life and love during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

Ghosts Of Mississippi (1996)

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In a film based on actual events, a young prosecutor Bobby DeLaughter (Alec Baldwin) reopens a 1963 case almost three decades later in order to bring justice for Medgar Evans (James Pickens Jr.), a black activist who was senselessly murdered by a white supremacist.

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

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Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) is an old woman living in a nursing home with nothing but exciting tales from her past to share with Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates). Evelyn is so inspired by her stories that she's determined to alter her own life for the better.

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

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Starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, the classic novel takes place in Alabama. As poignant as the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird touches upon the appalling racism that plagued the South and how a character like Atticus Finch teaches his children to do the right thing, even if everyone is telling you not to.

The Blind Side (2009)

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In this heartwarming film, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is a homeless teenager drifting in and out of the school system. Leigh Ann Touhy (Sandra Bullock) and her husband Sean (Tim McGraw) take him in and give him the tools he needs to succeed as a student and football player.

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

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Young Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) is about to marry a New York man who she believes to be the love of her life. However, she must first return home to the Alabama to cut ties with her her husband she married in high school.

Walk The Line (2005)

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Walk the Line tells the miraculous story of Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix), from his battle with addiction to his rise to fame.

Steel Magnolias (1989)

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Based on a true story, Steel Magnolias follows six young women living in a small Louisiana town. This heartwarming film is filled with tragedy and good fortune, making viewers appreciate the true friends in their life just a little bit more.

The Notebook (2004)

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Have your tissues ready for this one. Based on the cherished Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook tells the story of young star-crossed lovers Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) as they fight to keep their romance alive.

Forrest Gump (1994)

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Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) leads an incredible life despite a minor mental disability. However, he often gets caught up in his efforts to save his childhood love Jenny (Robin Wright) from a bit of a troubled life.