10 Classic Movies You Forgot Were Filmed in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is actually a popular film location for many classic films. Take a look for yourself. These are some of the best movies filmed in the Twin Cities.


Fargo (1996)

This is a classic dark comedy about a murder for hire plot gone awry. Though the title suggests a Fargo, ND, setting, the movie features some of the most beautiful shots of the northern Minnesota landscape mixed with brutal gore wrapped with the best Minnesotan accents put to film. This movie is unsettling in the best way.


Purple Rain (1984)

Don’t worry about the plot on this one. We are here to watch Prince writhe on the First Avenue stage and man does he. Too hot? Then go, “purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.”


Mighty Ducks (1992)

A feel-good movie about a cynical attorney forced to atone for his crime of drunk driving by coaching an under-funded pee-wee hockey team. No money for rink time? No problem, when you have Minneapolis’ skyways. No money for uniforms? No problem when you have the benevolence of Mr. Ducksworth. Yes, Mr. Ducksworth.

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Just as Fargo has the best Minnesota accents in all of filmdom, this movie has the widest array of attempts at one. Which somehow adds to the satirical take on small-town beauty pageants.

Jingle All The Way (1996)

Schwarzenegger as well-meaning dad trying to get his son the popular Turbo Man toy for Christmas will fight anyone who gets in his way. This is the Christmas classic that capitalistic ’90s society thought we wanted.

A Serious Man (2009)

A kid gets high at a bar mitzvah. Enough said.

Angus (1995)

You may have noticed the trend of these movies being made in a certain decade. This one is peak ’90s, from its outcast coming-of-age story to its soundtrack featuring both Green Day and The Goo Goo Dolls.

A Simple Plan (1998)

Because you watched Fargo.

Beautiful Girls (1996)

We did it, you guys! We found an actual rom-com filmed here. A group of guys come together for their high school reunion and each fall in love with a titular, beautiful girl. It’s a rom-com.

Young Adult (2011)

Charlize Theron plays a divorced writer that travels to Minnesota to break up her old crushes marriage. It’s one of those comedies that also makes you feel sad, a tone which writer Diablo Cody and Director Jason Reitman are well-versed in from their previous work, Juno.


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