Top 15 Movies Filmed in Kansas by US Box Office

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Lights, Camera, Kansas! Uncover the Magic of Movie Filming Locations

Lights, camera, action! Ready to embark on a cinematic adventure through the heartland? Kansas may be known for its amber waves of grain, but did you know that this picturesque state has also played host to some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters?

From the sprawling plains to the bustling cities, Kansas has been the backdrop for countless unforgettable films. So grab your popcorn, buckle up, and join us on a whirlwind tour of movie magic in the Sunflower State!

Key Takeaways:

  • Kansas is not just about cornfields and BBQ; it’s a hidden treasure trove of movie magic.
  • Exploring movie filming locations can be a fun and unique way to experience a destination.
  • You might stumble upon iconic scenes and relive your favorite movie moments in real life.

Picture this: you, standing at the very spot where your favorite movie scene was filmed. The excitement coursing through your veins as you step into the shoes of your beloved movie characters.

Kansas, with its diverse landscape and vibrant cities, offers a fantastic opportunity to delve into the world of cinema while immersing yourself in the beauty of the state. Whether you’re a seasoned movie buff or just looking for an exciting adventure, visiting these filming locations is sure to tickle your inner cinephile.

Imagine exploring the picturesque town where Dorothy set out on her incredible journey in “The Wizard of Oz.” Follow the yellow brick road in Liberal, Kansas, and relive the magic that has captivated generations. Allow yourself to be transported to a Technicolor wonderland, where you can even pay a visit to Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz, a beloved theme park dedicated to this iconic film.

But Kansas isn’t all about fantasy worlds and flying monkeys. Grab your hat and saddle up, cowboy, because we’re heading to Dodge City, where Western classics like “Gunsmoke” were brought to life. Feel the Old West come alive as you stroll down the streets once trodden by legendary gunslingers. It’s a cinematic experience that will have you saying, “Yeehaw!”

Now, who’s up for some adrenaline-pumping action? In Wichita, you can channel your inner superhero as you explore the real-life Gotham City from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” Roam the streets where Batman chased down the Joker and discover the secret hideouts that once housed the caped crusader. Who knows, you might stumble upon the Batmobile parked in a hidden alley!

Key Takeaways:

  • Kansas is not just about cornfields and BBQ; it’s a hidden treasure trove of movie magic.
  • Exploring movie filming locations can be a fun and unique way to experience a destination.
  • You might stumble upon iconic scenes and relive your favorite movie moments in real life.

Visiting movie filming locations isn’t just about ticking off a bucket list. It’s about immersing yourself in the world of film and letting your imagination run wild. It’s about creating lasting memories and finding inspiration in unexpected places. So whether you’re a die-hard film fanatic or simply looking for a change of scenery, make a date with Kansas and let the movies come to life right before your eyes.

Ready to embark on an unforgettable cinematic journey? Don’t forget to check out our listicle below, featuring more incredible movies filmed in Kansas. From heartwarming comedies to gripping dramas, there’s something for every movie lover. Lights, camera, Kansas! Let the adventure begin!

Lights, camera, action! Explore the movies filmed in captivating Kansas by checking out our listicle below. Get ready for a cinematic adventure like no other! Lights, camera, Kansas! Let the magic unfold.

Brüno – US Box Office: USD$60millions

Director: Larry Charles

Main Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Chibundu Orukwowu, and Chigozie Orukwowu

Release Date: 25 June 2009

Filming Locations: Carrollton, Texas, USA; Dome of the Rock, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel; Amman, Jordan; Vestavia Hills, Alabama, USA; Bangaluu Club, Berlin, Germany

Main Plot: Brüno is a gay Austrian fashion consultant. Funkyzeit, his fashion-based television show, is the most popular German-language show outside of Germany. He is ruined in German-speaking Europe after he disgraces himself in front of his Funkyzeit fan base. In his quest for global fame, he decides to relocate to Los Angeles and reinvent himself. Lutz, his former assistant, is accompanying him to the United States. Lutz is the last person in his circle who believes in Brüno’s greatness. Brüno reinvents himself one after the other, eventually straying into areas far removed from himself. Perhaps when Brüno finds an activity he truly enjoys, he will find the fame he desperately seeks.

Famous quotes:

Brüno: “So you were never gay?”

Pastor Jody Trautwein: [shakes head] “Mh-mh.”

Brüno: “It’s ironic that you should have amazing blowjob lips.”

Pastor Jody Trautwein: “Hmm. Well, these lips were made to praise Jesus.”

Brüno: “No, they were made for something else, but you’re just not using it for them.”

Fun Fact about Brüno:

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, and Dan Mazer are the film’s writers.

No Holds Barred – US Box Office: USD$16millions

Director: Thomas J. Wright

Main Cast: Hulk Hogan, Joan Severance, Kurt Fuller, Tom Lister Jr., and Mark Pellegrino

Release Date: 2 June 1989

Filming Locations: Topeka, Kansas, USA; Atlanta, Georgia, USA;

Main Plot: The immortal Hulk Hogan (RIP) stars in the 1989 film No Holds Barred as a professional wrestler fighting for his life against an evil network executive. Rip is a World Wrestling Federation champion dedicated to his fans and the network for which he wrestles. Brell, the World Television Network’s new president, wants Rip to wrestle for his network. Rip refuses and returns to his regular life. Still looking for a way to boost ratings, Brell launches “The Battle of the Tough Guys,” a violent brawl competition. Zeus, a mysterious man, wins the match. This convinces Brell to use him as an ally in his pursuit of Rip.

Famous quotes:

Rip Thomas: “What’s that SMELL?”

Limo Driver: “Dooo… dooo… doookie!”

Rip Thomas: [disgusted] “Dookie”?

Fun Fact about No Holds Barred:

  • The WWF and Vince McMahon produced the film through the Shane Distribution Company. Jesse Ventura and Mean Gene Okerlund appear as commentators, and Howard Finkel serves as a ring announcer. You’ll also see the legendary Stan Hansen, who plays a rugged, tough guy at a bar frequented by television executives.

Kansas – US Box Office: USD$2millions

Director: David Stevens

Main Cast: Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Leslie Hope, Alan Toy, and Andy Romano

Release Date: 23 September 1988

Filming Locations: Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Overbrook, Kansas, USA; Edgerton, Kansas, USA; Topeka, Kansas, USA; US 24, St. Marys, Kansas, USA

Main Plot: When a young man returns home for a wedding, he meets a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man has become entangled in the robber’s plans.

Famous quotes:

Doyle Kennedy: “I didn’t do that bank alone. I had help. Wade Corey? The hero all you suckers have been goin’ on about? He did that bank. He was my partner. Turns out he’s more horseshit than hero. How do you like that for a little con?…”

Nelson Nordquist: “Where’s the proof, Doyle? You expect me to print that?”

Doyle Kennedy: “Well, you go ahead and print what you like. I don’t buy that shit. Newspapers and the truth… you make it up the same as the rest of us.”

Fun Fact about Kansas:

  • According to reports, approximately 2,000 Kansan people worked as extras and background artists in the film. The majority of these appeared to be from the vicinity of the film’s main shooting location, Lawrence, in County Douglas, Kansas.

Jayhawkers – US Box Office: USD$0.30million

Director: Kevin Willmott

Main Cast: Kip Niven, Justin Wesley, Blake Robbins, Jay Karnes, and Trai Byers

Release Date: 7 March 2014

Filming Locations: Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Topeka, Kansas, USA; Leavenworth, Kansas, USA

Main Plot: “Jayhawkers” is based on the college years of Wilt Chamberlain, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, at the University of Kansas at Lawrence from 1955 to 1958. While playing for the school, he rose to national prominence. The film (which Willmott produced, directed, and co-wrote with Scott Richardson) hums with intellectual energy from the start, including discussions about the art of basketball itself. The first scene is a brief general introduction set in 1907, introducing Forrest, a fiercely competitive University of Kansas player (Phog). And there is Allen, who talks with his athletic supervisor, the game’s inventor, James Naismith, about his desire to become a basketball coach. Naismith dismisses the idea, claiming that the game cannot be taught.

Fun Fact about Jayhawkers:

  • Scott Richardson and Kevin Willmott are the film’s writers.

After the Wizard

Director: Hugh Gross

Main Cast: Helen Richman, Sean Orr, Jordan Van Vranken, Loren Lester, Jermel Nakia, and P. David Miller

Release Date: 2 July 2011

Filming Locations: Kingman, Kansas, USA; Kansas, USA; Pretty Prairie, Kansas, USA; California, USA; Granite City, Illinois, USA

Main Plot: After the Wizard is a touching, often humorous, and always entertaining story about Elizabeth, a 12-year-old girl who lives in an orphanage in Kingman, Kansas. Like millions of other girls her age, she has read the novel of beloved L. Frank Baum “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” many times. However, unlike the other young girls, Elizabeth believes she is Dorothy. Dorothy is a cool, sweet, outspoken young girl who is compassionate and courageous in the Oz novel by Frank Baum. The orphanage’s headmistress is concerned about Elizabeth. She fears losing touch with reality because she refers to herself as Dorothy and is constantly looking for Toto and a way back to Oz. Who really is Elizabeth? Is she Dorothy?

Fun Fact about After the Wizard:

  • Most of the film was shot in Kingman, Kansas, with local extras. The students at the school where the Scarecrow and Tin Man first set foot in America had to be taught to speak in the New Jersey dialect.

Guided by the Word

Director: Tom Whitus

Main Cast: Teresa Wentzel, Lee Look, Sandy Beckerman, Morgan Pyle, and Michael A. Delia

Release Date: May 2017

Filming Locations: New Albany, Indiana, USA; Topeka, Kansas, USA; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Santa Monica, California, USA

Main Plot: This is a story of a broken relationship between an adopted daughter and her parents for about 25 years. The mother only wishes to forgive and be forgiven. On her deathbed, Abigail requests that her husband, Steven locate their estranged daughter, forgive her, and beg forgiveness from her. Steven travels from Kentucky to California to fulfill that wish and give his adopted daughter the Bible she left behind all those years ago. Along the way, Joseph meets a mysterious hitchhiker who may hold the key to the journey’s conclusion. We learn along the way that every journey requires a guide and that Steven will be “Guided by the Word.”

Fun Fact about Guided by the Word:

  • Tom Whitus is also the producer of the film.

Miracles Out of Nowhere

Director: Charles Randazzo

Main Cast: Phil Ehart, Richard Williams, Robby Steinhardt, Steve Walsh, and Kerry Livgren

Release Date: 2 February 2015

Filming Locations: Topeka, Kansas, USA; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA

Main Plot: This documentary film tells the incredible story of the band KANSAS and their miraculous journey from their gutted school bus to signing with music mogul Don Kirshner. Touring with QUEEN fights with Steven Tyler. Also, recording some of their era’s biggest albums and songs eventually led to global super-stardom. The prog rock legends Kansas started like most early 1970s Middle America bands. They had no advantage and no connections in the big city, but they were talented and determined to succeed. Miracles Out of Nowhere, directed by Charles Randazzo, tells the story of the band’s rise from obscurity to multi-platinum status. Still, it also portrays each of Kansas’ six members as caring, loyal, and genuine individuals. It’s a rare — and refreshingly honest — rock documentary.

Fun Fact about Miracles Out of Nowhere:

  • Phil Ehart is the film’s writer.


Director: Austin Snell

Main Cast: Nick Arnold, Bethany Ayers, Susan Bandy, Craig Boliver, and T.A. Bonnewell

Release Date: May 2014 

Filming Locations: Topeka, Kansas, USA; Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Main Plot: John Loeb is a therapist working to erase his wife’s traumatic memories chemically. How far are you willing to go to sacrifice and forget?

Fun Fact about Erasure:

  • Austin Snell is also the film’s writer.

The Housing Bubble

Director: Jimmy Morrison

Main Cast: Ron Paul, Jim Rogers, Marc Faber, Doug Casey, and Peter Schiff

Release Date: 12 July 2018

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA; Montréal, Québec, Canada; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Main Plot: The Bubble is being released at a critical juncture in American history. America requires a basic economics lesson on the impending crash. Tom Woods wrote a New York Times best-seller about the housing crash. Now he’s collaborating with experts like Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Jim Rogers, Marc Faber, David Stockman, and Doug Casey to figure out where these financial bubbles come from. The documentary The Bubble includes interviews with those who correctly predicted the housing crisis and recession. Austrian economists have expected every major US crash over the last century. They are the only ones with the insight needed to pull them out of that economic quagmire.

Famous quotes:

Peter Schiff: “They couldn’t see this train wreck coming, even though it was staring them in the face. They’re the people who are still in charge. They’re the ones who are fixing the economy, when they don’t understand why it broke. In fact, they broke it, and they’re trying to fix it by doing more of what broke it in the first place!”

Ron Paul: “There is no doubt that most stock prices are greatly inflated and probably represent the greatest financial bubble known in history. – April 28, 1998”

Jim Rogers: “The reality is we have gone from a stock market bubble, now we have a housing bubble, and when it breaks, whatever causes it to pop, then a lot of people are going to find out, “Oh my God. Not only are my stocks down, my house is down too, and now what do I do?” – February 9, 2003″

Marc Faber: “So essentially in the words of Mr. Bernanke, you drop the dollar bills onto the United States, but he doesn’t know where the money will flow to. So it flowed, as I just mentioned, 1st into NASDAQ in the years ’97 to March 2000, and after 2000, it flowed into the housing market.”

Doug Casey: “So there’s three ways a government can get money. It can tax it… which is, in so far as theft is honest, is the only honest way for the government to get it. It wants it. It takes it. You know what it’s taking. It can borrow it… Go into the markets and have people lend it the money, but then the taxpayers or somebody is going to have to pay that loan back with interest in the future. And the 3rd way is getting control of the monetary system and literally printing the money up and passing it out to people.”

Fun Fact about The Housing Bubble:

  • The film was heavily screened before its release to test the content with a diverse audience, including notable venues such as the Mises Institute, Hillsdale College, Freedom Fest, and the Mercatus Center.


Director: Timothy English

Main Cast: Meghan Dickinson, James Kellogg, Timothy English, Ed McLinn, and Sarah Walker

Release Date: 29 June 2002

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Topeka, Kansas, USA

Main Plot: Jaxon Reeves is a man on the run. His wife has vanished. Members of a secret government agency are now attempting to secure a disk that could contain alien invasion plans. Jax has no choice but to flee as the Men in Black close in on him.

Famous quotes:

Jaxon Reeves: “They’re coming to colonize, aren’t they?”

The Blonde Woman: “That’s what I’m hoping to prevent.”

Jaxon Reeves: “…and the Pandora is the key to stopping them. What is it?”

The Blonde Woman: “I suppose I can tell you. The Pandora is a weapons technology, believed to be the only way to fight colonization. You may not realize it, but you may have saved millions of lives.”

Jaxon Reeves: “I only wanted to save two.”

Sequel: Run 2

Fun Fact about Run:

  • Timothy English announced in 2020 that he will release a fully re-edited version of the film in 2022 under the title “END RUN: the 20th Anniversary Director’s Cut.”

Blackstone – Hand of God

Director: Gary Piland

Main Cast: Dusty Nichols, David Crawford, Bruce Smith, Susan King, and Brian Chambers

Release Date: 1 January 2022

Filming Locations: Dover, Kansas, USA; Topeka, Kansas, USA

Main Plot: In the early days of the zombie apocalypse, can a small-town sheriff and a decorated Vietnam vet lead a motley crew of survivors to safety? Reverend J. Mortimer Blackstone, a fire and brimstone radio preacher, longed to be chosen by God. He had a visitor one fateful night – an avid listener thought she was dying. Will he join her in prayer? The next morning, while lying in a pool of blood, Blackstone opened his one remaining eye and saw God’s plan for him. He was not selected to save the world. He was chosen to put an end to it. And he was certain of what he had to do.

Famous quotes:

Magda Blackstone: “He was like a school boy, so eager to please. Oh, and the chloroform.”

Jimmy Gilcrest: “Well, Jeremiah… if you’re wanting to surrender to us, we’ll have to take a vote on it.”

J. Mortimer Blackstone: “Such a beautiful fire. Shame to waste it.”

Beauregard Ulysses Gatlin: “Not all of us get to be the good guys, Jack.”

Larry Maxwell: “You know – the usual. So many crazed zombies… so little Larry.

Fun Fact about Blackstone – Hand of God:

  • Gary Piland is also the film’s writer.


Director: Mark Clauburg

Main Cast: Mark Clauburg, Ellen Johnson, Paul Kurtz, Andy Lapins, and Peter Lisowsky

Release Date: 3 April 2010

Filming Locations: Vineland, New Jersey, USA; Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA; Topeka, Kansas, USA; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Main Plot: In 2008, Manmade Productions traveled the country in search of answers to various questions about organized religion. Savior, the resulting film, is an unbiased account of their journey. Savior investigates the multiple beliefs of religious and non-religious leaders ranging from evangelists to atheists and documents religion’s attempt to change to maintain its following. Several uplifting and tragic personal accounts tell the story of faith gone wrong and where it needs to go to reach today’s youth.

Fun Fact about Savior:

  • Peter Lisowsky is a co-director of the film.

Fish Out of Water

Director: Ky Dickens

Main Cast:  Terri Abbott, James Bankston, Ryan Barrett, Trish Bendix, and Ian Bonner

Release Date: 18 July 2009

Filming Locations: Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, USA; Topeka, Kansas, USA; Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Main Plot: The documentary Fish out of Water examines the seven Bible verses used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination. This feature documentary employs humor and original animation to make a traditionally complex and contentious subject accessible to those uncomfortable discussing religion and sexuality. Fish out of Water delves into America’s underbelly, crosses red and blue states, and interviews ministers of all denominations to uncover America’s passionate relationship with homosexuality and the Bible. Fish out of Water gives a voice to the oppressed and informs the misled through slapstick animation and quirky interviews in locations ranging from barbershops to mega-churches. Most importantly, Fish out of Water interviews hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people about their faith and sexuality.

Fun Fact about Fish Out of Water:

  • Even though writer/director/producer Ky Dickens narrates the film, the only visual representation of her on-screen is an animated avatar.

Broken Road

Director: Wesley Holthaus

Main Cast: Laurie Catherine Winkel, Billy Fridley, Andy Grollmes, Missy Madill, and Becky Shiefrecke

Release Date: 5 February 2009

Filming Locations: Kansas, USA

Main Plot: BROKEN ROAD is a show about real teen drama based on real-life events. Chloe and Sophie Tanner are two sisters who move to Huntington, Kansas, with their mother after their father is called to fight in the Iraq war. It takes a little while for these girls to realize that life in the Midwest isn’t always easy and that the road isn’t always smooth.

Fun Fact about Broken Road:

  • Courtney Haigh is the writer of the series.

Soliloquies from Women in Prison

Director: Louis Anajjar

Release Date: 1 April 2009

Filming Locations: Topeka, Kansas, USA

Main Plot: On a Friday night, several female inmates bravely take the stage of their prison to share personal anecdotes they crafted during a summer workshop offered at the jail by two visiting artists. In front of a packed house, women start opening up to their peers, sharing a part of themselves that everyone can relate to.

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