Top 15 Movies Filmed in Nebraska, USA by US Box Office   

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Lights, Camera, Nebraska: Unveiling the Secret Film Locations You Can’t Afford to Miss!

Lights, camera, action! Are you tired of the same old routine and yearning for an adventure that will leave you starstruck? Well, fellow movie enthusiast, you’ve come to the right place! We all know the excitement of seeing our favorite actors grace the silver screen, but have you ever thought about stepping into those very locations where iconic movies were filmed?

Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the rolling plains and charming cities of Nebraska, where Hollywood magic has left its mark.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nebraska: The Unlikely Hollywood Darling
  • Unveil the Hidden Gems Where Movie Magic Happened
  • Immerse Yourself in the Spirit of Cinema
  • Unearth Behind-the-Scenes Stories That Will Leave You in Awe
  • Walk in the Footsteps of Your Favorite Stars
  • Discover a Whole New Side of Nebraska
  • Unleash Your Inner Film Geek

Imagine strolling down the same streets where famous actors once tread, standing in the exact spots where monumental scenes unfolded before your very eyes. It’s a whole new level of immersion, my friend! Not only will you get to experience the beauty of Nebraska, but you’ll also feel like a superstar as you relive iconic moments from beloved films.

Picture this. You find yourself in Omaha, strolling down the bustling streets, when suddenly you realize you’re standing on ground that Leonardo DiCaprio once graced in “About Schmidt.” As you glance at the iconic Orpheum Theater, you can’t help but reminisce about the unforgettable scenes shot right there, on the very stage that has hosted countless performances throughout history. It’s an exhilarating feeling, like you’ve become part of something bigger, something star-studded.

But let’s not forget about Lincoln, the capital city that’s brimming with cultural charm and a touch of Hollywood allure. Did you know that scenes from Alexander Payne’s masterpiece “Nebraska” were shot in this very city?

As you wander through the picturesque streets, you’ll come across the famed Nebraska State Capitol, which played a significant role in the movie. It’s as if you’re living the celluloid dream, my friend!

And if you’re courageous enough to venture into the heart of small-town Nebraska, get ready for even more surprises. In picturesque Norfolk, you’ll find the real-life locations that inspired the critically acclaimed “Rain Man.” From the charming courthouse square to the historic storefronts, every corner tells a story that merges reality with the magic of the silver screen.

So, fellow wanderer, why sit idly by while the movies beckon you to embark on an extraordinary adventure? Pack your bags, charge your camera, and get ready to experience the allure of movie magic right here in Nebraska.

By venturing into these memorable filming locations, you’ll not only unlock a world of travel possibilities but also become part of a fascinating story that transcends time and space. The lights are calling, my friend—are you ready for your close-up?

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the listicle below and explore the mesmerizing movies filmed right here in Nebraska. From heartwarming dramas to captivating comedies, each film will transport you to a world unlike any other.

Don’t just be a viewer; become a participant in the magic that happens onscreen and off. Who knows, you might even stumble upon a filming in progress and become a part of cinema history yourself! Grab your popcorn, plot your course, and let the movies guide you on an unforgettable journey through the Cornhusker State. Happy exploring!

Dances with Wolves  – US Box Office: USD$184,208,848

Director: Kevin Costner

Main Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, Tantoo Cardinal, and Robert Pastorelli

Release Date: November 21, 1990

Filming Locations: Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA; Black Hills, South Dakota, USA; Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA; Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA; Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: Union Army Lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Kevin Costner) learns that his injured leg will need to be amputated. During a US Civil War battle in Tennessee, Dunbar refuses to have his legs amputated after learning about his fellow soldiers’ plight and steals a horse nearby. He rides a horse across the firing line between the opposing Union and Confederate positions, which have been at a deadlock for days. He unintentionally inspires his companions, who then charge the disoriented Confederates and win the battle. After the subsequent struggle, Dunbar’s leg is saved by a skilled general surgeon. The commanding officer gives Dunbar his choice of posting and returns his horse and Cisco, which he rode during the battle.

Famous quotes:

Major Fambrough: “Hold your tongue! I just happen to be in a generous mood and I will grant you a boon. See that peasant out there?”

Major Fambrough: “He calls himself Timmons. He’s going to your Fort Sedgewick this very afternoon… You can ride with him if you like. He knows the way. Thank you. That is all.”

Major Fambrough: “Dunbar salutes Fambrough… he returns it halfheartedly. Dunbar turns to leave. Sir Knight?”

Major Fambrough: “I’ve just pissed in my pants, and nobody can do anything about it.”

John Dunbar: “I had never really known who John Dunbar was. Perhaps because the name itself had no meaning. But as I heard my Sioux name being called over and over, I knew for the first time who I really was.”

Fun Facts about Dances with Wolves:

  • The Lakota Nation adopted Kevin Costner as an honorary member due to the film’s huge popularity and sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans.
  • Kevin Costner was in charge of all the riding during the buffalo hunt, including going bareback and firing his gun without holding the reins.
  • In the scene where the buffalo charges Smile a Lot, it charges a stack of Oreo cookies, one of its favorite sweets.

Dumb and Dumber – US Box Office: USD$127,190,327

Director: Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly

Main Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Starr, Karen Duffy, Charles Rocket, and Victoria Rowell

Release Date: December 16, 1994

Filming Locations: Rhode Island, USA; Aspen, Colorado, USA; Nebraska, USA; Estes Park, Colorado, USA; Provo, Utah, USA

Main Plot: Lloyd Christmas is a limo driver and a few beers short of a six-pack. His equally clueless roommate Harry Dunn works for “Mutt Cutts,” a mobile pet grooming service. Lloyd is tasked with picking up a wealthy customer for a ride to the airport one day. He considers this customer, Mary Swanson, the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Lloyd has no idea that Mary is the victim of a sophisticated kidnapping and extortion scheme. And the trip to the airport was supposed to be the payoff for the release of her kidnapped husband. Lloyd accepts the briefcase, triggering a series of events that lead him and Harry to Aspen, Colorado, hell-bent on delivering the briefcase to Mary. However, they meet nearly every seedy and shady character involved in the conspiracy. But Lloyd has no idea that the suitcase he’s on his way to deliver to Mary contains almost $5 million in cash. And his friendship with Harry is tested at every turn; will they make it to Aspen and live the high life? Or risk incurring the wrath of the kidnappers and the FBI?

Famous quotes:

Lloyd Christmas: “Oh yeah. They always freak out when you leave the scene of an accident, you know?”

Harry Dunne: “Yeah, well, I lost my job too.”

Lloyd Christmas: “Man, you are one pathetic loser. No offense.”

Harry Dunne: “No, none taken. You know what really chaps my ass though? I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog. The alarm alone cost me two hundred.”

Lloyd Christmas: “Hey, chicks love it. It’s a shaggin’ wagon.”

Sequel: Dumb and Dumber To; Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Fun Facts about Dumb and Dumber:

  • Jim Carrey had a chipped tooth years before, but the cap was removed for the film to make his character appear more insane.
  • Jim Carrey was offered $700,000 to appear in the film at first.
  • According to Jeff Daniels, none of the scenes involving Jim Carrey and himself were shot during the initial week of production. Because the studio was fully prepared to consider replacing him in the role, even having a comedian on standby to take part.

Terms of Endearment  – US Box Office: USD$108,423,489

Director: James L. Brooks

Main Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, and Lisa Hart Carroll

Release Date: December 9, 1983

Filming Locations: Bryan LGH Medical Center, West 2300 S 16th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Kearney, Nebraska, USA; Texas City, Texas, USA; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Lincoln International Airport, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: The complicated relationship between upper middle-class Aurora Greenway. She has been long-widowed and lives in Houston, and her adult daughter Emma Horton is about ten years old. Even though the two share a general love and affection for one another, their relationship is still characterized by Aurora’s domineering and critical nature. When Emma was a teenager, and Aurora’s husband and Emma’s father Rudyard passed away, Aurora’s commitment to constantly influencing Emma’s life became even more intense. After becoming a widow, Aurora did not actively pursue romance. Instead, devoting her attention primarily to Emma, despite letting a few ardent but unremarkable admirers into her life. When Emma weds Flap Horton, a man Aurora openly dislikes as an unambitious man, this chapter of Aurora and Emma’s story begins (as he wants to be an academic). When Emma, Flap, and their kids move away from Houston for Flap’s professional advancement, it presents new difficulties for Aurora and Emma’s relationship.

Famous quotes:

Aurora Greenway: “Excuse me. It is after ten. Give my daughter the pain shot, please.”

Nurse: “Mrs. Greenway, I was going to.”

Aurora Greenway: “Oh, good, go ahead.”

Nurse: “In just a few minutes.”

Aurora Greenway: “Well, please – it’s, it’s after ten. It’s after ten. I don’t see why she has to have this pain.”

Fun Facts about Terms of Endearment:

  • Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, a mother and daughter acting team from real life, were given consideration for the roles of Aurora Greenway and Emma Horton.
  • According to Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson acted bizarrely on the set, such as showing up nearly naked, and many of their scenes were made up on the spot.
  • Garrett Breedlove is a fictional character that does not appear in the book and is created with Burt Reynolds in mind.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – US Box Office: USD$102,003,019

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Main Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicol, Gregorio, Georgina Catesl, Kamber Hejlik, Jill Killington, and Madison Davis

Release Date: October 25, 2013 

Filming Locations: Nebraska, USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Nord Middle School Amherst, Ohio, USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Main Plot: In “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” an 86-year-old Irving Zisman travels across America with the most improbable companion: Billy, his 8-year-old grandson. Moviegoers will join Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll’s Irving Zisman, and Billy on the most outrageous hidden camera road trip ever documented on video. Along the way, Irving will expose the impressionable young Billy to individuals, environments, and circumstances that redefine the concept of “childreaming.” Male strippers, angry kid beauty pageant entrants (and their equally angry mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar clients, and many unknowing bystanders will all come into contact with the pair. Real people in absurd circumstances make for one very screwed-up comedy.

Famous quotes:

Irving Zisman: “Why are you shaking your head?”

Chuck: ‘’Cause this is really bad timing right now for me and I’m having some problems with my business right now.”

Irving Zisman: “Oh, your business, huh? What business is that?”

Chuck: “I sell computers!”

Irving Zisman: “Sells com… he couldn’t sell pussy on a troop train.”

Sequel: Jackass Number Two; Jackass 3D; Jackass: The Movie; Jackass Forever; Jackass 2.5; Jackass 3.5; Bad Grandpa .5

Fun Facts about Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa:

  • Ryan Dunn, a member of the Jackass crew who was killed on June 20, 2011, is honored in this film.
  • The first “Jackass” movie that wasn’t scripted by the Jackass cast. 
  • Jackson Nicoll, despite being young, mainly stayed in character throughout filming.

Yes Man – US Box Office: USD$97,690,976

Director: Peyton Reed

Main Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson, and Fionnula Flanagan

Release Date: December 19, 2008

Filming Locations: Memorial Stadium – 10th Street and Stadium Drive, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Griffith Observatory, 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, California, USA; 5928 York Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA; Rose Bowl – 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, California, USA; Hollywood Bowl – 2301 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) has spent his entire life declining requests. As a result, he has earned the wrath of his friends, has no romantic interests whatsoever, and has dashed many people’s hopes of becoming a bank loan officer. But everything changes when he reluctantly accepts a friend’s invitation to the bizarre guru Terrence’s seminar (Terrence Stamp). While Carl initially entered as a “no man,” he suddenly emerges with the new power of being a “yes man.” He changes his perspective on life by deciding to say yes to anything, no matter how absurd it may be. He tries new things and confides in his kind. Still, neurotic boss Norman (Rhys Darby) finds love in Allison, a free-spirited musician (Zooey Deschanel). However, is it possible that saying “yes” to everything could be detrimental? Based on Danny Wallace’s autobiography.

Famous quotes:

Tweed: “Can you explain why you were at the airport buying a ticket with no luggage?”

Carl Allen: “You know it was a spur-of-the-moment trip.”

Tweed: “Yeah I was just explaining to my partner here how much I’ve always wanted to see Lincoln, Nebraska.”

Carl Allen: “I am gone-to-rehab. That didn’t sound right.”

Allison: “Have you met my friend Ian? He’s a computer hacker. He helped me erase your MySpace page, and your band’s MySpace page, and your FaceBook page. Happy networking, asshole!”

Sequel: Yes Man 2021

Fun Facts about Yes Man:

  • The photograph of Jim Carrey with the dog in front of him taken after he had attended the seminar was among the most terrifying for him. During filming, the rope actually broke several times.
  • Jim Carrey declined to accept advance payment for this movie. Instead, he received 36.2% of the movie’s earnings.
  • Jim Carrey said yes to many things while filming this movie, just like his character. He learned how to play the guitar, take basic Korean lessons, ride a sportbike, and jump bungee.

Up in the Air – US Box Office: USD$83,823,381

Director: Jason Reitman

Main Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, and J.K. Simmons

Release Date: December 23, 2009

Filming Locations: Nebraska, USA; Howard St & S 11th St, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Cheshire Inn, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Affton High School, Affton, Missouri, USA

Main Plot: Ryan Bingham is working at Career Transition Counseling in Omaha, whose contracts are being downsized by the company. Alternatively put, they let people go. Over 360 days a year, Ryan spends his time flying across the United States, which he considers to be the best aspect of his profession. He exerts every effort to earn frequent flier miles to reach a certain threshold rather than using them. Ryan also gives motivational speeches on relieving one’s life of extra physical and mental baggage as a side job. Although he does a favor for his sister when traveling, he is not related to his siblings. Neither does he have or desire a significant other in his life, despite living out of a carry-on suitcase and having an apartment in Omaha only in name.

Famous quotes:

Natalie Keener: “I’m dying to know.”

Ryan Bingham: “I don’t spend a nickel, if I can help it, unless it somehow profits my mileage account.”

Natalie Keener: “So, what are you saving up for? Hawaii? South of France?”

Ryan Bingham: “It’s not like that. The miles are the goal.”

Natalie Keener: “That’s it? You’re saving just to save?”

Fun Facts about Up in the Air:

  • The entire movie’s clothing George Clooney fits in one carry-on bag.
  • Jason Reitman observed Anna Kendrick in Rocket Science and used her as inspiration while writing the part of Natalie Keener (2007).
  • Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman are the only two father-son producing combinations to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

About Schmidt – US Box Office: USD$65,016,287

Director: Alexander Payne

Main Cast: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates, June Squibb, and Howard Hesseman

Release Date: May 22, 2002

Filming Locations: Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA; Kearney, Nebraska, USA; Millard, Nebraska, USA; Ogallala, Nebraska, USA; Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: The film begins with shots of the Woodmen Building, a large structure in Omaha, Nebraska. Actuary Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) is sitting in his drab, gray office, counting the minutes until five. Packed boxes all around him indicate that today is his last day of work. When the clock strikes five, Warren grabs his coat, turns off the lights, and walks out. In the following scene, Warren is driving his wife Helen late at night in the rain to a steakhouse where his retirement party is being held. The ceremony is quiet and solemn, with the new guy who replaced Warren paying tribute and telling Warren that he can come to the office anytime. He mentions that he might need some help with Warren’s old accounts. Ray, Warren’s best friend and coworker, delivers an impassioned speech for his friend despite his obvious inebriation. Warren appears moved by the sentiment and apologizes. He goes to the bar on the other side of the restaurant and orders a drink. He seems to have no plans to retire, for sure.

Famous quotes:

Warren Schmidt: “Say uh, Randall…? How’d that investment situation work out for you? You never called me.”

Duncan Hertzel: “You mean that pyramid scheme?”

Duncan Hertzel: “All I know is I lost 800 bucks.”

Randall Hertzel: “Well, if you’d stuck with it a little longer you’d have seen results. You bailed out too soon.”

Roberta Hertzel: “Can we change the subject please?”

Sequel: Schmidt Delivered; Schmidt Steps Back

Fun Facts about About Schmidt:

  • I’m a little surprised, Jack Nicholson said after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama. I believed we had produced a comedy.
  • There really is a Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society. At the company’s offices, where Jack Nicholson filmed his scenes, he was presented with a plaque designating him an honorary Woodmen member.
  • Through the actual Childreach Organization, the production team established a lifetime Endowed Scholarship for the real-life Ndugu, Abdallah Mtulu.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar – US Box Office: USD$36,474,193

Director: Beeban Kidron

Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, and Jason London

Release Date: September 8, 1995

Filming Locations: 7764 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Loma, Nebraska, USA; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Original Victory Bridge – Chattahoochee, Florida, USA; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: Noxeema Jackson, Vida Boheme, and Chi-Chi Rodriguez, who want to be drag queens, travel across America to compete in the Drag Queen finals in Hollywood. Using a cheap used Cadillac convertible as transportation is only fun and adventure. That is, until the old banger breaks down, leaving them stranded in the dusty, arid small town of Plainville, a backwater in the middle of nowhere. An angry Sheriff, small-town blues, and the locals having to adjust to these new, strange, and colorful individuals all add to the fun, frolics, and home truths from both sides of the fence. The homophobic, racist Sheriff Dollard is hot on their heels and swears to get these men in dresses. This is more than just a case of fate, friendship, and minds coming together in the most unlikely of places—it’s a chance encounter on the open road.

Famous quotes:

Noxeema Jackson: “When a straight man puts on a dress and gets his sexual kicks, he is a transvestite. When a man is a woman trapped in a man’s body and has a little operation he is a Transsexual.”

Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez: “I know that.”

Noxeema Jackson: “When a gay man has way too much fashion sense for one gender he is a drag queen.”

Vida Boheme: “Thank you.”

Noxeema Jackson: “And when a tired little Latin boy puts on a dress, he is simply a boy in a dress!”

Sequel: To Wong with Kung Fu: Thanks for Everything

Fun Facts about To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar:

  • By improvising a thirty-minute monologue motivated by the bullying he experienced as a young boy studying ballet in Texas, Patrick Swayze won the part of wise Vida Boheme.
  • In his autobiography, John Leguizamo claimed that Patrick Swayze attempted to punch him in the face due to his frequent improvisations.
  • Patrick Swayze slipped a corn cob down the front of his underwear before filming the scene where Sheriff Dollard (Chris Penn) stops the car by the side of the road.

Downsizing  – US Box Office: USD$24,449,754

Director: Alexander Payne

Main Cast: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Rolf Lassgård, Ingjerd Egeberg, Udo Kier, and Søren Pilmark

Release Date: August 30, 2017

Filming Locations:  Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Trollfjord, Lofoten, Norway; Bergen, Hordaland, Norway; Tysfjord, Norway; York University, North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Main Plot: A scientist develops downsizing, a procedure that shortens people’s stature to five inches, to solve overpopulation and global warming. Dave and Carol Johnson, who have downsized, are introduced to Paul and Audrey Safranek, a married couple in Omaha with financial issues. Dave asserts that the advantages of downsizing go far beyond those mentioned by the inventors, who contend that it is environmentally friendly because it decreases waste. And enhance one’s quality of life by raising the value of one’s money. After researching the advantages of doing so, Paul and Audrey decide to downsize and move to Leisureland, New Mexico, one of the most well-liked communities for small people.

Famous quotes:

Ngoc Lan Tran: “Other night on boat, what kind of fuck you give me?”

Paul Safranek: “What?”

Ngoc Lan Tran: “What kind of fuck you give me?”

Paul Safranek: “What kind? I don’t…”

Ngoc Lan Tran: “American people, eight kind of fuck. Love fuck, hate fuck, sex-only fuck, break-up fuck, make-up fuck, drunk fuck, buddy fuck, pity fuck.”

Fun Fact about Downsizing:

  • Welcome to the good life is the driver’s greeting when Matt Damon’s character, Paul, pulls up to his new, downsized home. Paul makes a face in response. “The good life” is the state motto of Nebraska, the residence he had just left.
  • It was filmed using real Omaha Steaks employees as extras in a real production facility.
  • It cost between $65 million and $90 million to make, making it Alexander Payne’s most expensive project. Still, its opening weekend domestic box office haul was only $9 million.

Nebraska – US Box Office: USD$17,654,912

Director: Alexander Payne

Main Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, Mary Louise Wilson, and Rance Howard

Release Date: January 24, 2014

Filming Locations: Billings, Montana, USA;  Norfolk, Nebraska, USA; Rapid City, South Dakota, USA; Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Highway 244, Keystone, South Dakota, USA; Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: The Grants live in Billings, Montana, with their father, Woody, mother, Kate, and adult sons, Ross and David. Woody is nearing dementia. Despite the family’s belief that he only thinks what appears on the surface, Woody’s delusions are aggravated by a lifetime of excessive drinking. Woody’s most recent fantasy is that he has won $1 million, which everyone in his family knows is one of those magazine subscription scams. As a result, Woody does not trust the United States Postal Service. To deliver his “winning” certificate and resolves to trek to the company’s headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, to collect his $1 million. All he wants to do with the money is to buy a new pickup truck. Something he’s never had, although he shouldn’t be driving. He’d like to rebuild the air compressor stolen from him decades ago and leave a small legacy for Ross and David.

Famous quotes:

Kate Grant: “That’s Ed Pegram singing.”

Ed Pegram: “And his momma cried, ’cause if there’s one thing that she doesn’t need, it’s another hungry mouth to feed… in the ghetto. people don’t ya understand.”

Kate Grant: “He always did have a nice voice. It was the only nice thing about that bastard.”

Woody Grant: “It’s all right.”

Kate Grant: “All right? Did you know… he was always trying to get into my bloomers?”

Fun Facts about Nebraska:

  • Since cameras were installed on both doors, Bruce Dern and Will Forte were trapped in the car for hours while filming the driving scenes.
  • Alexander Payne’s first foray into black-and-white photography, using digital cameras and anamorphic lenses.
  • For several years, Alexander Payne attempted to get the film made.

Election – US Box Office: USD$14,902,041

Director: Alexander Payne

Main Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Phil Reeves, and Molly Hagan

Release Date: April 23, 1999

Filming Locations: 5011 Cass Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; 683 Parkwood Lane, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Papillion-LaVista High School – 402 E. Centennial Road, Papillion, Nebraska, USA; Memorial Park, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Bellevue, Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is a well-liked high school history teacher. He lives in the Omaha suburbs and is active in many after-school activities, one of which is supervising the student government election process. Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is a high-achieving junior with an annoying sense of entitlement. Her bitter and divorced mother encourages her to “do whatever it takes” to succeed. Earlier in the year, Jim’s best friend, Dave Novotny (Mark Harelik), was fired from his job and divorced by his wife, Linda (Delaney Driscoll). After it was revealed that he and Tracy were having a sexual affair while Tracy’s reputation remained unharmed.

Famous quotes:

Jim McAllister: “Tracy, you’re a very intelligent girl. You have a lot of admirable qualities. “

Tracy Flick: “Why are you lecturing me?”

Jim McAllister: “This isn’t the time or the place to get into it, but there is, for just one example, a certain former colleage of mine, who made a very big mistake, a life mistake. Now, I think the lesson here is, old or young, we all make mistakes. “

Tracy Flick: “I don’t know what you’re referring to, but maybe if certain older, wiser people hadn’t acted like such little babies and gotten so mushy, then everything would be OK.”

Jim McAllister: “I agree. And I also think that certain young and naive people need to thank their lucky stars and be very, very grateful that the entire school didn’t find out about certain indiscretions that could have ruined their reputations and their chances to win certain elections.”

Fun Facts about Election:

  • In reality, Omaha’s Duchesne Academy employed Loren Nelson, who portrayed the custodian in the film. Since then, he’s retired.
  • Director Alexander Payne decided to include a freeze frame of Tracy with a contorted face, and Reese Witherspoon didn’t like it.
  • Initially cast as Tammy Metzler, Thora Birch left the Omaha filming on the third day due to creative differences with Alexander Payne.

The Rider – US Box Office: USD$2,419,031

Director: Chloé Zhao

Main Cast: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Leroy Pourier, Cat Clifford, and Tanner Langdeau

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Filming Locations: Nebraska, USA; Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA; Badlands, South Dakota, USA; Rockyford, South Dakota, USA; Rushville, Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: Brady Blackburn, a well-known rodeo bronc rider, learned everything he knows about horses and riding from his parents, Wayne and Mari Blackburn. Brady recuperated after falling off a broken horse during a rodeo; the most serious injury was a skull fracture, which required inserting a metal plate into his skull. Brady is determined to return to the horse as soon as possible because being a cowboy is all he knows, even if that means checking himself out of the hospital earlier than recommended. However, he has a gut feeling that returning to the rodeo is unlikely possible without taking on more risks. His doctor eventually confirms this when he says he cannot suffer another serious head injury without significant repercussions.

Famous quotes:

Brady Blackburn: “If any animal around here got hurt like I did, they’d have to be put down.”

Brady Blackburn: “You know, Lilly.”

Brady Blackburn: “I believe God gives each of us a purpose.”

Lilly Blackburn: “Very true.”

Brady Blackburn: “To the horse, it’s to run across the prairie. For a cowboy, it’s to ride.”

Fun Facts about The Rider:

  • Brady Jandreau, an actor who sustained the head injury depicted in the movie due to falling from a horse, served as the inspiration for Brady Blackburn.
  • Brady Jandreau is married to Terri Dawn Pourier, the person with whom he smokes marijuana in the truck. 
  • Brady’s family consists of his father, Lilly, who has autism, and Brady himself. Brady had an accident, so Zhou decided to base this movie on it.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon  – US Box Office: USD$708,776

Director: Niels Mueller

Main Cast: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Brad William Henke, Nick Searcy, and Michael Wincott

Release Date: October 22, 2004

Filming Locations: Alameda, California, USA; Atwater, California, USA; Berkeley, California, USA; Oakland, California, USA; Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: A true account of a disturbed office furniture salesman. Who hatched a scheme to assassinate President Nixon in 1972 by hijacking a plane and using it to fly over the White House and detonate a gas bomb. The film’s protagonist is initially estranged from his wife and underperforming at work, where he is also stressed. The banks reject his brother’s attempts to revive his old tire company with a black partner. Everything falls apart when Richard Nixon receives divorce papers in writing, and his broken promises come to stand in for all the bad things that have happened to him. He gets the idea for his attack from a news report about a pilot who crashed his helicopter on the White House lawn. He tries to hijack a plane by bolting onto it in Baltimore.

Famous quotes:

Samuel Bicke: “I’m white.”

Harold Mann: “Yeah, well we all got to be born something.”

Samuel Bicke: “The government is looking for black business men.”

Bonny Simmons: “I’ve been here 15 years and they ain’t found me yet.”

Samuel Bicke: “It wasn’t like a light bulb, really. It was more like an old candle, you know, just a plain, simple idea.”

Fun Facts about The Assassination of Richard Nixon:

  • Before the film’s financing was arranged, Sean Penn worked on the project for six years.
  • The interior airport scenes were filmed at the Oakland International Airport in Oakland, California. The design is still reminiscent of 1970s airports.
  • Although this was initially intended to be a fictional story, the writers decided to let a real-life event very similar to what they had imagined influence their writing.

Tully – US Box Office: USD$466,664

Director: Hilary Birmingham

Main Cast: Glenn Fitzgerald, Anson Mount, Bob Burrus, Julianne Nicholson, Laura Walker, Joe Smalley, and Tim Driscoll

Release Date: April 14, 2000

Filming Locations:  Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska, USA; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Iowa, USA; Massachusetts, USA

Main Plot: Tully Coates Jr., the local heartthrob with his good looks and chiseled body. He cannot build relationships despite having a new girlfriend almost every night. Earl, his younger brother, is a shy, sensitive person who frequently attends the local revival meeting. Ella Smalley, a bright and composed young woman who visits their Nebraska hometown to intern at a nearby veterinary clinic, is the only person who unites these dissimilar siblings. Their father, Tully Sr., is a rancher who makes ends meet with the aid of his two sons. However, it carries a brooding sadness and a hint of old wounds that have taken too long to heal. When several secrets come to light, the family dynamics are forever altered.

Famous quotes:

Tully: “You know what? Why don’t you just go fuck yourself?”

William Stewart Ross: “Ingersoll is with Homer and Tully and Shakespeare and Burns.”

Aimee l. salter: “He’s drowning, suffocating under the weight of my darkness and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.”

Kulgan The Magician: “One of the finest minds I’ve ever known…even if he was a priest.”

Marlo: “Your 20s are great, but then your 30s come around the corner like a garbage truck in a 5 a.m”

Sequel: Tully 2018

Fun Facts about Tully:

  • The title was altered from “The Truth About Tully” when Jonathan Demme’s The Truth About Charlie (2002) was revealed to be arriving in theaters around the same time.
  • Law and Order Criminal Intent featured Anson Mount, Glenn Fitzgerald, and Julianne Nicholson. A regular on the show was Julianne.
  • Although the hood they purchase is incorrect for the car in the movie, the junkyard scene was filmed in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

The Indian Runner – US Box Office: USD$191,125

Director: Sean Penn

Main Cast: David Morse, Viggo Mortensen, Valeria Golino, Patricia Arquette, Charles Bronson, Sandy Dennis, and Dennis Hopper

Release Date: September 20, 1991

Filming Locations:  Plattsmouth, Nebraska, USA;  Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA; Arlington, Nebraska, USA; 7634 Highland Street, Ralston, NE 68127, USA

Main Plot: It is a very depressing movie about two brothers who cannot reconcile their disparate perspectives on life. One brother is violent, antisocial, and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things his brother tries so desperately. To point out because he sees and feels bad for everyone and everything. Joe does not comprehend the larger picture of life’s horrors; Frank does. He is content to enjoy simpler things like routine, family, and kids. Joe erroneously thinks he can convince his younger brother that life is good and set him straight. The man Frank is cursed. He is torn between his affection for his brother and his disgust at conceited contentment. As a result, a harrowing tale of heartbreak, pain, disappointment, hopelessness, and the tragic side of love.

Famous quotes:

Joe: “This place looked better when I had it.”

Frank: “I’ll bet it did. You know why? Because you had fire in you.”

Maria: “Don’t ever smoke this stuff in front of the law. You smoke this stuff in front of the law, the law gets upset.”

Joe: “My brother Frank was due back from Vietnam within the week. We hadn’t seen each other since I’d lost the farm in ’65, and took the uniform job to make ends meet.”

Joe: “We didn’t see or hear from Frank for a good six months, when our lives took a turn.”

Fun Facts about The Indian Runner:

  • Charles Bronson is the first film in the past five years without a mustache.
  • This was Charles Bronson’s final movie for the big screen that wasn’t a Death Wish movie. Given that he had recently appeared in some violent, underwhelming films, his strong performance in this movie was greeted with surprise and praise.
  • Penn went on to win two Oscars for acting, although his goal was not realized.

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