Few films are more Hoosier-centric than this one. First, it's written by a Bloomington boy/IU alumnus, Angelo Pizzo. The director, David Anspaugh, is also an IU grad. What's more, the film revolves around a smalltown Indiana high school basketball team. (Hoosiers is loosely inspired by the Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship.) The classic sports drama was shot all across the state. Locations include Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler, Memorial Gymnasium in Lebanon and Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis.
Another collaboration between Pizzo and Anspaugh — and an inspirational sports story to boot! Shot mostly in South Bend, Rudy follows a young man as he chases his dream of playing football at the University of Notre Dame. Released in 1993, this was the first movie to be shot on the Notre Dame campus since the 1940 film Knute Rockney, All American.
3. Eight Men Out
So many sports movies were shot here! Much of this baseball drama was shot at the old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, but parts were filmed in Evansville as well. Starring John Cusack, Charlie Sheen and a bunch of Hoosier extras, the film tells of the "Black Sox Scandal," in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox intentionally lost the 1919 World Series as part of a deal with some high-stakes gamblers.
4. American Teen A tender slice of high school life in Warsaw, this sweet little documentary won the Best Documentary Director award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. It's not exactly earth-shattering in terms of what it reveals about teenagers, but it's an engaging documentary portrait nonetheless. The film sheds light on "a rebel, a jock, a princess, a heartthrob and a geek."
5. Natural Born Killers
Oliver Stone's best film, Natural Born Killers is a sizzling satire of sensationalist news and the age of Court TV. The courtroom scenes — in which Woody Harrelson's character is tried for multiple murders — were shot at Hammond City Court.