I like a variety of movies -- romantic comedies, drama, action, but not so much in to the horror, maybe suspenseful would be OK. It seems most films are filmed in California or New York. How about Minnesota? Well, I found out from Minnesotafunfacts.com that there is quite a list of movies filmed in Minnesota. Of course, the popular and well-known movies in that category would be from 1993 and 1995 "Grumpy Old Men" and Grumpier Old Men." Both are very funny and star Walter Mathau and Jack Lemmon. Just writing about them makes me want to see them again.

Also a note, a film based on the Jesse James gang robbing a bank -- "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid" -- starring Robert Duvall from 1972 was filmed in Oregon.

So here is a list of a few movies by year that were filmed in Minnesota.

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  • 1

    Purple Rain (1984)

    Prince, a singer and songwriter from Minneapolis, wrote and played the lead role.

  • 2

    Untamed Heart (1993)

    A romantic comedy starring Christian Slater and Marisa Tomei. Two people fall in love, then tragedy.

  • 3

    Angus (1995)

    This movie, filmed at Owatonna High School, starred Charlie Talbert and James Van Der Beek in their film debut. The cast also included Kathy Bates and George C. Scott.

  • 4

    Here On Earth (2000)

    Minnesota's own Josh Harnett stars in this film about a college kid being taught a lesson after going for a joy ride. Directed by Mark Piznarski.

  • 5

    A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

    A film about the last broadcast and a look backstage of a celebrated radio show with a big cast including Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Garrison Keillor and directed by Robert Altman.

  • 6

    Juno (2007)

    Ellen Page in this film that follows a teen through an unplanned pregnancy visiting adoptive parents. Written by Diablo Cody, once a resident of Minnesota. Cody received an Oscar for "Best Writing, Screenplay written Directly for the Screen."

  • 7

    Thin Ice (2011)

    Even though the movie takes place in Wisconsin, it is filmed in the Twin Cities. Originally screened at the Sundance Film Festival as "The Convincer," it went back to the edit room and was retitled. The film stars Greg Kinnear and Minnesota native Lea Thompson