Every Florida Book Project

feature films set in Florida: 1900-1999

in chronological order


1910s

A Florida Enchantment

Sidney Drew

1914



1920s

The Cocoanuts

The Marx Brothers

1929



1930s

Hell Harbor

Henry King

1930

Stolen Heaven

George Abbott

1931



1940s

Moon Over Miami

Walter Lang

1941

Reap the Wild Wind

Cecil B. DeMille

1942

The Palm Beach Story

Preston Sturges

1942

Sunday Dinner for a Soldier

Lloyd Bacon

1944


The Yearling

Clarence Brown

1946

Make Mine Music

(numerous directors)

1946


Mostly forgotten today, Make Mine Music was one of six "package films" produced by the Walt Disney Company during World War II. Rather than have a single narrative, these films were compilations of shorts set to music, much like Fantasia, but without reaching Fantasia's quality.  One short in Make Music Mine was "Blue Bayou," which featured an egret walking through a South Florida swamp on a moonlit night, then joining a second egret in the air above the Everglades. This sequence was originally meant to be part of Fantasia and set to "Clair de Lune," but was cut from the film for time. In 1992 the short was restored, set to "Clair de Lune," and released as an extra in a Fantasia DVD. You can watch it on Youtube here.

Millie's Daughter

Sidney Salkow

1947

Two Nuts in a Rut

Edward Bernds

1948

Key Largo

John Huston

1948

Slattery's Hurricane

André De Toth

1949



1950s

Under the Gun

Ted Tetzlaff

1951

Beneath The 12-Mile Reef

Robert D. Webb

1953

The Barefoot Mailman

Earl McEvoy

1951

Easy to Love

Charles Walters

1953


Shark River

John Rawlins

1953

Strategic Air Command

Anthony Mann

1955

The Miami Story

Fred F. Sears

1954

Lure of the Swamp

Hubert Cornfield

1957


Wind Across the Everglades

Nicholas Ray

1958

A Hole in the Head

Frank Capra

1959

staring Frank Sinatra

The Wild Women of Wongo

James L. Wolcott

1958

Set in the mythical land of Wongo but filmed at Coral Castle



1960s

The Bellboy

Jerry Lewis

1960

Nude on the Moon

Doris Wishman & Raymond Phelan (credited as O. O. Miller & Anthony Brooks)

1961

sexploitation filmed at Coral Castle

Where The Boys Are

Henry Levin

1960

Follow That Dream

Gordon Douglas

1962


All Fall Down

John Frankenheimer

1962

Clambake

Arthur H. Nadel

1967

Tony Rome 

Gordon Douglas

1967

staring Frank Sinatra

Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

Bert Williams

1965

The Happening 

Elliot Silverstein

1967

Lady In Cement 

Gordon Douglas

1968

staring Frank Sinatra



1970s

The Florida Connection

Robert J. Emery

1974

Deep Throat

Gerard Damiano (credited as Jerry Gerard)

1972

Deady Encounter aka The Meal

R. John Hugh

1975

Trapped Beneath the Sea

William A. Graham

1974


Black Sunday

John Frankenheimer

1977

Empire of the Ants

Bert I. Gordon

1977

Thunder and Lightning

Corey Allen

1977

Crime Busters

Enzo Barboni

1977

Italian film set in Miami


Barracuda

Harry Kerwin & Wayne Crawford

1978

Gal Young 'Un

Victor Nunez

1979

The Crash of Flight 401

Barry Shear

1978

staring William Shatner

Hot Stuff

Dom DeLuise

1979

also staring Dom DeLuise



1980s

Super Fuzz 

Sergio Corbucci

1980

Italian comedy

Title

Author

date

Gideon's Trumpet

Robert L. Collins

1980

Condominium

Sidney Hayers

1980


Body Heat

Lawrence Kasdan

1981

Honky Tonk Freeway

John Schlesinger

1981

Running Scared

Paul Glickler

1981

Spring Fever

Joseph L. Scanlan

1982


Porky's

Bob Clark

1982

Cross Creek

Martin Writt

1983

Baby It's You

John Sayles

1983

Scarface

Brian De Palma

1983


Stranger Than Paradise

Jim Jarmusch

1984

Cocoon

Ron Howard

1985

A Flash of Green

Victor Nunez

1984

The Mean Season

Phillip Borsos


Invasion USA

Joseph Zito

1985

Chuck Norris

Band of the Hand

Paul Michael Glaser

1986

Flight of the Navigator

Randal Kleiser

1986

Knights of the City 

aka Cry of the City

Dominic Orlando

1986


Revenge of the Nerds II:

Nerds in Paradise

Joe Roth

1987

Making Mr. Right 

Susan Seidelman

1987

Nightmare Beach
aka Welcome to Spring Break

Harry Kirkpatrick

1988

Italian slasher film

Florida Straits

Mike Hodges

1987

Police Academy 5:

Assignment Miami Beach

Alan Myerson

1988



1990s

Miami Blues 

George Armitage

1990

Folks!

Ted Kotcheff

1992

Cabeza de Vaca

Nicolás Echevarría

1991

Cop and a Half

Henry Winkler

1993


Ruby In Paradise

Victor Nunez

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

Randa Haines

1993

Triumph Over Disaster:

The Hurricane Andrew Story

Marvin J. Chomsky

1993

Matinee

Joe Dante

1993


La Florida

George Mihalka

1993

Dark Universe

Steve Latshaw

1993

Wilder Napalm

Glenn Gordon Caron

1993

True Lies

James Cameron

1994


The Specialist 

Luis Llosa

1994

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Tom Shadyac

1994

Keys

John Sacret Young

1994

Miami Rhapsody

David Frankel

1995


Just Cause

Arne Glimcher

1995

Jack-O

Steve Latshaw

1995

Bad Boys

Michael Bay

1995

Biohazard: The Alien Force

Steve Latshaw

1995


Fair Game

Andrew Sipes

1995

better known as "the Cindy Crawford movie"

The Birdcage

Mike Nichols

1996

Strip Tease

Andrew Bergman

1996

Blood and Wine

Bob Rafelson

1996


Flipper

Alan Shapiro

1996

South Beach Academy

Joe Esposito

1996

The Substitute 

Robert Mandel

1996

Peer 66

Michael Lange

1996


Ulee's Gold

Victor Nunez

1997

Holy Man

Stephen Herek

1998

supposedly Eddie Murphy's worst movie

Any Given Sunday

Oliver Stone

1999

Rosewood

John Singleton

1997

Wild Things

John McNaughton

1998