Here are the top 10 movies shot in West Virginia


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — You might not think of West Virginia as a movie state, but the Mountain State has seen plenty of critically acclaimed movies run through its mountains.

This list was compiled using the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) website. Here are some facts about cinema in West Virginia:

McDowell County was the only county to make the top 10 twice. Movies shot in McDowell County are “Primal Fear” and “The Glass Castle”.

Drama films came out strong with six of the 10 films featuring dramas in their categories. Documentary came in behind with four, while crime, thriller and biography were featured in three films.

Two Best Picture winners are on the list. These are “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Deer Hunter”. Both films won five Oscars. “The Deer Hunter” was nominated for nine overall and “The Silence of the Lambs” was nominated for seven overall.

Three films were nominated for an Oscar but did not win. “Matewan” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Edward Norton in “Primal Fear” was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. “Super Size Me” was nominated for Best Documentary.

The most critically acclaimed film on the list is “The Night of the Hunter” with a 99/100 on Metacritic from 8 reviews, while “Primal Fear” was the lowest, with an average of 47/100 from 18 reviews. reviews.

According to IMDb user ratings, here are the Top 10 Movies Shot in West Virginia.

1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Director: Jonathan Deme

Writer: Ted Tally (Screenplay), Thomas Harris (Based on the novel)

Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney

Gender: Crime, Drama, Thriller

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 (1.4 million reviews)

Metacritical score: 85/100

Where in West Virginia? : clay county

Synopsis IMDb: “A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibalistic killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.”

2. The Deer Hunter (1978)

Director: Michel Cimino

Writer: Michael Cimino (Story), Deric Washburn (Story), Louis Garfinkle (Story), Quinn K. Redeker (Story), Deric Washburn (Screenplay)

Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale

Gender: Drama, War

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 (335,000 ratings)

Metacritical score: 86/100

Where in West Virginia? : Follansbee, Brooke County | Weirton, Brooke and Hancock Counties

IMDb Synopsis: “An in-depth examination of how the Vietnam War affects and disrupts the lives of several friends in a small Pennsylvania steel town.”

3. Night of the Hunter (1955)

Director: Charles Laughton

Writer: Charles Laughton (Screenplay), James Agee (Screenplay), Davis Grubb (Based on the novel)

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

Gender: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

IMDb Rating: 8/10 (89,000 ratings)

Metacritical score: 99/100

Where in West Virginia? : Moundsville, Marshall County

Synopsis IMDb: “A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real dad hid the $10,000 he stole during a robbery.”

4.Matewan (1987)

Director: John Sayles

Writer: John Sayles

Stars: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell

Gender: Drama, History

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 (8,100 ratings)

Metacritical score: 73/100

Where in West Virginia? : New River Gorge | Thurmond, Fayette County

Synopsis IMDb: “A labor organizer comes to a beleaguered mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.”

5. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig

Writer: Jeff Feuerzeig

Stars: Daniel Johnston, Matt Groening, Gibby Haynes

Gender: Documentary, Biography, Music

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 (10,000 ratings)

Metacritical score: 77/100

Where in West Virginia? : Weston, Lewis County

Synopsis IMDb: “Daniel Johnston, singer/songwriter/artist of manic-depressive genius comes to light in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.”

6. The Last Mountain (2011)

Director: Bill Haney

Writer: Bill Haney, Peter Rhodes

Stars: Susan Bird, Don Blankenship, Ron Burris

Gender: Documentary

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 (299 ratings)

Metacritical score: 62/100

Where in West Virginia?: Appalachia

IMDb synopsis: “A coal mining company and a small community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.”

7. Bill Again (2009)

Director: Damani Baker, Alex Vlack

Writer: Alex Vlack

Stars: Bill Withers, Clarence Avant, Corey Glover

Gender: Documentary, Biography, Music

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 (629 ratings)

Metacritical score: 76/100

Where in West Virginia? : Slab Fork, Raleigh County

Synopsis IMDb: “A portrait of soul legend Bill Withers.”

8. Primordial Fear (1996)

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Writer: Steve Shagan (Screenplay), Ann Biderman (Screenplay), William Diehl (Based on the novel)

Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton

Gender: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10 (290,000 ratings)

Metacritical score: 47/100

Where in West Virginia? : Keystone, McDowell County

Synopsis IMDb: “An altar boy is framed for the murder of a priest, and the truth is buried on many levels.”

9. Super Size Me (2004)

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Writer: Morgan Spurlock

Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker

Gender: Documentary

IMDb Ranking: 7.2/10 (108,000 ratings)

Metacritical score: 73/100

Where in West Virginia? : Beckley, Raleigh County

IMDb synopsis: “While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the health consequences of eating a diet of only McDonald’s foods for a month.

10. The Glass Castle (2017)

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Writer: Destin Daniel Cretton (Screenplay), Andrew Lanham (Screenplay), Jeannette Walls (Based on the novel)

Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts

Gender: Biography, Drama

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10 (33,000 ratings)

Metacritical score: 56/100

Where in West Virginia? : Welch, McDowell County

Synopsis IMDb: “A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of maverick nomads with a mother who is an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would spark children’s imaginations with hope as a distraction from their poverty.”


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