Minnesota made: Enjoy some movies shot in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

We've got it all in Minnesota - the lakes, the loons, the Mall of America. Filmmakers have long recognized our cinematic offerings.Here are a few Minnesota-made movies - and a few of their homegrown filming locations - for whatever you're in the ...
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We've got it all in Minnesota - the lakes, the loons, the Mall of America. Filmmakers have long recognized our cinematic offerings.

Here are a few Minnesota-made movies - and a few of their homegrown filming locations - for whatever you're in the mood for in the new year.

'90s THROWBACK

"The Mighty Ducks" (1992)

Hot-shot attorney Gordon (Emilio Estevez) gets a DUI, and part of his sentence is to coach a peewee hockey team. It's Disney, it's hockey, it spawned a movie franchise and a lifetime of flying-V references.

  • Filmed: Minneapolis
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

"Grumpy Old Men" (1993)

It's a hate-hate relationship for John and Max (Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau). They've been frenemies since they were kids, and the retired neighbors compete and pull pranks in their ice houses and beyond. Their rivalry flares when attractive and eclectic Ariel (Ann-Margret) moves in. Daryl Hannah and Kevin Pollak also star.

  • Filmed: Center City, Faribault, Lake Rebecca, Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

"Mallrats" (1995)

Besties T.S. (Jeremy London) and Brodie (Jason Lee) try to recover from breakups at their local mall, where run-ins with a hostile retailer (Ben Affleck), an optical illusion, and Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) keep them occupied as they scheme to reunite with their exes. Shannen Doherty and Claire Forlani also star, with a Stan Lee cameo.

  • Filmed: Eden Prairie, Minneapolis
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

"Fargo" (1996)

Jerry (William H. Macy) hires two crooks (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife for ransom. The hostage deal goes south when a traffic stop turns bloody, prompting pregnant police chief Marge (Frances McDormand) to follow the trail. Expect Minnesotans portrayed with accents, bangs and blank stares - all in good fun from Minnesota-born-and-raised writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.

  • Filmed: Brainerd, Minneapolis
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

DARK, FUNNY, TRIUMPHANT

"Purple Rain" (1984)

The Kid (Prince) is on the rise as a Minneapolis musician, but he must contend with romantic strife, a troubled home and other bands. Morris Day and Apollonia Kotero also star.

  • Filmed: Eagan, Minneapolis
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

"North Country" (2005)

Sexual harassment and abuse ensue when women begin working at a local iron mine. Single-mother Josey (Charlize Theron) starts to fight back to resistance at home and at work. Based on real-life Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co. class action lawsuit. Frances McDormand, Jeremy Renner and Woody Harrelson also star. Warning: There may be tears.

  • Filmed: Eveleth, Minneapolis, Virginia
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

"A Serious Man" (2009)

Things are tough for Larry (Michael Stuhlbarg). In the works: divorce, blackmail and a bar mitzvah. To top it all off, Larry can't get time with his rabbi. True to Coen brothers' form, this film has its comedic reprieves.

  • Filmed: Minneapolis
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

"Young Adult" (2011)

Mavis (Charlize Theron) is a YA ghost writer on deadline when she gets an emailed pic of her ex's newborn babe. With her Pomeranian and a mixtape in tow, Mavis returns to her hometown to win back her high school sweetheart. There's drunken debauchery, lots of Diet Coke and many persona changes in this Diablo Cody film. Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth Reaser also star.

  • Filmed: Minneapolis
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

"I Am Not a Serial Killer" (2016)

He's got homicidal thoughts and a sociopath diagnosis, but John (Max Records) is set on controlling his urges. He gets tangled into a series of murders when a drifter rolls into town. Expect sleuthing and the supernatural. Christopher Lloyd and Laura Fraser also star.

  • Filmed: Hibbing, Minneapolis, Virginia
  • Available: Amazon Video, Google Play, Netflix, VUDU