Social Distancing? Here’s list of Movies and Books with Wisconsin Ties.

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During this time of social-distancing and self-quarantine, a lot of us find ourselves at home from school and work. There are many activities that you could do to fill your time while at home. We suggest board games, hiking, walks, puzzles, reading and checking out all the movies and shows available on your smart devices. If you are looking to see your home state in one of those movies, we have the list for you. Below we have compiled a list of movies that are currently available to you. Some you will be able to stream and are included in a current subscription you already may have, others you can rent and will be able to stream them for 24-48 hours. The cost to rent ranges from $2.99–$4.99.

We also have a list of 10 Novels that take place in Wisconsin. If you like to spend your time with a good book, why not find one that takes place in a familiar setting?

Movies filmed in Wisconsin

Available to Stream:

“The Amityville Horror” (2005) Rated: R — Drama, Horror; Ryan Reynolds
Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime

“Back to School” (1986) Rated: PG-13 — Comedy, Romance; Rodney Dangerfield
Available on Hulu

“The Blues Brothers” (1980) Rated: R — Comedy, Action & Adventure; Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi
Available on Hulu or to rent on Amazon Prime

“Bridesmaids” (2011) Rated: R — Comedy, Romance; Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph
Available on Hulu or to rent on Amazon Prime

“Hoop Dreams” (1994) Rated: PG-13 — Documentary, Drama; William Gates and Arthur Agee
Available on Hulu and HBO or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“The Surface” (2014) Rated: NR — Drama, Thriller; Sean Astin and Mimi Rogers
Available on Amazon Prime or to rent on iTunes

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011) Rated: PG-13 — Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi; Shia LeBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime or to rent on YouTube or iTunes

“Uncle Buck” (1989) Rated: PG — Comedy, Drama; John Candy
Available on Starz or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

Available to Rent:

“The Big One” (1997) Rated: PG-13 — Documentary, Comedy, Political; Michael Moore
Available to rent on Amazon Prime

“Chain Reaction” (1996) Rated: PG-13 — Action & Adventure, Drama; Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman
Available to rent on Amazon Prime or YouTube

“The Deep End of the Ocean” (1999) Rated: PG-13 — Drama, Mystery; Michelle Pfeiffer
Available to rent on Amazon Prime or YouTube

“Fever Lake” (1996) Rated: R — Horror; Mario Lopez
Available to rent on Amazon Prime

“For Keeps” (1988) Rated: PG-13 — Comedy, Drama; Molly Ringwald
Available to rent on Amazon Prime or YouTube

“Give Me Liberty” (2019) Rated: NR — Comedy, Drama
Available to rent on YouTube

“Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man” (1962) Rated: NR — Drama, Action & Adventure; Richard Beymer and Diane Baker
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“I Love Trouble” (1994) Rated: PG — Action & Adventure, Comedy; Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“The Last Kiss” (2006) Rated: R — Comedy, Drama; Zac Braff
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Major League” (1989) Rated: R — Comedy, Sport; Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen
Available to rent on Amazon Prime or YouTube

“Mr. 3000” (2004) Rated: PG-13 — Comedy, Sport; Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Mrs. Soffel” (1984) Rated: PG-13 — Drama, Romance; Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Novocaine” (2001) Rated: R — Comedy, Thriller; Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Public Enemies” (2009) Rated: R — Action & Adventure, Thriller; Christian Bale and Johnny Depp
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Semi-Tough” (1977) Rated: R — Comedy, Romance, Sports; Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson
Available to rent on YouTube or iTunes

“The Straight Story” (1999) Rated: G — Biography, Independent; Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Stroszek” (1977) Rated: NR — Comedy, Drama; Bruno S. and Eva Mattes
Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Wisconsin references

Available to Stream:

“2012” (2009) Rated: PG-13 — Drama, Action & Adventure; John Cusack and Amanda Peet
Available on Netflix or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“BASEketball” (1998) Rated: R — Comedy, Sport; Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Available on Hulu or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“The Bye Bye Man” (2017) Rated: PG-13 — Horror, Thriller
Available on Netflix or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) Rated: PG-13 — Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi; Chris Evans
Available on Disney+ or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Cheaper by the Dozen II” (2005) Rated: PG — Comedy, Action & Adventure; Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt
Available on Hulu or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“The Great Outdoors” (1988) Rated: PG — Comedy; Dan Aykroyd and John Candy
Available on Starz or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Lars and the Real Girl” (2007) Rated: R — Comedy, Drama; Ryan Gosling
Available on Amazon Prize or to rent on YouTube or iTunes

“Love Actually” (2003) Rated: R — Comedy, Drama; Hugh Grant and Colin Firth
Available on HBO or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Michael Clayton” (2007) Rated: R — Crime, Drama; George Clooney and Tom Wilkinson
Available on CineMax or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“The Prince & Me” (2004) Rated: PG — Comedy, Romance; Julia Stiles and Luke Mably
Available on Showtime and to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“That Thing You Do!” (1996) Rated: PG — Comedy, Drama; Tom Hanks, Tom Everett Scott
Available on CineMax or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“There Will Be Blood” (2007) Rated: R — Drama; Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano
Available on Netflix or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Up in the Air” (2009) Rated: R — Drama, Romance; George Clooney and Vera Farmiga
Available on Amazon Prime and Hulu

“Wayne’s World” (1992) Rated: PG-13 — Comedy, Musical; Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
Available on Starz or to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

Available to Rent:

“The American President” (1995) Rated: PG-13 — Comedy, Drama; Michael Douglas and Annette Bening
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Anchorman” (2004) Rated: PG-13 — Comedy; Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Annie Hall” (1977) Rated: PG — Comedy; Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Bird on a Wire” (1990) Rated: PG-13 — Action & Adventure, Comedy; Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Dawn of the Dead” (2004) Rated: R — Horror, Action & Adventure; Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Good Night and Good Luck” (2005) Rated: PG — Drama, Biography; David Strathairn and Jeff Daniels
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“The Incredible Hulk” (2008) Rated: PG-13 — Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi; Edward Norton and Liv Tyler
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“The Night Listener” (2006) Rated: R — Crime, Mystery; Toni Collette and Robin Williams
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Titanic” (1997) Rated: PG-13 — Drama, Romance; Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

“Tommy Boy” (1995) Rated: PG-13 — Comedy, Action & Adventure; Chris Farley and David Spade
Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube or iTunes

Did we miss any? We found others like “American Movie” (1999), but it was not currently avaible to stream or rent. What is your favorite Wisconsin movie?

Note: This list was compliled on 3.20.20 and movies may have been removed or added.

10 Novels Set in the Great State of Wisconsin

1) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

2) Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub

3) Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

4) The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

5) The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

6) The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy Reichert

7) A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O’Nan

8) Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen

9) Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

10) American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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