List of films set in Kansas Information

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Kansas Saloon Smashers (1901)
Original poster for The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Kansas, in the geographic center of the United States, has a rich history connected with the American Old West and with the American Civil War (" Bleeding Kansas"), including the history of the notorious guerrilla commander William Quantrill. The following is a partial chronological list of major motion pictures set in Kansas. [1] [2]

Three of the listed films have won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Film title Release year Notes/subject matter National Film Registry
Kansas Saloon Smashers 1901 silent film: based on Carrie Nation
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1910 silent film: earliest surviving film version of Oz
A Modern Musketeer 1917 silent film
Naughty, Naughty! 1918 silent film
Wild Bill Hickok 1923 silent film
Tumbleweeds 1925 silent film
Wizard of Oz 1925 silent film: features Oliver Hardy as Tin Man
The Girl in the Show 1929
Free and Easy 1930
The Big Trail 1930 Green tickY
Cimarron 1931 Academy Award for Best Picture
Silver Dollar 1932 starring Edward G. Robinson
The Plainsman 1936
Pick a Star 1937
The Texans 1938 story of the Chisholm Trail
Jesse James 1939
Dodge City 1939 stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
Union Pacific 1939
The Wizard of Oz 1939 Green tickY
Dark Command 1940
The Return of Frank James 1940
Santa Fe Trail 1940 features Ronald Reagan as Custer
Sheriff of Tombstone 1941
Heaven Can Wait 1943 stars Gene Tierney, Don Ameche
The Kansan 1943
The Woman of the Town 1943
Abilene Town 1946
The Harvey Girls 1946
Trail Street 1947
The Walls of Jericho 1948
Red River 1948 Green tickY
Kansas Raiders 1950
Winchester '73 1950 Green tickY
The Cimarron Kid 1952
Kansas Pacific 1953
The Stranger Wore a Gun 1953
Masterson of Kansas 1954
Picnic 1955
Seven Angry Men 1955 based on abolitionist John Brown
Wichita 1955
The Rainmaker 1956
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957
The Jayhawkers! 1959
Splendor in the Grass 1961 Oscar for best writing for William Inge
Cheyenne Autumn 1964
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken 1966 Don Knotts comedy
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter 1966
The Plainsman 1966
Gunfight in Abilene 1967 Bobby Darin stars in non-singing role
In Cold Blood 1967 Green tickY
Angel in My Pocket 1969
The Gypsy Moths 1969
The Learning Tree 1969 Green tickY
Prime Cut 1972
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies 1973
Paper Moon 1973
Journey Back to Oz 1974 animated film
A Boy and His Dog 1975 set in post-apocalyptic Topeka, stars Don Johnson
The Great Waldo Pepper 1975
King Kung Fu 1976
Superman 1978 set in fictional Smallville Green tickY
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff 1979
The Attic 1980
Americana 1983
The Day After 1983 originally aired on television
Superman III 1983
Return to Oz 1985
Critters 1986
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987
Kansas 1988
Dances with Wolves 1990 Academy Award for Best Picture Green tickY
Sarah, Plain and Tall 1991 originally aired on television
Unforgiven 1992 Academy Award for Best Picture Green tickY
Leap of Faith 1992
Dennis the Menace 1993 based on cartoon set in Wichita
Wyatt Earp 1994
Truman 1995
Mars Attacks! 1996 Partially set in fictional Perkinsville
The Big Kahuna 1999
Ninth Street 1999
Ride with the Devil 1999
Nurse Betty 2003
Rolling Kansas 2003
Mysterious Skin 2004
Capote 2005 story of writing In Cold Blood
Firecracker 2005
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz 2005 television film
The Ice Harvest 2005
Infamous 2006
The Lookout 2007
New York City Serenade 2007
Amelia 2009 biopic of Amelia Earhart
Hannah's Law 2012 television film
Looper 2012
Oz the Great and Powerful 2013
Man of Steel 2013 partially set in fictional Smallville
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 partially set in fictional Smallville
American Honey 2016
Justice League 2017 partially set in fictional Smallville
Brightburn 2019 Set in fictional Brightburn


  1. ^ "Kansas in the Movies". Washburn University: Center for Kansas Studies. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Cool Things - Western Movies Set in Kansas". Kansas State Historical Society. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
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