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  • 10 Things I Hate About You (submitted by Collin)
    • Heath Ledger's character mentions Milwaukee.
  • 2012
    • Multiple references to WI.
    • John Cusack’s book mentions WI.
    • The South Pole relocates to WI after the major land shift on Earth.
    • Why so many references in 2012? Go here http://exm.nr/cGeCW5
  • A Christmas Story
    • The husband and wife discuss the upcoming Bears and Packers game.
  • A League of Their Own (submitted by Chris C)
    • Mentions baseball teams from cities in Wisconsin.
  • A Map of the World (submitted by nicky)
    • The movie takes place entirely in on a farm outside of Racine, WI. Stars Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore.
  • A Simple Plan
    • Filmed in Ashland because there wasn't enough snow in Minnesota
  • About Schmidt
    • One of the characters says he is from Eau Claire, WI.
  • Adventureland
    • Main character mentions driving to Wisconsin.
  • Aliens
    • When Ripley wakes up after 57 years from her stasis, she finds out her daughter has died and was cremated in Wisconsin. (submitted by basementguerilla)
  • All About Eve (1950) (submitted by Erin S)
    • Eve (Anne Baxter) says she is from central Wisconsin, then moves to Milwaukee to work as a secretary in a brewery.
  • American Movie
    • Set in and filmed in Wisconsin
  • American President, The
    • WI is the home of the President. He mentions the Packers too.
  • Amityville Horror (2005 remake)
    • Partly filmed in Silver Lake, WI
    • House located in Silver Lake
  • Anchorman
    • Ron Burgundy is on the phone with his dog Baxter and tells him “Baxter, bark twice if you’re in Milwaukee.”
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
    • Ron goes live to a car chase in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Angus
    • Filmed in WI
  • Annie Hall (submitted by nicky)
    • Annie Hall (played by Diane Keaton) is from Chippewa Falls, WI
    • Woody Allen's character does a comedy performance at the University of WI.
  • Anywhere But Here (submitted by nicky)
    • Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman's characters are from a fictional small town in WI and move to Beverly Hills. WI is mentioned multiple times in the movie.
  • Apollo 13 (submitted by Kyletall)
    • A news broadcaster says Lovell's eldest son Jay isn't at their home for Apollo 13's re-entry because he was at St. John's Military Academy in Wisconsin.
  • Away We Go
    • The pregnant couple travels to Madison WI to visit his sister.
  • Back to School
    • Filmed at UW-Madison.
  • Bad Teacher (submitted by Nicky)
    • There is a scene where Cameron Diaz's character is in a bar trying to pick up rich men, and one guy says he's from Lake Geneva. She responds very excitedly "I love Lake Geneva".
  • Bad Words (submitted by Nicky)
    • During the spelling bee, they announce one of the contestants as being from Shorewood, Wisconsin, and his number tag says he is sponsored by a Milwaukee newspaper. 
  • Baseketball
    • Team was called the Milwaukee Beers. You can see local sponsors The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Usingers in the home court arena
  • Beast of Bray Road, The (submitted by KaryKat)
    • A movie based on actual accounts of werewolf sightings in Walworth County, WI.
  • Big One, The
    • Documentary by UW alum Michael Moore filmed in Madison and Milwaukee.
  • Bird on a Wire (submitted by Caryn S)
    • Much of the film is set in Racine, WI but it wasn't actually filmed there.
  • Blues Brothers
    • Filmed in Milwaukee on the incomplete 794 freeway
  • The Boss (submitted by Kyletall)
    • Wisconsin was shown as part of Darnell's Darlings expansion territory.
  • Bottle Shock
    • Mentions Milwaukee in one of the scenes
  • Bridesmaids (submitted by Drew A and Robyn G)
    • Set in Milwaukee and shows the city's skyline and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • Britney Baby, One More Time
    • Filmed in Wisconsin
  • Bye Bye Man, The
    • Opening scene says it's set in Madison, WI.
  • Camp Nowhere (submitted by Amy K)
    • The twins decide to bomb Milwaukee because their Grandma lives there.
  • Captain America (2011) (submitted by basementguerilla)
    • When Captain America is on tour selling war bonds, they flash the names of cities he's visiting and they show Milwaukee.
  • Casino (submitted by kyletall)
    • Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) explains..."The bosses would come from all over the place: Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee...all over the Midwest..."
  • Cedar Rapids
    • Brown Star Insurance is located in Brown Valley, WI
    • Ed Helms' character wears a Milwaukee Bucks shirt
    • John C. Reilly's character wears a Green Bay, WI shirt
  • Chain Reaction
    • Filmed in Madison, Lake Geneva and Williams Bay
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2
    • They vacation in WI in the summer
    • Bottle of wine from WI
    • Daughter wants to go to art school in Madison
  • Chump Change
    • Set and filmed in Milwaukee, WI
  • Clear Lake, WI
    • The movie is called Clear Lake, WI and is set in Clear Lake, WI. 
    • Fifteen years after Clear Lake, WI was evacuated and quarantined by the government, four young adults return to the small town in search of clues about their mysterious past.
  • Coming to America 
    • Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) says "Oh sir, the Giants of New York took on the Packers of Green Bay."
  • Company You Keep, The
    • There are multiple mentions of Milwaukee, WI. Robert Redford's character stops in Milwaukee to see Nick Nolte's character who runs a lumber business and a newspaper called Milwaukee Union Ledger. 
  • Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (submitted by Collin)
    • Conan talks about Sheboygan, WI
  • Contact
    • Jodie Foster's character is from De Pere, WI
    • Early in the movie, they show a map that has the state of WI and lines of yarn wrapped around a thumbtack in the Madison, WI area pointing to different cities in the US. 
  • Contagion (submitted by Collin)
    • Shows a scene at the Wisconsin border with a sign of Wisconsin in the background.
  • Crazy for Love (2005) - (submitted by Melissa V)
    • They go to Sheboygan, WI
  • Cure, The
    • Filmed in WI
  • Damien: Omen II and The Final Conflict: Omen III
    • Filmed in Lake Geneva, Eagle River and Delafield. St. John's Military Academy got some screen time.
  • Dawn of the Dead
    • Takes place in Milwaukee
  • D.C. Cab (submitted by Nicky)
    • In the hospital scene while looking at a photo they mention that it could be in Wisconsin and Gary Busey's character mentions that it's the cheese state.
  • Deep End of the Ocean, The
    • Partly filmed in Madison, WI
  • Definitely, Maybe
    • Main character is from Wisconsin and attended UW-Madison in the movie.
  • Dexter Dickie
    • Filmed in WI
  • Dillinger
    • Filmed in multiple locations in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee's Third Ward
  • Dogma
    • In the movie, they say that WI is the place that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s characters are banished to and it’s worse than hell.
  • Draft Day
    • The University of WI is HEAVILY featured in Draft Day. The likely #1 pick in the NFL draft is a player named Bo Callahan, a QB from UW-Madison.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous
    • Pageant contestant says Brett Favre should be US Pres
    • One character says that the pagent cannot rule out sabotage from neighboring state pagents including Iowa, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
  • Eagle Eye (submitted by Amy S) 
    • After Shia's character Jerry robs an armored truck, he and his accomplice Rachel get on a "Masako Sightseeing Tours" bus which takes them to the airport. The shot is about 3 seconds long, you can see the Mitchell Airport command tower along with the plane that greets you while you pull up to the terminals. Also, you can vaguely make out the "General Mitchell International Airport" text above the plane.
  • Ed Gein (2000) (submitted by Chris C)
    • The story of Ed Gein who was from Plainfield, Wisconsin.
  • Election (submitted by nicky)
    • Matthew Broderick's character mentions that his friend moved back home to Milwaukee.
  • Enchanted
    • Two people in the middle of a divorce were arguing over a Hank Aaron (Milwaukee Braves) baseball card.
  • Escape From Tomorrow (submitted by Samwell)
    • A person can be seen wearing a Wisconsin shirt.
  • Expecting Mercy
    • Filmed in WI
  • Fargo
    • Early in the movie, the grandfather is watching the Badgers hockey team playing the Minnesota Gophers on TV.
  • Fever Lake
    • Filmed at Carthage College in Kenosha and in Twin Lakes.
  • Flirting with Disaster
    • Mary Tyler Moore's characters say "You could fit the entire state of Wisconsin in your blind spot."
  • For Keeps (submitted by nicky)
    • Movie is set in Kenosha, WI and partially filmed there.
  • Fort McCoy (2014)
    • Filmed in La Crosse, Wisconsin and set in Fort McCoy, WI.
  • Founder, The 
    • True story based on Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds. There are multiple mentions of Milwaukee, Madison, and Kenosha, WI.
  • Garden State
    • They receive resumes from Milwaukee
  • Gettin' Grown
    • Set and filmed in Milwaukee, WI
  • Giant Spider Invasion, The (submitted by Greg F)
    • Filmed near Wausau, WI
  • Glengarry Glen Ross (submitted by Bob D)
    • Ed Harris Playing Dave Moss: "I'm not going home. I'm going to Wisconsin."
  • Godfather of Green Bay, The (submitted by basementguerilla)
    • Set in Green Bay, WI and also filmed there.
  • Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) (submitted by Kyletall)
    • The main character asks "What's the name of the guy who has the burgundy Rolls Royce and plays for the Green Bay Packers?" His friend says, "Willie Davis."
  • Good Night and Good Luck
    • Makes numerous references to Wisconsin because Sen. McCarthy was the Junior Senator from Wisconsin.
  • Great Outdoors, The (submitted by Grant)
    • There are multiple times where you can see a "Point Beer" sign. Point Beer is made in Stevens Point, WI.
  • Hellraiser
    • Partly filmed in WI
  • Here Comes the Boom
    • When Mr. Voss is reading the newspaper in his classroom, the newspaper headline reads "Celtics Trip Up Bucks", referring to the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • He's Just Not That Into You (Submitted by Patrick M)
    • Ben Affleck is on a sailboat wearing a t-shirt that has Bucky Badger (UW mascot) on it.
  • Home Alone (submitted by duckyod)
    • John Candy's character tells Kevin's mom about road trips and mentions Sheboygan.
  • Hoop Dreams
    • Filmed partly in Milwaukee.
  • Horicon (submitted by Greg F)
    • Filmed in WI
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux
    • Ryan Stiles' character says he is going to go back to Eagle River.
  • Hunted, The
    • Filmed in WI
  • Identity Theft (submitted by Barry W)
    • Melissa McCarthy's character is caught stealing Jason Bateman's identity and when he is returning her to Denver for charges she admits she is from Morganville, Wisconsin.
  • Incredible Hulk
    • Soda with Hulk’s blood in it gets shipped from South America to Milwaukee
  • Independence Day (submitted by Steve L)
    • Jeff Goldblum's work colleague's mother is from Wisconsin.
  • I Love Trouble
    • Filmed in Baraboo and Madison. According to Stanley Solheim at the Wisconsin Film Office, farmers picketed the film and tried to halt production.
  • Iron Will
    • Filmed in Superior.
  • Judge, The 
    • Billy Bob Thornton's character talks about a Milwaukee beer baron.
  • Juno (submitted by Jordan)
    • Juno sings a song that mentions going to Madison, WI.
  • Jurassic World 
    • Zach and Gray are from Madison, WI. In the beginning of the movie, their parents mention Dane County airport.
    • At one point during the movie, Aunt Claire gets a phone call from her sister and the phone shows Madison, WI.
  • Key Largo (1948) (submitted by Erin S)
    • One of the gangsters tells Humphrey Bogart that they came "all the way down from Milwaukee" to go deep-sea fishing. When questioned later by police, all the gangsters give their address as "Hotel Central, Milwaukee."
  • King Ralph
    • John Goodman wearing GB Packers jacket
  • Lady in the Box
    • Filmed in WI
  • Lake House
    • Sandra Bullock’s character did her residency at UW-Madison
  • Lars and the Real Girl
    • Set in Wisconsin
  • Last Great Ride, The
    • Filmed in Burlington, WI
  • Last Vegas
    • There is a scene where Sam is talking to a cross dresser and they talk about betting on the Green Bay Packers.
  • The Last Kiss
    • Set in Madison, WI
  • Leatherheads (submitted by Barry W)
    • George Clooney's football team are scheduled to play Milwaukee.
  • Little Fockers
    • The drug sales rep Andi Garcia mentions a drug conference she attended in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Love, Actually
    • British guys go to Milwaukee because that is where the most beautiful women are located
  • Major League
    • County Stadium in Milwaukee is used as Cleveland’s baseball stadium. Many of the scenes in the movie are shot in Milwaukee.
  • Man, The
    • Eugene Levy’s character is from Wisconsin
  • Mean Girls
    • Madison, WI reference
  • Meet the Applegates
    • Filmed in Neenah and Oshkosh.
  • Michael Clayton
    • Plaintiff family lives near Milwaukee, WI
  • Milk Punch (submitted by Greg F)
    • Filmed in WI
  • Million Dollar Arm (Mar 2015) 
    • In the opening scene of the movie, they show a Milwaukee Brewers bobblehead doll.
  • Milwaukee, Minnesota
    • Filmed primarily in the Bay View area in Milwaukee. Kinnickinnic Avenue is shown prominently in the 2002 film, which released almost three years later in June '05.
  • Miracle (submitted by Collin)
    • The character that portrays Mark Johnson says he is from Madison, WI.
  • Miracle in the Rain (1958) (submitted by Amy G)
    • Eileen Heckarts character says she grew up in Sheyboygan WI.
  • Mission Impossible (submitted by Jeff)
    • Ethan Hunt and his parents are from Madison, WI. And his parents are arrested as leaders of a spy ring from Wisconsin.
  • Monster House
    • The character named Chowder’s cousin is a cop in Wisconsin
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
    • Ginormica mentions wanting to go to Milwaukee. 
  • Mother's Day 
    • Julia Roberts' character mentions Waukesha.
  • Mr. 3000
    • Set in and filmed in Milwaukee.
    • He plays for the Brewers.
  • Mrs. Soffel
    • Briefly filmed in Freedom.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (submitted by Anna)
    • The lead male character is talking about his family and says his cousins live in Wisconsin
  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend
    • Don’t recall the exact reference
  • Nebraska 
    • Woody Grant's (main character) wife mentions Eau Claire, WI.
  • Never Wave at a Wac (submitted by Krissy)
    • There is a scene where girls are testing out tents and clothes in extreme temperatures. One of the girls is from Wisconsin Rapids.
  • New World Horror, The (submitted by Kathleen)
    • Will be filming in Madison, Milwaukee, and Janesville this summer (2014). It's a zombie film with a political twist.
  • Night Listener, The
    • Don’t recall the exact reference
  • No Sleep 'til Madison
    • Set and filmed in WI
  • Nothing Like the Holidays
    • Early in the movie, there is a scene where the family is watching TV and the Badgers basketball team is playing.
  • Novocaine
    • Filmed in Cedarburg. It stars Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, Laura Dern and Helena Bonham Carter.
  • Oculus (submitted by Collin)
    • Reference to a woman from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin who was one of the historical victims of a supernatural mirror that causes suicidal deaths.
  • One Night Stand
    • Filmed parts of this movie in Milwaukee
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
    • Oz says "I'll catch up with you in Milwaukee" when he is running away from the Strongman at the circus.
  • Paint Job, The
    • The comedy/thriller was filmed in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine.
  • Pilot Error
    • Partly set and filmed in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Pit, The
    • Filmed in Beaver Dam and Reeseville
  • Prince and Me, The
    • Set in Madison
  • Prince and the Showgirl, The (submitted by Collin)
    • Woman says she was born in Milwaukee.
  • Public Enemies
    • Filmed in multiple cities in WI
    • Mentions cities from Wisconsin multiple times in the movie.
  • Real Life (submitted by Greg F)
    • Fake documentary starring Albert Brooks mentions Wisconsin
  • Red Betsy
    • Filmed in WI
  • Reeseville
    • Several cities were filming locations including Milwaukee, Madison, Watertown, Jefferson and, the movie's title location, Reeseville.
  • Reservoir Dogs
    • Mr. Orange says that he and Mr. White were talking about the Brewers. Mr. Orange's colleague (a police officer) then says that Mr. White has to be from Wisconsin.
  • Risky Business 
    • A guy that Tom Cruise is talking to at a gas station says he is going to Wisconsin for college.
  • Road Hard (submitted by Kyletall)
    • David Alan Grier tells Adam Carolla about his pilot episode for a TV show called "Milk Chocolate". It's about the only black dairy farmer in 1960's Wisconsin. "It's like Green Acres meets Good Times."
  • Rudy
    • Partly filmed in Milwaukee.
  • Runaway Bride
    • Julia Robert’s fiancé asks some Green Bay Packers trivia
  • Sabrina (1954) (submitted by Erin S)
    • Humphrey Bogart jokingly suggests to Audrey Hepburn that an operetta she saw in Paris ends with the couple running away to Milwaukee to open a brewery. Hepburn responds "A love that made Milwaukee famous."
    • The exchange is right at the beginning of this clip: http://youtu.be/e5KUElfPki0
  • Sandlot, The (submitted by kyletall)
    • Scott "Scotty" Smalls and James Earl Jones as Mr. Myrtle, owner of "The Beast" have Milwaukee Braves pennants hanging in their rooms.
  • Semi-Tough
    • Some scenes were filmed in Green Bay.
  • Sex Drive
    • Ian is going to the University of WI for Vet school.
  • Side Effects
    • Filmed in Madison, WI
  • Sleeping With The Enemy (submitted by Nicky)
    • Julia Robert's mother mentions that her "visitor" is her nephew from Wisconsin. 
  • Smokers (submitted by Greg F)
    • Filmed in WI
  • Some Like it Hot (submitted by Darlene)
    • Josephine (Jack Lemmon) and Daphne (Tony Curtis) claim to have studied at the Sheboygan Conservatory of Music. (no such place actually exists though).
  • Spy 
    • Susan Cooper's alias on her passport at the end of the movie lists Wisconsin as her home state.
  • Starman (submitted by Barry W)
    • Jeff Bridges' alien spacecraft is shot down and crashes in Chequamegon Bay, WI. It also mentions Madison, WI.
  • Straight Story, The
    • Filmed in Mount Zion and Prairie du Chien, and it also mentions Wisconsin.
  • Stripes
    • Bill Murray’s character says: "C'mon, it's Czechoslovakia. We zip in, we pick 'em up, we zip right out again. We're not going to Moscow. It's Czechoslovakia. It's like we're going into "Wisconsin"."  Ziskey replies, "I once got the shit kicked out of me in Wisconsin." 
  • Surf's Up
    • The Chicken Joe character is from Sheboygan, WI and learned to surf in the Great Lakes.
  • Swingers (submitted by Collin)
    • Heather Graham's character mentions Wisconsin.
  • Ten Things I Hate About You
    • Heath Ledger's character was from Wisconsin.
  • Thank You For Smoking
    • The kid with cancer (Cancer Boy) in the opening sequence is from Racine, WI
  • That Thing You Do!
    • A concert brings them to Wisconsin where the band members are mobbed by fans. As a group of girls climbs onto their car, one band members says "I like Wisconsin."
  • There’s Something About Mary
    • There's a scene with Brett Favre from the Green Bay Packers.
  • There Will Be Blood
    • Henry Plainview (character in movie) is from Fond du Lac, WI.
  • Thin Ice (submitted by nicky)
    • The movie is set in Kenosha, WI and stars Greg Kinnear as an insurance agent involved in a scam about a valuable violin found in an attic and a murder around it. 
  • This is Spinal Tap (submitted by Greg F)
    • Mentions Milwaukee in one of the scenes
  • Titanic
    • Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is from Chippewa Falls, WI. However, the lake which he claims to have fished at didn't exist at the time the Titanic actually sunk. Lake Wissota is a man-made lake which was made five years after the ship sunk. It's still a shout out to Wisconsin though.
  • Tommy Boy (submitted by Kyletall)
    • Mentions Oshkosh and shows them passing a road sign that shows miles to Oshkosh. o Chris Farley's character attended Marquette University and he also wore a Marquette rugby jersey.
  • Tourist, The
    • Johnny Depp's character is a math teacher from Madison Community College. 
  • Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon (submitted by Chris C)
    • Filmed scenes in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • Two Weeks Notice
    • The Alicia Witt character is from WI
  • Uncle Buck
    • Filmed parts of this film in Lake Geneva.
  • Up in the Air (submitted by Collin)
    • Mentions Wisconsin and a "killer burger" in Milwaukee.
    • (updated by nicky) George Clooney's character is from Waupaca, WI. His sister is getting married at the Chateau in Menominee Falls, WI. 
  • Van Wilder 2 – Rise of Taj (submitted by Amy K) 
    • Taj says that his parents are from Wisconsin. 
  • War on Everyone
    • NOTE: I lost the submission that stated what the reference was. If you know, please re-submit.
  • Wayne’s World 
    • They drive to Milwaukee for an Alice Cooper concert
  • While You Were Sleeping
    • Sandra Bullock states in the opening scene "We would pack up our sometimes working car and he would tell me amazing stories about strange and exotic lands as we headed off to exciting destinations like Milwaukee. It's amazing how exotic Wisconsin isn't."
  • White Palace
    • Reference to University of Wisconsin
  • Winning
    • Paul Newman says “I thought you were going to Milwaukee. Everyone goes to Milwaukee after Indianapolis.”
  • World War Z
    • In the opening credits, there is a video of a Departures board from an airport and it shows Madison, WI on it.
  • Zathura
    • One of the kids mentions Brett Favre from the Green Bay Packers.

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