5 Movies you didn't know were filmed in Minnesota

Minnesota may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of movie locations, but the state has been the backdrop for several popular films over the years. Here are five movies you may not have realized were filmed in Minnesota.

A Serious Man (2009)

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man is a dark comedy set in a Jewish suburb of Minneapolis in the 1960s. The film was shot entirely in the Twin Cities area, including several St. Louis Park and Golden Valley locations.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

This Steven Spielberg-directed film is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., a con artist who impersonated a pilot, doctor, and lawyer while on the run from the FBI. The film features several scenes filmed in Minnesota, including the Mall of America in Bloomington and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. 


That Was Then...This Is Now (1985)

This coming-of-age film, based on the novel by S.E. Hinton, was filmed in and around Minneapolis. The film follows two teenage boys, one of whom becomes involved in drugs and crime, and features several recognizable landmarks in the city.

The Mighty Ducks (1992)

This family-friendly sports movie, about a group of misfit kids who form a hockey team, was filmed largely in the Twin Cities area. Some of the most memorable scenes were shot at the old Met Center in Bloomington, which has since been demolished. 

Fargo (1996)

Perhaps one of Minnesota's most well-known films, Fargo was filmed largely in North Dakota. However, several key scenes were shot in Minnesota, including the opening shot of the Paul Bunyan statue in Bemidji and the wood chipper scene in Minneapolis.

These are just a few examples of the many films that have been shot in Minnesota over the years. The state's unique blend of urban and rural landscapes and its friendly and welcoming culture make it an attractive location for filmmakers looking for something a little different.