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Kentucky Films

The following films were all set in Kentucky, many based around bourbon or horses!

Bullitt County

Four friends reunite for a bachelor party in the Fall of 1977 to hunt for buried Prohibition money on the Bluegrass Bourbon Trail, only to become ripped apart by greed, corruption and murder.


Diane Lane and John Malkovich star in this Disney horse-racing drama based on real events. Despite knowing nothing about horse racing, stay-at-home mum Penny Chenery (Lane) agrees to take over the Meadow Stables after her father falls ill.

Kingsman – The Golden Circle

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingman’s journey leads them to band together with an allied spy organisation in the US, to defeat a common enemy.

The Kentuckian

Burt Lancaster and Dianne Foster star in this dramatic tale of a father and young son’s journey across the rugged, 1820 Kentucky wilderness amidst ferocious fighting, high-stepping minstrels and gorgeous scenery.

Harlan County

Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning film unflinchingly documents the coal miners' strike against the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June 1973, capturing on film the miners' violent struggles with strike breakers, local police and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack by country and bluegrass artists including Hazel Dickens and Merle Travis, the film chronicles the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.


A homeless jockey, a millionaire, a washed-up cowboy and a horse named Seabiscuit are the four unlikely heroes who found hope in each other and inspired an entire generation. Tobey Maguire, Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges and Academy Award winner Chris Cooper star in the critically acclaimed and audience-pleasing Seabiscuit, the triumphant and exhilarating true story about the power of hope and the courage to make dreams come true. Filled with epic action, drama and heart, Seabiscuit will take you on the ride of a lifetime.

Racing Stripes

Driving home in a storm, breeder Nolan finds a zebra on the road. He takes him home where his daughter falls for him. Stripes grows up to be a handsome zebra but he’s mocked by the racehorses next door. Will Stripes get his own back when he enters the Kentucky Open race, ridden by the daughter?

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