Middle America. Flyover country. The Heartland. No matter what you call the Midwest (and “the Midwest” is fine, thanks), there’s no denying its unique place in American culture. From Minnesota Nice to Iowa Stubborn to Wisconsin Cheddar, the Midwest has also made its imprint on American film and television. To celebrate this beautiful region, here are some of the most decidedly Midwestern movies and television shows that really put the “heart” in Heartland, rated on a scale of 1 to 5 ears of corn, naturally.

Note: You won’t find Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or the Dick Wolf Chicago-verse on this list. Don’t get us wrong, Chicago is awesome — but it gets enough shine, and can fill its own list of memorable movies and TV shows. Here are the best from the rest of the Midwest:

 

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