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Most Popular Movie of All Time In Each State: Can You Guess What Yours Is?

Movies Caroline Olney Jul 1, 2015

It's no secret that Hollywood loves some states more than others (not that we're sick of movies set in California or New York at all), but every state has had its time on the silver screen at least once. Ever wonder what the most popular movie based in your state is? 

The popularity rankings come from IMDB, where users can vote on the quality of movies with a 0 to 10 star scale. The fave films range all over the place -- from 1925 to 2013 and from romance to drama to comedies.

If you want to try and guess, here's a hint: If you live in a flyover state, you probably have a Western, and if you live in a state with a big city, you probably have a gang film. Think you can guess yours?


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1Alabama - To Kill A Mockingbird

The beloved adaptation of the even more beloved book is set in the fictional Maycomb County, Alabama.

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2Alaska - The Gold Rush

Charlie Chaplin's silent film The Gold Rush was filmed in 1925, making it the oldest film on the list.

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3Arizona - Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock's classic slasher sets up its story in Phoenix, Arizona. Since it's one of the most popular American films in history, it's by far Arizona's most popular film as well.

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4Arkansas - Sling Blade

Billy Bob Thorton directed and starred in this 1996 Academy favorite, which was set in a rural Arkansas town.

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5California - Pulp Fiction

Though there are enough movies set in California to make it tough competition, Pulp Fiction is a cult favorite -- and the #5 most-loved movie of all time.

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6Colorado - The Shining

What might be the biggest and best horror film of all time is set in the Overlook Hotel in Sidewinder, Colorado.

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7Connecticut - Bringing Up Baby

The plot of this 1938 screwball comedy centers around Katharine Hepburn's character dragging Cary Grant back to Connecticut to raise her leopard, Baby.

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9Florida - Scarface

Scarface's story centers around a Cuban refugee who landed in Miami, Florida, and turns the city into his drug empire.

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10Georgia - Gone with the Wind

This classic historical romance starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh is set in the 1930s on a Georgia plantation.

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11Hawaii - Tora! Tora! Tora!

This 1970 film takes place in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and dramatizes the famous Japanese attack.

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13Illinois - The Sting

This classic American caper film is set between Joilet, Illinois, and Chicago.

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14Indiana - A Christmas Story

The Christmas classic follows the story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who lives and loves in the fictional Hohman, Indiana (which is based on the very real Hammond, Indiana). 

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15Iowa - The Straight Story

David Lynch's biographical drama is based on the true story of Alvin Straight's 1994 journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawn mower.

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16Kansas - In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood, which is based on Truman Capote's novel of the same name, tells the story of two murders in Holcomb, Kansas. The Wizard of Oz has a slightly higher ranking, but unfortunately it spends too much time in Oz for it to count.

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17Kentucky - The Insider

An Academy favorite, The Insider is the story of a whistleblower on a Kentucky tobacco company.

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18Louisiana - The Green Mile

Tom Hanks stars in this 1999 adaptation of the Stephen King novel by the same name, which is set in a Louisiana nursing home.

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19Maine - The Shawshank Redemption

Another Stephen King adaptation, The Shawshank Redemption (like many of his novels) is set in a fictional town in Maine.

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20Maryland - The Silence of the Lambs

This story surrounds the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where serial killer Hannibal Lecter is held.

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21Massachusetts - The Departed

The Departed is the story of the Irish mob scene in Boston, and is loosely based on the city's most famous criminal, Whitey Bulger.

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22Michigan - Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino follows the story of a Korean War veteran in Detroit, Michigan.

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23Minnesota - Fargo

Fargo is named after the city in Minnesota and follows the story of Jerry Lundegaard, a Minneapolis car salesman.

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25Missouri - Paper Moon

Paper Moon takes place in St. Joseph, Missouri, during the Great Depression.

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26Montana - Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove is considered by some to be the best Western ever made ... and all the magic happens on the plains of Montana.

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27Nebraska - Nebraska

Nebraska is the story of Woody Grant, whose somewhat misguided adventures take him to Nebraska time and time again.

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29New Hampshire - Lolita

The 1962 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's famous novel Lolita begins in Ramsdale, New Hampshire.

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30New Jersey - On the Waterfront

This 1954 film tells the story of the widespread corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the waterfronts of Hoboken, New Jersey.

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31New Mexico - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

One of the most famous Westerns of all time, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly takes place on the New Mexico/Mexico border.

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33North Carolina - George Washington

George Washington is the story of a small, rural town in North Carolina and the children who live there.

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34North Dakota - Fargo

Fargo does double duty because it splits its time evenly between Minnesota and North Dakota -- and it's so acclaimed and loved it deserves both states.

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35Ohio - Rain Man

The famous story of the two brothers is based around their father's estate in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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36Oklahoma - True Grit

Both the 1969 version and it's award-winning 2010 remake take place in Oklahoma, making it the biggest film the state has ever seen.

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37Oregon - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

One of the few movies to win all of the top five Oscar categories, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest takes place at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon.

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38Pennsylvania - The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter is the story of a trio of Pittsburgh steel workers and their service in the Vietnam War.

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39Rhode Island - Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Hachi: A Dog's Tale is the beautiful tale of a faithful dog and his owner, and it all unfolds in Connecticut.

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41South Dakota - Badlands

Badlands is loosely based on the real-life murder spree of Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, in 1958, and it's set in South Dakota.

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42Tennessee - Inherit the Wind

An adaptation of the play by the same name, Inherit the Wind is set in Tennessee and is a fictionalization of the famous Tennessee v. Scopes trial in 1925.

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43Texas - For a Few Dollars More

Another Clint Eastwood Western, For a Few Dollars More takes place on the Texas/Mexico border.

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45Vermont - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

This 1936 comedy takes place in the fictional Mandrake Falls, Vermont, during the Great Depression.

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46Virginia - Donnie Darko

This sci-fi favorite takes place in Middlesex, Virginia ... again, again, and again.

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47Washington - 50/50

Released in 2011, 50/50 follows the story of Adam Lerner, a public radio journalist in Seattle.

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49Wisconsin - Stroszek

A film about a street performer from Berlin, the majority of Stroszek takes place in Wisconsin.

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50Wyoming - Unforgiven

A Western released in 1992, Unforgiven is set in Big Whiskey, Wyoming -- a town that, in 1880, does not allow guns or criminals.

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