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

Caroline Olney | Jul 1, 2015 Movies
Most Popular Movie of All Time In Each State: Can You Guess What Yours Is?

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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  • Alabama - To Kill A Mockingbird


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

  • Alaska - The Gold Rush


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

  • Arizona - Psycho


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    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.

  • Arkansas - Sling Blade


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

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  • California - Pulp Fiction


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    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.

  • Colorado - The Shining


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

  • Connecticut - Bringing Up Baby


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

  • Delaware - Fight Club


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    A cult classic and one of the most talked-about films in recent history, Fight Club's home is in Deleware.

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  • Florida - Scarface


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

  • Georgia - Gone with the Wind


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

  • Hawaii - Tora! Tora! Tora!


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

  • Idaho - My Own Private Idaho


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    My Own Private Idaho takes place in -- you guessed it -- Idaho, and is one of only three movies on the list that have its state's name in the title.

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  • Illinois - The Sting


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

  • Indiana - A Christmas Story


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    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). 

  • Iowa - The Straight Story


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    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.

  • Kansas - In Cold Blood


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    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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  • Kentucky - The Insider


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

  • Louisiana - The Green Mile


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

  • Maine - The Shawshank Redemption


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

  • Maryland - The Silence of the Lambs


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

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  • Massachusetts - The Departed


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    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.

  • Michigan - Gran Torino


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

  • Minnesota - Fargo


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

  • Mississippi - Django Unchained


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    Set in antebellum Mississippi, Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino's most critically and commercially successful film to date.

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  • Missouri - Paper Moon


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

  • Montana - Lonesome Dove


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

  • Nebraska - Nebraska


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

  • Nevada - Casino


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    Appropriately set in Nevada's famous Las Vegas casinos, Casino is one of Martin Scorsese's most-loved crime dramas.

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  • New Hampshire - Lolita


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

  • New Jersey - On the Waterfront


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

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


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