50 States: Most Authentic and Famous Films

50 US States

The Most Authentic
and Famous Films

Part 2

50 US States: The Most Authentic and Famous Films

These are the films (with both classic picks and more recent or modern-day selections) that most authentically represent or exemplify each of the 50 American states (plus an extra one for Washington, D.C.). By watching representative films for each locality, one can take a travelogue tour of the entire country without ever leaving home.

There are three films selected as the best 'on-location' films authentically shot in the state (mostly or in part), and one film selected as the most definitive, significant, famous or iconic film for the state (even if not filmed there either in whole or in part). Duplications were avoided. All of the selections comprise and capture the most emblematic (and sometimes most essential) films of each state by evoking unique characteristics of place, and reflecting the state's identity and setting.

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50 US States:
The Most Authentic and Famous Films
Part 1 | Part 2
50 US States (+1)
Most Authentic, Representative
and On-Location Films
Most Famous
or Iconic Film

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

A River Runs Through It (1992)

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

Legends of the Fall (1994)

Citizen Ruth (1996)

Election (1999)

About Schmidt (2002)

Nebraska (2013)

The Misfits (1961)

Casino (1995)

The Hangover (2009)

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
New Hampshire

Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Jumanji (1995)

On Golden Pond (1981)
New Jersey

On the Waterfront (1954)

Friday the 13th (1980)

Garden State (2004)

Clerks (1994)
New Mexico

Ace in the Hole (1951)
(aka The Big Carnival)

Young Guns (1988)

Gas, Food Lodging (1992)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, It./Sp.) (aka Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo)
New York

The Godfather (1972)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Manhattan (1979)
North Carolina

Bull Durham (1988)

A Walk to Remember (2002)

Junebug (2005)

Blue Velvet (1986)
North Dakota

Jesus Camp (2006)

Buick Riviera (2008)

American Honey (2016)

Fargo (1996)

Little Man Tate (1991)

Edge of Seventeen (1998)

The Kings of Summer (2013)

American Splendor (2003)

The Outsiders (1983)

Rumble Fish (1983)

Twister (1996)

Oklahoma! (1955)

The Goonies (1985)

Stand By Me (1986)

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Rocky (1976)

Witness (1985)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Groundhog Day (1993)
Rhode Island

Mr. North (1988)

American Buffalo (1996)

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
South Carolina

The Big Chill (1983)

The Patriot (2000)

The Notebook (2004)

Glory (1989)
South Dakota

North by Northwest (1959)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Thunderheart (1992)

Badlands (1973)

Nashville (1975)

October Sky (1999)

Walk the Line (2005)

The Evil Dead (1981)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The Last Picture Show (1971)

No Country For Old Men (2007)

Giant (1956)

Footloose (1984)

Thelma & Louise (1991)

The Sandlot (1993)

127 Hours (2010)

Funny Farm (1988)

The Spitfire Grill (1996)

Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

State and Main (2000)

Gods and Generals (2003)

The New World (2005)

Loving (2016)

Lincoln (2012)

Singles (1992)

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Twilight (2008)
Washington, D.C.

All the President's Men (1976)
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

No Way Out (1987)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
West Virginia

Matewan (1987)

We Are Marshall (2006)

Super 8 (2011)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (1999)

Public Enemies (2009)

Mr 3000 (2004)

Bridesmaids (2011)

Shane (1953)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Flicka (2006)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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