22 Février 2015
A selection of movies to represent every state in the US!
NB: Since I rarely write that many proper names in my articles, don't hesitate to let me know if you see a misspelling!
The only animated picture featured in this list is set in the fictional city of Rockwell, Maine.
When he arrives in Ramsdale, New Hampshire, university professor Humbert Humbert is easily convinced to rent a room in Charlotte Haze's house as he sets eyes on the widow's daugther: Lolita.
The abduction of a 4 year old girl in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester sets in motion a gruelling investigation.
Set in a Vermont mental hospital, this Hitchcock movie deals not only with mental illness but also with identity theft and of course murder.
This documentary showcasing the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival was co-directed by photographer Bert Stern (he notably produced the commercial stills for Lolita showing Sue Lyon sucking on a lollipop) and director Aram Avakiam.
A parable around pool parties and Conneticut's high society.
In Stardust Memories, the most new-yorkan of all film directors makes some excursions in the neighbouring state of New Jersey.
This (very) dark thriller takes place in Philadelphia.
Like all movies by John Waters, Cry Baby was shot in Baltimore.
Not surprisingly, this biopic of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover mainly takes place in Washington DC.
When the fake reverend (and actual psychopath) Harry Powell finds out about a load of cash his soon to be executed cellmate has hidden back home he decides to marry his widow to get his hands on it. The Ohio river plays a big part in the movie.
It doesn't really matter where you live when a comet is about to blow up the whole planet, but this movies follows two New-Yorkers who decide to travel to Delaware to visit family before biting the dust.
A Chicago art dealer visits her husband's family in North Carolina in this movie that marked Amy Adal's break through.
This movie, adapted from a Pat Conroy novel, was mostly filmed in British military schools since American ones didn't really want to back this critique of the military. However, the novel was set in South Carolina and the movie is too (some scenes not invoving military schools were actually filmed there).
The city of Savannah is basically one of the main characters of this movie that showcases a New-York reporter who is not really adapting to Georgia.
This is a moist movie, like the state it was filmed in (I told you I hated writing about movies)
Set in the fictionnal city of Maycomb, Alabama this movie is recognized as one of the best ever adapted from a book.
The Evil Dead is far from the first thing that leaps to my mind when I think of Tennesse, but the cult horror movie was filmed there, in Morristown.
This widly popular and critically acclaimed biopic tells the story of country singer Loretta Lynn, born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.
This paranoid movie is set in the city of Lagrange, Ohio.
Amongst other things, this movie is a love letter to two cities: Tangiers and Detroit.
An aspiring novelist moves back with his parents in the little town of Goshen, Indiana.
Actually filmed in Canada but supposed to take lace in Wisconsin Lars and the Real Girl tells the story of a man who falls in love with a sex doll.
It's The Blues Brothers.
Like many other Tennessee Williams plays, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (from which Baby Doll is adapted) takes place in the deep south.
Tons of movies are set in Louisiana, many of them wonderful. I chose this Jim Jarmusch gem about three convicts who try to evade prison together.
Mattie Ross lives in the town of Fort Smith. When her father is murdered, she decides to seek revenge.
In this homage to the 1930's jazz scene, a woman kidnaps a politician's wife in the hope of saving her husband who is being held by the local mob.
Stuck in the little town of Endora where he has to care for his morbidely obese and depressed mother and his brother who's suffering from a developmental disablitity, Gilbert Grape lights up when he meets a young woman whose trailer broke down.
It's difficult to tell if Charlize Theron's character is more bitchy or depressed in this tale of an ex high school star who goes back to her hometown in an attempt to get her old sweetheart back.
The American West landscapes help create the atmosphere of this modern film noir.
Though a classic road movie, Thelma and Louise starts off in Oklahoma.
As a true jack of all trades, Ang Lee made Kung Fu movies, comedies...and historical dramas such as Ride with the Devil, which takes place during the Civil War.
This film takes place in several states amongst which is Nebraska.
The crew of the movie, which was shot in North Dakota during a freezing cold winter was rewarded when it won a Caméra d'Or in Cannes (the award for best first movie).
This historical epic partly takes place in South Dakota.
Two militant movies in a row! This one tells the story of a strike against a powerfull company and got famous for tackling prejudices towards Mexican workers.
Though most interior shots were made in Great Britain (you know, Kubrick) and exterior shots in Oregon and Montana the infamous Overlook Hotel is supposed to be situated in Colorado.
One of the most famous westerns of recent years is set in Wyoming.
This movie tells the tale of a boy from Montana who refuses to play in the Little League as long as the world doesn't give up atomic weapons.
This teenage comedy was mainly filmed in Franklin County, Idaho.
During a crazy pursuit with the police, the hero of this cult action movie crosses several states, inclunig Utah.
In this surrealist movie, a New Yorker's life takes a very radical turn when he moves to Arizona.
In this classic drama a depressed but stunning woman goes to Reno to get an easy divorce, there she will befriend three men whose view on the world conflict with hers.
A sensitive thirty-something falls for a Mexican illegal who's still in his teenage years and who uses the attention he benefits from to his advantage.
A cynical blue-collar decides to journey from California to his home state of Washington to visit his sick father.
This film does its best to make it clear that life in paradise can include a lot of (family) drama.
This movie about a part-Eskimo teen who's more concerned about winning her idiotic ex-boyfriend back than accepting her heritage can be put in the "quircky teen comedy" category like Juno (hey, another city in Alaska!) or Ghost World.
As you may have noticed, I omitted both New-York and California. That's because I'd like to write separate articles on movies made in these states. So, stay tuned!