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50 states, 50 movies

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Source: www.cruiselinehistory.com

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!

Maine: The Iron Giant - Brad Bird (1999)

The only animated picture featured in this list is set in the fictional city of Rockwell, Maine.

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Source: www.flophousepodcast.wikia.com

New Hampshire: Lolita - Stanley Kubrick (1962)

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.

Source: www.cinematheque.fr

Source: www.cinematheque.fr

Massachusetts: Gone Baby Gone - Ben Affleck (2007)

The abduction of a 4 year old girl in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester sets in motion a gruelling investigation.

Source: www.thesouloftheplot.wordpress.com

Source: www.thesouloftheplot.wordpress.com

Vermont: Spellbound - Alfred Hitchcock (1945)

Set in a Vermont mental hospital, this Hitchcock movie deals not only with mental illness but also with identity theft and of course murder.

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Source: brightwalldarkroom.tumblr.com

Rhode Island: Jazz on a Summer Day - Bert Stern (1959)

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.

Source: www.newyorkerfilms.com

Source: www.newyorkerfilms.com

Connecticut: The Swimmer - Frank Perry (1968)

A parable around pool parties and Conneticut's high society.

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Source: www.spoutnik.info

New Jersey : Stardust Memories - Woody Allen (1980)

In Stardust Memories, the most new-yorkan of all film directors makes some excursions in the neighbouring state of New Jersey.

Source: www.movies.mxdwn.com

Source: www.movies.mxdwn.com

Pennsylvania: Blow Out - Brian de Palma (1981)

This (very) dark thriller takes place in Philadelphia.

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Source: www.foresthartman.com

Maryland: Cry Baby - John Waters (1990)

Like all movies by John Waters, Cry Baby was shot in Baltimore.

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Source: www.the-deppendance.forumactif.com

Virginia: J.Edgar - Clint Eastwood (2011)

Not surprisingly, this biopic of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover mainly takes place in Washington DC.

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Source: www.cdn.collider.com

West Virginia: The Night of the Hunter - Charles Laughton (1955)

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.

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Source: www.cdn.screeningfilm.com

Delaware: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Lorene Scafaria (2012)

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.

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Source: www.heyuguys.com

North Carolina: Junebug - Phil Morrison (2005)

A Chicago art dealer visits her husband's family in North Carolina in this movie that marked Amy Adal's break through.

Source: www.arsenalfilm.de

Source: www.arsenalfilm.de

South Carolina: The Lords of Discipline - (1983)

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).

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Source: www.destgulch.com

Georgia: In the Garden of Good and Evil - Clint Eastwood (1997)

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.

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Source: www.youtube.com

Florida: The Paperboy - Lee Daniels (2012)

This is a moist movie, like the state it was filmed in (I told you I hated writing about movies)

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Source: www.reelclub.wordpress.com

Done with the East Coast, moving on!

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Source: www.cdn0.sbnation.com

Alabama: To Kill a Mockingbird - Robert Mulligan (1962)

Set in the fictionnal city of Maycomb, Alabama this movie is recognized as one of the best ever adapted from a book.

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Source: www.showbiz411.com

Tennessee: The Evil Dead - Sam Raimi (1981)

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.

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Source: www.destroythebrain.com

Kentucky: Coal Miner's Daughter - Michael Apted (1980)

This widly popular and critically acclaimed biopic tells the story of country singer Loretta Lynn, born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

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Source: www.si.wsj.net

Ohio: Take Shelter - Jeff Nichols (2011)

This paranoid movie is set in the city of Lagrange, Ohio.

Source: www.thatfilmguy.net

Source: www.thatfilmguy.net

Michigan: Only Lovers left Alive - Jim Jarmusch (2013)

Amongst other things, this movie is a love letter to two cities: Tangiers and Detroit.

Source: www.mages.sequart.org

Source: www.mages.sequart.org

Indiana: Lonesome Jim - Steve Buscemi (2005)

An aspiring novelist moves back with his parents in the little town of Goshen, Indiana.

Source: www.reelingreviews.com

Source: www.reelingreviews.com

Wisconsin: Lars and the Real Girl - Craig Gillespie (2007)

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.

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Source: www.stuk.be

Illinois: The Blues Brothers - John Landis (1980)

It's The Blues Brothers.

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Source: www.picniccinema.co.uk

Mississippi: Baby Doll - Elia Kazan (1956)

Like many other Tennessee Williams plays, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (from which Baby Doll is adapted) takes place in the deep south.

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Source: www.renatocorpaci.it

Louisiana: Down by Law - Jim Jarmusch (1986)

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.

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Source: www.blog.goo.ne.jp

Arkansas: True Grit - Ethan and Joel Coen (2010)

Mattie Ross lives in the town of Fort Smith. When her father is murdered, she decides to seek revenge.

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Source: www.cdn.collider.com

Missouri: Kansas City - Robert Altman (1996)

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.

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Source: www.fr.web.img2.acsta.net

Iowa: What's Eating Gilbert Grape? - Lasse Hallström (1993)

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.

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Source: www.images4.fanpop.com

Minnesota: Young Adult - Jason Reitman (2011)

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.

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Source: www.cdn.collider.com

Texas: No Country for Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen (2007)

The American West landscapes help create the atmosphere of this modern film noir.

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Source: www.graffitiwithpunctuation.net

Oklahoma: Thelma and Louise - Ridley Scott (1991)

Though a classic road movie, Thelma and Louise starts off in Oklahoma.

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Source: www.fresher.ru

Kansas: Ride with the Devil - Ang Lee (1999)

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.

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Source: www.ecx.images-amazon.com

Nebraska :Terms of Endearment - James L. Brooks (1983)

This film takes place in several states amongst which is Nebraska.

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Source: www.movpins.com

North Dakota: Northen Lights - John Hanson and Rob Nilsson (1978)

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).

Source: www.filmlinc.com

Source: www.filmlinc.com

South Dakota: Little Big Man - Arthur Penn (1970)

This historical epic partly takes place in South Dakota.

Source: www.filme-carti.ro

Source: www.filme-carti.ro

New Mexico: Salt of the Earth - Herbert J. Biberman (1954)

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.

Source: www.austinfilm.org

Source: www.austinfilm.org

Colorado: The Shining - Stanley Kubrick (1980)

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.

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Source: www.media.giphy.com

Wyoming: Unforgiven - Clint Eastwood (1992)

One of the most famous westerns of recent years is set in Wyoming.

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Source: www.esbilla.files.wordpress.com

Montana: Amazing Grace and Chuck - Mike Newell (1987)

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.

Source: www.sonymoviechannel.com

Source: www.sonymoviechannel.com

Idaho: Napoleon Dynamite - Jared Hess (2004)

This teenage comedy was mainly filmed in Franklin County, Idaho.

Source: www.elpelicultista.com

Source: www.elpelicultista.com

Utah: Vanishing Point - Richard C. Sarafian (1971)

During a crazy pursuit with the police, the hero of this cult action movie crosses several states, inclunig Utah.

Source: www.moparblog.com

Source: www.moparblog.com

Arizona: Arizona Dream - Emir Kusturica (1993)

In this surrealist movie, a New Yorker's life takes a very radical turn when he moves to Arizona.

Source: www.abiteofamerica.com

Source: www.abiteofamerica.com

Nevada: The Misfits - John Huston (1961)

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.

Source: www.whysoblu.com

Source: www.whysoblu.com

Oregon: Mala Noche - Gus Van Sant (1985)

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.

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Source: www.mk2pro.com

Washington: Five Easy Pieces - Bob Rafelson (1970)

A cynical blue-collar decides to journey from California to his home state of Washington to visit his sick father.

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Source: www.alteracultura.org

Hawaii: The Descendants - Alexander Payne (2011)

This film does its best to make it clear that life in paradise can include a lot of (family) drama.

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Source: www.3.bp.blogspot.com

Alaska: Dear Lemon Lima - Suzi Yoonessi (2009)

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.

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Source: www.visitfilms.com

Fake America: The Dollars Trilogy - Sergio Leone (1964, 1965, 1966)

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Source: www.cdn-media.hollywood.com

Space: 2001, A Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick (1968)

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Source: www.tuxboard.com

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!

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