You love movies. And you love America. And now, the two shall become one.

Behold: our highly unscientific, totally debatable guide to the 50 best movies from each of the Fifty Nifty.

ForestGump

Alabama: “Forrest Gump”

An epic slice of American history that covers everything from civil rights to Vietnam to shrimp boating.

IntoTheWild

Alaska: “Into the Wild”

True story: Vagabond searches for meaning, ends up living in an abandoned bus in the gorgeous/terrifying Alaskan wilderness.

RaisingArizona

Arizona: “Raising Arizona”

The Coen brothers’ dark (yet optimistic) comedy about kidnapping and bank robberies. You know, a family film.

TrueGrit

Arkansas: “True Grit”

And another Coen flick. This time, the brothers update the classic Western with an impressive Hailee Steinfeld as the relentless, vengeful Mattie Ross.

VertigoChinatown

California: “Chinatown” and “Vertigo”

We’re calling this one a tie, folks: a murder-thriller in seedy L.A. pitted against Hitchcock’s iconic San Fran psychotic romance.

TheShining

Colorado: “The Shining”

Jack Nicholson, Stanley Kubrick and the scariest twins ever.

Stepfordwives

Connecticut: “The Stepford Wives”

Or “Connecticut: An Autobiography.”

FightClub

Delaware: “Fight Club”

The first rule of Fight Club is…did you know it’s set in Delaware?

TheresSomethingAboutMary

Florida: “There’s Something About Mary”

That hair, though.

GoneWithTheWind

Georgia: “Gone With the Wind”

Frankly, my dear… it’s four hours long.

Descendants

Hawaii: “The Descendants”

An unexpected look at what island life is really like (apparently it’s not all mai tais and luaus).

NapoleonDynamite

Idaho: “Napoleon Dynamite”

If you look past the curly hair, dance moves and mouth breathing, Idaho is actually really pretty.

Bueller

Illinois: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Admit it: You want a parade to appear every time you hear “Twist & Shout.”

Hoosiers

Indiana: “Hoosiers”

The classic underdog sports story upon which all other underdog sports stories are built.

FieldofDreams

Iowa: “Field of Dreams”

“Is this heaven?”

WizardofOz

Kansas: “The Wizard of Oz”

Self-explanatory (and inarguable).

CoalMinersDaughter

Kentucky: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

The Loretta Lynn biopic earned Sissy Spacek an Oscar, and introduced us to the wild world of honky-tonk.

Streetcar

Louisiana: “A Streetcar Named Desire”

One word: Stella.

ParentTrap

Maine: “The Parent Trap”

Two words: Lindsay Lohan.

HairSpray

Maryland: “Hairspray”

Leave it to John Waters to make 1960s Baltimore look…fun.

GoodWillHunting

Massachusetts: “Good Will Hunting”

The one where Matt Damon has to go see about a girl. And the world was properly introduced to Ben Affleck, too.

AmericanPie

Michigan: “American Pie”

That’s right, Michigoans (Michiganders?)—this now-classic remains permanently etched in our formative teenage hearts. Don’t be upset.

DropDeadGorgeous

Minnesota: “Drop Dead Gorgeous”

Beauty pageant hijinks and those fascinating accents (and a nearly all-female ensemble).

Heatofthenight

Mississippi: “In the Heat of the Night”

They call him Mister Tibbs. And we call this 1967 murder-melodrama a cultural groundbreaker.

StLouis

Missouri: “Meet Me in St. Louis”

Love conquers all. So does Judy Garland (in glorious Technicolor) in this beloved romantic musical about the 1904 World’s Fair.

Legendsofthefall

Montana: “Legends of the Fall”

Oscar-winning cinematography featuring Big Sky Country. Plus, Brad Pitt in the original man bun.

Election

Nebraska: “Election”

Wait, isn’t this what high school in Omaha is really like?

Fearandloathing

Nevada: “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas”

Just Johnny Depp being Johnny Depp.

Bob

New Hampshire: “What About Bob?

Just Bill Murray being the best.

ChasingAmy

New Jersey: “Chasing Amy”

No matter how you feel about Kevin Smith movies, this is just so Jersey. (You didn’t think we were gonna say Garden State, did you?)

HighNoon

New Mexico: “High Noon”

Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly make a Western.

WhenHarryMetSally

New York: “When Harry Met Sally”

Harry and Sally’s friendship-turned-romance made us fall in love with Nora Ephron. Not to mention: New York City itself.

BullDurham

North Carolina: “Bull Durham”

Romance, baseball and one hell of a speech by Crash Davis.

Fargo2

North Dakota: “Fargo”

Those winters and accents? Accurate.

TommyBoy

Ohio: “Tommy Boy”

Basically SNL goes on a Midwest road trip. (RIP, Chris Farley.)

Twister

Oklahoma: “Twister”

Makes other states’ weather look boring.

StandByMe

Oregon: “Stand By Me”

Searching for dead bodies in the woods: what Oregon childhoods are made of.

GroundhogDay

Pennsylvania: “Groundhog Day”

You didn’t think we were gonna say Rocky, right?

DumbandDumber

Rhode Island: “Dumb and Dumber”

Still the Best and Bester, in our opinion.

TheNotebook

South Carolina: “The Notebook”

No explanation necessary.

NorthbyNorthwest1

South Dakota: “North by Northwest”

Hitchcockian murder and mayhem…atop Mount Rushmore.

WalkTheLine

Tennessee: “Walk the Line”

Johnny Cash and June Carter forever.

TexasChainsaw

Texas: “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

Admittedly, not a great representation of that true Texas charm, but Texans, take pride in this being one of the best horror flicks of all time.

127Hours

Utah: “127 Hours”

A life-or-death scenario + a jaw-dropping setting - one arm = Oscar gold for James Franco.

BabyBoom

Vermont: “Baby Boom”

Diane Keaton tackles timeless dilemmas (work, love and babies) in ’80s powersuits.

SOTL

Virginia: “The Silence of the Lambs”

Come on, Virginia. You can’t argue this one.

SleeplessInSeattle

Washington: “Sleepless in Seattle”

What long-distance relationships were like before Skype. (Also: Remember Tom Hanks’ amazing houseboat?)

OctoberSky

West Virginia: “October Sky”

Coal miner’s son becomes a rocket scientist in this biographical story.

LarsAndTheRealGirl

Wisconsin: “Lars and the Real Girl”

A feel-good film about the power of community. Also: Gosling with a mustache.

ButchCassidy

Wyoming: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

A high-stakes pursuit across the Wyoming wilderness…and one of the most iconic endings ever. Newman and Redford forever.

Presidentsmen

WASHINGTON, D.C.: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

Bonus: We’re talking Watergate and Woodward and Bernstein (and that Redford, again). You didn’t think we forgot our nation’s capital. 

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