The Best Movie from Every Single State
From Alabama to Wyoming
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.
Alabama: “Forrest Gump”
An epic slice of American history that covers everything from civil rights to Vietnam to shrimp boating.
Alaska: “Into the Wild”
True story: Vagabond searches for meaning, ends up living in an abandoned bus in the gorgeous/terrifying Alaskan wilderness.
Arizona: “Raising Arizona”
The Coen brothers’ dark (yet optimistic) comedy about kidnapping and bank robberies. You know, a family film.
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.
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.
Colorado: “The Shining”
Jack Nicholson, Stanley Kubrick and the scariest twins ever.
Connecticut: “The Stepford Wives”
Or “Connecticut: An Autobiography.”
Delaware: “Fight Club”
The first rule of Fight Club is…did you know it’s set in Delaware?
Florida: “There’s Something About Mary”
That hair, though.
Georgia: “Gone With the Wind”
Frankly, my dear… it’s four hours long.
Hawaii: “The Descendants”
An unexpected look at what island life is really like (apparently it’s not all mai tais and luaus).
Idaho: “Napoleon Dynamite”
If you look past the curly hair, dance moves and mouth breathing, Idaho is actually really pretty.
Illinois: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Admit it: You want a parade to appear every time you hear “Twist & Shout.”
The classic underdog sports story upon which all other underdog sports stories are built.
Iowa: “Field of Dreams”
“Is this heaven?”
Kansas: “The Wizard of Oz”
Self-explanatory (and inarguable).
Kentucky: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
The Loretta Lynn biopic earned Sissy Spacek an Oscar, and introduced us to the wild world of honky-tonk.
Louisiana: “A Streetcar Named Desire”
One word: Stella.
Maine: “The Parent Trap”
Two words: Lindsay Lohan.
Leave it to John Waters to make 1960s Baltimore look…fun.
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.
Michigan: “American Pie”
That’s right, Michigoans (Michiganders?)—this now-classic remains permanently etched in our formative teenage hearts. Don’t be upset.
Minnesota: “Drop Dead Gorgeous”
Beauty pageant hijinks and those fascinating accents (and a nearly all-female ensemble).
Mississippi: “In the Heat of the Night”
They call him Mister Tibbs. And we call this 1967 murder-melodrama a cultural groundbreaker.
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.
Montana: “Legends of the Fall”
Oscar-winning cinematography featuring Big Sky Country. Plus, Brad Pitt in the original man bun.
Wait, isn’t this what high school in Omaha is really like?
Nevada: “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas”
Just Johnny Depp being Johnny Depp.
New Hampshire: “What About Bob?
Just Bill Murray being the best.
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?)
New Mexico: “High Noon”
Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly make a Western.
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.
North Carolina: “Bull Durham”
Romance, baseball and one hell of a speech by Crash Davis.
North Dakota: “Fargo”
Those winters and accents? Accurate.
Ohio: “Tommy Boy”
Basically SNL goes on a Midwest road trip. (RIP, Chris Farley.)
Makes other states’ weather look boring.
Oregon: “Stand By Me”
Searching for dead bodies in the woods: what Oregon childhoods are made of.
Pennsylvania: “Groundhog Day”
You didn’t think we were gonna say Rocky, right?
Rhode Island: “Dumb and Dumber”
Still the Best and Bester, in our opinion.
South Carolina: “The Notebook”
No explanation necessary.
South Dakota: “North by Northwest”
Hitchcockian murder and mayhem…atop Mount Rushmore.
Tennessee: “Walk the Line”
Johnny Cash and June Carter forever.
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.
Utah: “127 Hours”
A life-or-death scenario + a jaw-dropping setting - one arm = Oscar gold for James Franco.
Vermont: “Baby Boom”
Diane Keaton tackles timeless dilemmas (work, love and babies) in ’80s powersuits.
Virginia: “The Silence of the Lambs”
Come on, Virginia. You can’t argue this one.
Washington: “Sleepless in Seattle”
What long-distance relationships were like before Skype. (Also: Remember Tom Hanks’ amazing houseboat?)
West Virginia: “October Sky”
Coal miner’s son becomes a rocket scientist in this biographical story.
Wisconsin: “Lars and the Real Girl”
A feel-good film about the power of community. Also: Gosling with a mustache.
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.
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.