A map of the best movies based in every single US state

Earlier this week, Reddit user “Undeniably_Awesome” did an undeniably awesome thing: he (or she) posted a glorious map of the highest-rated films that take place in each state. The map was informative and a lot of fun — and a wonderful reminder that great movies can happen in unexpected places.

Of all the films, 29 were in IMDb’s Top 250. As Mic pointed out, the highest-rated film on the list was Maine’s The Shawshank Redemption, which is #1 on IMDb overall; closely followed by New York’s The Godfather, which is #2 overall, and California’s Pulp Fiction, which is #5 overall. (Conversely, after doing some searching, we found that the lowest-rated film was My Own Private Idaho — so if you’re looking to be the best a state has to offer, your best bet is setting your blockbuster there.)

Overall, it was a diverse group of films. Some of the movies were surprising, and some less so; and the release dates ranged from 1925 (what’s up, Charlie Chaplin?) to 2013. Mic also pointed out that three of the films featured the state’s name in the title (Nebraska, My Own Private Idaho, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), perhaps making them obvious choices.

Check out the map for yourself below, and let us know if you think there are better films that take place in your home state. And to clarify, these aren’t the most popular movies in each state, although there’s probably some overlap for at least a few of them. (Looking at you, Fargo.)

In case you can’t read the map (because phone screens are small, etc.), here’s a list of all the films:

Alabama: To Kill a Mockingbird
Alaska: The Gold Rush
Arizona: Psycho
Arkansas: Sling Blade
California: Pulp Fiction
Colorado: The Shining
Connecticut: Bringing Up Baby
Delaware: Fight Club
Florida: Scarface
Georgia: Gone with the Wind
Hawaii: Tora! Tora! Tora!
Idaho: My Own Private Idaho

 Illinois: The Sting
Indiana: A Christmas Story
Iowa: The Straight Story
Kansas: In Cold Blood
Kentucky: The Insider
Louisiana: The Green Mile
Maine: The Shawshank Redemption
Maryland: The Silence of the Lambs
Massachusetts: The Departed
Michigan: Gran Torino
Minnesota: Fargo
Mississippi: Django Unchained
Missouri: Paper Moon
Montana: Lonesome Dove
Nebraska: Nebraska
Nevada: Casino
New Hampshire: Lolita
New Jersey: On the Waterfront
New Mexico: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
New York: The Godfather
North Carolina: George Washington
North Dakota: Fargo
Ohio: Rain Man
Oklahoma: True Grit
Oregon: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Pennsylvania: The Deer Hunter
Rhode Island: Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
South Carolina: Full Metal Jacket
South Dakota: Badlands
Tennessee: Inherit the Wind
Texas: For a Few Dollars More
Utah: 127 Hours
Vermont: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Virginia: Donnie Darko
Washington: 50/50
Washington, D.C.: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
West Virginia: The Night of the Hunter
Wisconsin: Stroszek
Wyoming: Unforgiven

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