The United States of Movies — 51 iconic films
The United States of Movies
Movies have touched almost every aspect of the American experience — and just about every square inch of land. EW picks the one film that best captures the spirit and story of each state.
Into the Wild (2007)
Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) abandons his urban life for one in nature — with tragic results. The beautiful, brutal Alaskan landscape takes center stage.
True Grit (1969)
District of Columbia
All the President's Men (1976)
More than just a nightmare of backwoods banjo players, this film suggests that within every upright Atlanta businessman hides a wild Appalachian hunter.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
An alien crash-lands on rainy Kauai and learns valuable lessons about ohana and Elvis in a film that explores the meaning of sisterhood.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
This cult classic is so Idaho, it sparked a flippin' festival there, complete with tetherball and a tater-tot-eating contest.
Field of Dreams (1989)
When a farmer (Kevin Costner) replaces his cornfield with a baseball diamond, the town assumes he's lost his mind. But it tees up a tearjerker about fathers, sons, and the magic of the game.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy Gale might go over the rainbow but she discovers that there's no place like the Sunflower State.
The Departed (2006)
Despite bearing the name of a North Dakota city, the Coen brothers' northerly noir is quirky Minnesota to its core. Yah.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Gone Girl (2014)
A delusional father, a depressive son, a road trip to Lincoln: What could go wrong? Alexander Payne's meditation on the past offers an unlikely vision for the future.
The Hangover (2009)
What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas after three friends awake with no memory of the world's wildest bachelor party.
Our Town (1940)
The film of Thornton Wilder's American classic visits Grovers Corners, where a young couple and their families face love, life, and loss.
Gas Food Lodging (1992)
The dusty streets and striated skies of a small desert town provide the backdrop for this tale of two lonely girls and their waitress mother.
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