The most famous movie set in every state
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Everyone has that one movie that reminds them of home.
We set out to name the most famous movie in every state — a challenging and subjective endeavor. Some states were more obvious than others. While there's no place like Kansas, New York has inspired directors ranging from Martin Scorsese to Woody Allen to Rob Reiner.
To pick the most famous, we evaluated the state's prominence in the movie and leaned toward movies that were filmed in that location as well. The movie's lifetime gross, its critical acclaim, and testimonials by our geographically diverse staff also influenced our decision.
In Connecticut, the 1975 adaptation of "The Stepford Wives" is the top pick. The female residents of the small town of Stepford, Connecticut, seem too good to be true, and they are. The 1975 film, which was shot in Connecticut, shows that life in the suburbs may not be all it's cracked up to be.
Additional reporting by Kirsten Acuna, Melissa Stanger, Frank Pallotta, and Sara Bower.
ALABAMA: "Forrest Gump" (1994)
Even though "Forrest Gump" took Tom Hanks from Vietnam to the White House, home was always the fictional town of Greenbow, Alabama. Plus, Forrest was an All-American for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
ALASKA: "Into The Wild" (2007)
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"Into The Wild" follows Chris McCandless, played by Emile Hirsch, as he heads to Alaska to find his place in the world. The journey would bring McCandless to many places, but his ultimate destination was the Land of the Midnight Sun.
ARIZONA: "Raising Arizona" (1987)
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The Coen brothers' cult classic follows H.I. McDunnough and his wife as they attempt to have a baby, either naturally or through kidnapping. The Coens made the pair all the more real by incorporating a vernacular that Joel called "a mixture of local dialect and a vocabulary we imagined from the likely reading materials of the characters."
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