Special Report

The Best Movie Filmed In Your State and D.C.

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South Carolina
> Best movie filmed in state: Cold Mountain (2003)
> IMDb rating: 7.2 / 10 (140,460 votes)
> RT rating: 70 / 100 (232 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $95.6 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in South Carolina: The Big Chill (1983)

“Cold Mountain” follows a wounded Confederate soldier (Jude Law) who tries to come home to his wife (Nicole Kidman). The historic drama, based on a book by Charles Frazier, was filmed in multiple states, including South Carolina. All mountain scenes, however, were filmed in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania.

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South Dakota
> Best movie filmed in state: Dances with Wolves (1990)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 / 10 (241,805 votes)
> RT rating: 83 / 100 (76 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $184.2 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in South Dakota: Nomadland (2020)

Kevin Costner won the Best Director Oscar and also starred in this movie about a soldier in the American West who makes peace with wolves and Native Americans and is eventually shunned by his peers. “Dances with Wolves,” which won seven Oscars, was filmed in South Dakota, with a few scenes being shot in Kansas, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

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Tennessee
> Best movie filmed in state: The Green Mile (1999)
> IMDb rating: 8.6 / 10 (1,156,829 votes)
> RT rating: 78 / 100 (134 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $136.8 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Tennessee: October Sky (1999), Mystery Train (1989)

Despite its more than three-hour runtime, audiences love “The Green Mile,” which is based on a novel by horror maestro Stephen King. It received positive reviews from 94% of users. The movie tells the story of a death row inmate convicted of murder who appears to have miraculous gifts. Most of the movie scenes, including those at the prison, were shot in Tennessee.

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Texas
> Best movie filmed in state: Paris, Texas (1984)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 / 10 (92,486 votes)
> RT rating: 97 / 100 (33 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $2.2 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Texas: The Last Picture Show (1971), Dazed and Confused (1993)

You would think that a movie named after a specific city will be filmed in that city. “Paris, Texas” follows a drifter who struggles to adapt to society and his family after missing for four years. The movie was shot throughout Texas — El Paso, Marathon, Terlingua, even Houston — but not in Paris.

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Utah
> Best movie filmed in state: Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
> IMDb rating: 7.6 / 10 (28,817 votes)
> RT rating: 95 / 100 (20 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $47.7 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Utah: Wind River (2017)

Sydney Pollack’s western, starring Robert Redford as Jeremiah Johnson, was filmed at multiple locations in Utah, including a national park, national forests, a state park, and the famous Sundance Ski Resort (which Redford has owned since 1969).

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