Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Best movie filmed in state: Get Out (2017)
> IMDb rating: 7.7 / 10 (497,908 votes)
> RT rating: 98 / 100 (392 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $176.0 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Alabama: Just Mercy (2019), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

“Get Out,” the critically acclaimed movie about a Black man meeting his white girlfriend’s parents, was filmed mostly in the cities of Fairhope and Mobile in Alabama. The movie won Jordan Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, making him the first African American to win the award. He was also the first Black American to be nominated for producing, writing, and directing in the same year.

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Alaska
> Best movie filmed in state: Insomnia (2002)
> IMDb rating: 7.2 / 10 (276,666 votes)
> RT rating: 92 / 100 (202 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $67.3 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Alaska: Runaway Train (1985), The Frozen Ground (2013)

“Insomnia” was mostly filmed in British Columbia, Canada, but several scenes were shot in Valdez and Hyder, Alaska. The movie, directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight franchise), follows a veteran detective (Al Pacino) who is sent to a small town in Alaska to investigate the murder of a teenage girl.

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Arizona
> Best movie filmed in state: Psycho (1960)
> IMDb rating: 8.5 / 10 (608,198 votes)
> RT rating: 96 / 100 (102 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $32.0 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Arizona: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Rio Bravo (1959)

Much of the horror classic “Psycho” was filmed in a studio in California, but some scenes were also shot in various locations in Arizona, including downtown Phoenix, Gila Bend, and Buckeye. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film was nominated for four Oscars. Despite the fact that it was shot in black and white after the advent of color, “Psycho” remains a masterwork of the horror genre and retains the power to keep audiences on the edge of their seats to this day.

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Arkansas
> Best movie filmed in state: Sling Blade (1996)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 / 10 (87,216 votes)
> RT rating: 96 / 100 (56 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $24.5 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Arkansas: Mud (2012)

Billy Bob Thornton, who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, filmed his indie hit “Sling Blade” in Benton, Arkansas, for a reported budget of $1 million. Many of the filming locations within Benton are no longer there or have changed significantly since the 1996 production. The movie follows a man recently released from a mental hospital who starts a new life in a small town.

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California
> Best movie filmed in state: Modern Times (1936)
> IMDb rating: 8.5 / 10 (219,560 votes)
> RT rating: 100 / 100 (61 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $163,245
> Other top rated movies filmed in California: City Lights (1931), Casablanca (1942)

Home to Hollywood, California is perhaps the most popular shooting location for American movies. And the best one is a silent classic. “Modern Times” is a 1936 Charlie Chaplin comedy about Little Tramp (Chaplin) who struggles to adapt to life in an industrial town. The movie, which was shot in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, has a perfect Freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes.