Special Report

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

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Iowa
> Best movie filmed in state: The Straight Story (1999)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 / 10 (82,561 votes)
> RT rating: 95 / 100 (103 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $6.2 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Iowa: The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Field of Dreams (1989)

David Lynch stepped away from his trademark dreamlike filmmaking style to create 1999’s “The Straight Story” — a Disney-distributed movie about a 73-year-old Iowan who travels across state lines on a lawnmower to visit his ill and estranged brother. Lynch filmed in numerous areas of Iowa — in line with the nomadic nature of the film — including in Laurens, Clermont, and Lansing.

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Kansas
> Best movie filmed in state: Paper Moon (1973)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 / 10 (42,510 votes)
> RT rating: 93 / 100 (40 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $30.9 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Kansas: Mars Attacks! (1996)

“Paper Moon” tells the story of a Depression era conman who teams up with a young girl to trick residents of the Midwest out of their money. The film’s production was based in Hays, Kansas, with some scenes filmed in McCracken and Wilson.

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Kentucky
> Best movie filmed in state: Goldfinger (1964)
> IMDb rating: 7.7 / 10 (175,012 votes)
> RT rating: 99 / 100 (68 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $51.1 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Kentucky: Stripes (1981), The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

“Goldfinger” is one of the best Bond movies. In it, Bond has to stop Goldfinger, who plans to contaminate the gold at Fort Knox to boost the value of his own gold supply. It is in “Goldfinger” that Bond first uses his catchphrase: “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” Most of the filming took place in locations in Switzerland and England. In the U.S., the movie was shot mainly in Kentucky.

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Louisiana
> Best movie filmed in state: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 / 10 (644,864 votes)
> RT rating: 95 / 100 (371 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $56.7 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Louisiana: Logan (2017), Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

“Twelve Years a Slave” is based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The entire movie was filmed throughout Louisiana. Even scenes meant to appear as taking place in areas such as Saratoga, New York, or Washington D.C. were shot in Louisiana.

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Maine
> Best movie filmed in state: In the Bedroom (2001)
> IMDb rating: 7.4 / 10 (37,506 votes)
> RT rating: 93 / 100 (139 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $35.9 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Maine: It (2017), The Man Without a Face (1993)

Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, “In the Bedroom” follows two parents whose son is dating an older woman with two children and a jealous ex-husband. The story takes place on the coast of Maine, and the whole movie has been shot at various locations in the state.