Special Report

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

Source: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Maryland
> Best movie filmed in state: Philomena (2013)
> IMDb rating: 7.6 / 10 (94,506 votes)
> RT rating: 91 / 100 (200 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $37.7 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Maryland: The Barbarian Invasions (2003), Hairspray (2007)

“Philomena” tells the true story of a woman who searches for the son she had when she was a teenager and who was given for adoption against her will. The main character, Philomena, is Irish, and the part of the movie that takes place in Ireland was shot in Northern Ireland and England, and the part that takes place in the U.S. was filmed in Maryland.

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Massachusetts
> Best movie filmed in state: Good Will Hunting (1997)
> IMDb rating: 8.3 / 10 (867,691 votes)
> RT rating: 98 / 100 (80 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $138.4 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Massachusetts: Spotlight (2015), The Departed (2006)

The movie follows Will Hunting, an underachieving genius played by Matt Damon, as he attends therapy sessions and navigates life with the woman he’s falling in love with. Most of the movie was shot in Toronto, Canada, as well as in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Michigan
> Best movie filmed in state: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 / 10 (60,149 votes)
> RT rating: 100 / 100 (48 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $11.9 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Michigan: Vishwaroopam (2013), Deadpool (2016)

Otto Preminger’s 1959 courtroom drama was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. The movie was filmed in Marquette County, Michigan, and even used local residents as extras.

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Minnesota
> Best movie filmed in state: A Simple Plan (1998)
> IMDb rating: 7.5 / 10 (64,035 votes)
> RT rating: 91 / 100 (74 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $16.3 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Minnesota: Beautiful Girls (1996)

Director Sam Raimi directed this 1998 crime drama after his cult classic “Army of Darkness” and before he tackled “Spider-Man.” The film is set in Minnesota, and that is also where much of it was shot. Shooting locations include Delano, St. Paul, and Golden Valley.

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Mississippi
> Best movie filmed in state: Mississippi Burning (1988)
> IMDb rating: 7.8 / 10 (88,946 votes)
> RT rating: 84 / 100 (25 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $34.6 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in Mississippi: The Help (2011), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Two FBI agents (Willem Defoe and Gene Hackman), who have very different investigative methods, are sent to Mississippi to find civil rights activists who have recently disappeared. The movie was shot throughout the state, including in Jackson, Braxton, and Canton.