Special Report

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

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New Jersey
> Best movie filmed in state: On the Waterfront (1954)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 / 10 (142,962 votes)
> RT rating: 99 / 100 (73 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $9.6 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in New Jersey: The Wrestler (2008), Zelig (1983)

Director Elia Kazan’s gritty drama “On the Waterfront” is about corruption on the New Jersey waterfront in the 1950s. The movie was shot in Hoboken, where screenwriter Budd Schulberg walked the streets to get a feel for the longshoremen’s lives.

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New Mexico
> Best movie filmed in state: Ace in the Hole (1951)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 / 10 (31,805 votes)
> RT rating: 92 / 100 (37 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $4.0 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in New Mexico: No Country for Old Men (2007), Hell or High Water (2016)

Billy Wilder’s “Ace in the Hole” about a journalist who takes a job writing for an Albuquerque newspaper was partially filmed in Los Angeles and partially in New Mexico. Albuquerque can be seen in the film, as well as the New Mexican desert.

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New York
> Best movie filmed in state: The Godfather (1972)
> IMDb rating: 9.2 / 10 (1,632,710 votes)
> RT rating: 98 / 100 (102 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $135.0 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in New York: The Godfather: Part II (1974), Goodfellas (1990)

Much of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” — considered one of the greatest films of all time — was shot in locations around New York City and Long Island. IN the film, the Corleone home, where the famous wedding scene was filmed, is in Long Island. In real life, the house was on Staten Island.

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North Carolina
> Best movie filmed in state: Evil Dead II (1987)
> IMDb rating: 7.8 / 10 (148,976 votes)
> RT rating: 95 / 100 (59 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $5.9 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in North Carolina: Blue Velvet (1986), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

The sequel to “The Evil Dead” follows the lone survivor from the first movie, who finds himself hidden in a cabin again with a group of strangers. Some of the movie was shot in a studio in Wilmington, North Carolina. A few filming locations were in Detroit.

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North Dakota
> Best movie filmed in state: Fargo (1996)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 / 10 (621,308 votes)
> RT rating: 94 / 100 (97 critic votes)
> Domestic box office: $24.6 million
> Other top rated movies filmed in North Dakota: None

Filming for “Fargo” took place in locations in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Fans of the Coen Brothers movie may be disappointed to learn that many of the movie’s prominent locations are no longer around, including the “Welcome to Brainerd” Paul Bunyan statue, which was built for the film and dismantled right after.

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