Until a few decades ago, Hollywood studios and surrounding areas were the filming locations for many classic movies. If the movies aren't filmed on the West Coast, studios tend to go to New York City to take advantage of some of America's enduring images, such as Central Park and the Statue of Liberty.

Still, each state has unique characteristics that make it attractive to filmmakers. The best movie filmed in Indiana is "Hoosiers" (1986).

"Hoosiers" tells the story of a longshot Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. "The Hoosier State" is the state's official nickname, so it makes sense the movie would be shot in Indiana. Filming locations included places in Knightstown, Indianapolis, Danville, Elizaville, and Brownsburg.

The second best movie filmed in Indiana is "Rudy" (1993).

The film industry's need for genuine locations also means more states can benefit financially. A movie shoot can create jobs and create other economic advantages for the state. For this reason, states welcome and promote film shoots, setting up film commissions or offices with robust websites touting the advantages of filming in their state.

24/7 Wall St. has tapped critic and audience ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb to find the best movie filmed in every state. These are the best movies filmed in every state and D.C.


StateBest movieYearIMDb ratingTomatometer scoreSecond best movieYear
AlabamaGet Out20177.798Just Mercy2019
AlaskaInsomnia20027.292Runaway Train1985
ArizonaPsycho19608.596Once Upon a Time in the West1968
ArkansasSling Blade1996896Mud2012
CaliforniaModern Times19368.5100City Lights1931
ColoradoBadlands19737.898Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade1989
ConnecticutThe Ice Storm19977.485We Need to Talk About Kevin2011
DelawareDead Poets Society19898.184Blue Ruin2013
District of ColumbiaMr. Smith Goes to Washington19398.196All the President's Men1976
FloridaThe Truman Show19988.195Edward Scissorhands1990
GeorgiaAvengers: Endgame20198.494The Peanut Butter Falcon2019
HawaiiFrom Here to Eternity19537.692Papillon1973
IdahoNapoleon Dynamite20046.972N/A
IllinoisThe Dark Knight2008994Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse2018
IowaThe Straight Story1999895The Bridges of Madison County1995
KansasPaper Moon19738.193Mars Attacks!1996
Louisiana12 Years a Slave20138.195Logan2017
MaineIn the Bedroom20017.493It2017
MarylandPhilomena20137.691The Barbarian Invasions2003
MassachusettsGood Will Hunting19978.398Spotlight2015
MichiganAnatomy of a Murder19598100Vishwaroopam2013
MinnesotaA Simple Plan19987.591Beautiful Girls1996
MississippiMississippi Burning19887.884The Help2011
MissouriUp in the Air20097.490Winter's Bone2010
MontanaLittle Big Man19707.696A River Runs Through It1992
NevadaCasino19958.280Leaving Las Vegas1995
New HampshireOn Golden Pond19817.693In Your Eyes2014
New JerseyOn the Waterfront19548.199The Wrestler2008
New MexicoAce in the Hole19518.192No Country for Old Men2007
New YorkThe Godfather19729.298The Godfather: Part II1974
North CarolinaEvil Dead II19877.895Blue Velvet1986
North DakotaFargo19968.194N/A
OhioThe Shawshank Redemption19949.391The Deer Hunter1978
OklahomaRumble Fish19837.274The Outsiders1983
OregonOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest19758.794Stand by Me1986
PennsylvaniaThe Silence of the Lambs19918.696Night of the Living Dead1968
Puerto RicoAssassins19956.498GoldenEye1995
Rhode IslandMoonrise Kingdom20127.893Hachi: A Dog's Tale2009
South CarolinaCold Mountain20037.270The Big Chill1983
South DakotaDances with Wolves1990883Nomadland2020
TennesseeThe Green Mile19998.678October Sky1999
TexasParis, Texas19848.197The Last Picture Show1971
UtahJeremiah Johnson19727.695Wind River2017
VermontBeetlejuice19887.585The Trouble with Harry1955
WashingtonCaptain Fantastic20167.982Dancer in the Dark2000
West VirginiaSuper 82011781We Are Marshall2006
WisconsinMajor League19897.283The Last Kiss2006
WyomingDjango Unchained20128.487N/A