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 Oklahoma is "Rumble Fish" (1983).
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather"), "Rumble Fish" follows a low-level street thug (Matt Dillon) who is trying to live up to his older brother's (Mickey Rourke) reputation. The movie was shot at various locations throughout Oklahoma, but mostly in Tulsa.
The second best movie filmed in Oklahoma is "The Outsiders" (1983).
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 movieYearAlabamaGet Out20177.798Just Mercy2019AlaskaInsomnia20027.292Runaway Train1985ArizonaPsycho19608.596Once Upon a Time in the West1968ArkansasSling Blade1996896Mud2012CaliforniaModern Times19368.5100City Lights1931ColoradoBadlands19737.898Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade1989ConnecticutThe Ice Storm19977.485We Need to Talk About Kevin2011DelawareDead Poets Society19898.184Blue Ruin2013District of ColumbiaMr. Smith Goes to Washington19398.196All the President's Men1976FloridaThe Truman Show19988.195Edward Scissorhands1990GeorgiaAvengers: Endgame20198.494The Peanut Butter Falcon2019HawaiiFrom Here to Eternity19537.692Papillon1973IdahoNapoleon Dynamite20046.972N/A IllinoisThe Dark Knight2008994Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse2018IndianaHoosiers19867.589Rudy1993IowaThe Straight Story1999895The Bridges of Madison County1995KansasPaper Moon19738.193Mars Attacks!1996KentuckyGoldfinger19647.799Stripes1981Louisiana12 Years a Slave20138.195Logan2017MaineIn the Bedroom20017.493It2017MarylandPhilomena20137.691The Barbarian Invasions2003MassachusettsGood Will Hunting19978.398Spotlight2015MichiganAnatomy of a Murder19598100Vishwaroopam2013MinnesotaA Simple Plan19987.591Beautiful Girls1996MississippiMississippi Burning19887.884The Help2011MissouriUp in the Air20097.490Winter's Bone2010MontanaLittle Big Man19707.696A River Runs Through It1992NebraskaNebraska20137.791Election1999NevadaCasino19958.280Leaving Las Vegas1995New HampshireOn Golden Pond19817.693In Your Eyes2014New JerseyOn the Waterfront19548.199The Wrestler2008New MexicoAce in the Hole19518.192No Country for Old Men2007New YorkThe Godfather19729.298The Godfather: Part II1974North CarolinaEvil Dead II19877.895Blue Velvet1986North DakotaFargo19968.194N/A OhioThe Shawshank Redemption19949.391The Deer Hunter1978OklahomaRumble Fish19837.274The Outsiders1983OregonOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest19758.794Stand by Me1986PennsylvaniaThe Silence of the Lambs19918.696Night of the Living Dead1968Puerto RicoAssassins19956.498GoldenEye1995Rhode IslandMoonrise Kingdom20127.893Hachi: A Dog's Tale2009South CarolinaCold Mountain20037.270The Big Chill1983South DakotaDances with Wolves1990883Nomadland2020TennesseeThe Green Mile19998.678October Sky1999TexasParis, Texas19848.197The Last Picture Show1971UtahJeremiah Johnson19727.695Wind River2017VermontBeetlejuice19887.585The Trouble with Harry1955VirginiaLincoln20127.389Loving2016WashingtonCaptain Fantastic20167.982Dancer in the Dark2000West VirginiaSuper 82011781We Are Marshall2006WisconsinMajor League19897.283The Last Kiss2006WyomingDjango Unchained20128.487N/A
via Oklahoma's Center Square News