Those who have had quite enough of the tourists taking cliched photographs of themselves leaning against the Tower of Pisa, or no longer wish to run away from street vendors selling roses in every Piazza in Rome, but still have deep admiration for the land of bottomless Barolo bottles and lusciously rich lasagna, fear not.
Italy is not entirely based on tourist traps, nor can one argue that seeing one city means seeing it all. Unlike other European countries, the boot country offers just about anything to just about anyone, while still maintaining its classic character and mesmerizing architecture – and one place, in particular, is acing that test: Lake Como.
The recent travel hotspot has been on the rise when it comes to wandering souls seeking to satisfy their inner travel bug, and it does not (entirely) have to do with the A-listers that are known to cruise along the region’s streets. So if you are in the mood for a fantastic spot to wine and dine where you can positively shine, here’s why Lake Como is the place for you.
The stunning Grand Tremezzo Hotel’s even more remarkable CEO, Valentina De Santis, shared her favorite go-to spots around the city, and elaborated on why Lake Como is a piece of heaven: “At every hour of the day in every day of the year, the lake is simply pure magic. Lake Como is surely one of the most celebrated and beautiful lakes in Italy, if not places, in the world. Above all, its ability to continually renew itself while remaining unchanged makes it unique and remains its true secret.”
In addition to love at first sight, De Santis also explained there is much to do for those looking to get a bit more out of their trip. From visiting Careno, a small, local village that has not been stained by technological modernity, to perching around the 18th century Villa Sola Cabiati, which has been awarded the unofficial title of the most beautiful and serene villas in the area, it would be hard to ever go on another journey that would compete with these sights.
How often have you been on a tour around the United States, and saw a place which looked familiar, like you could swear it was in a movie? We’ve made a list of the best movies set in each state. Have a look and see how many you can recognize.
Alabama – To Kill a Mockingbird
Set in Maycomb, Alabama, the 1962 classic To Kill a Mockingbird was critically acclaimed and got nominated for eight Academy Awards. Other notable Alabama films include Ava DuVernay’s 2014 historical drama, Selma, and Tim Burton’s 2003 fantasy drama, Big Fish.
California – Clueless
Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, was based in Beverly Hills and redefined the fashion and lingo for Californians. The movie shows the life of Beverly Hills high school students and has gained such a massive following that it paved the way for a sitcom and various books. A remake is also in the works. California has been the setting for some of the greatest movies in history, such as Quentin Tarantino’s crime film Pulp Fiction. It has a star-studded cast with John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman. Some of the numerous California movies are Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop; Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s musical, La La Land; the 1990 romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman; the Oscar-winning action film, Speed; and Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke’s crime film, Training Day.
Kansas – The Wizard of Oz
We’re well aware that the wizard lives in Oz, not Kansas. But Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, has her home in Kansas! The 1939 musical fantasy shows the story of a young girl and her dog, who are whisked away to the magical land of Oz during a tornado. There are few films made in the state of Kansas. However, The Sunflower State has given some of the best and most critically acclaimed movies, such as: the 2005 Truman Capote biography, Capote; the 1967 movie based on Capote’s novel, In Cold Blood; Kevin Costner’s directorial and production debut, Dances With Wolves; Ryan and Tatum O’Neal’s popular movie, Paper Moon.
Arkansas – True Grit
Based in Fort Worth, True Grit is a 1969 American western classic which was remade by the Coen brothers in 2010. With a star cast including Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, the movie tells the story of a 14-year old girl trying to avenge her father’s murder. The 1996 drama film Sling Blade, which is written, directed, and stars Billy Bob Thornton, is based in Benton, Arkansas. The following movies are also based in Arkansas: the 2012 coming-of-age film starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, Mud; the recently released Liam Hemsworth thriller, Arkansas; and one of the most popular road trip films, Thelma & Louise.
Colorado – The Shining
The Overlook Hotel is located in Colorado. Yes, the very hotel where Jack Torrance was a caretaker. Remember Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which made us lose our sleep for days? Starring Jack Nicholson in the lead role, the movie is one of the best psychological horror films ever. Set in the Colorado Springs, BlacKkKlansman is also a wonderful movie that is worth a mention. Directed by Spike Lee, the film is the story of an African-American detective’s mission to expose the Klan. Some of the other Colorado movies include the 1993 action-adventure film, Cliffhanger; the 1990 psychological thriller starring Kathy Bates, Misery.
Connecticut – Beetlejuice
One of the most popular Connecticut movies is Beetlejuice, which is a 1988 Tim Burton film. The movie is about a deceased couple that inhabits their house as ghosts after their death. It stars notable actors Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, Catherine O’Hara, and Winona Ryder. There are quite a few other movies which are set in Connecticut, such as the Katherine Hepburn comedy, Bringing Up Baby; the 2002 period drama, Far From Heaven; the 2008 film which got Anne Hathaway an Oscar nomination, Rachel Getting Married; and the 1975 satirical thriller, The Stepford Wives.
Delaware – Fight Club
Sorry, but we’re breaking the first and second rule of Fight Club. The Brad Pitt and Edward Norton film gave us ample evidence that the film is based in Delaware, such as license plates and the Delaware motto. Some more films based in Delaware include Zack Snyder’s 2016 venture, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; the 2015 Jack Black horror-comedy, Goosebumps; and the 1995 coming-of-age film, Empire Records.
Hawaii – From Here to Eternity
The 1953 war drama is one of the best movies set in Hawaii. From Here to Eternity is based on a novel of the same name. It revolves around the lives of three U.S army men. The movie won eight out of 13 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for the legendary Frank Sinatra. One movie which has vividly depicted the state is Lilo & Stitch, which is a 2012 animated film that showed the Hawaiian culture brilliantly. Other Hawaii-set movies include the popular 2008 rom-com starring Jason Segel and Kirsten Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; and the Honolulu-based George Clooney flick, The Descendants.
Idaho – Napoleon Dynamite
Set in the city of Preston, Napoleon Dynamite is an indie film that achieved a cult following for its portrayal and depiction of a carefree Idaho lifestyle. The movie featured many popular dialogues, which are quoted by Idahoans ever since. Also worth a mention is the popular fantasy-comedy movie, Toys which stars Robin Williams in the lead role. Set in Moscow, Idaho, the film also features Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, LL Cool J, and Jamie Foxx. Other Idaho films include the 1994 thriller starring Kevin Bacon and Meryl Streep, The River Wild and My Own Private Idaho.
Illinois – The Fugitive
We think there’s no better Illinois-based movie than Roy Higgins’ directorial venture, The Fugitive which stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The movie was a commercial success and received seven Oscar nominations. Thinking about Chicago? Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten it. The musical crime movie is one of the best films set in Illinois. Other wonderful Illinois movies include the 1980 musical comedy, The Blues Brothers; the Matthew Broderick classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Chuck Norris’ action flick, Code of Silence; and the 2004 teen comedy movie, Mean Girls.
Indiana – Hoosiers
The 1986 classic, Hoosiers, is not only the best movie set in Indiana, but it is also arguably one of the best sports films. It perfectly depicts the state’s undying love for basketball. The story revolves around a coach, played by Gene Hackman, who leads an underdog high school basketball team to win the state championship. Another movie that captured the hearts of Indianans is Christmas Story, which is an American classic. Other Indiana movies are the life story of former football player Daniel Ruettiger, Rudy and the Oscar-winning comedy-drama, Breaking Away.
Iowa – The Music Man
The Music Man is one of the best musicals ever made. It gives viewers a larger-than-life musical score which will bring a smile to your face. But beware of Harold Hill, as he plans to take your money and flee! The 1962 movie was one of the greatest hits of the year. Also noteworthy is Kevin Costner’s heartwarming performance in Field of Dreams, which is also based in Iowa. Other popular movies set in the Hawkeye State include Johnny Depp and Leonardo Di Caprio’s classic, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape; popular old-time musical, The Pajama Game; and Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County.
Kentucky – The Insider
The Insider is a 1999 film, starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. It’s loosely based on a true story, which revolves around a Big Tobacco executive and a television producer who is determined to let the truth out. Another wonderful Kentucky-based movie is Coal Miner’s Daughter, which is a biographical film of country legend Loretta Lynn. Other Kentucky movies are the 1985 horror comedy, The Return of the Living Dead; the film based on the Transylvania University library heist, American Animals; and the powerful 2014 romantic film, Boy Meets Girl.
Louisiana – 12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave is perhaps one of the most powerful films to be set in Louisiana. It is the real-life story of Solomon Northup, an African-American New Yorker who was abducted and sold into slavery in 1941. He was made to work on growing cash crops for 12 years in the Pelican State. Another popular movie based in Louisiana is A Streetcar Named Desire, which is one of the best movies of the ’50s. Other Louisiana movies include Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Tom Cruise’s Interview With the Vampire; the 1989 women’s classic with Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton, Steel Magnolias; and the 1986 comedy thriller, The Big Easy.
Maine – The Shawshank Redemption
This is one movie which we must’ve watched a thousand times. Adapted from a Stephen King novel, The Shawshank Redemption is the tale of a banker who is booked for murdering his wife and her lover. It shows his 19-year sentence as he makes friends, experiences the harshness of prison, and also aids the warden. Also featured in Maine is Casper, a 1995 movie with the cutest ghost ever. Other notable Maine films include the 1999 sci-fi animated film, The Iron Giant; the 2006 children’s movie, Charlotte’s Web; the 1993 thriller, The Good Son; and the popular 2001 satire, Wet Hot American Summer.
Maryland – The Blair Witch Project
If you live in the state called ‘Little America’ and love horror movies, you’d certainly love The Blair Witch Project. The 1999 movie depicts the story of three novice filmmakers, who travel to the Black Hills near Burkittsville to make a documentary about the famed Blair Witch. Maryland has many more cinematic experiences to offer for its residents, such as the haunting 1991 thriller, The Silence of the Lambs; 2017 supernatural romantic film, The Shape of Water; the 1982 wedding reunion movie, Diner; and the 1979 American courtroom drama, …And Justice for All.
Massachusetts – Good Will Hunting
Written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting is the story of a 20-year-old who is a genius but works at MIT as a janitor. The movie revolves around his experiences, which leads him to therapy sessions with a psychologist, played by Robin Williams. The Martin Scorcese classic, The Departed, is another wonderful Massachusetts movie which is set in Boston. Other popular movies set in the Bay State include the 2010 film based on Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network; professional boxer Micky Ward’s biography, The Fighter; Clint Eastwood’s directorial classic, Mystic River; and the film based on distinguished mathematician John Nash, A Beautiful Mind.
Michigan – Robocop
Set in the popular city of Detroit, Robocop is a 1987 action film that also got a 2014 remake. It is touted as “part action and part satire”, featuring the story of a cop who is revived as a cyborg by an evil corporation, after being murdered by goons. The Eminem biography, 8 Mile, is also based in Michigan. Other Michigan cinematic greats include the star-studded 2006 drama, Dreamgirls and the 1959 courtroom classic, Anatomy of a Murder.
Minnesota – The Mighty Ducks
In the cold weather of Minnesota, you probably won’t see any ducks flying around. However, you can see The Mighty Ducks, which tells the story of a young lawyer who must coach a children’s hockey team as community service for drunk driving. There are a couple of other wonderful movies set in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, such as the 1999 comedy classic starring Denise Richards, Drop Dead Gorgeous and the Coen brothers’ 2009 comedy, A Serious Man.
Mississippi – O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Coen brothers have covered quite a few states with their movies, including the state of Mississippi with their 2000 crime comedy movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? It stars George Clooney, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman as convicts who escape from a chain gang to retrieve buried treasure. If you like mystery movies, you will certainly enjoy Norman Jewison’s 1967 mystery movie, In the Heat of the Night. Other notable Mississippi movies include the 1956 comedy film, Baby Doll; Tate Taylor’s 2011 period drama, The Help; the novel-based film, Mudbound, and the 1996 star-studded courtroom drama, A Time to Kill.
Missouri – Meet Me in St. Louis
One of Judy Garland’s notable films is the 1944 musical, Meet Me in St. Louis. The film is also popular for the song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” which not many people knew originated from the movie. It features some beautiful and memorable moments. Here are some more Missouri-set movies: Steve Martin’s 1989 family comedy film, Parenthood; Catherine O’Hara’s mockumentary, Waiting for Guffman; Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike’s thriller, Gone Girl; and the 2010 mystery movie, Winter’s Bone.
Montana – Arrival
Very few movies have dared to take on the alien storyline, and Arrival is one movie that has done it perfectly. The 2016 sci-fi movie is about humans trying to communicate with aliens who have descended upon earth, in order to avoid war and destruction of mankind. Did you know about these movies set in Montana? The 1994 historical drama, Legends of the Fall; Thomas Bezucha’s 2000 dramedy, Big Eden; the 1998 drama starring Scarlett Johannsen, The Horse Whisperer.
Nebraska – Election
Based on a novel of the same name, Election stars Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon in lead roles. The movie is about the turmoil and chaos that is ensued during the elections for the school president. The film is set in the city of Omaha in Nebraska. Also set in Nebraska is the 1980 sports comedy, Caddyshack. The entire story revolves around a golf course and stars Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Chevy Chase, and Rodney Dangerfield.
Nevada – Ocean’s Eleven
If you are a Nevada resident, you’d be delighted to know that the star-studded 2001 heist film, Ocean’s Eleven, has been shot right at home! It is a remake of the 1960 movie of the same name and stars veteran actors George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts. The film is about how one mastermind gathers various friends and thieves to execute a perfectly-planned heist. While it is tough to beat Ocean’s Eleven, there are some pretty good Nevada based movies out there: Todd Phillips’ epic 2009 comedy, The Hangover; 1996 crime movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and Gwyneth Paltrow, Hard Eight; Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson’s action-comedy flick, Shanghai Noon.
New Hampshire – Jumanji
One of the most popular action-adventure films of the ’90s is Jumanji, starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. The movie is about a supernatural board game that traps the players and takes them through an adventure-filled jungle. The game has trapped many people inside its world, and now it is upon two siblings to brave all the challenges and free the entrapped players. Some more films based in New Hampshire include Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant adaptation of Lolita; Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfus’ black comedy, What About Bob?; Roger Avary’s adaptation of the novel, The Rules of Attraction.
New Jersey – Cinderella Man
Our pick for the best New Jersey-set film has to be Cinderella Man, which is inspired by the life of world heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock. Russell Crowe does a fine job of playing the renowned boxer, both in the ring and elsewhere. Other movies set in New Jersey are Kevin Smith’s highly-acclaimed Clerks; the 2013 romantic drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon; the light-hearted 2004 comedy movie, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
New Mexico – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
One of the best films to be set in New Mexico is the Clint Eastwood starrer, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Released in 1960, the movie is about three gunslingers who form a partnership to earn money and go through many adventures on the way. These films are also based in New Mexico: 2006 dark thriller/horror movie, The Hills Have Eyes; the 2003 Ron Howard thriller, The Missing; the 1941 Howard Hughes western movie, The Outlaw.
New York – Ghostbusters
Perhaps the state where the most movies are set is New York. But we will focus on the all-time classic Ghostbusters. The 1981 movie revolves around scientists at Columbia University, who are researching the paranormal and their first encounter with a ghost gets them laid off. No, we certainly haven’t forgotten the Martin Scorcese thriller, Taxi Driver. Or Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon. Neither did we miss the giant ape in King Kong. There are just so many great New York-based movies, such as the 1989 romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, When Harry Met Sally; the bone-chilling psychological thriller, American Psycho; John Travolta’s epic dance film, Saturday Night Fever.
North Carolina – Blue Velvet
Based in The Old North State, Blue Velvet is a gripping mystery drama directed by David Lynch in 1986. The movie is the perfect blend of psychological horror with crime. It features a college student who discovers a severed ear in the fields near his home, and teams up with a detective’s daughter to solve the mystery, which leads them into pure madness. Other North Carolina classics include the 1962 and 1991 versions of the psychological thriller, Cape Fear; the 1976 supernatural horror movie, Carrie; the 2003 epic war film with an ensemble cast, Cold Mountain.
North Dakota – Fargo
Welcome to North Dakota, where two criminals are hired by a car salesman to kidnap his wife, in order to extort a ransom from his father-in-law. We’re talking about Fargo, the 1996 Coen brothers classic, starring Peter Stormare and Steve Buscemi. Much of the film takes place in Minnesota, but since Fargo is a city in North Dakota, we’d give this one to ND. While North Dakota doesn’t have many movies based there, there is Leprechaun, a slasher thriller starring Jennifer Aniston. It is Aniston’s first-ever movie.
Ohio – A Nightmare on Elm Street
Elm Street is located in Ohio, so we know A Nightmare on Elm Street is set in Ohio! You can take our word for it. And if you live close to the street, you better not sleep, or who knows what you would see in your dreams! The 1984 slasher flick stars Johnny Depp in his debut. You can also have a look at the following Ohio-set films: Brie Larson’s beautiful drama film, Room; Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in Heathers; Robert Rodriguez’ sci-fi teen horror movie, The Faculty.
Oklahoma – Oklahoma!
Named after the state, we saw it fit to include Oklahoma! as the best movie set in the state. The 1955 musical film is the story of two women who cannot decide which man is right for them. The musical has some really catchy numbers and memorable moments. Other memorable Oklahoma movies include the 1996 disaster movie produced by Steven Spielberg, Twister; Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 teen movie, The Outsiders; the 1974 film, Where the Red Fern Grows.
Oregon – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is another psychological thriller, featuring a mental institution in Oregon which is run by a cruel tyrant. Jack Nicholson’s character, who is not mentally ill, tries to avoid prison work by faking insanity, following which he is admitted to this very institution. There are quite a few movies set in Oregon, such as the 1986 coming-of-age film, Stand by Me; the 1985 adventure comedy, The Goonies; the 1954 musical film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Pennsylvania – Rocky
Oh, we couldn’t wait to get to Pennsylvania to tell you about Rocky. But you already know about it, don’t you? Living in Pennsylvania, there is no chance that you haven’t seen the “Rocky Steps” – the 72 steps outside the Pennsylvania Museum of Art. Sylvester Stallone made every Pennsylvanian proud with his portrayal of an underdog southpaw boxer who goes on to become the champion. Other popular Pennsylvania-based movies are M. Night Shyamalan’s brilliant supernatural thriller, The Sixth Sense; the popular 1993 fantasy-comedy movie, Groundhog Day; Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in Philadelphia; Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’ romantic film, Silver Linings Playbook.
Rhode Island – The Conjuring
Hollywood certainly knows how to give an eerie air to New England. And nobody has done it better than James Wan in The Conjuring which is said to be based on a true story. It features a house in Harrisville, Rhode Island, and a married couple who love to peer into the supernatural and paranormal. If you’re looking for something less spooky, check these out: Steve Carell’s comedy family drama, Dan in Real Life; the biographical film of former world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, Bleed for This; the 1999 carefree movie, Outside Providence.
South Carolina – The Notebook
The Notebook is one of the finest romantic dramas ever, and it is based in South Carolina. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams do a brilliant job as a couple in love in the ’40s. The story is narrated by the elderly lead character, who is reading out of his notebook to a nurse. Is this too emotional for you? No worries, check out the following: the 1983 reunion comedy drama, The Big Chill; Mel Gibson’s 2000 fictional war film, The Patriot; the 2008 drama adapted from the novel, The Secret Life of Bees.
South Dakota – Badlands
Badlands is a period crime drama featuring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. Directed by Terrence Malick, the movie is based on real-life killers Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate, who were in love and went about a spree of murders and violence. Another film that features a bit of South Dakota is Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, which has one or two scenes set in the Mt. Rushmore State.
Tennessee – The Evil Dead
While The Evil Dead starts in Michigan, it features five Michigan State University students who drive up to a cabin in Tennessee. The supernatural occurrences begin as soon as they enter the cabin, and we leave it up to you to see how many of them make it back alive. Some of the other Tennessee classics include Terrence Howard’s 2005 rapper movie, Hustle & Flow; Michael Oher’s biographical drama, The Blind Side; the 1989 independent anthology, Mystery Train; the 1975 satirical musical, Nashville.
Texas – Dazed and Confused
Set in Texas, Dazed and Confused is a teen comedy by Richard Linklater. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Jason London in leading roles and tells the story of a couple of teenagers and their wild celebrations at the last day of high school. The Lone Star State has quite a few classics under its wing, such as the 1974 hit slasher film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Sandra Bullock’s comedy classic, Miss Congeniality; the Coen Brothers’ crime thriller, No Country for Old Men.
Vermont – Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society features one of Robin Williams’ career-best performances as an English teacher who influences his students through poetry. We haven’t seen such a passionate teacher, and this movie will certainly force you to shed a tear or two. Other Vermont classics include one of Alfred Hitchcock’s few comedy movies, The Trouble With Harry; Harrison Ford in What Lies Beneath; Philip Seymour Hoffman’s light-hearted comedy movie, State and Main.
Virginia – Remember the Titans
Set in 1971 in Alexandria, Virginia, Remember the Titans is the life’s story of African-American coach Herman Boone, who is portrayed by Denzel Washington. The movie depicts his mission to get the high school team which he coaches integrated with the other teams. Other memorable Virginia movies are the 1995 Disney classic, Pocahontas; the 2016 film based on the book, Hidden Figures; Richard Kelly’s 2001 sci-fi psycho thriller, Donnie Darko.
Washington – Sleepless in Seattle
Sleepless in Seattle is a beautiful rom-com starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Hanks plays a widower with an eight-year-old son, who isn’t over his wife’s death. Calling a radio show helps connect him to Ryan, who lives in New York. To see whether or not they’re able to meet, why don’t you give it a watch? A few of the hundreds of Washington-based movies include Heath Ledger’s 1999 rom-com, 10 Things I Hate About You; Naomi Watts’ 2002 supernatural horror movie, The Ring; the first installment of the Rambo quadrilogy, First Blood.
West Virginia – Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky is a comedy that features a star-studded cast, with the likes of Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane and Katie Holmes. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the movie features the Logan family who plans to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Other noteworthy West Virginia-set films include the film based on the 1975 Marshall University football team and coaches plane crash, We Are Marshall; Jake Gyllenhaal’s biographical drama based on Homer H. Hickam, Jr., October Sky.
Georgia – The Color Purple
The best movie to be set in Georgia has to be Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, featuring stars Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey in their theatrical debuts. It features Goldberg in a powerful role and depicts the life and struggles in her life. It’s based on the 1982 novel, written by Alice Walker. An equally wonderful Georgia film is Gone With The Wind, which is a 1939 civil war drama. Other Georgia films are Edgar Wright’s 2017 action flick, Baby Driver; the beautiful romantic comedy, Love, Simon; and Halle Berry’s Oscar-winning performance in Monster’s Ball.
Wisconsin – Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids isn’t just another chick flick. With a stellar performance by Melissa McCarthy, the movie is nothing short of a comedy classic. The movie tells the story of a down-on-her-luck and out of work chef who is asked to be the maid of honor by her best friend. Then ensues a fun journey for the viewers through the wedding. If female-led comedies aren’t your thing, you can check out Bernie Mac’s baseball comedy film, Mr. 3000; Ryan Gosling’s comedy drama, Lars and the Real Girl; the 1988 family vacation comedy, The Great Outdoors.
Florida – Moonlight
This 2016 Florida-based movie bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture. Based in Miami, Moonlight tells the life story of a young boy, who struggles with various issues while growing up. It is a beautiful movie which will leave you in tears. This list cannot be complete without the 1983 crime drama Scarface, which stars Al Pacino as a drug lord. You can also check out the following Florida movies: the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence franchise, Bad Boys; the Jim Carrey comedy classic, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; the 2012 movie starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike; and the 2017 mother-and-daughter story, The Florida Project.
Alaska – Insomnia
Set in the fishing town of Nightmute, Insomnia is Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams. It’s the remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. Williams plays a villian for the first time, while Al Pacino plays an LAPD detective who’s chasing him. The thriller leaves you gasping for air, to say the least. The 2009 rom-com The Proposal, starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, is set in Sitka, Alaska. Other noteworthy Alaska films include the 1995 live-action/animated film starring Kevin Bacon, Balto, and The Grey, with Liam Neeson.
Arizona – Raising Arizona
The beautiful Arizona desert has never been shown better than it was in the Coen brothers’ 1987 comic crime film, Raising Arizona. Touted as one of the best comedy flicks ever, the movie stars Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman and shows how numerous convicts are out to kidnap a baby. The 2007 film 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, is also set in Arizona. It’s based on the 1957 film of the same name. You can also check out these movies – Martin Scorsese’s 1974 classic, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore; Wes Anderson 1996 crime comedy, Bottle Rocket; The 1953 sci-fi horror movie, It Came From Outer Space.
Utah – Footloose
One of the best musical dramas, Footloose is the story of a small town in Utah where apparently, you cannot dance! Kevin Bacon moves here from Chicago with his mother, aunt and uncle and the film shows how he gets the entire town to their feet. Another brilliant Utah movie is 127 Hours, which is directed by Danny Boyle and features James Franco as Aron Ralston, who got stuck in a cranny in Blue John Canyon. With his right arm pinned by a boulder, the canyoneer had to cut off his right arm to escape.
Wyoming – Brokeback Mountain
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger deliver their career-best performances in this gripping love story by Ang Lee, which is set in Wyoming. It is the story of two shepherds in love, who are unable to cope with their feelings once they get married to their girlfriends. Wyoming has quite a few notable movies to its name, such as the critically acclaimed classic, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Tarantino’s post-civil war western thriller with a star cast, The Hateful Eight; and Clint Eastwood’s 1992 western movie, Unforgiven.