The Most Popular Movies Set in Each U.S. State
Being big movie fans, Scot and I spend some time on our show discussing films (primarily the classics, like Die Hard, Caddyshack, Stripes, etc.). Hat tip to our pal Steve Shannon who gave me the heads-up on the map featured above.
The map uses ratings culled from IMDb to pick the most popular movie set in each state. It's an interesting look at where the movies we love make their fictional homes — and also highlights the fact that some states have a lot more movies to choose from than others. Montana's Lonesome Dove, for instance, could also be in the running for most popular TV show in the state, as it was actually a made-for TV miniseries that aired in the late '80s.
A bigger map can be found here.
Here in Illinois, at least according to the map, the most popular movie is "The Sting." Okay, let the arguments begin!
"A League of Their Own!"
"Every freaking John Hughes movie!!"
Alright, break it up. At least we've heard of "The Sting." That's more than I can say about the most popular movie for our neighbors to the north, Wisconsin. Show of hands, how many are hip to "Stroszek?" Yeah. Me neither.
According to IMDB, "Stroszek" tells the story of:
an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.
Now, since I've never seen "Stroszek," I'm not going to make fun of it, other than to point out that the tired cliche of the alcoholic man, his elderly friend, and a prostitute attempting to escape Germany for a better life in Wisconsin has been done to death by this point.
Check out your state's most popular movie, then go find someone to argue with.