List: U.S. States in the Movies (Part 3)

I am in the middle of publishing lists of the best movie set in or to otherwise represent each of the 50 U.S. states with 10 states each week. Two weeks ago was Alabama-Georgia, and last week was Hawaii-Maryland. Now, here’s the next 10.

Massachusetts: Little Women (1933)

Michigan: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Minnesota: Fargo (1996)
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Mississippi: Mississippi Burning (1988)
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Missouri: Winter’s Bone (2010)
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Montana: Nebraska (2013) The title refers to the main character’s desired destination, but most of the movie is set in Montana.

Nebraska: Boys Town (1938)

Nevada: Bugsy (1991)

New Hampshire: To Die For (1995)

New Jersey: Atlantic City (1980)
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List: U.S. States in the Movies (Part 2)

Last week I began publishing lists of the best movie set in or to otherwise represent each of the 50 U.S. states with 10 states each week. Last week was Alabama-Georgia. Now, here’s the next 10.

Hawaii: The Descendants (2011)MV5BMTU2NDMxMTc1MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDUzOTUwNw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,666,1000_AL_.jpg

Idaho: Two-Faced Woman (1941)

Illinois: The Sting (1973)

Indiana: Breaking Away (1979)

Iowa: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
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Kansas: In Cold Blood (1967)
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Kentucky: The Killing (1956)

Louisiana: All the King’s Men (1949)

Maine: On Golden Pond (1981)

Maryland: Diner (1982)
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Films about the Victorian Era

One of Turner Classic Movies’ spotlights this month is on movies set during the Victorian Era: 1837-1901 England. Here are my picks for the best movies set in that era.

10. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
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9. An Ideal Husband (1999)
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8. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
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7. Jane Eyre (2011)
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6. A Little Princess (1995)
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5. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
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4. Hysteria (2011)
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3. Gaslight (1944)
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2. Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown (1997)
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1. Wuthering Heights (1939)
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List: The Best of Film Noir

One of Turner Classic Movies’ spotlights for the month of March is film noir. I don’t think there’s any genre I love quite as much as noir, and here are a few of the best. But my picks are not just the classic 1940s noir but reflect some of the later evolution of the genre as well.

 

 

10. The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

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9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

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8. The Killing (1956)

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7. In a Loney Place (1950)

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6. Blade Runner (1982)

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5. Out of the Past (1947)

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4. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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3. Laura (1944)

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2. Chinatown (1974)

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1. Double Indemnity (1944)

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List: Most Unique Romantic Couples in the Movies

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After this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture went to a romantic film about the strangest movie couple ever, here is a list of some of the most unique movie couples before The Shape of Water

 

10. Buddy & Jovie, Elf (2003)
A human who thinks he’s a Christmas elf & a normal girl

9. Lady & The Tramp, Lady and the Tramp (1955)
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8. Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast (1947)
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7. Celia & Tom, The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
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A fictional movie character & a fan magically cross paths and fall in love.

6. The Monster & His Bride, Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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5. Gil & Arianna, Midnight in Paris (2011)
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Gil lives in 2000s, and Adriana lives in the 1920s.

4. Kong & Ann, King Kong (1933)
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3. Roger & Jessica Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
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2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
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1. WALL-E & EVE, WALL-E (2008)
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List: Most Inspiring Movies #60-41

Finishing off the year with my list of the 200 most inspiring movies, here’s the next installment. See #200-181, #180-161, #160-141, #120-101, #100-81, and #80-61.

 

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60. Selma (2014: Ava DuVarney)

59. Dead Man Walking (1995: Tim Robbins)

58. Akeelah and the Bee (2005: Doug Atchison)

57. Searching for Sugar Man (2012: Malik Bendjeloul)

56. 127 Hours (2010: Danny Boyle)

55. Short Term 12 (2013: Daniel Destin Creton)

54. Babe (1995: Chris Noonan)

53. Mary Poppins (1954: Robert Mulligan)

52. In the Heat of the Night (1967: Norman Jewison)

51. Queen of Katwe (2016: Mira Nair)

 

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50. Hugo (2011: Martin Scorsese)

49. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)

48. Metropolis (1927: Fritz Lang)

47. Mansfield Park (1999: Patricia Rozema)

46. Children of Heaven (1997: Majid Majidi)

45. Awakenings (1990: Penny Marshall)

44. King: A Film Record…Montgomery to Memphis (1970: Eli Landau)

43. Despicable Me (2010: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud)

42. Concussion (2015: Peter Landesman)

41. Life Animated (2016: Roger Ross Williams)

 

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List: Most Inspiring Movies #80-61

Here are the next 20 films in my list of the most inspiring films. See #200-181, #180-161, #160-141, #140-121, #120-101, & #100-81.

 

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80. The Kid (1921: Charles Chaplin)

79. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005: Andrew Adamson)

78. Saving Mr. Banks (2013: John Lee Hancock)

77. A Star Is Born (1954: George Cukor)

76. Inside Out (2015: Peter Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen)

75. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2012: Stephen Daldry)

74. Lawrence of Arabia (1962: David Lean)

73. The Imitation Game (2014: Morten Tyldum)

72. Loving (2016: Jeff Nichols)

71. Boys Town (1937: Norman Tarug)

 

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70. Ernest and Celestine (2012: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Pater, & Benjamin Renner)

69. Sense and Sensibility (1995: Ang Lee)

68. Made in Dagenham (2010: Nigel Cole)

67. Lorenzo’s Oil (1993: George Miller)

66. Now, Voyager (1942: Irving Rapper)

65. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011: John Madden)

64. A Christmas Carol (2009: Robert Zemeckis)

63. Shane (1953: George Stevens)

62. The Immigrant (1917: Charles Chaplin)

61. Argo (2012: Ben Affleck)

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