They skipped Washington, DC, which is a pity: so many great films are set there, from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to All the President's Men. Puerto Rico and the other possessions and territories are also missing.
I recently saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- California's assigned movie -- for the first time, and I can see the appropriateness. But we're a big state, and plenty of other great and characteristically Californian films are set here. Movies that couldn't have happened anywhere else, like Chinatown or Milk. You could even do a Sean Penn California trilogy with Fast Times, Milk, and The Falcon and the SNowman all showing different aspects of this very diverse state. Then there's Monsters versus Aliens, which is as much about Modesto versus San Francisco as it is about anything else.
And there are so many other movies that embody the values, culture, history, or geography of a particular state, as well as being set there. Take a look at the list and come up with your own suggestions. And we may as well be international about it. What movies embody your whole nation? Or your region? Or both?
*"Delaware. We're in Delaware," Wayne's World.
** Both Wisconsin and North Dakota were assigned Jesus Camp.
States and Their Movies (in alphabetical order)
|Alabama||My Cousin Vinnie|
|Alaska||Alone in the Wilderness|
|California||Fast Times at Ridgemont High|
|Connecticut||The Ice Storm|
|District of Columbia||NA|
|Hawaii||Tora! Tora! Tora!|
|Iowa||Field of Dreams|
|Kansas||The Wizard of Oz|
|Maine||The Shawshank Redemption|
|Mississippi||O Brother Where Art Thou?|
|Montana||A River Runs Through It|
|Nebraska||The Children of the Corn|
|Nevada||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas|
|New Hampshire||What about Bob?|
|New Mexico||The Tao of Steve|
|New York||Taxi Driver|
|North Carolina||Bull Durham|
|North Dakota||Jesus Camp (again)|
|Northern Marianas Islands||NA|
|Rhode Island||There's Something about Mary|
|South Dakota||Dances with Wolves|
|Tennessee||The Evil Dead|
|Texas||No Country for Old Men|
|Virginia||Remember the Titans|
|Washington||First Blood (AKA the first Rambo movie)|
|West Virginia||Rocket Boys|