If you want to travel across the country but don’t have the money, go ahead and watch these films.
The best films are about journey. It brings us to places that we can only imagine and meet people we would never meet on a daily basis. And so with that, listed below are some of the most iconic movies that were filmed in different states across America. The states were randomly chosen. Movies play a crucial role in the shaping and presenting a place’s cultural identity. They are sometimes more powerful than state flowers or even mottos.
Alaska, “Into The Wild” (2007)
True to its state’s moniker, the last frontier that is Alaska is the perfect setting for an adventurer played by Emil Hirsch. The wilderness movie directed by Sean Penn shows the story of Hirsch’s lead character as his existential hunger and search for enlightenment in the vast land of the America’s northernmost state. The setting, which was rough and unforgiving, was a perfect partner for the character’s spiritual restlessness.
Florida, “Spring Breakers” (2012)
Let’s admit it, the collegiate tradition that is spring break has become tasteless and trashy over the years. Director Harmony Korine’s story of girls going wild on spring break in Florida presents the state as a neon-colored fountain of youth for all.
Georgia, “Gone With the Wind” (1939)
We’ll let it slide that the majority of the film was shot in Hollywood. But even so, this iconic film has managed to capture the extravagant plantation sets, and impressive battle scenes, a love triangle with a southern flavor and that memorable scene where Atlanta is being burned. These factors definitely represented Georgia during those times.
New York, “Taxi Driver” (1976)
This film by Martin Scorsese clearly captures the essence of the city that never sleeps. It was filled with lost souls juxtaposed with New York’s steaming manholes. And as a melting pot of different culture, it has some colorful street characters and the feeling that some of its characters are on the breaking point of a psychological breakdown. “Taxi Driver” clearly showed the city as an overgrown urban jungle, especially if you’re driving a yellow taxi cab.
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