Harper Lee’s fictional Maycomb, AL, was generalized enough to register as a beautiful evocation of small-town life—yet specific enough to capture the uglier side of Deep South racism, bubbling just under the surface. It’s a place where you might need a good attorney (the mighty Gregory Peck).
When seeking the best American movies of all time, one could turn to Academy Award winners, sports movies, classic romantic comedies or the most patriotic movies of all time. Or you could break out the atlas and do what we’ve done here: go state by state to find the most emblematic film shot within the borders. The result: 50 of the most evocative pieces of Americana onscreen. Did we forget one? Write to your local chamber of commerce—and do let us know.