While we might love our hometowns more, most of us love our home states nearly as much. So, it’s no surprise that people that many feel a sense of pride and delight when they see their home state on the silver screen! After all, it’s quite exciting to see a famous actor standing in the middle of the place where you grew up.
Meanwhile, through the magic of film, directors, and actors can bring a location to life, making it a character of the film itself! From Forest Gump and the Shining to Fight Club and Sleepless in Seattle, read on to discover the most famous movie set in your home state…
1. Forrest Gump (1994) – Alabama
It seems like the 1994 film Forrest Gump had everything going for it. Not only did the film star two of the biggest actors of the day, Tom Hanks and Sally Field, but also snagged one of the best directors ever, Robert Zemeckis. For those who have not seen it, the film depicts much of character Forrest Gump’s life, a slow-witted yet kind-hearted man who witnesses and influences some of the most prominent historical events of the 20th century.
Of course, while the film followed Hanks’ titular character from Vietnam to the White House, his home town was the fictional town of Greenbow, Alabama. Unsurprisingly, the movie became a massive success at the box office, becoming one of the top-grossing films ever, with a box office haul of $677 million worldwide.