Which US state produces the best movie directors?

by yrnej | created - 17 Jan 2015 | updated - 17 Jan 2015 | Public

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*I left the following states off as they only had one or no substantive directors listed as being born there: Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

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1. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 118,473 | Gross: $22.85M

Arizona - Jared Hess, Kirby Dick, Nicole Conn, Lee Frost, Jack Hannah

2. I'm from Arkansas (1944)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

The national spotlight falls on Pitchfork, Arkansas when a local farmer's sow has 18 piglets. How the townspeople relate to city folk and handle fame is the ingredient for laughs.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Slim Summerville, El Brendel, Iris Adrian, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 126

Arkansas - Jeff Nichols, David Gordon Green, Jason Moore, James Bridges, Mary Lambert

3. California Suite (1978)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine

Votes: 6,070

California - Tim Burton, Robert Redford, Ben Affleck, Clint Eastwood, Paul Thomas Anderson

4. The Man from Colorado (1948)

Approved | 100 min | Romance, Western

At the end of the Civil War, two friends return home to Colorado and one of them has changed and is violent and erratic.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Glenn Ford, William Holden, Ellen Drew, Ray Collins

Votes: 1,327

Colorado - David Fincher, Trey Parker, Derek Cianfrance, Chris Sanders, Lon Chaney

5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix

Votes: 2,030

Connecticut - Seth McFarlane, Rebecca Miller, Brad Anderson, DJ Caruso, Troy Duffy

6. Vernon, Florida (1981)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Comedy

A documentary on the eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Albert Bitterling, Roscoe Collins, George Harris, Joe Payne

Votes: 2,822

Florida - Brett Ratner, Phil Lord, Scott Frank, Lawrence Kasdan, Daniel Myrick

7. Georgia (1995)

R | 115 min | Drama, Music

81 Metascore

Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Ulu Grosbard | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mare Winningham, Ted Levine, Max Perlich

Votes: 2,692 | Gross: $1.11M

Georgia - Steven Soderbergh, Ray McKinnon, Spike Lee, James Keach, Ossie David

8. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard

Votes: 1,561

Illinois - Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Robert Zemeckis, The Wachowskis

9. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 646,711 | Gross: $197.17M

Indiana - Sydney Pollack, Ryan Murphy, Stephen Sommers, Howard Hawks, Robert Wise

10. Kansas (1988)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

Director: David Stevens | Stars: Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Leslie Hope, Alan Toy

Votes: 846 | Gross: $2.43M

Kansas - Buster Keaton, Darren Lynn Bousman, Michael Almereyda, Fatty Arbuckle, Gordon Parks

11. The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

R | 83 min | Comedy

A series of short, highly irreverent, and often tasteless skits.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Evan C. Kim, Soo-Han Bong, Bill Bixby, George Lazenby

Votes: 16,089

Kentucky - Gus Van Sant, Stephen Gaghan, DW Griffith, Allison Anders, Tod Browning

12. Louisiana Purchase (1941)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Musical

A bumbling senator investigating graft in Louisiana is the target of a scheme involving a Viennese beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Bob Hope, Vera Zorina, Victor Moore, Irène Bordoni

Votes: 389

Louisiana - The Duplass Brothers, Tyler Perry, Godfrey Reggio

13. Walking to Maryland (2009)


Walking to Maryland is the latest addition to Ascension Entertainment's collection of motion pictures. Join us as we follow two people through life, a life where anything is possible and at... See full summary »

Director: Shawn Willis | Stars: Nikki Allred, Melissa Anne, Greg Baldwin, Shawn Berry

Votes: 9

Maryland - Spike Jones, John Waters, Barry Levinson, Rian Johnson, Mark Pellington

14. The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990)

278 min | Drama

This sweeping mini-series profiling the Kennedy family ran three nights. The film chronicles 55 years in the lives of the family opening in 1906 with the marriage of Joseph P. Kennedy, a ... See full summary »

Stars: Casey Affleck, Cindy Baer, Deborah Bancroft, Paul Bronk

Votes: 112

Massachusetts - Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, Andrew Stanton, Mike Flanagan, Cecil B. DeMille

15. 321 días en Michigan (2014)


Antonio, a successful executive found guilty of financial crimes, has to go to prison for two years but doesn't want anyone to find out.

Director: Enrique García | Stars: Virginia DeMorata, Chico García, Hector Medina, Virginia Muñoz

Votes: 164

Michigan - Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Raimi, McG, Paul Feig, Joe Swanberg

16. Feeling Minnesota (1996)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

30 Metascore

An ex-convict and his bumbling crook brother fight for the same woman.

Director: Steven Baigelman | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Vincent D'Onofrio, Cameron Diaz, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 10,118 | Gross: $3.10M

Minnesota - The Coen Brothers, Terry Gilliam, Mark Steven Johnson, George Roy Hill, Pete Docter

17. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 80,698 | Gross: $34.60M

Mississippi - Jim Henson, John Fortenberry, Charles Burnett, Patrik-Ian Polk, Larry Semon

18. The Missouri Breaks (1976)

PG | 126 min | Drama, Western

65 Metascore

Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd

Votes: 8,792 | Gross: $14.00M

Missouri - James Gunn, Robert Altman, John Huston, Betty Thomas, John Milius

19. Montana (2014)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In the mean streets of London's East End, a former Serbian commando and a fourteen-year old boy plot revenge against a powerful crime lord and his ruthless lieutenants. As our heroes ... See full summary »

Director: Mo Ali | Stars: Lars Mikkelsen, Ashley Walters, McKell David, Adam Deacon

Votes: 1,248

Montana - David Lynch, Brad Bird, John Dahl

20. Nebraska (2013)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 106,563 | Gross: $17.65M

Nebraska - Alexander Payne, Harold Lloyd, Joan Micklin Silver, Fred Niblo, Patrick Rea

21. New Jersey Drive (1995)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gomez | Stars: Shar-Ron Corley, Gabriel Casseus, Saul Stein, Gwen McGee

Votes: 2,654 | Gross: $3.57M

New Jersey - Kevin Smith, Danny DeVito, Jerry Lewis, Brian De Palma, Christopher McQuarrie

22. New Mexico (1951)

Approved | 76 min | Western

A cavalry captain has great difficulty keeping the peace between his tyrannical colonel and an Indian chief bent on revenge.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Lew Ayres, Marilyn Maxwell, Andy Devine, Robert Hutton

Votes: 106

New Mexico - Jay Roach, Les Mayfield, William Hanna, Frank Zuniga

23. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 378,503 | Gross: $77.81M

New York - David O. Russell, Woody Allen, Jon Favreau, Ben Stiller, Martin Scorsese

24. Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min

Blackberry Smoke is one of the hardest working bands in the music industry. Follow them as they play a sold out show in North Carolina. The film also includes footage of them at home and ... See full summary »

North Carolina - Peyton Reed, Fred Durst, Jody Hill, Ramin Bahrani, Tom DiCillo

25. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama

58 Metascore

In order to support her ten children, Evelyn Ryan enters a commercial jingle-writing contest.

Director: Jane Anderson | Stars: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Trevor Morgan

Votes: 6,771 | Gross: $0.63M

Ohio - Steven Spielberg, Jim Jarmusch, Wes Craven, David Wain, Stephen Gyllenhaal

26. Oklahoma! (1955)

G | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 10,483

Oklahoma - Ron Howard, Tim Blake Nelson, Blake Edwards, Larry Clark, Jerry Hopper

27. The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

A teenager in love, who needs money to arrange his future life with his mistress, kidnaps his own father for ransom, but nobody cares.

Director: Ron Nyswaner | Stars: Fred Ward, Keanu Reeves, Bonnie Bedelia, Amy Madigan

Votes: 1,015

Pennsylvania - Antoine Fuqua, Adam McKay, Lee Daniels, Gene Kelly, Chris Columbus

28. Getting Out of Rhode Island (2003)

103 min | Drama

Morgan Stipe is not a film maker. He is a self centered dreamer from small town Rhode Island, obsessed with becoming a Hollywood player, regardless of the cost. Driven by ego, Morgan ... See full summary »

Director: Christian de Rezendes | Stars: Robert Azevedo, Jeremy Banks, Craig Berube, Richard Binkowski

Votes: 30

Rhode Island - Damien Chazelle, Bobby Farrelly, Brian Helgeland, Robert Aldrich, David S. Ward

29. South Dakota (2017)

127 min | Drama, Romance

South Dakota portrays two dramatic stories about unplanned pregnancies: Barb is a real life "Juno" in South Dakota - a fourteen old high school track star and cheerleader in love with her ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Isacson | Stars: Tessa Thompson, Amanda Aday, Reid Ewing, Allen Maldonado

Votes: 54

South Dakota - Christopher Cain, Alfred L. Werker, Michael Steinberg, James Landis, Ben Pluimer

30. Tennessee (2008)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

42 Metascore

The story of three people who strive to realize their dreams. Brothers Carter and Ellis set out on a road trip to their childhood home in a desperate search for their estranged father, who may hold the key to their future.

Director: Aaron Woodley | Stars: Adam Rothenberg, Ethan Peck, Mariah Carey, Lance Reddick

Votes: 731 | Gross: $0.02M

Tennessee - Quentin Tarantino, Gore Verbinski, Robert Ben Garant, Andrew Stevens, Ira Sachs

31. Texas Across the River (1966)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Western

In 1845 Texas, a Louisiana belle is courted by a wanted Spanish nobleman and a Texas brawling gunrunner but her suitors' passionate duel is interrupted by the cavalry and a Comanche attack.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Dean Martin, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth, Joey Bishop

Votes: 1,231

Texas - Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Forest Whitaker, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Rodriguez

32. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use their young houseguests to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other over the course of a distressing night.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 65,223

Virginia - Warren Beatty, Scott Cooper, Richard Kelly, Josh Boone, Tom Shadyac

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