In film, locations rarely play themselves. Utah’s Monument Valley has doubled for just about anywhere vaguely considered "Western," including at least one location outside Earth’s terrestrial bounds. Ditto the entire city of Atlanta for cityscapes of all kinds and California’s Vasquez Rocks for a close-to-Hollywood Monument Valley alternative.
Where the rubber of screenwriting meets the actual road of production, with its filming tax incentives and location permits, you get geography picked over pretty fast. A stretch of Delaware woods plays as Connecticut in a pinch, due largely to the fact that nobody’s been everywhere and most films can count on audiences to grant them some base level of suspension of disbelief. But it's not often that the actual spots in which a film was made get the credit they deserve for providing atmosphere and a tactile sense of place.
Here is the most famous movie filmed - if not entirely, at least to a significant degree - in most of the 50 states.
Alabama: 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'Photo: Columbia Pictures
Alaska: 'The Thing'Photo: Universal Pictures
Arizona: 'Raising Arizona'Photo: 20th Century Fox
Arkansas: 'Sling Blade'Photo: Miramax Films
Colorado: 'Dumb and Dumber'Photo: New Line Cinema
Connecticut: 'The Ice Storm'Photo: 20th Century Fox