This map shows the ‘most iconic’ film in each state

Alabama and Ava DuVernay’s“Selma.” Tennessee and Robert Altman's “Nashville.” Oklahoma and Fred Zinnemann’s “Oklahoma.”

Some of the selections in Entertainment Weekly’s recent “United States of Movies” map — which assigns a film to each state and the District of Columbia — feel a bit on the nose.

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But what about the most iconic film for Texas?

That honor goes to “Giant,” the 1956 epic Western directed by George Stevens and starring  Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. 

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“As big and wide as the state it portrays, George Stevens' generation-spanning family saga strides across a Lone Star landscape of cattle barons and oil tycoons,” the write-up for Texas’ entry on the roundup says. 

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Each film was picked for “best captur[ing] the spirit and story of each state.”

Other choice pairings include Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild” and Alaska (naturally), The Coen Bothers’ “Raising Arizona” and Arizona and David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Arkansas.

What movie would you pick as the most iconic film in Texas? Let us know!


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