The Patriotic Movie Your State is Obsessed with This Independence Day Mapped

The 4th of July is upon us, and while many of us will celebrate with some BBQ and fireworks, there’s another great way to honor the day — watching a patriotic movie. There’s no shortage of amazing films to get you in the mood to celebrate America’s independence, but did you know your favorite patriotic movie could be influenced by where you live?

Using data on the most popular patriotic movies of all time, we teamed up with the expert analysts at Mindnet Analytics and studied Google Trends to find out which patriotic movie each state was most obsessed with relative to other states.

 

Interesting Finds

  • There are some patriotic movies that multiple states are obsessed with, including Captain America: The First AvengerIndependence DayLone Survivor, and Sands of Iwo Jima, to name a few.
  • Some obvious examples of geography aligning with the patriotic movie a state was obsessed with include Forrest Gump in South Carolina (much of the movie was filmed there), Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, and Gone with the Wind in Georgia.
  • Overall, Independence Day is the most searched for patriotic movie in the US
  • West Virginia, North Dakota, and Arkansas are among the states with the most overall interest in patriotic movies
  • Some states/regions showed very little interest in patriotic movies in general, as you can see by the heat map below:

interest in patriotic movies

 

The Patriotic Movie Each State is Most Obsessed With

If you don’t want to use the map above, here are the findings in list form in alphabetical order:

AlabamaPATTON
AlaskaCAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
ArizonaSHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
ArkansasSHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
CaliforniaSGT. WILL GARDNER
ColoradoRED DAWN
ConnecticutTHE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
DelawareCAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
District of ColumbiaROCKY IV
FloridaRAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II
GeorgiaGONE WITH THE WIND
HawaiiCAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
IdahoLONE SURVIVOR
IllinoisINDEPENDENCE DAY
IndianaA FEW GOOD MEN
Iowa1776
KansasTHE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
KentuckyAMERICAN SNIPER
LouisianaBEHIND ENEMY LINES
MaineHACKSAW RIDGE
MarylandMEN OF HONOR
MassachusettsUNITED 93
MichiganARGO
MinnesotaTHE PATRIOT
MississippiMEN OF HONOR
MissouriSANDS OF IWO JIMA
MontanaHOW THE WEST WAS WON
NebraskaREMEMBER THE TITANS
NevadaLONE SURVIVOR
New HampshireBLACK HAWK DOWN
New JerseyROCKY IV
New MexicoINDEPENDENCE DAY
New YorkYANKEE DOODLE DANDY
North CarolinaTOP GUN
North DakotaUNITED 93
OhioREMEMBER THE TITANS
OklahomaSANDS OF IWO JIMA
OregonDAVY CROCKETT KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER
PennsylvaniaGETTYSBURG
Rhode IslandFLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
South CarolinaFORREST GUMP
South DakotaTHE GENERAL
TennesseeGODS AND GENERALS
TexasSTRIPES
UtahPATRIOT GAMES
VermontAMERICAN SNIPER
VirginiaGODS AND GENERALS
WashingtonPATRIOT GAMES
West VirginiaSGT. WILL GARDNER
WisconsinFLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
WyomingGLORY