The movies millions of Americans watch every year might be made by Hollywood but they're not necessarily made in Hollywood.
In fact, a relatively recent study by the blog HotelsCombined.com revealed that some of the most popular films were shot hundreds of miles, or in some cases even thousands of miles, away from Tinseltown.
As the blog points out, California tops any other state when it comes to the number of movies that have been produced there. New York comes in at No. 2 while Arizona landed at No. 3 and New Jersey at No. 4. The sandy beaches of Florida helped that state snatch the No. 5 spot as the skyscrapers and fertile farmland of Illinois placed the Land of Lincoln at No. 6. You can see which states rounded out the top 10 by visiting the blog here.
One notable observation made by Hotels Combined was the similarities between the landscapes in the states where the most movies are filmed and similar settings in foreign countries. It stated: "Many of the top 10 remaining states offer close approximations of either foreign deserts (Arizona, Nevada, Texas) or tropical retreats (Florida), appealing to producers hoping to keep their operation stateside."
HotelsCombined.com then used the data it collected based on which states were home to the most number of movie sets and created a map showing the "most iconic" movie filmed in each state. Here's a highlight of the most popular films:
California: Back to the Future
Oregon: The Goonies
Idaho: Napoleon Dynamite
South Dakota: Armageddon
Utah: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Alabama: To Kill a Mockingbird
South Carolina: Lincoln
Virginia: Forrest Gump
Rhode Island: Dumb and Dumber
New Hampshire: Jumanji
Hawaii: Jurassic Park
The map reveals the "most iconic" movies filmed in the remaining states:
Click on the maps to enlarge
What's clear is that movies are made all across the country. But what's also evident is that in some of the most popular production hubs, such as New York City, residents and tourists are likely to stumble upon what was once a movie scene just about every day. Take a look at where Big Apple flicks were shot by borough:
Follow Jon Street (@JonStreet) on Twitter