One thing that is truly American is film and movies.

The movie business started in the late 1910s in Los Angeles, in the Hollywood section of town; and not in England or France or China. Nope, it began right here in the good ol' U.S. of A.

So, what better way to celebrate the United States' birthday then by celebrating movies made in or set in each state in the country?

Yahoo! Movies' Mark Demming suggests 50 films for 50 states", and goes state by state through the cinematic process that is uniquely American.

Michigan's movie? I was kind of surprised by this choice: "Gran Torino."

He wrote:

Clint Eastwood shot this film on location in Detroit, and his character's crotchety defiance is a good metaphor for the city: Despite age and decay, he's not going down without a fight, and for all his bark, he's fiercely loyal to those close to him."

I would have picked 1980's "Somewhere in Time" or 2011's "30 Minutes or Less," but that's just me.

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