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Moving Across America: The Movie

Are you thinking about moving out of state? Check out SmartMove's list of movies about moving by state to gain some inspiration about where you might end up next.

Tips for Moving Out of State

There are many suggestions out there for making the move out-of-state smoother, but it all boils down to one thing: doing your homework. The items below are some things to start with.

  • Research the state and the specific area you are moving to
  • Decide if you are going to go with a DIY move or hire a moving company
  • Advise important contacts of your new address
  • If you have kids, find out about schools and their enrollment process
  • Compare flight and car shipping costs

To make things easier, ask your friends for help. Or you can always turn to one of our many online tools or out-of-state moving guides to help your move go smoother.

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Moving Across America: The Movie

Moving out of state or planning to move is tiring and nerve-wracking. So, take a break, make some popcorn and have a movie night!

Map of United States made of images of movies featuring those States

Alabama - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Vinny, an inexperienced New York lawyer, heads down to Alabama to defend his cousin Bill from a murder charge.

Read the Moving to AL Guide

Alaska - Into the Wild (2007)

Christopher McCandless hitchhikes his way to Alaska.

Read the Moving to AK Guide

Arizona - Tombstone (1993)

Lawman Wyatt Earp retires to Tombstone, Arizona but a group of outlaws follow him there.

Read the Moving to AZ Guide

Arkansas - Minari (2021)

A Korean-American family moves to a farm in Ozark, Arkansas searching for the American Dream.

Read the Moving to AR Guide

California - Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)

With plans to move to another California city in a week, Max seeks revenge on all the students who bullied him.

Read the Moving to CA Guide

Colorado - The Shining (1980)

Jack Torrance, and his family, move to Colorado as he takes on the job as caretaker for the Overlook Hotel. A hotel occupied by ghosts of the hotel’s past.

Read the Moving to CO Guide

Connecticut - Beetlejuice (1988)

Lydia Deetz moves to Connecticut, into a house haunted by Mr. & Mrs. Maitland and the cooky paranormal entity, Beetlejuice.

Read the Moving to CT Guide

Delaware - Goosebumps (2015)

Zach Cooper moves to Madison, Delaware and finds out that all the monsters in R. L. Stine's books have come to life.

Read the Moving to DE Guide

Florida - The Ghost Goes West (1935)

An American millionaire ships a Scottish castle—and the ghosts that haunt it—all the way to FL.

Read the Moving to Florida Guide

Georgia - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

A young journalist travels to Savannah, Georgia to cover the city's Christmas celebration and encounters a group of eccentric characters.

Read the Moving to GA Guide

Hawaii - Finding 'Ohana (2021)

Moving to O'ahu, Hawaii for the summer - two siblings find an ancient map which takes them on a treasure hunt.

Read the Moving to HI Guide

Idaho - Moving (1988)

Civil engineer, Arlo Pear, moves his family from New Jersey to Boise, Idaho.

Read the Moving to ID Guide

Illinois - Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

Tom Baker's family relocates to a big city in Illinois for a job opportunity. He tries to juggle his new job and raising his brood of twelve.

Read the Moving to IL Guide

Indiana - Hoosiers (1986)

Norman Dale moves to Hickory, IN and coaches a school basketball team to victory.

Read the Moving to IN Guide

Iowa - The Music Man (1962)

Conman, Harold Hill, shows up in rural Iowa as a bandmaster to swindle the local townspeople.

Read the Moving to IA Guide

Kansas – Dodge City (1939)

Wade Hatton arrives to Dodge City for a cattle drive, but decides to stay and take up the role of sheriff to help bring the town back to order.

Read the Moving to KS Guide

Kentucky - The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Horse trainer, Shawn O'Hara, moves to Kentucky and transforms Seabiscuit into a world-class racehorse.

Read the Moving to KY Guide

Louisiana - The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

After getting out of prison, Brett Hanson takes a road trip back to his wife in Louisiana.

Read the Moving to LA Guide

Maine - Lake Placid (1999)

Experts move up to Black Lake, Maine to stop a man-eating crocodile.

Read the Moving to ME Guide

Maryland - The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Three student filmmakers travel to the mysterious Black Hills in Burkittsville, Maryland but can't find their way out.

Read the Moving to MD Guide

Massachusetts - Legally Blonde (2001)

Elle Woods moves from Southern California to Massachusetts to attend Harvard Law School.

Read the Moving to MA Guide

Michigan - Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Assassin, Martin Black, moves back to Grosse Pointe, Michigan to attend his high school reunion.

Read the Moving to MI Guide

Minnesota - Young Adult (2011)

Writer, Mavis, returns to small-town Minnesota to reunite with her ex-boyfriend. She finds out he is married and has a child.

Read the Moving to MN Guide

Mississippi - The Help (2011)

Journalist, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, goes home to 1960s Mississippi. She writes a book about racism in her household.

Read the Moving to MS Guide

Missouri - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Robert Ford moves to Missouri to join the gang of Jesse James.

Read the Moving to MO Guide

Montana - The Horse Whisperer (1998)

A mother takes her distressed daughter to Montana, seeking the help of a horse trainer

Read the Moving to MT Guide

Nebraska - Nebraska (2013)

Woodrow Grant takes a road trip to Nebraska with his son to claim a $1 million prize.

Read the Moving to NE Guide

Nevada - Casino (1995)

Mafia member, Sam "Ace" Rothstein, moves to Las Vegas and to run a chain of casinos.

Read the Moving to NV Guide

New Hampshire - On Golden Pond (1981)

Norman Thayer spends his summers in his New Hampshire home full of family drama.

Read the Moving to NH Guide

New Jersey - Girl Most Likely (2012)

Moving back to New Jersey, Imogen wants to rekindle her romance with her ex. but she ends up living with her mother instead.

Read the Moving to NJ Guide

New Mexico - Appaloosa (2008)

Two mercenaries travel to Appaloosa to free the residents from the cruelty of a local rancher.

Read the Moving to NM Guide

New York - Coming to America (1988)

An African prince goes undercover in New York to find his true love.

Read the Moving to NY Guide

North Carolina - Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

A man with Down syndrome runs away to North Carolina in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.

Read the Moving to NC Guide

North Dakota - The Messengers (2007)

The Solomon family moves from Chicago to a small, haunted farm in North Dakota.

Read the Moving to ND Guide

Ohio - Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio (2014)

Micah Matthias and his family escape their troubled past and end up in an Amish community in Sugarcreek.

Read the Moving to OH Guide

Oklahoma - Footloose (1984)

Ren McCormack and his mother move from Chicago to conservative Bomont, Oklahoma where dancing is illegal.

Read the Moving to OK Guide

Oregon - The Way West (1967)

Senator William Tadlock leads a band of settlers from Missouri to a better life in Oregon.

Read the Moving to OR Guide

Pennsylvania - Blue Valentine (2010)

Professional mover, Dean Pereira's, relationship with Cindy from Pennsylvania crumbles under the test of time.

Read the Moving to PA Guide

Rhode Island - The Conjuring (2013)

Two paranormal investigators travel to Rhode Island and investigate supernatural activities in a farmhouse.

Read the Moving to RI Guide

South Carolina - Doc Hollywood (1991)

On his way to L.A., a plastic surgeon takes an unexpected detour to South Carolina and falls in love with the people there.

Read the Moving to SC Guide

South Dakota - Deadwood: The Movie (2019)

Past and present residents attend a celebration in Deadwood, South Dakota, where old wounds and rivalries resurface.

Read the Moving to SD Guide

Tennessee - The Thing Called Love (1993)

Aspiring singer, Miranda Presley, moves to Nashville to pursue her dreams, but finds herself involved in a love triangle.

Read the Moving to TN Guide

Texas - Boyhood (2014)

Moving to Houston with his single mother as a child, we follow Mason Evans Jr. in a film made over twelve years.

Read the Moving to TX Guide

Utah - The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

New Zealander, Burt Munro, sets off to Utah's salt flats to test his 1920 classic motorcycle.

Read the Moving to UT Guide

Vermont - Baby Boom (1987)

Successful New York businesswoman, J.C. Wiatt, moves to Vermont with a baby left in her custody

Read the Moving to VT Guide

Virginia - Major Payne (1995)

Retired Marine Major Payne moves to Virginia to lead a team of mismatched cadets and revive his military career.

Read the Moving to VA Guide

Washington - Walking Tall (2004)

Chris Vaughn returns to his hometown in Kitsap County to restore law and order.

Read the Moving to WA Guide

Washington D.C. - XXX State of the Union (2005)

Darius Stone travels to Washington D.C. to stop a coup attempt against the United States President.

West Virginia - We Are Marshall (2006)

New coach, Jack Lengyel, arrives in West Virginia and attempts to revive the Thundering Herd Football Team and heal the community.

Read the Moving to WV Guide

Wisconsin - The Godfather of Green Bay (2005)

Comedian Joe Keegan attempts to save his career by moving to a small town in Wisconsin.

Read the Moving to WI Guide

Wyoming - Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

An estranged New York couple moves to Wyoming, under the witness protection program, after witnessing a murder.

Read the Moving to WY Guide

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