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Running the gamut from historical drama to science fiction to campy horror, Steven Spielberg movies appeal to everyone for different reasons. The team at GetCenturyLink.com wondered how geography plays into the Spielberg movies we obsess about—so we did a little digging. See what we found in the map below.

P.S. June 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of Spielberg’s beloved sci-fi classic E.T.

Most searched Steven Spielberg movies by state

Interesting findings

  • Saving Private Ryan ranked first for most googled Steven Spielberg movie—19 states searched it more times than any other Spielberg film.
    • Schindler’s List ranked second with 9 states, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ranks third with 7 states googling it most.
  • Jaws was googled more times than other Steven Spielberg movies in three of the six states that make up New England—where great white sharks migrate in the summer and fall.
    • Although based in a fictional New York town, Jaws was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard island in Massachusetts.
  • Hawaii, the filming location of Jurassic Park, was the only state to google the dino film more times than any other Spielberg movie.
  • West Side Story, New Jersey’s most googled Spielberg film, was filmed in parts of New York and New Jersey.
  • Utah might love Steven Spielberg more than any other state does—five movies tied for the most googled Spielberg film there.
    • Utahns’ favorite Spielberg films are Hook, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, and West Side Story
    • By a slim margin, Raiders of the Lost Ark ultimately won as Utah’s most searched Spielberg film.


First, we used IMDb and SEMRush to compile all films directed by Steven Spielberg and the search volume for each. We then narrowed the list to the top 15 Spielberg films with the highest overall volume and used Google Trends to determine which films were googled most in each state.


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AlabamaSaving Private Ryan
AlaskaWar of the Worlds
ArizonaSaving Private Ryan
ArkansasSaving Private Ryan
CaliforniaRaiders of the Lost Ark
ColoradoSaving Private Ryan
ConnecticutSaving Private Ryan
DelawareE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
District of ColumbiaWest Side Story
FloridaE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
GeorgiaE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
HawaiiJurassic Park
IllinoisSchindler's List
IndianaSaving Private Ryan
IowaSaving Private Ryan
KansasSaving Private Ryan
KentuckySaving Private Ryan
LouisianaSaving Private Ryan
MarylandSaving Private Ryan
MichiganThe Terminal
MinnesotaSchindler's List
MississippiE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
MissouriSaving Private Ryan
MontanaSchindler's List
NevadaThe Terminal
New HampshireJaws
New JerseyWest Side Story
New MexicoSchindler's List
New YorkSchindler's List
North CarolinaE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
North DakotaThe Terminal
OhioSaving Private Ryan
OklahomaSaving Private Ryan
OregonSchindler's List
PennsylvaniaSaving Private Ryan
Rhode IslandE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
South CarolinaSaving Private Ryan
South DakotaSaving Private Ryan
TennesseeSaving Private Ryan
TexasThe Terminal
UtahRaiders of the Lost Ark
VermontE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
VirginiaSaving Private Ryan
WashingtonSchindler's List
West VirginiaSchindler's List
WisconsinSchindler's List
WyomingRaiders of the Lost Ark