Ever since 'The Great Train Robbery' was shot in the state in 1903, New Jersey has been a perfect back drop for countless films. Here are just a few.
Kevin Smith put New Jersey and himself on the map when he shot this low-budget feature film in the small-town convenience store he actually worked at.
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Being an 11-year-old in a middle class New Jersey suburb isn't easy - though it is painfully hilarious for everyone who gets to watch this gem of a film.
Garden State (2004)
After making a name for himself on TV, Zach Braff returned to his roots to shoot a feature film in his beloved home state.
Friday the 13th (1980)
Shot at a campground in Northern New Jersey, this iconic film forever left campers sleeping with one eye open.
Kevin Smith showed the world that in the state of New Jersey, the best way to get over being dumped is to go shopping.
Chasing Amy (1997)
New Jersey's favorite filmmaking son, Kevin Smith, came back to the state in order to have Ben Affleck chase Joey Lauren Adams around for an hour and a half.
On the Waterfront (1954)
Dealing with union corruption on the New Jersey river docks, 'On the Waterfront' earned eight Academy Awards.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
This Adam Sandler film shows exactly what happens in NJ when a guy with bad hair falls for a girl with a soon-to-be-bad last name.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Ron Howard filmed 'A Beautiful Mind' at Princeton University - right where John Nash lost his beautiful mind.
The Wrestler (2008)
By playing a former wrestling star reduced to accepting weekend wrestling matches in New Jersey, Mickey Rourke earned himself an Oscar nomination.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Even though the film takes place in New York City, fans of this cult classic will always remember that after you've had your chance at 'Being John Malkovich' you got dumped into a ditch beside the New Jersey Turnpike.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Getting stoned in New Jersey can only lead to one thing - a quest to find the state's legendary burger joint - White Castle.
Jersey Girl (2004)
If shooting this film in the state wasn't enough to let people know that Kevin Smith loved New Jersey, then naming the film after the state would surely get the message across.
Toxic Avenger (1985)
Due to its toxic reputation, New Jersey served as the birthplace for the strangest superhero of them all - the Toxic Avenger.
War of the Worlds (2005)
Ever since Orson Welles scared the daylights out of people on radio with reports that aliens had landed at Grover's Mill, New Jersey, 'War of the Worlds' has been linked to the state. In 2005 the aliens were back, forcing Tom Cruise to seek refuge in a NJ suburb.