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March Movie Madness: Help us choose the most quintessentially Michigan film.

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Paulette Parker
Which Michigan movie will win the championship? You decide!

Normally around this time of year, basketball fans would be poring over their March Madness brackets. They’d be using sophisticated statistical analysis, or the tried-and-true gut feeling, to guess which teams would advance to the Final Four. But there will be no office bracket pool this year. The NCAA canceled its Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments over concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The good news? Your television viewing schedule is now wide open. Stateside has put together our own kind of tournament—we’re calling it Michigan March Movie Madness—to help you fill the time.

We've picked 16 films set in, filmed in, or about Michigan. We want your help to narrow them down to the most quintessentially Michigan movie of them all. Help us answer the question: Which film best captures what it’s like to live in the Mitten? The je ne sais quoi of the state, if you will. 

Since you can’t have an office bracket without an office, we're going to be doing it all on Michigan Radio’s Instagram.For one week, starting March 20, you'll be able to vote for your favorite Michigan movies in daily match ups. Just head to Michigan Radio’s Instagram and click on our stories at the top of our page.  

Michigan March Movie Madness Sweet Sixteen


RoboCop (1987)

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

The Evil Dead (1981)

It Follows (2014)


Somewhere in Time (1980)

Virgin Suicides (1999)

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

Out of Sight (1998)


Escanaba in da Moonlight (2001) 

Mr. Mom (1983)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

American Pie (1999)


Searching for Sugarman (2012)

8 Mile (2002)

Roger and Me (1989)

Dream Girls (2006)

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