When the biggest U.S. banks became embattled with toxic assets and legal headaches, many investors turned to smaller, regional bank stocks. Despite being smaller in size, many of these banks have been the best performing financial stocks over the past 30 years.

In this segment of The Motley Fool's financials-focused show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer rank five regional bank stocks. The guys rank the following:

David Hanson owns shares of Regions Financial, PNC Financial Services, and BB&T.; Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Regions Financial and PNC Financial Services. The Motley Fool owns shares of Huntington Bancshares and PNC Financial Services. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.