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The Best Movies About Idaho  

Ranker Film
63 votes 8 voters 27 items

List Rules Regardless of where the movie was filmed, it must be set in  Idaho. Vote up the best movies with Idaho as the backdrop.

Which of these movies about Idaho are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Gem State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Idaho but all of them are about or partially set in Idaho. Situated in the heart of the Northwest, Idaho is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Napoleon Dynamite to The River Wild, it's time to finally determine the greatest Idaho movies.

Vote up the best movies based in Idaho. Be sure to check back to see what other voters think about these Idaho films. Don't see your favorite Idaho movie? Add it to the list and find out how other film aficionados rank your additions.

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The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly
The River Wild is a 1994 adventure thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as Roarke. ...more
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Georgia Rule is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman
Georgia Rule is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney, Garrett Hedlund, and Cary Elwes. The ...more
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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for ...more
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Toys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Robin Williams, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J
Toys is a 1992 fantasy comedy film directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, Robin Wright, LL Cool J, and Jamie Foxx in his feature film debut. The ...more
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I Will Fight No More Forever is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Sam Elliott, James Whitmore, Emilio Delgado
I Will Fight No More Forever is a 1975 made-for-television movie starring James Whitmore as General Oliver O. Howard and Ned Romero as Chief Joseph. It is a dramatization of Chief Joseph's ...more
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Duchess of Idaho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Van Johnson
Duchess of Idaho is a musical romantic comedy produced in 1950 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, it was the fourth film pairing Esther Williams and Van Johnson. It was shot ...more
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My Own Private Idaho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix
My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V, and starring ...more
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Alpha and Omega is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis Hopper
Alpha and Omega is a 2010 3D Canadian-Indian-American computer-animated adventure romantic comedy-drama family film produced by Crest Animation Productions. The film is directed by Anthony Bell ...more
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I Origins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Archie Panjabi, Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun
I Origins is a 2014 American science fiction drama film written, directed, and produced by Mike Cahill. The independent production premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, ...more
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Impact is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Charles Coburn, Brian Donlevy, Anna May Wong
Impact is a 1949 film noir drama directed by Arthur Lubin and starring Brian Donlevy and Ella Raines. It was filmed entirely in California and included scenes filmed at San Francisco's ...more
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Talent for the Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Edward James Olmos, Lorraine Bracco, Jamey Sheridan
Talent for the Game was a 1991 film about a baseball scout, directed by Robert M. Young. It starred Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco, in her first film after Goodfellas, with Terry Kinney, ...more
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State Legislature is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
State Legislature
State Legislature is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman. It details the workings of the Idaho Legislature.
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Idaho Transfer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Keith Carradine, Kein Hearst, Caroline Hildebrand
A crew of young researchers escape into the future to avoid the shutdown of their project.
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Smoke Signals is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Perrey Reeves, Cynthia Geary, Adam Beach
Smoke Signals is an independent film directed and co-produced by Chris Eyre and with a screenplay by Sherman Alexie, based on the short story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, ...more
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The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Christopher Reeve, Rosanna Arquette, Tyne Daly
The Aviator is an American adventure film directed by George T. Miller. The story of the film was adapted by Marc Norman from the book The Aviator written by Ernest K. Gann. The film stars ...more
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A Home of Our Own is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates, Soon-Tek Oh
A Home of Our Own is a 1993 drama film directed by Tony Bill, starring Kathy Bates and Edward Furlong. It is the story of a mother and her six children trying to establish a home in the small ...more
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The To Do List is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Rachel Bilson, Aubrey Plaza, Connie Britton
The To Do List is a 2013 American comedy film, released on July 26, 2013. Written and directed by Maggie Carey in her feature film directorial debut, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Christopher ...more
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My Life with Caroline is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
My Life with Caroline Ronald Colman, Gilbert Roland, Anna Lee
My Life with Caroline is a 1941 comedy film starring Ronald Colman and Anna Lee in a screenplay by John Van Druten and Arnold Belgard, directed by Lewis Milestone for RKO Radio Pictures. and ...more
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Kid Cannabis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Ron Perlman, Amanda Tapping, Julia Benson
Kid Cannabis is a 2014 American biographical comedy-drama film. It is based on the true story of an Idaho teen dropout who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by trafficking drugs ...more
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Moving is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Richard Pryor, Stacey Dash, Rodney Dangerfield
Moving is a 1988 American comedy film starring Richard Pryor as Arlo Pear, a father moving his family cross-country. Other notable appearances in the film include Randy Quaid as an annoying ...more
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Bronco Billy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, George Wendt
Bronco Billy is a 1980 American film starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke. It was directed by Eastwood and written by Dennis Hackin.
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The Other Side of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Anne Hathaway, Christopher Gorham, Nathaniel Lees
The Other Side of Heaven is a 2001 American adventure drama film written and directed by Mitch Davis. The film stars Christopher Gorham and Anne Hathaway. The film is about John Groberg's ...more
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The Siege at Ruby Ridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
The Siege at Ruby Ridge Kirsten Dunst, Laura Dern, Randy Quaid
The Siege at Ruby Ridge is a 1996 television film directed by Roger Young.
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Thousand Pieces of Gold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Thousand Pieces of Gold Chris Cooper, Rosalind Chao, Will Oldham
Thousand Pieces of Gold is a 1990 romance film directed by Nancy Kelly.
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Sun Valley Serenade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Idaho
Milton Berle, Sonja Henie, Lynn Bari
Sun Valley Serenade is a 1941 musical film starring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle, and Lynn Bari. It features the Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as dancing by the Nicholas ...more