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The Best Movies Based In Montana  

Ranker Film
154 votes 12 voters 67 items

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

Which of these movies about Montana are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Treasure State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in Montana but all of them are about or partially set in Montana. Nestled between Idaho and North Dakota, Montana is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Lonesome Dove to Arrival, it's time to finally determine the greatest Montana movies.

Other good movies set in Montana include Open Range, The Horse Whisperer, and Legends of the Fall. You will also find Brad Pitt, Robert Duval, Robert Redford in multiple movies on this list. Look for more of your favorite actors in the list before and be sure to vote.

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

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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall
Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four part adaptation of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by ...more
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A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford
A River Runs Through It is a 1992 American film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd. It is a period drama based on the ...more
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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond
Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of ...more
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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening
Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring Robert Duvall and Costner, with Annette Bening and Michael Gambon appearing in supporting roles. ...more
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Little Big Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam
Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by ...more
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Shooter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Rhona Mitra
Shooter is a 2007 American conspiracy action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. The film concerns a former U.S. Marine Scout Sniper, ...more
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Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard
Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film based on Star Trek, and the first film to feature no cast members ...more
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Bus Stop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Marilyn Monroe, Hope Lange, Don Murray
Bus Stop is a 1956 American romantic comedy film directed by Joshua Logan for 20th Century Fox, starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray ...more
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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy ...more
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Shallow Hal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Dolph Ziggler
Shallow Hal is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, and Jason Alexander. It was directed by the Farrelly brothers and filmed in and around Charlotte, North Carolina ...more
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Last of the Dogmen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Wilford Brimley
Last of the Dogmen is a 1995 American Western adventure film written and directed by Tab Murphy and starring Tom Berenger and Barbara Hershey. Set in the mountains of northwest Montana near the ...more
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Powwow Highway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
A Martinez, Amanda Wyss, Wes Studi
Powwow Highway is a 1989 comedy-drama road movie based on the novel of the same name by David Seals. It features A Martinez, Gary Farmer, Joanelle Romero and Amanda Wyss. Wes Studi and Graham ...more
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Bugles in the Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Ray Milland, George Reeves
Bugles in the Afternoon is a 1952 film directed by Roy Rowland.
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Twilight's Last Gleaming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Burt Lancaster, Charles Durning, Richard Widmark
Twilight's Last Gleaming is a 1977 film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark. The film was a West German/US co-production, shot mainly at the Bavaria ...more
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The Sisters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Jane Bryan
The Sisters is a 1938 American drama film produced and directed by Anatole Litvak. The screenplay by Milton Krims is based on the 1937 novel of the same title by Myron Brinig.
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Danger Lights is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Jean Arthur, Robert Edeson, Robert Armstrong
Danger Lights is a 1930 American drama film, directed by George B. Seitz, from a screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman. It stars Louis Wolheim, Robert Armstrong, and Jean Arthur. The plot ...more
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The Horse Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford
The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 American drama film directed by and starring Robert Redford, based on the 1995 novel The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. Redford plays the title role, a talented ...more
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Knockaround Guys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Vin Diesel, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper
Knockaround Guys is a 2001 comedy crime-drama film starring Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Seth Green, John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper.
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Dangerous Mission is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Vincent Price, Piper Laurie, Victor Mature
Dangerous Mission is a 1954 American dramatic color "resort thriller" starring Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, Vincent Price, and William Bendix. The movie was produced by Irwin Allen, ...more
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Alice's Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Alice's Restaurant Arlo Guthrie, Pat Quinn, William Obanhein
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Across the Wide Missouri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalbán, Adolphe Menjou
Across the Wide Missouri is a 1951 American Technicolor film based on historian Bernard DeVoto's book, Across the Wide Missouri. The film dramatizes an account of several fur traders and their ...more
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I Will Fight No More Forever is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
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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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 American film written and directed by Michael Cimino and starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis.
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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson
The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s ...more
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The Hanging Tree is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Gary Cooper, George C. Scott, Karl Malden
The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing duties for several days when Daves fell ill. The film stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott ...more