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The Best Movies Based In Montana

Updated July 29, 2019 364 votes 31 voters 2.5k views61 items

List RulesRegardless 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.

  • 1

    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott
    15
    1

    Released1989

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    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 Larry...  more
  • 2

    A River Runs Through It

    Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    13
    0

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert 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
  • 3

    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins
    11
    1

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    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 the...  more
  • 4

    Shallow Hal

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black
    10
    3

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    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 as...  more
  • 5

    The Horse Whisperer

    Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth
    10
    4

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert 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
  • 6

    Last of the Dogmen

    Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey
    7
    2

    Released1995

    Directed byTab Murphy

    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 Idaho...  more
  • 7

    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall
    8
    5

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

    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. The...  more
  • 8

    Shooter

    Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara
    5
    2

    Released2007

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    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, Bob Lee...  more
  • 9

    The Patriot

    Steven Seagal, Camilla Belle
    7
    6

    Released1998

    Directed byDean Semler

    The Patriot is a 1998 action film loosely based on the novel The Last Canadian by William C. Heine. The film stars Steven Seagal and is directed by Dean Semler. The plot involves an American patriot...  more
  • 10

    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
    6
    4

    Released2015

    Directed byAlejandro G. Iñárritu

    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 fights for survival...  more
  • 11

    Star Trek: First Contact

    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell
    4
    3

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

    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 from...  more
  • 12

    The Cowboys

    John Wayne, Bruce Dern
    4
    4

    Released1972

    Directed byMark Rydell

    The Cowboys is a 1972 Western motion picture starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, Colleen Dewhurst and Bruce Dern. Robert Carradine made his film debut with fellow child actor...  more
  • 13

    The Hanging Tree

    Gary Cooper, George C. Scott
    3
    4

    Released1959

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    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 and...  more
  • 14

    Big Eden

    Louise Fletcher, Tim DeKay
    2
    4

    Released2000

    Directed byThomas Bezucha

    Big Eden is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. It won awards from several gay and lesbian film festivals, and was nominated for best limited release film at the...  more
  • 15

    I Will Fight No More Forever

    Sam Elliott, James Whitmore
    2
    4

    Released1975

    Directed byRichard T. Heffron

    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 resistance...  more
  • 16

    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges
    3
    7

    Released1974

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    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....  more
  • 17

    Evel Knievel

    George Hamilton, Sue Lyon
    1
    4

    Released1971

    Directed byMarvin J. Chomsky

    Evel Knievel is a 1971 motion picture starring George Hamilton as motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel....  more
  • 18

    Evel Knievel

    Jaime Pressly, Beau Bridges
    1
    4

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Evel Knievel is a 2004 American drama film directed by John Badham and written by Jason Horwitch. The film stars George Eads, Jaime Pressly, Lance Henriksen, Fred Thompson, Beau Bridges, Matt Gordon...  more
  • 19

    Montana Sky

    Charlotte Ross, Ashley Williams
    1
    4

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Robe

    Montana Sky is a 2007 American television film directed by Mike Robe and starring Ashley Williams, John Corbett, and Charlotte Ross. Based on the Nora Roberts novel of the same name, the film is...  more
  • 20

    Rawhide

    Lou Gehrig, Ed Cassidy
    1
    4

    Released1938

    Directed byRay Taylor

    Rawhide is a 1938 Western film starring Lou Gehrig and made by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. The movie was directed by Ray Taylor and produced by Sol Lesser from a screenplay by Jack...  more
  • 21

    Rancho Deluxe

    Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Buffett
    1
    5

    Released1975

    Directed byFrank Perry

    Rancho Deluxe is a contemporary western film that was directed by Frank Perry and released in 1975. Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston star as two cattle rustlers in modern-day Livingston, Montana who...  more
  • 22

    Across the Wide Missouri

    Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalbán
    5
    2

    Released1951

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    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
  • 23

    Amazing Grace and Chuck

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Gregory Peck
    1
    7

    Released1987

    Directed byMike Newell

    Amazing Grace and Chuck is a 1987 film starring Gregory Peck, Jamie Lee Curtis and William Petersen. The film was directed by Mike Newell. It was released on VHS in the UK as Silent Voice....  more
  • 24

    Bus Stop

    Marilyn Monroe, Hope Lange
    4
    0

    Released1956

    Directed byJoshua Logan

    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 and...  more
  • 25

    Cattle Queen of Montana

    Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck
    2
    4

    Released1954

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Cattle Queen of Montana is a 1954 American Western film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. The supporting cast includes Jack Elam, Chubby Johnson, and Morris...  more