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The Best Movies Based In Montana 

Ranker Film
Updated July 29, 2019 206 votes 19 voters 61 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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Little Big Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Penn

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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Bus Stop is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Marilyn Monroe, Hope Lange, Don Murray

Released: 1956

Directed by: Joshua 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 ...more
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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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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Twilight's Last Gleaming... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Burt Lancaster, Charles Durning, Richard Widmark

Released: 1977

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

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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Danger Lights is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Jean Arthur, Robert Edeson, Robert Armstrong

Released: 1930

Directed by: George B. Seitz

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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Last of the Dogmen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1995

Directed by: Tab 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 ...more
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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

Released: 1989

Directed by: Simon 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 ...more
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Bugles in the Afternoon ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Ray Milland, George Reeves

Released: 1952

Directed by: Roy Rowland

Bugles in the Afternoon is a 1952 film directed by Roy Rowland.
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Across the Wide Missouri... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalbán, Adolphe Menjou

Released: 1951

Directed by: William 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
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Dangerous Mission is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Vincent Price, Piper Laurie, Victor Mature

Released: 1954

Directed by: Irwin Allen, Louis Eugene King, Louis King

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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Knockaround Guys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Vin Diesel, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper

Released: 2001

Directed by: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

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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Powwow Highway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Powwow Highway A Martinez, Amanda Wyss, Wes Studi

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jonathan Wacks

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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A River Runs Through It ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford

Released: 1992

Directed by: 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) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

Released: 1994

Directed by: Edward 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 ...more
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7th Cavalry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Barbara Hale, Randolph Scott, Jay C. Flippen

Released: 1956

Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis

7th Cavalry is a 1956 American Western film directed by Joseph H. Lewis based on a story, "A Horse for Mrs. Custer," by Glendon Swarthout set after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. ...more
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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alejandro 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 ...more
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The Sisters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Jane Bryan

Released: 1938

Directed by: Anatole Litvak

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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The Hanging Tree is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Gary Cooper, George C. Scott, Karl Malden

Released: 1959

Directed by: Delmer 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 ...more
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Man in the Wilderness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Richard Harris, John Huston, James Doohan

Released: 1971

Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian

Man in the Wilderness is a 1971 American action film about a scout for a group of mountain men who are traversing the Northwestern United States during the 1820s. The scout is mauled by a bear ...more
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Northfork is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Nick Nolte, James Woods, Daryl Hannah

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Polish

Northfork is a 2003 film directed by Michael Polish and written by Michael and Mark Polish. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2003 and later received a limited release in ...more
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Shooter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Rhona Mitra

Released: 2007

Directed by: Antoine 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, ...more
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Shallow Hal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Dolph Ziggler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more
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The Horse Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford

Released: 1998

Directed by: 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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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kevin 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. ...more
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Wild Hearts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based In Montana
Nancy McKeon, Richard Thomas, Hallee Hirsh

Directed by: Steve Boyum

Wild Hearts is a Hallmark Channel original made for television movie that premiered on July 8, 2006. The movie cast includes Emmy award winning actor Richard Thomas, Hallee Hirsh, and Nancy