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The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota 

Ranker Film
Updated August 1, 2019 99 votes 31 voters 18 items

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

Which of these movies about North Dakota are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Rough Rider State. Some of these movies were actually filmed in North Dakota but all of them are about or partially set in North Dakota. With Fargo being one of its most popular movies, the state of North Dakota is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Three Faces West starring John Wayne to Leprechaun with Jennifer Anniston, it's time to finally determine the greatest movies set in North Dakota.

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

You might also like this list of the best South Dakota movies.

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more
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Wooly Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Wooly Boys Kris Kristofferson, Peter Fonda, Keith Carradine

Released: 2001

Directed by: Leszek Burzynski

Wooly Boys is a 2001 American comedy drama film directed by Leszek Burzynski. It stars Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, and Joseph Mazzello about sheep ranchers in the Badlands of North Dakota.
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Buick Riviera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Slavko Štimac, Leon Lučev, Aimee Klein

Released: 2008

Directed by: Goran Rušinović

Buick Riviera is a 2008 drama film by director Goran Rušinović, based on the novel Buick Rivera by Miljenko Jergović. It was awarded the "Heart of Sarajevo" award as the Best Film at ...more
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Leprechaun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis, Ken Olandt

Released: 1993

Directed by: Mark Jones

Leprechaun is a 1993 cult American horror comedy film written and directed by Mark Jones. It stars Warwick Davis in the title role and Jennifer Aniston in her film debut. The film was shot in ...more
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Bravetown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Bravetown Maria Bello, Josh Duhamel, Laura Dern

Released: 2015

Directed by: Daniel Duran

Bravetown is a 2015 American, independent, drama, musical, film directed by Daniel Duran. Josh (Lucas Till) is a musically-talented DJ who, after an accidental overdose, goes to live with his ...more
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The Overnighters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jesse Moss

The Overnighters is a 2014 drama documentary film written and directed by Jesse Moss.
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A Different American Dre... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
A Different American Dream

A Different American Dream is a 2016 American documentary film by Simon Brook and Jane I. Wells.

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The Purchase Price is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot

Released: 1932

Directed by: William A. Wellman

The Purchase Price is a 1932 Pre-Code American film, which was directed by William Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, and Lyle Talbot. Adapted from the novel by Arthur ...more
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Dakota is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

Released: 1945

Directed by: Joseph Kane, Fred Holmes

Dakota is a 1945 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring John Wayne and Walter Brennan. The supporting cast features Ward Bond and Mike Mazurki. Wayne stars as John Devlin, ...more
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Jesus Camp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Becky Fischer, Mike Papantonio

Released: 2006

Directed by: Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing

Jesus Camp is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing about a charismatic Christian summer camp, where children spend their summers being taught that they have ...more
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The Messengers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Kristen Stewart, Tatiana Maslany, Dylan McDermott

Released: 2007

Directed by: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang Phat

The Messengers is a 2007 American supernatural horror film directed by the Pang Brothers, and produced by Sam Raimi. It stars Kristen Stewart, John Corbett, William B. Davis, Dylan McDermott, ...more
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Three Faces West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
John Wayne, Charles Coburn, Wade Boteler

Released: 1940

Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus

Three Faces West is a 1940 American drama film starring John Wayne, Sigrid Gurie and Charles Coburn.
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Bugles in the Afternoon ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
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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Northern Lights is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Susan Lynch, Joe Spano, Robert Behling

Released: 1978

Directed by: Rob Nilsson, John Hanson

Northern Lights was a 1978 independent film which dramatizes the founding of the Nonpartisan League in North Dakota, a Populist political movement which took place in the American Midwest in the ...more
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Flight of the Red Tail ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Flight of the Red Tail
Flight of the Red Tail is a 2009 historical documentary film by Adam White about the Red Tail Project's successful return to flight of a World War II P-51 Mustang. The plane had been originally ...more
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White Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
White Earth

Released: 2014

Directed by: J. Christian Jensen

White Earth is a 2014 documentary film by J. Christian Jensen about new arrivals in White Earth, North Dakota who have moved there to seek work in the North Dakota oil boom. The film explores ...more
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Welcome to Leith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota

Released: 2015

Directed by: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker

Welcome to Leith is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. 

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Monster Trucks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Take Place In North Dakota
Monster Trucks Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan

Released: 2017

Directed by: Chris Wedge

Monster Trucks is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Chris Wedge. A young man (Lucas Till) working at a small town junkyard discovers and befriends a creature which feeds on oil being ...more